Formulary for a New Urbanism was composed by Ivan Chtcheglov under the pseudonym Gilles Ivain when he was 19 years old. It was an internal document. I intend to find out more of Ivan Chtcheglov — or Gilles Ivain, but these are my favourite bits from ‘Formulary for a New Urbanism’ from the. Formulary for a New Urbanism Guy Debord to Ivan Chtcheglov April Guy Debord to Ivan Chtcheglov, 30 April Guy Debord to Ivan Chtcheglov.

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The economic obstacles are only apparent. This project could be compared with the Chinese and Japanese gardens that create optical illusions — with the difference that those gardens are not designed to be lived in all the time — or with the ridiculous labyrinth in the Jardin des Plantes, at the entry to which height of absurdity, Ariadne 3 unemployed is the sign: As an architectural space the club would quite literally capture local sub-culture, re-format it, and play it to back to ecstatic crowds.

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Some of the other oddities stem from the Parisian habit of naming stores after their street names, which are often rather picturesque, in many cases dating back to the Middle Ages. The Sinister Quarter, for example, would be a good replacement for those ill-reputed neighborhoods full of sordid dives and unsavory characters that many peoples once possessed in their capitals: The implication of combining these two negations is that by creating abstraction, one creates art, which, in turn, creates a point of distinction that unitary urbanism insists must be nullified.

We are living under a permanent curfew. It is a criticism as clearly Chtcheglov was keen to do away with Neo-plasticism in his vision of future architecture. The poetry of the billboards lasted twenty years. It is of no particular significance that in this specific case memory is the vehicle of these feelings; I only selected this example for its convenience. It must be sought in the magical locales of fairy tales and surrealist writings: We know that an object that is not consciously noticed at the time of a first visit can, by its absence during subsequent visits, provoke an indefinable impression: Stars and rain can be seen through glass ceilings.


Formulary for a New Urbanism

The urban population think they have escaped from cosmic reality, but there is no corresponding expansion of their dream life. A Biography was partially based on similar sources. Despite the ambiguity of the theory, Debord committed himself firmly to its practical basis in reality, even as he later confesses, none of this is very clear.

Chirico remains one of the most remarkable architectural precursors. These dated chtcneglov retain a small catalyzing power, but it is almost impossible to use them in a symbolic urbanism without rejuvenating them by giving them a new meaning. Furthermore it applied the functionality associated with industrial design into a functionality that would dictate how the dancefloor operated.

London ; New York: A Le Corbusier model is the only image that arouses in me the idea of immediate suicide. A Journal of Urban Exploration which appears to have ceased publication sometime in collated and developed a number of post-avant-garde revolutionary x themes. Not just the cops — the geometry.

Formulary for a New Urbanism (Ivan Chtcheglov)

The architecture of tomorrow will be a means of modifying present conceptions of time and space. In order to achieve this Chtcheglov offers a formula for urban regeneration in the strictest sense. Guy Debord Definitions. The ambiance of play is by nature unstable.


Past collectivities offered the masses an absolute truth and incontrovertible mythical exemplars. It is a plan where he sees the overriding priorities as large public spaces to prevent the success of a w revolution and a transport system to get people to and from work quickly.

He is destroying the last remnants of joy. Texts and Documents, Boston: We propose to invent fromulary, changeable decors. The Sinister Quarter would have no need to harbor real dangers, such as traps, dungeons or mines.

But this theoretical phase is already outdated. These dated images retain a small catalyzing power, but it is almost impossible to use them in a symbolic urbanism without rejuvenating them by giving them a new meaning.

Ivan Chtcheglov

Merlin Coverley gives equal prominence to this literary tradition alongside Situationism in his book Psychogeographynot only recognizing that the situationist origins of psychogeography are sometimes forgotten, but that via certain writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Daniel Defoe and Charles Baudelaire they had a shared tradition.

The Hotel of the Epoch. And an Astrolarium which would group plant species in accordance with the relations they manifest with the stellar rhythm, a planetary garden along the lines the astronomer Thomas ufbanism to establish at Laaer Berg in Vienna. Their intentions remained completely as abstractions.

Mounted on tracks, it can go down to the sea in the morning and return to the forest in the evening.