My first and long overdue paper on the Indian Ocean ‘Folded ocean: The spatial transformation of the Indian ocean World’ is finally out in the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region. It introduces the experimental research on the Indian Ocean I have undertaken over the past few years, undertaken within the context of what has been called, by David Gissen, architecture’s contemporary ‘geographic turn’. It investigates how oceanic practices and protocols fold into spatial and architectural products on land, figuring both sea and land based logics. The project frames the ocean through three tropes: as contact zone, with which are associated ideas of creolisation, transnationalism, entanglement, compaction and multi-polarity; as circulator with which are associated ideas of connectivity, passage, lane, route, choke point, network, port, dock and deposit; and as ecology, with which are associated ideas of liquidity, cycle, rhythm and climate change. The paper introduces these tropes and investigates some sites brought into focus through them, highlighting the wider global dynamics or processes they reveal. It concludes with provisional thoughts about what these amphibious sites offer for understandings of architecture and urbanism in today’s hyper-articulated, globalised world.
Bremner, L. (2014). “Folded Ocean: The Spatial Transformation of the Indian Ocean World.” Journal of the Indian Ocean Region 10(1): 18-45. DOI:10.1080/19480881.2013.847555. A pre-publication version of the paper is available here. The published version is available from the journal’s web site here.
A shorter, more graphic version of this was published as Bremner, L. (2014). “Muddy Logics.” Design in the Terrain of Water. A. Mathur and D. da Cunha (eds.), 13-22. Applied Research and Design Publishing. This is available here.
A detailed case study of Lamu in Kenya came out in the journal Social Dynamics. This investigates the skirmish underway between local, national and global interests over the construction of a new deep water port at Lamu, through the concepts of the zone and minor architectures.
Bremner, L. (2013). “Towards a minor global architecture at Lamu, Kenya.” Social Dynamics 39(3): 397-413. DOI:10.1080/02533952.2013.842340. A pre-publication version of the paper is available here. The published version is available from the journal’s web site here.