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Monthly Archives: January 2005

Multitudes and singularities

CROWDS I’ve been exploring the web site for the Stanford Humanities Lab collaborative research project on “the rise and fall of the crowd — particularly the revolutionary crowd — in the Western sociopolitical imagination between 1789 and the present”. The site includes introductions to historical crowd theorists like Canetti, Kracauer, Park and Tarde, as well […]

Building space and culture

Preparing for class this week, I was struck by the following bit from Elizabeth Wilson’s Sphinx in the City: Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women: “A neglect of the needs of women has often militated against the success of [developing world] self-help housing projects. For example, a failure to recognise that women as […]

Cities, technologies and socialities

Interview with Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert of Dodgeball “We never thought of dodgeball as something that would replace the process of making plans. Instead it’s more of a passive experience. I go out. I tell dodgeball where I am. Every now and then I get a message about where my friends are. More often […]

Michael Wesely’s cities

Michael Wesely Photographie Since 1994 Michael Wesely has been taking photos with long exposures. For instance, with up to two-year long exposures, he documented the construction being done at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin between 1997 and 1999. The sense of space and time captured in these pictures is remarkable: sequential events appear as one continuous […]

Hong Kong

Michael Wolf, Architecture of Density “One of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the world, Hong Kong has an overall density of nearly 6,700 people per square kilometer. The majority of its citizens live in flats in high-rise buildings. In Architecture of Density, Wolf investigates these vibrant city blocks, finding a mesmerizing abstraction in […]