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street signs

 

Street signs is a collection of jewelry based on the patterns of local street grids through which wearers can show off their treasured possession of street cred. Districts du jour and trendy turfs, They are jewelry that represents a psychogeography of style, a syntax of suaveness,an axial representation of post-code opulence, a map of the fashionable mind.
In globalized times, the characteristics of place, community and articulated belonging seems puzzling. Identity is a maze, or perhaps even a cul-de-sac. The meshwork is an endless labyrinth, and like the library in Borge's essay "The Library of Babel", identity is a sphere whose exact centre is any one position and whose circumference is inaccessible.
Urban planners promise to produce formal systems for optimizing infrastructure and street patterns, one such system is "space syntax", a tool and set of methods to simulate, analyze and compose urban street networks. The accuracy of space syntax has been debated, but it has been believed to be useful to predict the effect of spatial layouts on traffic flow, crime rates, commerce and modifications on other social settings. WIth a space syntax perspective, the street patterns affect peoples behaviour, and these configurations become a part of the towns person's identity.The birds view of your turf tells something about you.
The urban landscape is hot and vibrant, and a greenhouse for the "creative economy". Streets, and their catwalks, define the germinal aspects of coming trends. It is along the streets the city lives, and along these stretches the energy pulsates. The streets express identity, the patterns local modes of organization. The signs of the streets help us communicate throughout the cityscape.

soho style
london soho style

To urban planners engaging in spatial network analysis, he arrangements of streets are not only channels of urban infrastructure,or the connection between places. Rather, they contain information about how a community operates and how people live their daily lives. Just try a session of the classic computer game SimCity and you will see. The streets are alive and we live in mutual agreements and evolve together. But reclaiming streets can be made on different levels of representation. Taking them on symbolically and as jewlery can be one strategy.

street compositions

The street grids on maps are symbolic depictions which highlight the relationships between places, nodes and spatial arrangements or elements of space. The geometry and axiality of streets resemble the strokes of characters or the lines of symbolic forms, the configuration of stimuli. If there is such a thing as a "city", it exists in the dynamic life-forms which rise from its material composition and the matter-energy channeled through it, the interactions, transformations and regenerations of the processes happening within this framework. The city is this process. The streets compose an organic meshwork, and topological domain of representation and a multitude of life forms. A maze of structured behaviours and their signs.

 

auckland street patterns
auckland street cred hotspots

 

For the planner, the ideal cartographer’s eye, the map is a source of power. The map guides the flaneur, the voyeur, or "the man in the street", who inhabits the desiring body of lived experience, the spirits familiaris. He lives in a scene wherein all social relations are played out within set rules. The life created within this pattern is like the organism and its DNA - a meshwork which orchestrates the organisation of energy and matter following a dynamic and evolving grand plan.

istanbul graphs

Cartography is intimately linked to practices of recording topographical and geographical data. The method frames the observation within its own principles and thus sets the stage for what this data can be used for. In contemporary settings, the landscape is set for intensities such as desire and its release through consumption.
The grid is made to create an optimised atmosphere apt for consuming. With mathematic accuracy everything is outlined and controlled in advance; appropriation can only happen with the help of more consumption. Whatever our action is it is framed within the realm of managed desire. As Rem Koolhas puts it, "Shopping is arguably the last remaining form of public activity." It is controlled by signs, signs which reveal meaning, signs which we come to serve. Signs engraved in us like tattoos.

signs, tattoos, streets

The street syntax sets its mark on you.
Your life is an activity within the grid, and you are where you shop.
Now, wear your mark of "Consumer Kain".


istanbul street grids
the streets of istanbul

 

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