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Architectures of youth: visibility, agency and the technological imaginings of young people

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This article investigates what we call the architectures of youth. Drawing on the ‘unofficial’ audio-visual recordings from an ongoing research project, and contrasting this footage with the new building that ‘houses’ our project, we argue that the young people are being constructed in a range of problematic ways that continue to emphasise visibility. The school building, complete with its panopticon tower, is premised on the symbolic power of the visual. When pupils are given visual technology and asked to film around the school, however, negotiations with, and disruptions of, the visual become evident. This raises questions not only around the wider relationship between youth, place and space, but also around the imagined and lived dimensions of youth, which are brought to the fore through this project.

Keywords: architecture; arquitectura; el visible; jeunesse/jeunes; juventud; le visuel; performance; representación; technologie; technology; tecnología; the visible; youth

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, Room 2.06, Clothworkers Building NorthLeeds,LS2 9JT, UK 2: Department of Sociology,City University London, Northampton SquareLondon,EC1V 0HB, UK

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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