Regarding Deep maps

A deep map goes beyond simple landscape/history-based topographical writing – to include and interweave autobiography, archeology, stories, memories, folklore, traces, reportage, weather, interviews, natural history, science, and intuition. In its best form, the resulting work arrives at a subtle, multi-layered and “deep” map of a small area of the earth.

As popularised by the work of author William Least Heat-Moon. More at Wikipedia

h/t @Places

Regarding imagined cities…

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Monday, July 9th, 2012, Impossible Cities was written by Darran Anderson, an Irish writer. In the essay Mr. Anderson reflects on the varied fictional cities found throughout history, whether in the arts, architecture; poetry, or fiction. He concludes “A lasting consequence of these imagined cities is their effect on the way we view real-life cities…Today, we largely deal with the cities we actually possess (or possess us) but the great fictional cities have not disappeared…In recording and editing our own view of a city, however real it is, are we producing a fictionalised version, warped by our preferences and prejudices…Imaginary cities need not necessarily be invented then. We already inhabit them“.

 

Occupy and Tent city urbanism via Cryptoforesty

Last year in response to events Wilfried Hou Je Bek wrote, Occupy as psychogeographic urbanism.

Towards the end, Je Bek explains the deeper meaning;

#There is a maxim that a culture in decline needs to look outside of itself to freshen up and Occupy is a good example. It has borrowed the idea of a tent camp from Tharir Square, the general assembly model from Quaker public worship (as the Spanish Indignadas claim) and it comes as no surprise that David Graeber, an anthropologist, has become the most visible representative of Occupy Wall Street and by affiliation of the world wide movement. Graeber’s thesis advisor was Marshall Sahlins, whose 1966 essay ‘The Original Affluent Society’ is a foundational text in modern day hunter-gatherer studies (and often reprinted as a primitivist punk zine) pioneering the thought that foraging people are not backwards but free, egalitarian and happy[16]. Add Pierre Clastres’ observation that most foraging societies are not relics from the stone age but forms of self-barbarization, a way to be flexible and permanently ready to escape from outside control and you begin to see the true vision of Occupy: the tent is not just a symbol of resistance, it’s a promise of tactical lightness that is not defined by protest but by its incorporation of alternative sources of practical skill. Occupy doesn’t need politicians, it needs Eskimo’s, Aboriginals, Bushmen and other people with genuine commitment to their independence. Looked at like this the Occupy movement is not an anarchist movement but an anthropological experiment“…

Alan Moore re: anarchism and psychogeography

The Occupied Times of London recently published an interview with Alan Moore.

“In anarchy’s insistence on no leaders is the implication that each man or woman takes on the responsibility of being their own master and commander; the pursuit of these demanding duties being the sole means by which meaningful individual freedom is attained…The concept of psychogeography, derived at least in part from Situationist conceptions of the city, is a means by which a territory can be understood and owned, an occupation in the intellectual sense.

Hood and Home

Written recently on the occasion of my move-in with the SO. Thoughts and comparison between my old and new home(s) and neighborhood(s).

Hood
Lived downtown adjacent for almost 10 yrs. In two different but houses both within a block of each other. First on 524 NW 2nd St then for 4 yrs 541 NW 3rd St. Reflecting on the idea of a neighborhood. Of a hood of neighbors? I didn’t know all my neighbors but i knew the neighborhood. Mostly family, with a growing student population. I have moved from Pleasant Street (also see http://www.pleasantstreet.net/) to the West-side. Although not quite. Still, almost University Park. Further west means not as walk-able. Not in the same way, as being able to walk (in 5-10 mins) to two grocery stores or bars, restaurants etc. At least not downtown ones. Although, the establishments of Mid-town, including the campus stadiums, are surprisingly close. Plus, bicycling not walking is my chief, regular form of transportation and that hasn’t been impacted by the move. If anything I am bicycling more and walking less.

The new neighborhood sits in the middle of an important urban creek-shed, whereas my old one had no water-bodies. This in itself is different and presents its own ecological interests and possible explorations. And although I had some local owls in Pleasant Street, they are a more abundant and vocal presence at our new home.

Home

For so long I lived in cracker houses, elevated off the ground and made of wood with a front and back porch. Easy (enough) to work-on. I assisted my old landlord with some of his renovations. Easy to crawl under. An architectural cousin, I’ve long felt to the New Orleans shotgun style. An architecture so regionally reflexive in its design that some have tried to suggest it as a form of contemporary ecological architecture.

The new house is an old Gainesville brick, ranch style home. Because of the adjacent creek-bed there are some foundation/slope, movement issues. The house while it has less total bedrooms has a spacious internal layout. Plus, I have a long-standing affinity for brick homes after a youth spent being raised in Brooklyn brownstones. Pacific and Schermerhorn Streets, shout-out! I do miss the claw-foot tub (which was one of my favorite aspects of the old home) but appreciate having a washer and dryer. Though, I should really just put up a clothes-line.

More exciting than the house itself is the extra space in the yard for experimenting with productive local landscapes, bug-hotels (subject of a hopefully upcoming fall post) and coming soon a chicken tractor. All attempts at making a more localized, resilient turn in my consumption. None of which are actually easy to do successfully, as they take real work and know-how. Honestly, though the learning process is to me more attractive than the production process(es).

Bruce Sterling on psychogeography

Over at Boing Boing Guestblogger Chris Arkenberg (co-founder of Augmented Reality Development Camp, strategic adviser to Hukilau, and a visiting researcher at Institute for the Future) got in touch with Sterling and asked some questions about cities.

“Q-How do you think the psychogeography of the city might be affecting identity and tribalism? Do you suspect the trend is more towards collaboration or fragmentation?

A-That word “psychogeography” probably means something, but guys who use it go out on Situationist drifts and look for urban ley-lines. I do a lot of similar activity, but I don’t like to dignify it too much.

More (here)