Tag Archives: urbanism

Sketches on Mutant Design (or, Situationism at the after party)

[This has been cross-posted with discussion over at Synthetic Zero] (worldmap: command and control) Beyond the Judgement of God. Meltdown: planetary china-syndrome, dissolution of the biosphere into the technosphere, terminal speculative bubble crisis, ultravirus, and revolution stripped of all christian-socialist … Continue reading

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The Imagined Architecture: Three Quotes

De Chirico remains one of the most remarkable architectural precursors. He was grappling with the problems of absences and presences in time and space. We know that an object that is not consciously noticed at the time of a first … Continue reading

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Metropolis, Media, Mechanosphere

  I. In 2007, a group of some two-hundred entrepreneurs representing technological start-ups descended on Seattle for “a wine and cheese party” organized by Amazon and Madrona Venture Group, an early investor in the tech corporations like the aforementioned digital … Continue reading

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The Formula for Overthrowing the World

“The Hacienda must be built” – Ivan Chtcheglov, Formularly for a New Urbanism  “From Ivan Chtcheglov’s 1953 essay “Formulary for a New Urbanism” with it’s references to Campanella (“there is no longer any Temple of the Sun”) through to Debord’s recent … Continue reading

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Diving Into the Beach Beneath the Streets

Bradley Garrett has posed a radicalization of the (already radical) practice of ‘urban exploration’ – the opening up and diving into the places of the city that are normally excluded from the terrain of our everyday life. For Garrett, urban … Continue reading

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Communique from the Committee for the Liberation of Autonomous Amusement: on the question of labor

Of all the things that the Committee for the Liberation of Autonomous Amusement calls for, it is the immediate refusal of labor on a mass scale and the repudiation of its status as a noble value. Capitalism elevated this system … Continue reading

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Communique from the Committee for the Liberation of Autonomous Amusement: on the foreclosure of possibility in everyday life

 We were taught that the map is not the territory, and how the way we perceive the world does not necessarily reflect the way the world truly is. Nobody taught us that not only is there a discrepancy between the … Continue reading

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Notes on Empire as an Environment

Institutional Structure of Empire Empire is the transnational capitalist state; the embodiment of the capital flows that move across the smooth surfaces of the globe, the elite figures whose class cannot truly be locked into a national framework, the subordination … Continue reading

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Super-Hybridity

In Sonic Warfare, Steve Goodman discusses a type of music, primarily electronic in nature and mediation, that is forming in the poverty-stricken underbellies of the global metropolises. Aside from technological and certain aesthetic brushes (concentration on rhythm, sampling, mixing, extensive … Continue reading

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Urban Drifting, part 1: The Controlled City

When the Europeans landed on the shores of far-off lands, traversing the geographies of the Other, they brought with them what the perceived to be the light of civilization. This was the light of the Enlightenment – creative, mutable forces … Continue reading

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