Carnet d'études

Atelier de recherche temporelle

Exploration dans la structure urbaine

Urban Place and non place urban realm


“The history of city growth, in essence, is the story of man's eager search for ease of human interaction.” p.86


“(...) Information, that is the essential stuff of civilization.”


“Space does not intervene as a barrier against some levels of communication.” p.89


“(...) urban planning has typically approached the city within an unitary conceptual framework.”


“(...) a static spatial arrangement.”


“Neither traditional city plans nor their underlying studies have successfully depicted the city as social process operating in space.”


“But density is only a part of the story.” p.92


“Traditional city planners tend to see the city as an arrangement of physical objects.” p.93


“For, in a very important sense, the functional processes of urban communities are not placelike or regionlike at all.” p.108


“The idea of community has similarly been tied to the idea of place.”


“I suspect that the spatial range of intercourse varies directly as some function of a person's level of specialization – that the more highly skilled a person is or the more uncommon the information he holds, the more spatially disperses are his interest – communities and the greater are the distances over which he interacts with others.” p.112


“(,,,) the most specialized people are participants in interest – communities that span the entire world (...)”


“(...) specialization is equivalent to rarity (...)”.


“(...) not everyone participates in the world realm.”


“(...) communicate with others throughout the entire hierarchical array of realms.” p.118


“(...) each settlement is the spatial locus of realms of many levels in the hierarchy. In this context, then no urban settlement is a unitary place. Rather, it is a part of a whole array of shifting and inter-penetrating realm-spaces.”


“We thus find no Euclidean territorial division – only continuous variations, spatial discontinuity, persisting disparity, complex pluralism and dynamic ambiguity.” p.120


“If we regard “urbanity” as a characteristic of urban life rather than of urban form, if we define “urbanity” more specifically as a function of the diversity and the volume of information that an individual receives, we might discover that Los Angeles enjoy as urbane a life as do New-Yorkers.” p.132


“(...) increasing a-focality of urban life.” p.135


“For it is this interaction, not place, that is the essence of the city and of city life.” p.147

Jean-Philippe DORE

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