Landscapes have been carved out and spaces arranged into environments to support the practice of cultural and political systems, since the settling, trading and defending of cities began.
These spaces reflect a hierarchy or power structure in terms of what is accessible or blocked, who owns what, whose possession is protected or shared, who is surveyed and controlled and how movements of large populations can be efficiently managed. The way that spaces have been organised and territorialised reflect a structure of power and social relations.
This is a continuing research agenda - as part of the overall interest in politics, space and culture.
Many cultures have a direct link to what a landscape is used for and for what purpose. When a space has been granted a meaning by a culture then a code of how to behaviour within that space is recognised. I'm interested in this both with the physical and digital realms - on both a local and global interactions, especially if a dominant power dynamic model of interaction, transaction and engagement has remained. This leads to a desire to investigate non-hierarchical systems of organisation as productive models and also the question and definition of community. It also raises a question to understand the link between how we shape our environments and how we thrive.