Univ of Western Australia
Professor William Taylor teaches architectural design and history and theory of the built environment at UWA. Recent publications include The Vital Landscape, Nature and the Built Environment in Nineteenth- Century Britain (Ashgate 2004) and edited collections including The Geography of Law (Hart, 2006) and An Everyday Transience: The Urban Imaginary of Goldfields Photographer John Joseph Dwyer (UWA Publishing 2010). A co-authored book Prospects for An Ethics of Architecture (Routledge 2011) results from his collaboration with Professor Michael Levine (Philosophy UWA). Taylor and Levine are currently working on an Australian Research Council funded project ‘Catastrophe: a historical and philosophical assessment of urban disaster, ethics and the built environment’.
ArticlesIntroductionIt has been nearly half a century since the appearance of Susan Sontag’s landmark essay “The Imagination of Disaster.” The critic wrote of the public fascination with science fiction disaster films, claiming that, on the one hand “from a psychological point of view, the imagination of disaster does not greatly differ from one period in history to another [but, on the...Read more