A fluid, a globe in space constituted by mutual attractions-repulsion of molecules in the expanse of space. A product of
A City-Machine, computations of the actions of fluids upon
The diurnal flux of the river flow, and monsoon floods ‘level’ this formation, which is generated time and again. And a new formation grows over years. There are no finalities and fixities here, the new urban structure emerges in a process of inscribing and erasing, it appears and lapses over time. It is all a matter of viscosity, of velocity, of oozing and depositing.
Life exists within this mobility, animals inhabit the earth’s flows, on the crusts that form upon the earth’s molten core. In the oceans, the air and what we presume to be terra firma.
Animals make cities, we know
Animal practices articulate the body of this earth. By their enclosure they bring about constructs within the body. Constructs specific to a species, to a genera, to a group. They constitute networks, they form habits and behaviours. They have systems and rules, they even have abilities to transgress rules, apes are not cannibals, for example, except under special circumstances.
We must enclose, not from the body of the earth, but within our abstractions. We must enclose not inside but from the body of this earth. And we must speak about this enclosure. We have always created virtual worlds; or architecture, in other words. Architectures that speak about our existence, or of ‘origin’ and Techne.
Homo Sapiens make
Homo Sapiens have this unique ability to stack abstractions. To represent, and then to operate upon the representation. It is not enough for them to live, they must speak about it. They must separate from themselves, they must expand their
We must dwell within the mobilities, architectures we must have, architectures we must abstract form this practice of making
A City Machine
A City-Machine puts to test this simple statement: Architecture Maps the City, and architecture mimics the city: it is in turn mapped by the city. It is the instrument par excellence wielded necessarily by the central powers as they come to form the city.
A machine constructed of flows, and an architecture shaped by the energies latent in the flow: by itself. The place already has the energy and the material for
A City Machine exists in the City like Water in water. It creates series of articulations that come about as organs form within the media, the City as we know it, as its forces constitute a Flexion, a City-Machine is no more than a diagramme of these forces: contained within and shaped
The resulting condition: we see a ruptured body of the city, if the city was considered a corporate entity, this is a new organism sprouting organs extracted from multiple origins. Organs existent in a state of constant provocation. It is by provocation that they propel themselves and change. Urban systems are generated of this antagonism. One sees the beginning of a vast locational logic, a dispersed systems of pseudo places. The bricks of a new city.
The city will then be understood as a vast process of decoding-encoding. Values embedded into its structure [the proximities, exposures: the whole logic of location in relation to the system of flows
The decoding-encoding brings tangible shapes to the form of the city: its’ structures, signification and other identifiable attributes. The city, in other words, becomes a product of uprooting. Of fluid masses of the uprooted, ’I’ is placed within the tensions, the provocations. ‘I’ must constantly adapt, camouflage oneself [mimesis]: one takes a stand, or takes flight. People mirror, buildings mirror. Ephemeral ‘conventions’ come into existence.
Bereft of motives beyond itself the city represents only itself. To itself. Like an animal it constantly endeavours to reproduce itself. And devouring itself in order to reproduce. It contains, is contained and even consumes it’s own excrement. At times, we witness the twilight of the city. It copulates with itself. It computes and becomes a City-Machine.
It is an ethereal city. We inhabit it, wraithlike. We, the dream walkers.
Anand Bhatt, 30th April 2001