A Brief Microgeography of the University of Surrey Campus

A lovely post about walking and noticing the small things 🙂


Microgeography is the study of the specific effects of the geographical environment on the behaviour, of the overlooked, but ubiquitous and important microbiota of our urban landscapes. The relationship between an urban environment, and its microbial and human inhabitants, is explored through informed observation, and also via a variety of playful and inventive strategies. Its aim is to take pedestrians off their predictable macroscopic paths and jolt them into a new awareness of the urban microbiological landscape, and of a hidden yet profound world. When observed microgeographically an urban environment becomes a vast microbiology experiment that replicates many of the processes that would be used in a laboratory. Once we open our eyes to this world,  we find its signatures everywhere. Here’s what I found on my walk to work this morning.

A blue lamppost has been covered in a community of green algae. Where a sticker has fallen away, the striking blue base paint is revealed, highlighting the photosynthetic microbial community. A blue lamppost has been covered in a community of green algae. Where a sticker has recently fallen…

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Tracey M Benson is a lover of travel, having a diverse background as an artist, writer and researcher. Working with online environments since 1994, Tracey's experience includes providing digital media, web and social media solutions to government, non-profit, private industry and tertiary sectors. Her focus is on sustainability behaviour change and the use of communications and emerging technologies to empower community and build culture.

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