Marginal Spaces: Constructing 'Other[ing] Home' University of Sheffield
Tutor: Dr Doina Petrescu
This dissertation addresses the relationship between 'architecture'and 'race'based on Awan's personal experience as a Pakistani who moved to England at an early age. It examines the 'coloniser/colonised' relationship, and attempts to define how a 'home'can be constructed in a country that is foreign; where being called British does not automatically lead to a sense of belonging and does not fully describe who you are. It examines the ways in which minority identities, histories and modes of representation can be made visible in space using a range of tools including the work of the feminists, the first 'minority group' to try to achieve these aims.
Awan attempts to define 'place'as an inclusive space, looking at the way the margin can become a home for those of us that choose it.She reveals the importance of the 'mother figure' in creating this home, and an identity, within the margins.This 'third'or 'other' space within the margins is revealed through an understanding of space according to Lefebvre's thinking, while the importance of 'everyday practices' in constructing identities is shown by analysing the work of Michel de Certeau.
A separate thread running through the dissertation is the 'thirdspace'of Awan's work, where she writes about space and city as seen through her own eyes.
'A potent synthesis of ideas: Urdu with theory and memories of family life' Sarah Chaplin
'Full of fresh insights on what it means to be an Asian designing and living in Britain' Flora Samuel