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collage city (n) – a rejection of the grand utopian visions of “total planning” and “total design,” supplanted by the “collage city” which can accommodate a range of utopias in miniature.
Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter, Collage City (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1978), 1-4.
grid (n/v) – the “antinatural, antimimetic, antireal,” yet fundamental organizational device of the city.
“The grid is ‘the best and quickest way to organize a homogeneous population with a single purpose.’ On the other hand, whenever a heterogeneous group of people comes together spontaneously, they tend to organize themselves in an interlocking urban pattern that interconnects them without homogenizing them. in Manuel de Landa, A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (Brooklyn: Zone Books, 1997), 30-1.
“In the spatial sense, the grid states the autonomy of the realm of art. Flattened, geometricized, ordered, it is antinatural, antimimetic, antireal. It is what art looks like when it turns its back to nature. In the flatness that results from its coordinates, the grid is the means of crowding out the dimensions of the real and replacing them with the lateral result not of imitation, but of aesthetic decree. Insofar as its order is that of pure relationship, the grid is a way of abrogating the claims of natural objects to have an order particular to themselves; the relationships in the aesthetic field are shown by the grid to be in a world apart and, with respect to natural objects, to be both prior and final.” in Rosalind Krauss, “Grids,” October 9 [Reprinted in: The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1985), 9-22.
ladder (n) – a persistent void that allows future generations to make their impression on the city. Ladders allow for growth, difference, contestation, and relativisms on an urban scale.
Albert Pope, Ladders (New York: Phaidon, 1996), 1-13.

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October 21, 2011 at 12:15 am

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