This seminar will focus on the (often fraught) relationships between those using illicit drugs in public and the wider community. Andrea Cook and Imogen Carr are urban planners interested in the concepts of ‘encounter’ and ‘identity’ as part of the social life of neighbourhoods. How does encounter work when some identities are heavily stigmatised and/or criminalised? What methods can we use to build up community across difference and across conflict and contestation?
Using three research projects and two teaching studios the Victoria Street neighbourhood, Andrea and Imogen will explore the ways in which narrative/stories shape neighbourhoods and help people understand (or misunderstand) others.
As part of this seminar, we’d love to hear and weave in your story of the Victoria Street neighbourhood, if you’d like to share. Just send a short written or audio story to the presenters (anonymous is fine. Maximum 1/2 page written or 30 second audio). Email to firstname.lastname@example.org | text to 0409 803 063 before 5pm on Wednesday 27 May.