Right now, I’m working on a project about landscape, bodies and power.1
As part of this, I’ve been thinking about how to visualise how power operates in cities. Here’s a sketch:
Some of the ideas I wanted to explore or get across are these:
- Cities are ways of dividing up space into body sized units.
- The ideal citizen is the static citizen, occupying a particular space – an office, a theatre seat, a chair in a restaurant. Even when you move around a city you frequently do it sitting down – on a bus, in a taxi, a train, a subway.
- City spaces are uniform and regular. They’re designed to be the same so that all bodies can use them.
- You don’t see the sky much in cities.
- Cities can feel pretty claustrophobic.
Does it work?
1. Heavy huh?