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Bartlett Alumni Launch Second Issue of Urbanogram

27 October 2022

Urbanogram, a journal led by Bartlett School of Architecture alumni, has published its second issue on the theme of ‘Ghost Dimensions’.

Image: Cover of Urbanogram: Ghost Dimensions journal

Urbanogram: Journal of the Built Environment's latest issue, ‘Ghost Dimensions’, highlights work devoted to the invisible layers in the urban built form. The journal invites architecturally-minded researchers and practitioners from various backgrounds to address this intangible component in architecture throughout history at different scales. 

How do moments in history linger in physical spaces in both tangible and intangible manifestations? How does the experience, the feeling, or the lingering energy of a place continue to be addressed? How does the urban fabric reflect the inputs that shaped its current form? And how can physical dimensions be measured against the phantom dimension of time?

‘Ghost Dimensions’ unravels new facets of unknown connections, of underlying systems and processes and of yet unheard stories. In a variety of inquiries, contributors from across the globe explore the hidden ghosts which continue to haunt our built environment.

First published in 2021, the journal is an architectural platform to share diverse documentation of the built environment, uniquely sited within its historic continuum. 

The editorial team is made up of nine 2018 alumni: Cassandra Osterman, Fanny Ciufo, Lavenya Parthasarathy, Neha Fatima, Longhua Gu, Lei Jiao, Sophie Schrattenecker and Xin Zheng, who all studied Architecture & Historic Urban Environments MA, and Stefan Gruber who studied Architectural History MA.

It is particularly heartening to see the themes of coloniality, the environment and equity feature prominently in this edition through a diverse range of subjects and approaches. While these themes have for too long appeared like apparitions in the canon of architectural and urban history, Urbanogram is to be commended for casting a light on these and other similarly marginalised topics, and for championing a more plural approach to the way we engage with urban history in theory and in practice.”

– Prof Edward Denison

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Image: Cover by Fanny Ciufo and Sophie Schrattenecker