Reflection from readings and viewings regarding Urban Ecologies

Thoughts from readings and viewings

Simon Parker Urban Theory and urban Experience: Encountering the City pgs 1-5

What about the extra value gained from the worker – where is this paid for?

Sharon Hayes : Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t you think it is Time for Love? and Sharon Hayes “love address” for the exhibition playing the city :

This has an amazing generosity of self, plus a sincere sense of conviction and concern around political issues. Hayes is publicly announcing her deepest intimate thoughts and feelings along side her heart felt political and public convictions. Blurring the lines between public and private. She has made pillow talk of the public issues of the day. Further reading: – futher explains how she is able to cross political divides and to humanise each other to ourselves.

Simon O’Sulivan the Production of the New and the Care of the Self

Jane Jacobs: Neighborhoods in Action LF7C0137E486E311E Read: A Manifesto for Urban Political Ecology Heynen/Kaika, Swyngedouw

Interesting quote from this video – “Everybody needs networks with other people, it’s impossible to make community without networks.” This cuts right to the heart of the matter – what do our communities need? To be connected.

Neighbourhoods, like people have a heart, we need to be fully connected to enable a healthy life in body and spirit.

What makes people feel valued? They don’t want to be seen as lesser or “other”. This doesn’t happen by magic. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. In the case, of the auto-dependant city this is quite literally the case. Plan to help and create a meaningful difference to the community. Calm the roads, provide features of cultural significance. That makes a difference.

The average American walks only 400 years a day – this is simply not enough. Get busy making the roads acceptable for walking, cycling and thus community. Auto-dependence and unbridled roading cuts through community. Stop the dependence of isolating and statis producing cars. Disconnected drivers make for daily selfish and hurtful decisions. Death of community by a thousand near misses.

Condemning areas as lesser or slum creates the justification to build through areas populated by people of lower socioeconomic standing – we need rather to provide all communities with what they need – to be connected to each other – street by street, corner by corner. Whether by great walk and cycleways, or well appointed humanistic and culturally sensitive community hubs. Definitely not to simply road through with reckless abandon, to connect far away point B with even further way point A.

Levi R. Bryant Blog : Larval Subjects: Pan-Ecologism


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