reede, 15. november 2013

Friction in Public Space

Reflections to the lecture by Pier Vittorio Aureli, AA, London, 13.11.2013

We should consider public space not only as a representation and platform of the common, i.e. as a (relatively) free and neutral, consensus-defined space for public activities, but also as a governmental tool to boost economic development and implement social control.

Friction between 1) the necessity of investments (financial capital), 2) a degree of social consensus (collective) and 3) methods of control (governance) seems to constitute the defining matrix of the (capitalist) urban condition to this very day.

Can we recognise the contemporary tools, technologies and methods meant to boost economy and implement social control? What is the role of the digital in relation to the collective vs. the capital & control aspects of our contemporary city?

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