after ‘a sunday afternoon on the island of la grande’ by jattegeorges-pierre seurat, 1884–1886
I think these are absolutely amazing - for showing our current, and old times.. And the impact of technologies.
"A lot of our ideas about what we can do at different ages and what age means are so arbitrary — as arbitrary as sexual stereotypes. I think that the young-old polarization and the male-female polarization are perhaps the two leading stereotypes that imprison people. The values associated with youth and with masculinity are considered to be the human norms, and anything else is taken to be at least less worthwhile or inferior. Old people have a terrific sense of inferiority. They’re embarrassed to be old. What you can do when you’re young and what you can do when you’re old is as arbitrary and without much basis as what you can do if you’re a woman or what you can do if you’re a man."
Secret city design tricks manipulate your behaviour →
Hidden in our streets and buildings are “unpleasant designs” that force us to make certain choices, discovers Frank Swain.
Ha. Someone else interested in ‘asocial design’
Examples of benches with armrests so you can’t sleep on it. tweaks to prevent skateboarders from grinding, spikes so you can’t sit on ledges. halfbenches that allow you to lean not sit. The white lines on the street to put your bike inside of.
I actually am not always opposed to these in general. There is often a reason for them:
Anna Minton, author of Fortress Britain, points out that many of these non-negotiable designs are in fact shortgaps to fill in for the disappearance of benign authority figures in public spaces, such as bus conductors and park wardens.
And when making Interative Exhibits / Spaces, a lot of my time is spent about thinking about how to prevent destruction.. And how to guide behavior to a preferred outcome/insight…