detour 311_via Monopolized Space
Le Monde diplomatique, 2013
Description:* (by author)
Between 2006 and 2013, the "Duty Free Shop" project aimed to deconstruct, make "readable" and make travelers understand the perverse strategies of spatial organization of airport terminals (entirely dedicated to commerce) to which they are subjected. With the idea, of course, of weakening the well-thought-out process of spatial alienation that the designers - politicians, planners, and architects - are trying to impose in a "monopolized" public space. The processes underway in airport terminals are interesting to deconstruct in that they foreshadow initiatives that are beginning to develop in other public spaces, such as bus and train stations, certain streets and squares, and, more expectedly, shopping malls.
*Extract from a paper by the author in French, titled “For a critical (or radical) cartography: An attempt at a definition and approach”
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