In “(Re)Presenting the Street,” Rubin challenges conventional notions of city planning that mistakenly perceive the city as singular object that can be ‘fixed’ as such. He proposes an alternative way of examining the “street as a diverse social space” which exists in a “jarring, fragmented succession of images and encounters that characterize the lived experience of the modern city” through... more
There has been a notable shift in the approach to planning from modernist thinking (Le Corbusier and those influenced by his thinking such as Robert Moses) to later approaches such as the Smithsons from Team 10 and today (New Urbanists for example) - the former approached urban interventions from above (a studio set up in a hotel suite thirty floors above the ground), whereas the latter... more
“Poe was one of the greatest technicians of modern literature.” (Benjamin, 42)
“Poe's famous tale 'The Man of the Crowd' is something like the X-ray picture of a detective story. In it, the drapery represented by crime has disappeared. The mere armature has remained: the pursuer, the crowd, and an unknown man who arranges his walk through London in such a way that he... more
This diagram attempts to portray the extent and diversity of food establishments on Crown Street. It is an initial step towards using restaurants as a lens to explore demographic and socio-economic changes in New Haven and Crown Street.
It is very interesting how the authors of the three pieces for this week use simple issues such as park use and bus ridership to express more complex and important aspects such as class struggles, racism, gentrification, planning, and the right to the city. I wonder what other vehicles can be used to successfully portray similar or other urban and socio-economic issues. Can we, for example,... more
I couldn't help but wonder how relevant these readings are today, and how they differ across different cultures. Many of the methods for analysis used for observation can be applied in other parts of the world, and I wonder what we may learn about different cultures in different eras when we compare such analyses. How do issues of racism change (or not) over time/culture? Or notions of... more
"Flexible design enabled Court Street to adapt to changes that could never have been anticipated by its nineteenth-century builders." (29) Brainard seems to be convinced that flexible design is the main, if not the only, reason Court Street was able to survive over the years. What about other physical aspects such as aesthetics? the stoops? the spatial enclosure of the street? Its... more