Sunday, October 16, 2011

Another kind of textscape: the architecture of consciousness


The New York Times architecture critic, Michael Kimmelman, has a news analysis piece today, "In Protest, the Power of Place." Kimmelman makes the point, convincingly, of the power of physical place both to create and nurture community and to become a powerful emblem of an idea. Zucotti Park may not be Tahrir Square (or the Bastille or the Parthenon) but it works as an icon that resonates with complex concepts and emotions and that will affect politics, policy, and maybe even history.