PLAN CITY Excerpt

by Christopher Johnson, AA Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 1
4 December 2015 Architectural Association, London   there is a city preoccupied with the relationship between the measure of its space and the events of its past. intent on continuously rebuilding itself   sometimes different cities follow one another on the same site and under the same name, born and dying without knowing one another, without communication among themselves…   aroused residents demanded infrastructure be installed so they could watch   eager men come each day to replace the ads   new schemes constantly appear from behind site hoarding here, children have painted their vision of the city   locals post messages of zeal in anticipation   others, impatient, start to speculate. even infrastructure is not immune.   an atmosphere looms preserved vacancies are these remainders or beginnings?   the city does not tell its past but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners, scratches, indentations. a catalog of apparitions, outlines, figments, ghosts. erasures, blemishes, scars traces of former existences forgetful leftovers missing letters and disappeared signatures biding their time

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Sources: Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities, Cities & Memory 3,5 John Hejduk, Thoughts of an Architect Werner Herzog, Lessons of Darkness

Patrick Keiller, London

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