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Aesthetics of Place

by Jessica Riley


How might we empower communities to uncover, understand, and augment their collective culture through aesthetics?


This project explores how we might use the colours, materials, objects, and behaviours we see in our shared spaces as a lens to explore collective cultural values and community aspirations. Building on theories of Environmental Aesthetics and existing community engagement practices, I’ve designed an adaptive methodology and participatory workshop materials to help communities uncover, define and shape the aesthetics of place that make their place, feel like theirs. This can support external parties to more sensitively understand and respond to the current and future aspirations of the diverse community they represent.