The readings and assignment explore the interesting subject of the derive. I have to admit, I am skeptical to the value of this method for its practical applications to urban design. I did enjoy my derive as an extended "vacation" within the city, exploring places I would not have gone or taking routes for no reason. It can have the effect of opening ones eyes to overlooked... more
The readings this week offer an intensive look at the role of public space within the city and the rights of the public (especially the lower echelons of society) to occupy that space.
In The “Creative Class” and the Gentrifying City, Ocean Howell from the University of California, Berkley, argues that “the Love Park debates illustrate the extent to which “bohemian” or “countercultural... more
In The Metropolis and Mental Life, Georg Simmel states an interesting viewpoint from his particular time period at the very beginning of the 20th century. He views the city several decades after the Industrial Revolution and reflects on the new urban centers that have been transformed into massive metropolis which now present new logics and affect their inhabitants in ways before unseen. He... more