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Folded ocean: The spatial transformation of the Indian Ocean world

Folded ocean: The spatial transformation of the Indian Ocean world
httpdxdoiorg101080194808812013847555
Lindsay Bremner , Journal of the Indian Ocean Region (2013): Folded ocean:
The spatial transformation of the Indian Ocean world, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, DOI:
10.1080/19480881.2013.847555

This paper presents experimental research on the Indian Ocean being undertaken within
the context of what has been termed architecture’s contemporary geographic turn. It
investigates how oceanic practices and protocols fold into spatial and architectural products
on land, figuring both sea- and land-based logics. It frames this ocean through three tropes:
as contact zone, with which are associated ideas of creolisation, transnationalism,
entanglement, compaction and multi-polarity; as circulator with which are associated
ideas of connectivity, passage, lane, route, choke point, network, port, dock and deposit;
and as ecology, with which are associated ideas of liquidity, cycle, rhythm and climate
change. The paper introduces these tropes and investigates sites brought into focus through
them, highlighting the wider global dynamics or processes they reveal. It concludes with
provisional thoughts about what these amphibious sites offer for understandings of
architecture and urbanism in today’s hyper-articulated, globalised world.
Keywords: Indian Ocean; architecture; urbanism; geography; globalisation

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