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28 June 2013 Unpublished

City Rhythms

by Minh Toan

Our space and architecture is literally framed by ninety-degree angles around us delineating things like neighbourhoods, uses, ownership, private and public. As we move across these lines we establish a rhythm in space as we go from personal reflective realms to public interactive ones depending on our own tendencies. Often these individual rhythms clash in shared public space – how often do we find ourselves reading and reflecting quietly in a café to be perturbed by the boisterous conversations and laughs of others? Or conversely are we the ones enjoying ourselves with friends oblivious to the fact that we are acting to someone else’s annoyance? Clearly we share different rhythms in urban space in our struggle to find balance between our need to find connection as social creatures and desire for peace and isolation as spiritual begins.