I really enjoyed this week's readings, particularly Poe's Man of the Crowd, Bejamin's piece on the flaneur, and Thrift's Legibility of the Everyday City. In different ways, each relates interpretations of the city which individualize the experience of urbanity. Poe has an intense moment of connection with another city dweller in the midst of the density and vitality of... more
This map/diagram is starting to explore how news influences and affects our perception of physical environments. I'm trying to set up hierarchies of space, event, news, as well as the publication venues and date of publication.
I found the essay "Face Engagements" to be a really interesting perspective on how we construct urban society. The author analyzes the different ways people recognize (or do not recognize) the presence of others in the public urban sphere. The most interesting discussion centers around "civil inattention" which is the subtle and courteous, but totally legible, way in which... more
The Ecological Approach to the Study of the Human Community
R.D. McKenzie (1924)
R.D. McKenzie's "The Ecological Approach to the Study of the Human Community" suggests that the spatial and temporal distribution of human society can be understood by analyzing it like scientists analyze plant and animal ecology - that is to say systematically and scientifically.... more
As an architecture student, I found Holdsworth's essay to be a great provocation. In school we are asked to produce, produce, produce. Through our many plans, sections, diagrams, perspectives, etc. we are taught to represent some grand, great, or good idea about the built environment and usually we inflect those representations with some kind of narrative about the social or... more