Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

And here William H Whyte’s study on the use of urban spaces:

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Paris, Capital of the 19th Century

Here is the link to the short film realized by Benjamin Bardou:

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Boulevard du Temple

This is the photograph I had in mind this morning, taken in 1838/1839 by Louis Daguerre. It shows Boulevard du Temple, a very busy street, but because of a 10-minute exposure time, only the man polishing shoes and his client … Continue reading

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Paris: Capital of the 19th Century Hi guys, here is a link I found pertaining to the video we watched in class. Paris: Capital of the 19th Century  

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The metropolis and the experience of modernity II

Readings for our second session are up on McGill Mycourses. Please post your comments here.

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A Spherical Montreal

An orange, a bagel, a geodesic dome; Decarie expressway, Fairmount or Saint-Viateur, and Ile Ste-Hélène; A representation of Montreal with three spheres

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Comments on readings

Comments on Walter benjamin; Paris capitale du XIXe siècle. Comments on form: As he notices the apparition of a panoramic literature, contemporary to the panorama itself, Benjamin takes us in a photographic essay on Paris.Benjamin uses the opening quotes with … Continue reading

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Everyday

The ordinary; this is what I seem to be interested in today. Maybe the different shades of grey have sank into my soul. In this cold January day, the brightest color of Montreal i is not white, neither green, it’s … Continue reading

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The modern city

The city became synonymous with modernity at the turning point of the twentieth century.  In “The Metropolis and Mental Life,” Georg Simmel examines the psychology of the modern city and its effects on city dwellers. Simmel argues that individualism is … Continue reading

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unHeimlich – Montréal

Something strange, something unknown, something unfamiliar. Growing up in a small town, I moved to Montreal to come to McGill – a new city with all its strangeness and uncertainities. ” When we confront new, strange and unfamiliar things, we … Continue reading

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