Dérive: Situationist International Architecture & the Modern City


Image: Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle (1967). Debord (1931 – 1994) was an influential French marxist theorist, writer, film-maker, and founding member of the Situationist International.

Dérive: Situationist International Architecture & the Modern City

by Matilda Roberts, Contribtuor

‘We are bored in the city!’ wrote Gilles Ivain, the French political theorist, activist and poet, at the age of nineteen. Boredom is a condition first really experienced, by many people, as students. Not boredom just in the sense of having little to do but real boredom where all you can feel, whether you have a lot or a little do, is an emotional flatness and a resigned indifference. Why are we bored in the city? For Gilles Ivain, writing his ‘Formulary for a New Urbanism’ in 1953, boredom is the price we pay for living in a rationalized world where ‘darkness and obscurity are banished by artificial lighting, and the seasons by air…

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