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    Questions I asked myself.

    By Arjun Bhat
    Oct 2, '06 1:40 AM EST

    How do the conventions of live, work, play really apply/find relevance to modern life?
    Do these conventions' physical and programmatical relationships translate to the globalized condition of the city?
    How is a city really used?
    What is the nature of the relationship between the city's inhabitants and the city itself - is it reciprocal, one way, or something else completely?
    Is it possible for the city's users to dictate and actively control physical aspects of the city?
    What roles can advances in communications and media technology play in making the city more “user friendly?”
    Is it possible to distill a “city interface?"
    What does "city interface" mean?
    Is there room in the globalized city for a sense of local identity?
    How does a city acquire prestige, both internal and globally?
    What is the role of sustainability in the city?
    Is sustainability a lifestyle or a policy?
    How does one deal with issues of class and poverty?
    What makes the city porous?
    What makes the city stratified?
    Do the problems facing today's cities require radical new thought, or reliance upon traditional theory?
    Is a hybrid solution possible?
    What role does conflict play in the Ideal City?
    In what ways is the city destructive?
    In what ways is the city constructive?
    What is an Ideal City?

    The longer I spend on this the more I'll write, so I'll stop.

    I suppose I'll come to loose terms with some of these questions this semester.

    I hope to scratch the surface of the last question in my lifetime.


    • As (I think) koolhaas said: around the corner from every ideal city there is barb wire.

      Oct 2, 06 7:20 am  · 
      the righteous fist

      try asking these questions from the first person?

      Oct 2, 06 9:51 am  · 

      arjun- you are so curious, my little chocolate lover. look to the future. you musn't fuss on what you know or assume to know- jump into the pool.

      Oct 2, 06 12:02 pm  · 
      Arjun Bhat

      thats enough out of you coco.

      Oct 2, 06 12:11 pm  · 

      there there now.

      Oct 2, 06 1:21 pm  · 

      to each their own...

      isn't it amazing how a whole bunch of people can come together in a single place and call it home, stay their for entire lives, and love it dearly?

      And that this happens all over the world in small towns, big cities, and other communities and networks... at different times and from different perspectives... the world is a different world each moment, the world is a different world from each pair of eyes...

      it's a beautiful thing, too, simply that a grouping of people can appreciate the same place, hold it dear and sacred, and be proud.


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