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Feral References : Laurie Penny, Caroline Walker Bynum

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in References |

Read Laurie Penny’s Miley Cyrus piece in the NewStatesman this morning. I’m not yet sure if there’s something in the comparison, but reading it caused me to take Caroline Walker Bynum’s Fragmentation and Redemption off the shelf. In the European Middle Ages, women manipulated their own physicality to extremes; they did this in part to gain agency within their world and authority within the church. Women’s relationship to the public presentation of their physicality was complicated. Likely as it’s always been. And, as Penny very eloquently writes about Miley, as it is...

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Feral References : William H. Whyte

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in References |

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces is an informative, mandatory read for anyone looking to instigate and/or choreograph interactions in public space of any type. As a hint as to why William H. Whyte has been so transformative for designers, sociologists, and planners, I embed the below video. According to the Municipal Art Society, a sponsor of Whyte’s original work, it’s a “[s]mall fragment of William H. Whyte’s witty and original film about the open spaces of cities and why some of them work for people while others do not.” William H. Whyte: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces – The Street Corner from MAS on...

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