The Project for Public Spaces

The transformation of Times Square from a car-land to a sight of the walkable public space is the result of a process based on pedestrianizing Broadway that occurred during the Bloomberg mayoralty. In a brief sense, the portions of Broadway Avenue crossing Times Square and Herald Square were eliminated from the City's traffic system, changing… Continue reading The Project for Public Spaces

Perec and Benjamin visit Lübeck

Arriving with the spring, Walter Benjamin and Georges Perec decided to visit Lübeck. This city, that was before the capital of the Hanseatic League and an important commercial enclave for more than four centuries, is nowadays a sleepy conglomerate of elements where nothing seems to occur. Although Lübeck is the most prominent German port over… Continue reading Perec and Benjamin visit Lübeck

Barber, the city, and the necessity of untying the hank

Benjamin Barber was someone I always wanted to interview. His thoughts about cities, democracy, and global exchange resulted not only interested but also, in a certain way, inspired to me. Barber's work can be placed in two different scenarios: one political and another academical. In the first one, and talking specifically about cities, perhaps his… Continue reading Barber, the city, and the necessity of untying the hank

Looking for a free table. Some thoughts about territory and territorialization (II)

In the first part of this post, I described a territory being decomposed by the action of different groups that were acting there, creating temporal relationships among them and the space they were affected. In other words, I presented how some elements were territorializing (dominating and transforming) a specific place. In this second part, I… Continue reading Looking for a free table. Some thoughts about territory and territorialization (II)

Decomposing the front yard of a library. Some thoughts about territory and territorialization (I)

Many years ago, when I still lived in the metropolitan of Medellin, I was a punk. As a member of that subculture, I used to go with my punk friends to punk places. One of those places was a library. Well, the outside patio of the library: a big brightly and made of cement area… Continue reading Decomposing the front yard of a library. Some thoughts about territory and territorialization (I)