StreetSurfaces : A Guide to the Urban Underworld
Road Surface Markings and Associated Urban Mythologies in South Central London
News: December 2015. Compiling : StreetSolstice 2015
This is the website for those interested in the markings, structures and related urban mythologies of the surfaces of the street. This surface is here proposed as an active membrane, such as the surface of a biological cell or the photosphere of the Sun and, as such, engages in all the dynamics associated with transference. Architecture and urban planning usually concern themselves with the spatial arrangement of overt above ground structures. But here we are attempting to investigate the way the visual, virtual and metaphoric of this transitional layer affects the way we navigate both above ground and the imagined space beneath our feet.
How we interpret this lexicon is important to the vitality with which we traverse the urban environment. Some would say this is all there is. Visitors to this site however, may well prefer to suspend adherence to such creeds and approach the field with a more skeptical and empirical methodology. On one side there is the bricks and mortar reality of the physical structures, the buildings, drainage systems, utilities, etc. and the flows of metaphorical mind-space that inhabit this theatre. Some have called this Cloud 'linear threads attached to persona' and there is a great deal of substance to this interpretation. But this is by no means the whole story...
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