Tuning In to T. Dan Smith
The project aims to explore the role that digital technology can play in the interpretation of urban spaces and urban regeneration and how locative digital content can affect the way a place is experienced and understood.
3 Commercial Partners
2 Academic Researchers
This will be achieved through prototyping a locative media application to access different layers of media content, comprising a selection of audio archives of T. Dan Smith, Leader of Newcastle City Council through the 1960s. Smith was a driving force in the city’s redevelopment and his influence still looms large in the architecture of the city. However, many of his developments, such as tower blocks and Brutalist buildings in the city centre, are no longer well regarded and many are themselves targets for regeneration. Our application will aim to create a greater understanding of the logic behind Newcastle’s past development and prompt reflection on future development of the city. The application will present extracts from Amber Collective’s T. Dan Smith audio interviews archive and other archival material such as news reports, readings of newspaper reports, archival interviews with residents etc. This content will feature alongside newly generated media content such as musical scores and poetry.