Category: Architecture as Experience Radical change in spatial practice

Reading two: frontier behaviour on the margins of civilization

A second reading of the wooded islands can be found in the popular detective novels written about the fair. In this penny literature, these islands, like the ‘frontier’ regions of the fair, serve as a site for lawlessness, inversions of proper behaviours and freedom for those who seek it. Certainly, the best-known feature of the […]

An urban analysis extended

In positing a ‘socio-spatial dialectic’ the urbanist David Harvey and others have sought a rapprochement between sociologists’ analyses of urban space and geographers’. Nevertheless, Harvey is careful to avoid defining the relationship between social processes and spatial form as uni-directional in causal terms.43 It may be instructive, therefore, to perform a chiastic inversion of his […]