[-empyre-] The city as a skin -- Sparta and the helots / time and space and movement
antonasoffice at gmail.com
Thu Mar 22 16:18:45 EST 2012
Thanks for the comments. Protocols are meant to be functional small scale legislations that rule a space through new norms. The problem will be who will have the right to act with such an even limited civil power in order to make urban protocols valid on a specific urban background. New community functions will be necessary in order to prescribe a protocol or to install it temporarily. The Internet can provide the grouping system in order that concrete communities of inhabitants decide to introduce and test a protocol. The municipalities may act as the legalizing power that could accept or refuse such protocols to run in the city. Protocols can be proposed through the net and be accepted from different interested communities; urban protocols organize independent autonomous communal structures; they can also regulate the relationship between the private sector and specific communities. In this case, the protocol formations will describe a similar task to the one we have in the net when we try to elaborate interesting communication platforms in order to represent or organize wiki functions. We run analogous risks that the whole setting of rules can be absorbed by the market. But if there is no other alternative for communities to act in the city, then it will be only the market to operate, to calculate and to take advantage of every communal function if we do not invent a systematic reply to this inoperative function. The communities themselves could make profit out of their own creativity through the net. Systems of alternative economies could be tested and implemented. A post network civility could be under preparation if we could better describe and propose new legislative tools in order that our projects for a different society may function. We need the operational formats to undertake this work and this is what the urban protocols propose foremost.
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On Mar 22, 2012, at 0:12, Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk> wrote:
> dear all
> thank you Aristide for your response, which will give me much to think.
> I had recently seen design models for public spaces, in think one project now actually intended for a public square in Greece, proposed by Alexandros Kallegias and the Sharisharishari collective [http://sharisharishari.com/] and exhibited as small scale models at the recent KINETICA art fair, and i listened to their presentations as the collective spoke eloquently about the new materials they are using and the "participatory" dimension of the architecture they envision, and since all their small scale models were "interactive," responding to touch, i became interested. Their booth had the title "Sharisharishari" ; on two tables you would encounter five scale models of an architectural nature, maybe small scale models of a town, an urban square, a stadium, a neighborhood, a train station, a field of wind-powered mills, etc., and on top of each cityscape there were these winglike canopy structures, shaped like hoods, tiny modular roofs of a pavilion. These responded to interaction, namely light, touch, and sound input: one had a small tiny keyboard and when you touched a key, say, the "M'", the small part roof of the city fluttered and moved, or on the other model the windmill leaned towards you or shifted over a bit, so each of the models had a life come to life when you interacted. Meiri Shinohara, one of architects, then passionately explained to me that they look for new materials that allow the "tensegrity canopy design" with innovative biometal/ 'artificial muscle' material that can flex.....
> I take it, Aristide, that you were not thinking of such models, or of of any formal languages of architectural design? You do mention "functional propositions," though; yet I gather you are proposing a politics of re-orienting existing "protocols" – reorganizing existing "functions" (and may i add , sanctions!) and your writing is more about protocols than about building?
> You said: >>Questions about the performativity of cities are to be posed, you are right. To me they can be formed either as functional propositions of concrete city areas or as exemplary designs proposing spaces that seem ready to be occupied for different reasons. This can act as an open question about the occupying power. Urban protocols are functions that can rule an occupation in another level than camping somewhere in order to protest.
> Your emphasis on protocols I find quite fascinating, please tell us more if you get a moment.
> On the matter of the peripheral languages, i will come back to that.
> Johannes Birringer
> Aristide schreibt
>> The public space is unimportant or "occupy-able". It is important from a point of view of architecture to make an account of this aspect of the communities that act in the cities. They can exist if they occupy a space. A different relation to what was meant as public space is recorded here. An occupied zone is hospitable if we accept its rules. But it installs again a different attitude than the civic: a civilian is not the performing subject of the occupation. New rules apply to the occupied territories in a way that we cannot say if we are or not in the realm of a typical western society. Furthermore from this occupation practices we may learn how a separative concept will perform new divisions of the old society. (Aristide)>>>
> Aristide: to reorganize the function of a person that would substitute the civilian is the major political task of today. It includes both re definitions of the person and the community. The problem is due to the difficulty to organize a common responsibility within a luck of individual responsibility. We are in front of this impasse and the contradiction of a responsible irresponsibility when we think about the anonymous movement. We cannot see clearly the operating power neither the procedures of decision in this frame, we cannot find any communal control of the anonymous plural actions till now.
> Johannes schreibt:
>> I also think we have not responded to Alicia's provocation to think through "peripheral agendas" and garner a different way to listen and look: "For the people from the South the thing we expect from the intellectuals from the North implicates a strong twist, deconstruct their global agenda and look again" (Alicia).
>> Thus, I wish to listen more to Sabela's fascinating critique of the "overclothing" or overtattooing of the skins of urban individuals:
>> she wrote:
>> "La fugacidad de la apariencia, a su vez, el desvanecimiento de la fuerza de lo espectacular, es contínuo; el situarse con naturalidad ante un vacío recurrente que desafía la subjetividad, impone nuevos comportamientos, estrategias de sobrevivencia y mantenimiento de la esperanza"
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