Thwarted Desires

Jay Walking | Outlawing Desire Lines

By askauk / 26th February 2014 / 0 Comments

“Jay walking” is a politically loaded phrase. A century-old invention—a derogatory term implying the target is an empty-headed yokel—a term latched onto by the motor industry in a co-ordinated, boy-scout-endorsed rebuttal of a campaign to mechanically limit motor speeds—and a highly successful attempt to put the responsibility for increasing pedestrian deaths squarely on the shoulders of…

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Getting Lost in Ikea

By askauk / 28th September 2013 / 0 Comments

Anyone who desires to lose three hours of their life can easily do so by making a quick trip to Ikea. Getting lost in this retail behemoth is an obligatory experience for modern urbanites. Ikea is designed deliberately to confuse—to keep you in its warren for as long as possible and maximise the chance of impulse…

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Discouraging Desire

By askauk / 1st August 2013 / 0 Comments

“For many types of vegetation, as few as 15 people per year walking along the same route leave a discernible path.” Walking sociably two or more abreast, avoiding mud on a well worn path, exploring the edges of existing paths—all contribute to the break down and widening of existing paths. Erosion breeds further erosion. A…

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