Archinect - Insane Cities 2016-10-22T17:52:17-04:00 The Theatrics of Daily Life - Act II adityaghosh13 2016-10-16T13:14:00-04:00 >2016-10-19T11:56:14-04:00 <p><strong>Act II - The Setting</strong></p><p>Architecturally speaking, you are the anthropometric component of a built space. Every doorway, street and habitable room is scaled to your dimensions and those of your belongings and transportation. Once this configuration is fixed however you are subject to a series of interactions that have nothing to do with the physical world and instead is social, political and economic.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Every aspect of getting around in the urban realm is memorized using a representation of it even before you set foot out that door. These are communicative aspects of space that we regularly encounter in our daily lives. Maps depicting location, landscape, and subway lines and eventually, in your mind a desirability of association (Uptown? Midtown? Downtown!). Metaphors of physical space like openness and confinement are ways to define conceptualized space in absolute terms. This is your cue, like those x marks on the floor, where you know you will stand at the time you are supposed to. Ther...</p> The Theatrics of Daily Life - Act I adityaghosh13 2016-10-09T20:40:47-04:00 >2016-10-16T13:13:00-04:00 <p><strong>Act I - &nbsp;It Is You</strong></p><p>The stage is set the moment you step on the tarmac. No, not the tarmac, but the vaguely threatening square frame that will take you from the airport to the baggage claim and eventually to the tarmac, where you hail a cab or board a bus or meet a familiar face and you are suddenly elated to be in the city. It is the conglomerate entity that everyone refers to as a singular mass although morphologically it is anything but that. You have already started to redefine yourself as urban, you have begun the process of slowly discarding any coat or aspect of identity that would betray your earlier life, especially something embarrassing like being from a less exciting, slower and by assumption drearier setting. And in that process of molting your layers, dear caterpillar, your performance has begun.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">The cities of today, more than ever before, are about their publics. A New Yorker or a Londoner is as much a sampling of the city&rsquo;s flavor as say the Empire State building or the...</p>