Photo: Eimaer Tynan (From Bjørnøya)

Photo: Eimaer Tynan (From Bjørnøya)

The project seeks to extend knowledge of High Arctic coastlines with a specific focus on the spatial, temporal and material engagement and experience of its inhabitants. The research will situate itself between two sensory sources, technological and human, to further our understanding of Arctic coastlines and to explore new ways of knowing these vulnerable environments. There is advanced technology used in remotely sensing and measuring Arctic environments but the human senses are often overlooked in gaining knowledge of a place. The research will argue that the human senses are an important part of everyday experience and they assist in structuring the information we perceive in our environments.

Research Questions:
1. Building on conventional tools in landscape architecture that largely depend on the visual sense (through observation) how can new multi-sensory tools be adopted and integrated to advance and expand site knowledge?

2. How can embodied knowledge of Arctic coastlines be effectively communicated and represented to express new dimensions and insights into these environments and

3. Through the cross-examination of historical sources with contemporary readings of Arctic coastlines from this research can we trace changes to these vulnerable environments?

Institute of Urbanism and Landscape / Andrew Morrison (Supervisor)

PhD started in 2017