Diversity and Experiential Urban Publics
Making Place is about cities like Toronto (for example, Manik’s project, bodies-cities St. James Town). They are transforming rapidly on all fronts – physical and cultural – with implications for the human diversity within. Even more, for a large immigrant population, and for the Indigenous reconciliation process that is integral to Canada’s future, the transformation is underway.
Focus of Making Place
Manik Perera Gunatilleke reflects on her work to understand the complexity within the relationship between human bodies and the urban environment, as mediated by immersive technology, and its implications for diverse futures in urban placemaking. In a human-centred design process, her recent work integrated ethnography and immersive design practices in virtual reality, to explore and understand the implications of integrating the body’s ways of knowing into a spatial design that uses emerging technology.