Research projects

Cat Rossi: China's Creative Communities: Making Value and The Value(s) of Making

This cross‐disciplinary research project brought together practitioners and academics in the UK and China. They considered ideas and innovations around the value of making in China. The project aimed to strengthen China's multiple maker communities in partnership with the UK and scoped a much larger study.

Fiona Fisher and Rebecca Preston: The Nineteenth‐ and Twentieth‐Century Public House in Bristol

This research was commissioned by English Heritage (now Historic England) to highlight the threat to Bristol's pubs. Declining trade has resulted in loss of historic buildings and interiors as pubs are demolished or converted for housing and other uses.

The research identified a number of less well protected and vulnerable categories of public house as well as a number of buildings of interest for further detailed study.

Cat Rossi: Space Electronic: Then and Now at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

This was a collaborative and multi‐disciplinary research project for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. It was a curated installation of work (film and soundtrack) from across Kingston School of Art. It told the story of Space Electronic, a disco opened in Florence in 1969 by Gruppo 9999, members of Italy's Radical Architecture movement.

Sorcha O'Brien: The Electrification of the Rural Irish Home: Housewives, Electrical Products and Domesticity in the 1950s and 1960s

This AHRC Leadership Early Career Fellowship research project is in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland. The project look the issues surrounding the consumption of domestic electrical products in the Republic of Ireland in the wake of the Electricity Supply Board's (ESB) rural electrification project, and will culminate in a monograph and an exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland.