Notes from Zoom – Supervision with Antonino, 12/03/2019

  • Antonino will share the Ethics Form with Najla so she can make comments.
  • He is happy with my progress.
  • He reminds me that the ethical form is not the research and suggests not getting too bogged down in it.

  • He wants to explore again – where Architecture fits in my research. We discuss hat the Impact area of my research is in the operational aims – targetting practitioners and policy makers.
    • His question – is what about architecture / what am I going to say about architecture?
    • I suggest I could reframe the operational aims to be more architecture specific.

 

  • Antonino asked me about the fuzzy logic element of the research – and the link to the complexity sciences. I explained my background in systems thinking. We discuss that this is the area of the definition of things, and of trends emerging.
    • Antonino suggests that I try to write a chapter on the definition of agritecture.  He is interested in exploring why, where many use urban agriculture or urban farming, I have affixed myself to agri-tecture?
      • I suggest that where urban farming is more often performed in allotments, parks, and the remaining fingers of greenspace, agritecture is about recreating, transfering landscape / ecosystem elements into spaces where they are missing / have been destroyed.
      • Antonino says it’s this landscape element that stands out for him and could do with being explored.
      • He also talks about how architects when they are designing focus on the hard elements of the built environment – whereas agricultural landscape is often neglected

 

  • So why is the word agritecture worthy to be used?
  • What is driving my research?

 

    • Bring forward the architectural centring
    • Something that hasn’t been explored yet
    • Antonino suggests I also talk about why this is a hybrid word – and a vector of transformation
    • How this word has the potential to change how we design cities / the urban settlement.
    • We discuss what is artificial? Green vs grey
      • What could the new colours and textures of this be?
    • Agritecture is a new word – this is introducing a new lexicon

 

  • This does look like it might provide fodder for a first paper.

 

  • Antonino thinks this could be a way to do a literature review – without reading about my specific area / screwing up the grounded theory elements. I think this will be a good exercise to undertake on maternity leave.

 

  • I think it’s like a justification chapter for my research in a way? And an opportunity to tell the story of what I’m doing and to reinforce my positioning within / alongside the architectural discourse.

 

    • It was suggested I take a look at what I mean by policy and practice and start thinking about how I might learn to speak the language of these. Antonino suggests that my research will need to be attractive to these groups if I am to contribute to their processes.
      • That I won’t have impact if my work is invisible or unappealing
      • So how do I attract these communities

 

  • How do I get them interested in how the impact of my research can be integrated into their research?

 

 

  • I ponder whether the fuzzy zone is a dichotomy – silicon valley esq vs allotments – within the framing of urban agriculture.

 

  • Antonino encourages me to keep my blog updated
  • He suggests I need to focus on collecting images, building a database of possible case studies. He thinks I can use images as the mechanism – not just words. 4-5 images for each candidate project, capturing description. I love this – I think I would loose interest if I were only free to use text. I’m looking forward to integrating this into my approach.
    • Antonino suggests we can then create an evaluation grid to assess these. – Because of the GT approach I think this may need to be a retrospective.

 

  • Anonino wants a way to send suggestions for my research. I can add Heather and Antonino as Authors of my blog – however I would be surprised if they contribute this way.

 

  • We question – is agritecture only urban? Where is the fuzzy edge?

 

  • We start to discuss what journals I may want to interest myself in. Antonino suggests Lotus and Lotus-navigator because they often centre on landscape.
    • I ask Antonino to send me a list of suggestions for Journals.
    • He reminds me that we have great resources curated by Greta in the library.