Civic Geographies of Architectural Enthusiasm

Craggs, Ruth, Geoghegan, Hilary and Neate, Hannah orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-0131-1578 (2015) Civic Geographies of Architectural Enthusiasm. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 14 (2). pp. 367-376. ISSN 1492-9732

[thumbnail of Version of Record (open access)]
PDF (Version of Record (open access)) - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.


Official URL:


In this short intervention, we introduce the display and walking tour that formed our contribution to the ‘civic geographies’ exhibition and session at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual Conference in July 2012. We then move on to explore the notion of ‘civic geographies’ in relation to the architectural enthusiasm, specifically a strong emotional attachment to buildings, exhibited by members of The Twentieth Century Society. In doing so, we suggest that a more critical account of the role of enthusiasm in the civic realm is required for two important reasons: first, because such groups can be understood to be doing geography beyond the academy in the civic realm; and second, because enthusiast knowledges and practices are active in the (re)constitution of civic landscapes of various kinds. Enthusiasts participate in caring for buildings, preserving heritage, making community spaces, as well as creating and curating local histories. An understanding of who is participating in making these civic geographies, why, how, and with what consequences, is therefore crucial.

Repository Staff Only: item control page