Deliberate Cities

Deliberate Cities meets, explores, embodies, senses, notices, organises, moves and responds to our spaces. We launch in autumn 2018! 

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The Loss of Forgetting

‘The Loss of Forgetting’, the first Deliberate Cities project, is an enquiry into city spaces as an organising principle, and spaces that are ostensibly created specifically for humans (and no other organism) but in fact are spaces that organise us to suit themselves.  Our aims are:

  • to bring into awareness the effect of this experience within our bodies and engage attention to aspects of the experience we normally exclude from awareness; and
  • to reclaim the spaces as sites for investigation and learn more about our embodied selves and our capabilities and capacities in the process.


We are (a) researching the city as a space for organising bodies; and (b) using the body as a tool for our investigation.

As an investigation of the city it takes place outside and requires an engagement with the space using all the senses, and, importantly, time.  Our aim is to extend this investigation into multiple spaces to enable the questioning through contrastive analysis.

We will be running guided versions of this methodology during 2018.  If you would like to know more please register interest by emailing


We will be reporting on our findings as we gather these, refining our methodology to take them into account.  Reporting will take place on our website ( which is currently being built.  Watch this space…


A download of our methodology will be available, with an invitation to report the results of your findings.

(Findings you provide will be kept anonymous except with your permission when it will be suitably credited.  Any contact information you provide will only be used to contact you and will be deleted at your request.)


Who we are

This collaboration builds on the correspondences between our two practices.

Andrea’s practice explores how we occupy space as embodied selves, particularly through movement and touch, calling on the everyday capabilities of our bodies and bringing them into awareness.  Recent work on this theme includes Learning to Walk

Sarah explores touch and forms of contact, movement and navigation of spaces. Working in clay and with drawing, she is developing research around skin and the body, and embodiment though materials often inviting participation and active public engagement. She teaches regular arts-based workshops at Imperial College Medical School, to develop tactile and visual observation, descriptive and communication skills through language, drawing and 3D modelling.