What’s the Situation?

I his essay McDonough comments on Guy Debord's "The Naked City", a diagrammatic map showing the multitude of potential ambulatory connections between fragmentary parts of Paris. The fragments are parts of "localized space", cohesive realms with similar "atmospheres". This, he argues, is more precisely how we experience and navigate a space ...from landmark to landmark, perhaps sometimes haphazardly. Other times with more conviction...but we experience the city in fragments, not in the totality as a generic map would suggest.

Salient quotes:

"Structuring The Naked City through synecdoche and asyndeton disrupts the false continuity of the Plan de Paris."

"Just as the term turntable serves as a useful analogy for the "spontaneous turns of direction" indicated on the map, so the title The Naked City serves as an analogy for the function of the map as a whole. It is no longer the streets and landmarks of Manhattan, but those of Paris that are "starred": one quickly recognizes, in the cut-out fragments, parts of the Jardin du Luxembourg, Les Halles, the Gare de Lyon, the Pantheon, etc. The act of "laying bare" the social body through the city's architectural symbols is implicit in the very structure of the map."