Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Questions for discussion 1.1

These are some quotes I found significant from Michel de Certeau's "Walking in the City", along with some response questions:

"The city becomes the dominant theme in political legends, but it is no longer a field of programmed and regulated operations. Beneath the discourses that ideologize the city, the ruses and combinations of powers that have no readable identity proliferate; without points where one can take hold of them, without rational transparency, they are impossible to administer."

"What spatial practices correspond, in the area where discipline is manipulated, to these apparatuses that produce a disciplinary space?"

"...spatial practices in fact secretly structure the determining conditions of social life"

How do you construct a "disciplined" space? Is it ethical or even possible to try and control space and structure the conditions of social life?

Quotes and questions from "Night on Earth" by Trui Vetters:

"...to put all partial views together not simply as composite vision but as a cognitive map that shows how each view can itself be explained by and integrated into some grander conception of what the city as a whole, what the urban process in general is all about."

How important is it to have an all encompassing view of a space as a whole? Can it be more meaningful to emphasize certain moments as parts of this "whole"? Which view is more accurate in understanding a city?

For example:
Giuliani's pictures (iconic and controllable) vs. Cabby's pictures (moments and uncontrollable)

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