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What are the habits of perception that shape our personal narratives of the city?

Focus is on experience(s) of walking on the city’s streets, and how these experiences can generate theories about urban space. The concept and methods of “psychogeography,” are introduced to help understand how people perceive and move through urban space.

Readings:
"The Practice of Everyday Life", by Michel de Certeau
"Errant paths: the poetics and politics of walking", by David Pinder

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Process of reading these texts made me think about several questions. The main one is inspired by psychogeography, existentialism and ecological psychology. Authors have a stand that people are not only passive participants in process of perceiving the outside reality but are the active creationists in that process.

We can assume that experience of urban space is relative. It may vary from personal and cultural backgrounds of observers and it may have a variety of levels. For example, we can expect than one person has different perceptions of a one well known region ant it depends on his current psychological state and motivation, but we cannot expect different people to have identical experiences of the same parts of the city....
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