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PLACE

ARCHITECTURE IS A FABRICATION.
place is not xed. [time-space compression] place becomes narrated through accelerated processes.

Fabric of Paris from James C. Scotts Seeing Like A State

fabrication

is one such process.

vernacular, typology, and program are manipulated tools in the urban fabric. time-based mechanisms: stasis; modulation fabricator tactics: mimesis; erasure

possible consequences of urban fabrication: - foreshortened or protracted experience of movement - intensication or dulling of social interactions - increased spectacle - placelessness

...the encroachment of an indifferent sameness-of-place on a global scale to the point where at times you cannot be sure which city you are in, given the overwhelming architectural and commercial uniformity of many cities makes the human subject long for a diversity of places, that is, difference-of-place, that has been lost in a worldwide monoculture based on Western (and, more specifically, American) economic and political paradigms.
- Edward S. Casey, The F of Place ate

diagram from What is Placemaking? by Project for Public Places (www.pps.org)

PUBLIC SPACE AS PLACE IN THE CITY

QUESTIONING PLACE IN THE PUBLIC REALM

APA- OBSOTHE- LESCTIC non- ENCE Place ISOLDISTATE & RESS & SEVER IMAGE
homogeneous corporations & enterprises industrialism imports private networks exclusivity asphalt vapid inaccessibility newness private transportation desolation

opposing diagram for non-place

A readable city is a city reduced to a script that we must follow.


- Aaron Betsky, Nothing but Flowers: Against Public Space

EXTENDED IMPACT : historical evolution of the Hanoian tube house

pre-1800

post-1800

mid-1800s

1900s

present day

RELATIVE STASIS : modern evolution of the fast food restaurant

1940

1975 - present day

Architecture obliterates and constitutes the past. It establishes itself in relation to a time and place of origin, and it also endures and is marked by the passage of time and interpretation.
- Barry Curtis, That Place Where: Some Thoughts on Memory and the City,

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fabrication

noun 1. the action or process of manufacturing or inventing something. The assembly and fabrication of electronic products. 2. an invention; a lie. The story was a complete fabrication.
Oxford English Dictionary