re: a “Trivial Profession”

Places Journal published, ‘Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning‘, an essay by Associate Professor Thomas J. Campanella.

Therein he explains why;

To understand the roots of this sense of impotence requires us to dial back to the great cultural shift that occurred in planning beginning in the 1960s. The seeds of discontent sown then brought forth new and needed growth, which nonetheless choked out three vital aspects of the profession — its disciplinary identity, professional authority and visionary capacity.”


Architectural Space as Agent and an etymology of divan…

Markus Miessen et al, in Fillip a “publication of art, culture and ideas“, on  the 2011 
Winter School Middle East, Kuwait. The Winter School is a “practice-based, multi-disciplinary exchange is designed around the production of space

Miessen begins Architectural Space as Agent by relating the model of the Winter School to the locally, historic socio-spatial phenomenon of dewaniya. He explains: “In describing the school as an autonomous space, one could arguably compare it to the dewaniya: a “protected space,” a congregation site, and a lobbying device for political thought.” Part of the discussion revolves around the idea of defining dewaniya, meaning is it more a thing or a process? Even the Wikipedia definition evokes the idea of a gathering/phenomenon although there is also a etymological link to the English word divan/diwan.

Patricia Reed ends the conversation with the following passage: “Interfacing this description of the Lefebvrian body and his project to revolutionize the everyday with the agency of play, we could further infer that to revolutionize our experience of the everyday requires an ethos of play through inappropriating the codes and materials of the spatial. Through inappropriation I think we open more possibilities of use (symbolic and actual) and thus experience, rather than undergoing a purely mimetic experience through the reproductive force of appropriation.


Urban States

Sort of related, the image of above poster via Orhan Ayyuce