Imagining the neighbourhood: how places change around us
This free one day event explores the experience of getting older and how we make sense of where we live. The experience combines a walk through urban geography, facilitated by artist Rabab Ghazoul, alongside presentations from researchers and arts professionals. This symposium is hosted by Swansea University at Chapter Arts Centre with funding from the British Society of Gerontology ahead of their annual conference coming to Wales in July 2017.
What is the main focus for the day?
The debate on Monday 27 March will start with the case study of Canton and Riverside - two adjacent Cardiff neighbourhoods whose population grew by 30,000 in the late Victorian and Edwardian era. A guided walk will help tell the story of these places, particularly as Cardiff Council is now backing a move to establish an official new ‘community’ called ‘Pontcanna’ within the Riverside electoral ward. From this experience of psychogeography we will start to understand why lines get drawn upon maps and how we imagine places in our deeper subconscious.
What will we get a chance to discuss and debate?
This event will help us consider how places change alongside us as we get older. For example, we will ask why Canton and Pontcanna are within the top 20 hippest places in the UK whilst the rest of Riverside does not get such a mention. What difference does a concentration of residential uses over other types of built environment make to the experience of getting older? For example, will there be a time in the future when the ‘hip’ people realise that they have all aged en masse? And will there be some benefits to life in the less fashionable part in Riverside?
This event will bring a selection of contributions that explore how we tell the stories of neighbourhoods and how these narratives can have long term effects on places. The speakers will present experience of other neighbourhoods in Cardiff and Wales and connect to Swansea University research on Connected Communities. We hope the day will give an indication of our future lives in many other similar neighbourhoods in the UK.
What we hope you will gain from this day?
This event is a chance to engage with gerontology – particularly the study of the ageing population – with particular reference to how places are shaped. We hope that this gives a taste of the research being undertaken by Swansea University and sets the tone for the "Do Not Go Gentle" - Gerontology and a Good Old Age conference which takes place at the Swansea Bay Campus between Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 July.
Practicalities for Monday 27 March
-Arrive at Chapter (CF5 1QE) from 10.30am for 11am start to walk [in lobby]
-A slow walk lasting up to 90 minutes
-Return to Chapter for light lunch at 12.30pm
-Introduction to afternoon session by Elin Wyn (Chair of Chapter) followed by presentation and discussions with Charles Musselwhite (Swansea University & British Society of Gerontology); Kate Spiller (Swansea University Connected Communities); Guy O’Donnell (Sherman Theatre)
-Programme to conclude by 4pm
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Imagining the Neighbourhood 27 March 2017.pdf