Drawing the urban highway: mobile representations in design and architecture

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The chapter considers mobile utopias in the field of spatial design; looking at the relationship between architecture and corporeal mobilities in urban landscapes, in the context of early twentieth century ideas for the motorised city through the disciplines of civil engineering, landscape design and architecture. These are compared with subsequent changes in focus to walking from urban designers such as Gordon Cullen and his ‘serial vision’ and the evocative responses to, and mapping of, urban journeys as discussed by psychogeographers. The themes that are explored are the relationship between distance, scale and the immobilising tendencies of the diagrammatic macro scale representations of the city in opposition to the micro scale of embodied experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearching & representing mobilities: transdisciplinary encounters
EditorsL. Murray, S. Upstone
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781137346650
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014

Bibliographical note

Susan Robertson, Drawing the urban highway: mobile representations in design and architecture, 2014, Palgrave Macmillan, reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/researching-and-representing-mobilities-lesley-murray/?isb=9781137346650


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