StreetSpace Studio: Architecture Learns Anthropology

Agustina Martire

Department of Architecture, School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast


StreetSpace is a research and teaching project at Queen’s University Belfast, led by Dr Agustina Martire, lecturer in Architecture. The project investigates the significance of local mixed streets through their urban form, histories and experiences. It challenges the accepted urban analysis of built environment disciplines by establishing links with other disciplines involved in the study of the urban environment. 

This articleexposes the work carried out in the project during 2018-19, where a group of architecture students investigated the essence of a street, the corridor made by Donegall Street, Clifton Street and Crumlin Road in Belfast, by doing ethnographic research of the area. The use of graphic anthropology was instrumental in devising a series of architectural and urban interventions on the street. These interventions responded to the needs of the people and place, by directly reflecting the concerns of those who inhabit, work and use the streets and their buildings.

Author contact: a.martire [at]

Citation: Martire, A., 2019. “StreetSpace Studio: Architecture Learns Anthropology”, Irish Journal of Anthropology, 22(1), 336-347.