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Walking in the City

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 08:26 AM
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Walking is a kind of practical knowledge, which is a mediator between person and space. While walking, people designate their self, whether consciously or not. Walking is a practice, which was characterized by culture. “Story begins on ground level, with footsteps…”1. Pedestrian is a key form of metropolitan mobility. City can not be separated from the pedestrian, who is held to invite city to express itself. Walking can be considered the best way to make value of the city and space. Practice of walking is examining the creation of space.

Walkers can be compared to layers that are put in memories and history. These layers can be either personal or collective. Each time we enter a city, we fabricate magnificent order. Walking styles can variate inside and between societies. Walking people create a mix of rich and poor, men and women of different social backgrounds, as they work, go shopping, travel, and move down the roads. All of them are occupying definite space. People create meaning within a particular environment. Through the grounded experience of walking, people have originality to unite time and place. “What can be seen designates what is no longer there”2. The bodily practice of walking weaves together places, makes visible the past, which weaves itself into the present on a trip to the future. It is a practice, which creates the fabric of the city. The context of the walking process depends on how you walk and which direction you choose. \"The ordinary practitioners of the city live \"down below\", below the thresholds at which visibility begins. They walk - an elementary form of this experience of the city; they are walkers…\"3

It is an element of each person’s biography, a transient practice. But the physical body changes and differences between learning in infancy, adulthood and old age, and adjustments in relation to time of day, seasonality and the company of the walker are continually...

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