The urban lens as a way of seeing

Hillary Angelo’s essay From the city lens toward urbanisation as a way of seeing: Country/city binaries on an urbanising planet draws on Berger’s idea of ‘ways of seeing’ to examine and challenge how landscape is viewed and understood.

It talks about meanings emerging from different places, times and people – importantly with different power, resources and knowledge.

I think there is a useful connection between the visual and the understanding through the ‘way of seeing’ that might be used to build a connection between research and practice. I intend to revisit Berger to explore this idea further.

Regarding power relations, Angelo notes that ‘making-do’ will disappear with urbanisation. This is something I have noticed along the canal. I felt the ‘making-do’ added personality and a sense of humanity to places. It could be something to draw out as a contrasting theme – I intend to explore this visually.

Reference

Angelo, H. (s.d.) ‘From the city lens toward urbanisation as a way of seeing: Country/city binaries on an urbanising planet’ In: Urban Studies 54 (1) pp.158–178.