Forms of Resistance: Politics, Culture, and Architecture

One thing that I found interesting in the article Forms of Resistance: Politics, Culture, and Architecture was when the author was discussing fragmentation. During this short discussion, he talked about the “scale of the city” impacting fragmentation. This sentence made me think about the difference in fragmentation between the city and the suburb. In the city fragmentation is high; for instance in Over-the-Rhine. The connections between groups of people are limited. People of the lower class and people of the middle class for the most part do not have common culture or nationality. This difference in culture separates them in a way that is different than the suburbs.

In the suburbs, fragmentation is a lot less. People have much more in common and use these common characteristics to make connections with others in the society. I would argue that in a suburb, the word society refers to a group of people who share a common goal while the word society in the city would refer to a group of people who share a common area. The difference is that the suburbs have common culture in housing, schooling, and work.

On the same lines the author goes on to talk about using fragmentation as a design strategy. When he talks about this I am wondering if adopting fragmentation in a design will further the fragmentation that exists. Fragmentation is a different in culture, and if you use fragmentation in a design for different groups of people, it will just be one more thing that people have different. In Over-the-Rhine, if there are buildings designed to fit the fragmentation that exists between the groups of people, they will be separated even more by the architecture that surrounds them. However, in our previous class discussions we have mentioned the importance of designing for the people. Designing with fragmentation in mind is in my opinion designing for the people, but at the same time I feel could be harmful for the people. The question then is which is the right way to go?

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