Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Considering the Usefulness of the Flaneur

— How has the flaneur changed in our society with the advancement of technology, particularly the internet, social websites and cell phones?

— Can the attitude and the characteristics described by Benjamin be filtered into a way of studying an area, a street, an artwork, or a building by creating a system of observation and experience?

— Could we use the observation powers of the flaneur to assess the efficacy of past works, whether in architecture, art or city planning, and use them in the creation of new works?

— How does the experience of the flaneur translate from being memories, emotions and curiosities into useful data and information?

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