Lindsay Bremner: FILTER_FUNNEL
Lindsay Bremner: FILTER_FUNNEL

Lindsay Bremner: FILTER_FUNNEL

Filter_Funnel is a sample of FOLDED OCEAN, an on-going experimental research project into the organizational and spatial logics of the Indian Ocean world, a fluid, anti-geographical space where many transnational systems, practices and imaginaries intersect. It is about Lamu, a former slave trading city, Islamic seaport and world heritage site on the northern coast of Kenya, where a new deep-water port is under construction. I examine the proposed port infrastructure as a spatial formula with magical powers, in which many of the wider political dynamics, strategic interests, networks, alliances and machinations re-shaping the contemporary Indian Ocean world are entangled.


Tuesday 12 June – 10am @ CRA – RHB 312 Goldsmiths Main Building — all welcome



Keller Easterling, “Zone,” in Urban Transformation, ed. Ilke and Andreas Ruby (Berlin: Ruby Press, 2008), 30-45.

Ridwan Laher,“Resisting Development in Kenya’s Lamu District: A Postcolonial reading”, Africa Institute of South Africa Policy Briefing No. 48, April 2011.

Mikey Salter and Johanna Von Braun, “Bio-cultural Community Protocols: Bridging the Gap between Customary, National and International Law.” , in: Effectius Newsletter 14, 2011.




Dr Lindsay Bremner is Professor and Director of Architectural Research at the University of Westminster. She was previously Professor of Architecture in the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and, before that, Chair of Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She is an award-winning architect and writer and published, lectured and exhibited widely on the transformation of Johannesburg after the end of apartheid. Her work on the city include Writing the City into Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998 – 2008 (2010), Johannesburg: One City Colliding Worlds (2004), and chapters in Johannesburg – the Elusive Metropolis (2008), The Endless City (2008), Desire Lines: Space, Memory and Identity in the Post-Apartheid City (2007), Future City (2005), Under Siege: Four African Cities. Freetown, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos (2002), blank___architecture apartheid and after (1998) and contributions to Domus, Public Culture, Social Identities and Cities. In her design work, Bremner takes on projects having a socially or culturally transformative agenda, such as her third placed entry for a Cyclone Shelter in Bangladesh (with Jeremy Voorhees, 2011), award winning Sans Souci Cinema project in Kliptown, Soweto (with 26’10 South Architects, 2004 – 2007) and second placed entry to the Freedom Square Competition (with Mashabane Rose Architects, 2002). Bremner’s current research, Folded Ocean is investigating the impact of global mobility, trans-nationalism and environmental change on the Indian Ocean world. Bremner holds a B. Arch degree from the University of Cape Town and M. Arch and DSc. Arch degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

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