Are the solutions of the past still viable today, especially in face of technological advances of post-modern societies such as the internet? I’m interested in how urban environments, architectural and transportation concepts can be made more responsive to the needs of its current inhabitants. How cities can become more useful, sustainable and flexible. But: Growth and prosperity are limited more than ever. Cities will have to adjust to this. How will this affect the city’s surfaces in the future? Start to imagine!
Mario Lombardo asks: What should the surface of a city look like?
Mandy Greer answers: The texture of the urban environment doesn’t resemble, when experienced haptically, the pristine glossy static surfaces of urban planning schematics, but rather more resembles the cyclical patina of the organic world. The city is made of layers of time, overlapping communities, individuals making space for themselves on their own terms, creative renewal only possible in reclaiming what is in the flux of decay.
My work is all about taking what is scraped of the urban environment in terms of our bodies – the massive piles of our clothes and domestic goods – emptying them of one meaning and regenerating them with new life, and energy that speaks to the timelessness of human experience, ritual and story.
To re-examine the texture of my own city, I took my family, my husband and son, out on some adventures to hidden pockets of creative renewal, to vistas of work and activity and flux, to respond intuitively and playfully to our urban scene of right now, by creating images of mythic cycles of the temple, the shaman, the recluse, the compass and the future.