ENVIRONMENTS

May 2nd, 2017 § 0

“…environments are combined socio-physical constructions that are actively and historically produced, both in terms of social context and physical-environmental qualities. Whether we consider the making of urban parks, urban nature reserves, or skyscrapers, they each contain and express fused socio-physical processes that contain and embody particular metabolic and social relations Produced environments are specific historical results of socio-environmental processes.  The urban world is … part natural/part social, part technical/part cultural, but with no clear boundaries, centres, or margins.” (p 11)

Heynen, Nik, Maria Kaika and Erik Swyngedouw (ed.) (2006) In the Nature of Cities – Urban Ecology and the Politics of Urban Metabolism. Routledge: New York

Opening to the broader dynamics, it is hard to imagine water’s flow without our other inner waters of saliva, urine, and sexual fluids. The city’s libidinal economy reflects our own, we reflect it. In different ways, Venice and Amsterdam are terrifically sexy cities, founded on constant motion and exchange of money and energy. Cities of great bathhouses in history are big river cities: Istanbul, Tokyo, Paris, St. Petersburg, and London. They draw in, collect, channel. In a seaside city we are pressed against a volume, its vastness inspiring fear and awe to which we may respond with indifference or a wide embrace: beach cities.

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