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Architecture, Memory and Urban Heritage: The Shaping of Everyday Life in the Contemporary City

An Inaugural Lecture by Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Chair in Architecture

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School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

In this lecture, Professor Abdelmonem offers a series of analytical insights into the ongoing social and cultural polarisation in urban environments that dominate spatial structures of segregation and division.

  • From: Wednesday 1 November 2017, 6 pm
  • To: Wednesday 1 November 2017, 8 pm
  • Registration: 5.30 pm – 6 pm
  • Location: Newton Building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 1 November 2017, 10.00 am
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Traditional contexts represent physical and spatial interpretations of human activities, skills, thoughts and resources; creating identifiable and meaningful realms related to space/place, time and society. They acted as tangible intergenerational links with the past, reflecting the endurance of human imprints and spatial practices in everyday life.

Architectural and urban memory result from continuous daily negotiation and compromise between what to preserve and what to dispose of, shaping the distinctive character of urban living. The hierarchical structure of city spaces creates invisible barriers that at times define unequal privileges of accessibility and service, forming attached yet isolated spaces.

To understand the ethos of urban living, researchers need to analyse the historic layers of the city, its culture, its use of space, and the spatial practice of ordinary people’s everyday lives.

This lecture demonstrates evidence-led academic research into distinctive urban contexts that span from Cairo, Baghdad and Tripoli to Belfast and Berlin. Highlighting how cities' spaces and architecture emphasise boundaries and territories that are clearly identifiable by local residents, but go unrecognised by visitors.


Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem is Chair in Architecture at the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University.

He is currently leading the development of the University’s Innovative ‘Global Centre on Heritage Sciences and Management Research’, a research team that aims to engage with and produce strategic research projects with evident global impact on imporving Heritage Conservation and preservation strategies on the international and cross boundary levels.

Read Professor Abdelmonem's full staff profile.

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5.30 pm – 6 pmGuest registration and welcome drinksOld Library, Newton building
6 pmWelcome by Professor Eunice Simmons, Pro Vice ChancellorLecture Theatre 5, Newton building
6.10 pm – 7.20 pm
Lecture delivered by Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem
7.20 pm – 8 pmDrinks and canapésOld Library
8 pmClose

Location details


Newton Building


Goldsmith Street


Situated on the University’s City Campus, the Newton building is a short walk from Nottingham city centre. Due to our central location we don’t have visitor parking available, but public transport will bring you almost to our door.

If you’re intending to park in the city centre, the closest (and largest) facilities to our City Campus are:

Travel Info:

Visitors traveling on the tram are advised to get off at the Nottingham Trent University stop on Goldsmith Street.

Visit our travel pages for campus maps and detailed information on how to get here.

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