Urban Heritage: Mixed Reality Innovation
CAVA team is pioneering the world's first Mixed Reality (Hololens) project that includes volumetric 3D film (Dimension Studios) put together with life action at UNESCO world heritage site; St George's Hall.
Global Cities Forum
Richard Koeck gives keynote at IVMC 5, International Visual Methods Conference in Singapore, 16-18 Aug 2017. The interdisciplinary conference brings visual scholars and practitioners together; this year's theme is "Visualising the City".
Lecture at AA in London
Prof Koeck gives lecture at Film, Space and Architecture symposium at AA in London on the topic of "spatial immersion"; alongside scholars such as Brian Hatton, Francois Penz, Ian Christie and Nigel Coates and Robert Maxwell.
Transdisciplinary Design: Milan 2017
Find out about our EU Transdisciplinary Design Network on "Emerging Models of Transdisciplinarity: Driving Business, Technology & Design Innovation". More info and a short documentary film in our PORTFOLIO.
Global Cities Forum
Prof Richard Koeck gives talk on "digital urban heritage" at the "Global Cities Forum” in Shanghai/China. Hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, United Nations Human Settlements Program, the World Bank.
St Georges Hall: AR Prototype
CAVA wins Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) with Liverpool City Council as partner to build a prototype around the concept of "digital placemaking", supported by McCann Manchester and Microsoft, using MS Hololens.
St Georges Hall: AR Prototype
CAVA wins UoL Knowledge Exchange and Impact grant with Liverpool City Council as partner to build a prototype digital interpretation project around leading-edge AR and MR technology to be installed at St Georges Hall.
AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship
CAVA is consortium partner in AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship (CEEF). Up to 9 postdoctoral fellows will be appointed between the research centre partners to grow and scale up the creative industries in the North West.
AHRC Transformation North West
CAVA is consortium partner in Transformation NW, a fully-funded doctoral training programme that applies design and creative techniques to maximise new product and service opportunities for business in the North West.
Innovate UK: Design Foundations
It was recently announced that Spark Compass UK and CAVA have won the Innovate UK "Design Foundation" competition to develop new "intelligent, real-time, hyper-local screen-based OoH marketing" innovation.
Emerging Models of Transdisciplinarity
Dr Kocaturk and Prof Koeck win funding to establish EU consortium between the University of Liverpool, the Hochschule Anhalt/DIA Bauhaus in Dessau/Germany, and the European Institute of Design (IED) in Turin/Italy.
Opening Exhibition at RIBA NORTH
Visitors of RIBA North can watch a newly commissioned two-screen documentary film and several animations by Monika Koeck, reflecting on the theme ‘Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk-Taker’. More information, see "news".
Presentation at Houses of Parliament
The "Open Planning" mobile application, developed by Prof Koeck, Red Ninja and other partners, is showcased as best practice project at the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group at the House of Commons in London.
Video Installation: Béton Armé & Écrans Urbains
Richard Koeck shows his observational films "beton armé" and "écrans urbanise", both shot in Paris in 2015, as part of the Libidinal Circuits conference at FACT.
Video Installation: Moment 2:45
Pooya Sanjari shows his video installation at FACT, as part of the Libidinal Circuits conference. Moment 2:45 offers simultaneous vantage points of Liverpool “urban circuits” from 20 different locations.
Space, Media & Culture
The Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA) is a practice-based and multi-disciplinary research centre that is situated in the School of Architecture, University of Liverpool.
We are interested in the critical intersection of space, media and culture in the context of digital, networked spaces and spatial practices with particular emphasis on their social and economic impact.
We apply design and system thinking/methods to study trans-disciplinary impact and consider the theoretical/practical intersection between analogue and digital culture.
"Architecture no longer can (if it ever could) be understood as an autonomous medium of mass, space and light but now serves as the constructed ground for encountering and extracting meaning from cross-connected flows of aural, textual and graphic and digital information through global networks."
W. J. Mitchell, Placing Words: Symbols, Space, and the City (MIT Press, 2005)
CAVA provides a stimulating environment to work with experts in architecture, creative technologies, cultural industries, film/video, advertising/marketing, as well as award-winning artists.
The research activities of the Centre are underpinned by the cultural approach to architecture and the visual arts introduced at the University of Liverpool by Colin Rowe and James Stirling.
Our longstanding relationship with CAVA has enabled high value collaborations, such as several collaborative doctorate awards, publications, international conferences/symposia and much more.
"We are a design-led technology grown in Liverpool and working across the world. Working with CAVA and the University of Liverpool has transformed our business."
Working at CAVA at the University of Liverpool gave me the opportunity to connect my research to key cultural organisations in the city such as FACT.
I am pursuing a collaborative doctoral research with FACT - funded by the AHRC -
which gives me a critical perspective on the value of art and insight into curatorial activities.
My collaborative doctoral research with McCann Manchester is funded by the AHRC and looks in leading-edge virtual and augmented reality applications in the context of outdoor urban advertising.
We undertake research into the representation of space/architecture in film as well as theoretical and practical implications of filmic/cinematic qualities of architecture and cities.
We are interested in how urban form and the architectural fabric of cities inform city placemaking – e.g. from morphological, planning, sociological, cultural, artistic, and heritage perspectives.
With expertise that encompasses a broad and multi-faceted approach to maps and map-making, CAVA explores the mixed- and multi-media possibilities of mapping in the digital age.
We pursue interdisciplinary research in areas such as film/architecture, digital/virtual space, mapping/cartography, city branding/marketing and spatial anthropology.
CAVA researchers often use creative practices such as moving images, installations, augmented/virtual reality or mobile and location-based technologies as proof of concept for their research.
University of Liverpool | School of Architecture
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