This presentation for higher education students is part of a new series; Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason Dynamic Learning!
Come and join interdisciplinary artist/author Tim Hazell as he explores Art and Urbanism from the perspective of leading movements, architects, urban planners, artists and philosophers of the 20th century to our era!
"The Urban Matrix" is a concentrated 29-page learning module that takes students on a journey through major developments in urban development and thinking, with an emphasis on multiple disciplines, diverse fields and leading professionals. The exciting text and photo displays give each section depth and impact, aligning movements and schisms in areas such as urban planning, concepts of public space, development in modernist and post-modernist architecture with global issues, aesthetics and cultural perspectives.
This learning module is the perfect way to introduce a formal presentation to the class that will no doubt lead to spirited discussion and can be used as the foundation for personal research projects.
The capitalist city, viewed in whatever historical context, and in light of its constructed spaces, is inevitably a collective. The relationships that its citizenry deliberately and spontaneously establish with their quotidian art, architecture and public domains are determined by cultural characteristics as unique as fingerprints. Taken together these constitute an urban matrix or identity.
Societal portraits evolve from an inherent artfulness that cannot be denied; a population’s need for joy, discourse, relationships, recreation and care of the soul that even the most totalitarian of regimes can’t suppress indefinitely.
Life is by nature interdisciplinary and urban spaces have always been created for multiple purposes. However, it’s also clear that such designated “playful” zones for recreation and repose, can be manipulated to reflect aspects of municipal control.
The vision of post-structuralist thinkers such as Foucault emphasized the concept of a metaphorical space of liberty, in which existed the State and other private entities that constituted a point of departure for critical-rational debate. The argument was public, all could join in, and the theme was the legitimate use of power. This debate, in order to not become a mere simulation, required the coming together and diverse variations of logic and speech of many social groups. True liberty of thought and action must relate to and vibrate sympathetically with the changes and schisms of living society - the world at our feet. This is also a transformation of the feudal state into one of flexible capitalism and commerce.