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March 15, 2005

Nomadism as Architecture

The idea of nomadism as an architectural construct is very poignant in Delhi. To be sure, this is a city of massive physical proportions. But even more so, I think, it is a city of constant motion, of sinuous paths. Perhaps more important than the physical architecture of the city is the nomadic architecture of the city. The paths of taxis, auto-rickshaws, bicycles, land cruisers, and feet form the vital paths of Delhi in all three sense of the term "path". The first sense is the action, the act of moving from one place to another. The second is the narrative, the stories of spaces crossed. And the third is the architectural object, the path as a line across space. Francesco Careri contends that nomadism is the oldest form of architecture, yet still the most vital and least considered by architects.

Posted by Julian at March 15, 2005 08:20 AM

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