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is dedicated to philosophically investigating architecture, the built environment and related subjects. Founded in 2009 in response to the severe lack of real philosophical engagement with the subject of architecture, the society has successfully supported and sought out philosophical engagement of architecture and the built environment.

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promotes and supports interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities and social sciences at Newcastle University. It does so by: acting as a focus for intellectual and cultural debate in the University; working with staff to make their existing creative and research activities more visible across and beyond the University; initiating interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary projects; seeking funding opportunities, helping staff with applications, and influencing funding agendas in the University, region and nation; and funding a Visiting Fellowship programme.

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is concerned with all types and aspects of landscape, from wilderness to cities. It is a voluntary, charitable association, based in Britain but with a world-wide membership. Its purpose is to encourage the exchange of ideas and to promote research and practices that engage landscape and environment.

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Legend has it that the British Society of Aesthetics (BSA) was founded in 1960 so that Herbert Read could lead a delegation of British Aestheticians to the International Congress on Aesthetics being held in Athens that year. Its declared foundational aim is to promote study, research and discussion of the fine arts and related types of experience from a philosophical, psychological, sociological, historical, critical and educational standpoint. The Society’s activities include publication of the British Journal of Aesthetics, a newsletter, an annual conference, regional conferences, lecture series, grants to support research in aesthetics, and an essay prize.

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is a world-class research-intensive university, delivering teaching and facilitating learning of the highest quality and playing a leading role in the economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England.

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Tectonic Cultures Research Group (TCRG) believes that buildings are shaped by various forces, including the materials that are available and what people think is the appropriate thing to do with them. The ‘appropriate thing’ turns out to be different in different cultures, and cultures can be separated by time or place, or might be going on in the same places at the same times, but engaging in different dialogues with different groups of people.

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School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) at Newcastle University is one of the largest and most dynamic school of its kind in Europe. It is one of the few academic schools in the UK focusing exclusively on the built environment. From the analytical work on understanding contemporary places and place-making to the wide-ranging teaching in planning and design, the school forges new approaches to creating exciting synergies between education, practice and policy-making in the promotion of social cohesion, environmental sustainability and economic development.

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promotes high quality architecture and design of public space in the North East of England by working with everyone involved in providing buildings and public spaces to achieve the highest standards of development and design and raising raise public expectations about architecture and design, stimulate public debate and provide opportunities for the public to become involved in the process of making architecture and public space.

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is publisher of academic books, journals, ebooks, textbooks, media, software, reference and online learning resources.

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is a unique research infrastructure providing an environment for academics and practitioners working beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. The lab promotes socially and economically valuable synergies with artists, creative industries, and cultural and scientific institutions, and the development of innovative research with digital tools.

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The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members.

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