Streets are outdated: the ideology of ‘modern street’ was a result of the industrial revolution, it was a celebration of desire of the automobile, efficiency of the grid and a by-product of the linear perspective.
What if a new typology of street is to accommodate and create lifestyles of the 21st century: a celebration of world sourcing, a new graphical and analytical language, a new formulation of an individual, the crowd and the public.
As opposed to the traditional authoritarian, ideal, image of the street being portrayed in linear perspective, the 21st century satellite god’s eye view is another absolute, floating, graphic tool reflecting the politics of verticality. In contrast to the imposed perspective, the public’s perception of space can be analysed with social media platform, eg. Instagram, where users constantly pan between composed images, where a hashtag creates a virtual common ground. Instead of modifying an existing street, or creating a new street system in a utopian city, I am interested in the new perception of street as a common ground brought together by social media. Where our ways of seeing are fragmented, timeless, changes in scale and viewpoints.
Cultural common ground – #lifestyle – street of fragmented cubist distorted perspectives
Personal common ground – #Selfie – street of linearity, elevational space of enclosure
Environmental common ground – #winter (#summer? for comparison) – streets of ground conditions