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The 24-hour city: residents' sensorial experiences

Adams, MD, Moore, G, Cox, TJ, Croxford, B, Refaee, M and Sharples, SJ 2007, 'The 24-hour city: residents' sensorial experiences' , The Senses and Society, 2 (2) , pp. 201-216.

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Abstract

The concept of the 24-hour city evokes vibrancy and a dynamic that suggests the harmonious coexistence of mixed land uses which might otherwise be considered improbable neighbors. In reality we see a 24-hour city full of diverse uses, needs and requirements, potentially at odds with one another. This paper addresses a gap in the literature on sensory cities by providing an interpretation of the city with reference to residents' sensorial experiences of the 24-hour city. Drawing on traditions in sociology, anthropology and acoustic ecology a combination of photo-surveys, soundwalks, sound level recordings and semi-structured interviews were used to engage inhabitants of the city centers of Manchester and Sheffield and the city center area of Clerkenwell in London in a study of their sensorial relationships with their local environment. By focusing on the narratives and practices of these residents we argue that the 24-hour city is a place rich with sensorial encounters and that these are highly significant components of people's everyday urban experience. We use this as a platform for raising some key issues that need to be addressed in the further development of 24-hour city centers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 24-hour city, sensescapes, city life, everyday life
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Acoustics Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: The Senses and Society
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 17458927
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2007 13:37
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2014 15:41
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/486

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