Monday, February 25, 2008

Urban demands ,

City's are the main subject in the urban architecture and outer fields that are more or lass related to what architecture is and how it connects to the world . In the last few years in international exhibitions as the architecture Biennale from Venice and the architecture biennale from Rotterdam had their main focus oriented towards the subject of the city and on how do they function . The next century will be a century of the urban where most people will live in an urban context . This context is widely analyzed by architects designers and urbanists . The way a city develops , expands , mutates and becomes more than just a simple living space ;it becomes a context for living and an expression of the aspirations of the people that inhabit them . a city is a complex entity that can be part of a bigger structure , context , infrastructure or city networks. The city is becoming a complex and layered place that is formed out of different places , platforms and public and private functions . The context of the city is putting the man as a social animal in the position of interacting with all sorts of cultural forms that can be looked at as different types of cultural behavior and manifestation .The landscape of the city can be a place of happening where the layers of subcultures mix or observe each other generating in this way the social life that keeps a city on it's "tracks". The layers that interact in the city context make different groups of people become part of one type of culture or the outer . In this way things become more or less distinct on a socio-cultural level . Some cities can have their own identity especially in a branding context in witch manny cities are found and part of . In the search of common elements within the city and what can it mean as an entity and as representation for the external world the city brand concept is a strong one in witch representation and identity merge becoming the headline of expectation for the person that is considered an "outsider" or a newcomer . A city can function and morph in different direction but the constant element that keeps the layers that are formed in time together is the flow of people and the fluctuations related to the diversity both cultural and economical on some sort of level .
The people that come and interact in the context of the city are shaped by the factors that are related to the cultural life ( and what is considered culture in a specific time and place ) and the economical values and exchanges that are happening in an given area . If we look at things in a postmodern way and try to make parallels between different historical time periods we can see common or repetitive elements that can be considered more or less a functional pattern that can be applied on different scales in some cases . If we take this pattern way of thinking and try to apply it to the present context we can observe or discover a sort of urban tribalism or local tribalism as an trend and as a group statement . The social and cultural layers of a city strive to have common elements and that is how in present times in the urban context we can see that haircuts , piercings, tattoos and fashion can have a sort of meaning . In this way one can observe the fact that in the modern , urban and 21 century city life tribalism and the individual desire of belonging to one group is manifested trough details that represent the features of an urban "tribe" .
Going out in town for clubbing or outer activities that imply socializing in different forms can make one person observe these "small " details that are encoded in the individuals and in the individual behavior of one person or more . A city is a big place and a night out or the social scene of one place can have codes that are related to self representation . In these cases the macro to micro ( detail scale ) view is important and can make the difference between understanding certain types of social behavior . In the short history of the urban environment certain groups of people that had uniques ways of self representation had to become outsiders to a conservative society that started making rules regarded to self representation and how should people look . On a personal level I encountered the same way of thinking from the conservative minds of the college teachers that where shaping "open minded "education that appeared overnight together with the new trasitionary democratic and capitalistic new society of my home country Romania .
So back to the way we se the contemporary city and people within it ; the main conclusion is that cultures or trends within a cityscape are important both as details that show the individual belonging to a social recognized group or as pure personal decoration that is accepted in a social context . This way of ornamenting oneself has a visual and conceptual relation with the way people stick together in a tribal way .

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