Streets are outdated. The invention of modern streets in the 19th century celebrates vehicles, circulation and efficiency. Along with the emergence of social networking and virtual communicative platform, we witness the fall of the public domain in built environment. However, the desire to use the public streets as a scene for drama and social interaction is still evident, how do we celebrate the delay in space to stretch the functions of streets.
The above exercise uses Instagram as a lens to visualize the “desired” elements of four streets-capes in London: alley (Catherine Wheel Alley), arcade (Burlington Arcade), urban square (Bedford Square), and High Street (Oxford Circus). Each streetscape is fragmented based on public perception. The experience of space undergo a process of shearing, stretching, wrapping and scaling, respectively. They become a series of vocabulary of street inhabitation.