"His(Walter Benjamin) perception, like that of the dandies, 'makes strange' the familiar and disregarded aspects of city life. It inverts our values: what was once seen as marginal becomes the essence of city life and that which makes it truly beautiful, even if its beauty is a beauty of ugliness." pg 5, into the labyrinth
The Metropolis is an ironic device
It respects the individual, but the individuals lack individuality.
It harvests lives for people, but of them rarely dwell.
It grows in the number of inhabitants, but their relationships narrow down.
It has more buildings then ever, but hardly any architecture.
Its faster than ever, but has no time to spare.
Its precise and... more
Urban growth is a form of metabolism.
There exists a life cycle, that begins from a center then concentrically expands like ripples, sometime coalescing into each other. The process does not terminate, but rather continues to create new ripples of expansion within the boundaries of the already established.
Transportation infrastructures set the limit of growth, and then the... more
The article by Holdsworth provides a critical view on the lack of comprehensiveness in landscape research today. To emphasize the unseen issues such as gender, race, class and other topics of influence that mold the landscape is, in some ways, a crucial part of landscape studies and researches that has been absent.
Holdsworth understands the delicate system of the human geography and... more