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(Chinatown. Bangkok.)

“As case studies, Christiania and Orestad offer numerous insights into evaluating urban design from a political framework.  When presented as urban acts of insurgency, they expose the difficult but necessary task of designing cities for conflict.  In this context, conflict can be defined as the political friction that fosters democratic debate.  As sculptors of urban space, architects and urban planners must become more conscious and purposeful regarding the political implications of our work.” – James Thompson, “Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark: Architectural Insurgency in Copenhagen”, Conditions Magazine #5/6, 2010 p. 115

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If the Google Image search results are any indication, the time most people pay attention to the Chicago River is St. Patrick’s Day, when the Plumbers Union dyes the engineered waterway to match the attire of the drunken revelers.  With the exception of the Architecture Foundation’s boat cruises and other leisure actvities, a vital conduit of commerce and industry that facilitated one of the greatest urban transformations of the American continent, is now by and large an afterthought for most Chicagoans – a shimmering sliver of backdrop for tourist photographs.

 

#hackthecity #occupytheriver #criticalmasschicago
“Proper urban politics fosters dissent, creates disagreement and triggers the debating of and experimentation with more egalitarian and inclusive futures, a process that is wrought with all kinds of tensions and contradictions but also opens up spaces of possibilities.  Exploring the design of dissensual spaces will constitute the final part of this contribution. ” – Erik Swyngedouw, “Designing the Post-Political City and the Insurgent Polis

 

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related: Thawing Frozen Music & First, Do No Harm

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“The Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.” -Thucydides

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