Monthly Archives: January 2013

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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Simmel and Benjamin

Modern metropolis is homogenous with conveniences for all states Simmel, as impersonal cultural elements and goods consume us that the personality can, so to speak, scarcely maintain itself in the fact of it. Everyone is subjected to the sameness. Individualization … Continue reading

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The metropolis and the experience of modernity I

Please post your comments to the two readings (Benjamin and Simmel) here by the morning of the 20th.

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A brief QR Mapping of Montreal

You might have heard that you aren’t really someone unless you can be Googled. In today’s world, which is inseparably steeped in digital media, your digital presence–your online identity–might very well be what defines you in many cases. In light … Continue reading

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Montreal Strata’s: Beyond its Surfaces

The concept of strata is evident in Montreal at many levels spatially, socially and materially. It reveals many layers of narratives over space and time, as one experiences the city in its many dimensions. I am excited to decipher the strata’s … Continue reading

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