Architecture, Space and Memory of Resurrection in Northern Ireland: Shareness in a Divided Nation, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Architecture, Space and Memory of Resurrection in Northern Ireland

Shareness in a Divided Nation, 1st Edition

By Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Gehan Selim


252 pages | 73 B/W Illus.

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Northern Ireland has a complex urbanism with multilayered socio-spatial politics. In this environment, issues of communication, self-representation and expression of identity are central to the experience of urban space and architecture where the dichotomy of division and shared living are spatially exercised in everyday life. Unlike other studies in the area, this book focuses on the everyday experiences of local communities in both public and private spheres - issues of ‘shareness’ - challenging conventional approaches to divided cities. The book aims to layer its narratives of architectural and social developments as an urban experience in post-conflict settings over the past two decades.

Table of Contents


Chapter One Architecture and Spatial Memory in Post-Conflict Urbanism

Chapter Two The Condition of Change and Shareness in the Northern Irish City

Chapter Three Spatial Memory and the Shaping of Public Space in Belfast



Chapter Four The Architecture of the Linen Mills and the Social History of Rural Ulster

Chapter Five Defensive Architecture and the Shaping of the Urban Experience,

Chapter Six Community Architecture and the Question of Spatial Agency

Chapter Seven Spatial Voids and the Integration of Urban Parks,



Chapter Eight Landscape of Difference: Intertextual Encounters of Urban Justice in Derry

Chapter Nine Intertextual Spaces: Young People’s Memories of Segregation in Derry

Chapter Ten Images of Social Memory and the Construction of Division in Belfast’s Contested Spaces,

Chapter Eleven Derry’s Siege Monument and the New Segregated Urbanism,


CODA: What lies ahead?


About the Authors

Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem is Chair in Architecture and the Founding Director of the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage (AUGH) at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is the lead of the University’s Research Theme 'Global Heritage' and has led design studios and taught architecture history at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Sheffield, amongst others. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Professor Abdelmonem is the 2014 recipient of the Jeffrey Cook Award of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). His books include Peripheries: Edge Conditions in Architecture (Routledge, 2012) and The Architecture of Home in Cairo: Social-Spatial Practice of the Hawari’s Everyday Life (Routledge, 2015). He advises several governments and international organisations on aspects of sustainable heritage preservation and urban planning and design and sits on several research advisory and editorial boards, as well as Research Councils UK peer-review panels.

Gehan Selim is a scholar and academic in Architecture at the University of Leeds, UK and a fellow of the Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice (2016–2017). Dr Selim's research covers interdisciplinary methods in Architecture, Urban Politics, and Sustainable Cultural Heritage, bridging between the social (people), the physical (buildings), and the urban (city). She has extensively written and published articles that examine the socio-spatial aspects of urban design and research fields in liberation politics and geographies of segregation in the Middle East and conflict zones (Egypt, Lebanon and Northern Ireland). Among her various research grants are those received by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Japan Foundation London, Newton Fund/ Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). She is the author of Unfinished Places: The Politics of (Re)making Cairo's Old Quarters (Routledge, 2017).

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