Category: Urbanism

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Zoning // the planned fragmentation of space

Technically put, zoning is the legislative process that divides privately-owned urban areas into different zones (such as residential, commercial, industrial) according to the specified land use. Each zone is regulated as to the density, location, size, and type of buildings permitted therein.

Zoning, nevertheless, is a tool for spatial organization.

Town of Fort Frances Official Plan & Zoning Bylaw

Town of Fort Frances Official Plan & Zoning Bylaw

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Abduction // the alternative urban action

The Latin American anthropologist Jesús Barbero characterises new urban cultures and their use of knowledge as abduction, which denotes an alternative action.

ancient-aliens

Abduction, denotes the action of taking a lateral exit in a formal argument, rather than going forward to the conventional conclusion. Understood as such, abduction then, is a form of resistance to the hegemony. In its best- known contemporary use, related to stories of aliens, abduction denotes an irresistible attraction for something that is apparently aberrant.

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Utopia // imagined perfect places

Utopias are ‘invisible cities’, imagined perfect places, idealized states of possibility, envisioned in the minds of designers and writers like ltalo Calvino. The term was first used as the name of an imaginary island by Sir Thomas More in his book published in 1516. In More’s dream, Utopian islanders were governed by a perfect political and social system – a system later given a new and anatomical twist in George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1949).