A considerate kind of research and design practice. Our interests lie in the production, the disruption and the perception of public space.
We are exploring the experiential qualities of the built environment through a practice of design rooted in mapping and observation.
Our work proposes a discussion on the lived reality of space in the city, in particular, its impact on our shared environments.



Research
01 DARTing Atmospheres
02 Situationist National

03 Sonic Threshold
04 Phibsborough Public Realm 


Design
05 Bishop Lucey Park
06 Memorial Bridge

Workshop
07 Sound as a Common Language08 Cartographic Practice
     09 Sounding Place

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Sound as A Common Language




Re-Act by Design is an International Design Workshop Week hosted annually for master students of product development, architecture, interior architecture, heritage studies, urbanism and spatial planning of theFaculty of Design Sciences at the University of Antwerp. The aim of the week is to explore the power and capacity of design to tackle lines of fracture and socially engagement and to stimulate cross disciplinary boundaries. Phoebe conducted one of the 17 interdisicplinary workshops in the 2020 program under the theme of ‘sound as a common language’.

On site within the communities of Luchtbal and Lambrechtshoeken, each workshop  operated from a room in modernist apartment blocks awaiting re-furbishment. This area will be directly affected by a large scale infrastructure project that intends to cap the heavily congested ring road in Antwerp. For some, this new piece of infrastructure is seen as an opportunity to bridge gaps between communities whilst others are not really interested in new connections. Moreover, the long construction period will increase separation of the involved communities, rather than bringing them close to each other. Engagement and discussion with the the local community therefore, was an essential part of the students design process and was carefully built into the design strategy of each workshop.

This workshop sought to study the adjacent and potential experiences of the local soundscape and bring attention to the potential that sound holds in the design and transformation of the public realm.



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In this workshop, we invented participative and playful exercises, to consider how the sonic landscape could inform the new and common infrastructures of the over-the-ring project. The students also wanted to respond to the exsiting challenge of the noisy roadway and proposed construction site. Through guided and unguided wanderings, we studied the soundscapes of the two communities and selected spaces in the city of Antwerp itself.
The students stitched their collected sounds to a designed sequence of spatial experiences as a proposal and produced a kind of noisy psychogeographic exhibition as proposal for a new soundscape for the community.