Los Angeles
The Mediated City 2

Fifty Years in the Global Village
Event Date: October 1-4, 2014
Abstract Date: October 1, 2013
David Dunster. Professor of Architecture, University of Liverpool | Murray Fraser. Professor of Architecture and Global Culture, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL


2014 marks the fifty year anniversary of one of the 20th century’s most influential texts – Understanding Media by Marshall Mcluhan not only introduced the media-as-the-message, it presented the world with the metaphor of the global village.

Half a century after the publication of this revolutionary text The Mediated City – Los Angeles – Conference seeks to explore the multiple ways in which the city of today is experienced, perceived, represented and constructed as a ‘mediated’ phenomenon.

From the use of photo-realistic imagery in the presentation of design proposals and the simulation of user behavior as a form of ‘space syntax’, to the making of contemporary city symphonies by a new generation of filmmakers; to the ever present moving-ad imagery of the commercialized urban landscape and the digitally laden experience of the contemporary public transport ride, corporeal engagement is placed at one remove from the physical world.

As Mcluhan identified in 1964, today’s global village is a place of simultaneous experience; a site for overlapping material and electronic experience; a place not so much altered by the content of a medium, but rather, a space transformed by the very nature of medias themselves.

For some, this is little more than the inevitable evolution of urban space in the digital age. For others it represents the city’s liberation from the condition of stasis. For others, it’s a nightmare-like scenario in which the difference between the virtual and the real the electronic and the material the filmed and lived, becomes impossible to identify.

In this context, The Mediated City – Los Angeles – Conference welcomes a wide variety of papers including theoretical examinations of the cinematic city; practical debates on the architect’s role in filmic production; conversations on the use of apps to navigate ‘metropoli’; considerations on the simulation of the urban environment; debates about the nature of the ‘virtual’ building; and discussions on the digital mapping of the world by companies like Google – and more.


  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Digital art
  • Urban studies
  • Film studies
  • Media & communication
  • Art visualization
  • Art practice
  • Smart technologies

Key Dates

Abstract / Initial Submission forms
October 2013
1 - 4 October 2014


Film and the City
The city in film | Set design and cinematography | Metropoli in documentaries, news and social media
Visualisation and Environments
Film | TV | Video games and architectural urban design | Visualisation and the ‘culture’ and ‘economy’ of cities
Digital Imaginaries
Animated environments and augmented realities | Gaming and architectural design | Projection mapping buildings and cities
Augmented - Virtual Realities
Technicalities and perception | Digital navigation and the physical world | Hybrid spaces – hybrid experience
Smart Cities
‘Augmented’ environment | The ‘internet of things | Parametric architecture | Computational design | Digital urbanism | Smart cities | Intelligent buildings


THE MEDIATED CITY conference(s) revolve around the standard conference format of short paper presentations. A book publication is anticipated in collaboration with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. However, the organizers propose a range of activity formats such as those listed below and invites delegates to make their own alternative proposals:

Conference Paper
Panel Discussions
Workshop Activities
Screenings / Q&As


The publishers that AMPS works with include UCL Press, Routledge Taylor & Francis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books with the publishing houses listed above and short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.


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