Monday, 4 January 2010

Walkways


Often space is controlled in a subtle way: for example, the idea of 'walkways' popularised by university architects in the 1960s. Walkways were meant to join areas together and encourage students to 'bump into each other'. Even though this seems like a community-spirited idea, it does have the function of controlling space in such a way that students are discouraged from taking other routes. This image is based on a map and a drawing taken from the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon University of Leeds Development Plan (1963). Text has been added and dotted lines extended across both images in order to appropriate the images and make the overall look appear more seamless.

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