Fairground Architecture and Crowds

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Drawing on fieldwork at travelling fairs in England, this article uses a number of
concepts—crowd crystals; involvement contours; cacophony; intercalary
elements—to read the heterogeneous interrelationships between fair-going crowd
dynamics and fairground architecture. The article notes an apparent lack of
interest in both these entities (from crowd theory and architectural theory
respectively); establishing an historiographical account of this (lack of) interest, it
situates fairground crowds within and against crowd behaviour, and crowd
theory, more generally; and draws on assemblage theory to develop an account of
the fairgoing crowd, and fairground architecture, that is responsive to its
particular characteristics.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalArchitectural Theory Review
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 Mar 2019