All posts by Prof Richard Coyne

Richard Coyne is animated by the cultural, social and spatial implications of computers and pervasive digital media. He enjoys architecture, writing, blogging, designing, philosophy, coding and media mashups. Richard’s research is conducted within the Digital Media Design research group. He collaborates with John Lee, Martin Parker and a team of about 10 PhD students and research associates. Research themes interact with project work in a suite of digital MSc programmes. Richard researches and teaches in information technology in practice, computer-aided design in architecture, the philosophy of information technology, digital media, and design theory. He inaugurated the MSc in Design and Digital Media, in which he also teaches. Richard is Academic Director of the MSc in Design and Digital Media, and Programme Director of the MSc by Research in Digital Media and Culture. MSc in Design and Digital Media MSc by Research in Digital Media and Culture MSc by research in Digital Animation Richard is author of several books on the implications of information technology and design with MIT Press and Routledge. His research has been supported by AHRC, EPSRC and SCRAN. Richard’s research demonstrates the value of a broad interdisciplinary framework for examining the relationship between computing, design, and contemporary cultural theories. He is currently investigating the way we configure spaces through the use of pervasive mobile devices, such as smartphones, iPods and GPS. Richard is developing this theme through the sonic metaphor of tuning and phenomenological concepts of mood. He recently completed a book for the Routledge Thinkers for Architects series entitled Derrida for Architects, and is co-investigator on a major funded project on mobility and aging entitled Mobility, Mood and Place.

Naturally Musical

Viewing landscapes “employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it; tranquilizes it and yet enlivens it.” That quote is from pioneering American landscape architect Frederik Law Olmsted. But it could apply equally to music listening. It’s well known that music encourages a mood, can support a sense of well being, and associates with place. But many environmental specialists and health researchers claim similar benefits from natural environments.

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