By J. Burian
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The streets of Siena, much as those of extant Romanesque, Gothic or early Renaissance old-town sections throughout many European cities, exude organic ambience, and an ongoing opportunity for a fortuitous encounter. Security, along with transportation efficiency and safety, are the overriding concerns in the industrial and post-industrial city, where surprise has become tantamount to danger. As facets of amorphous time and space medieval streetscapes offer anticipation and surprise as their very essence.
This is not in order to “fix” things, but rather to “test out” how to work with uncertain, temporary and open circumstances, because there are “always too many unknowns to give certainty” (Hillier, 2007: 250). To Hillier, experimentation involves “connection, interaction and duration – lines of flight that might involve new experimental discourses and new understandings of place” (Hillier, 2007: 281). A momentum, then, is a situation of instability, of unstable forces that can be shattered by a lack of decisive and ruling power, a lack of hegemonic discourses, Characteristics/ Dimensions of fluidity Examples Particular space Indetermined space, Free-zones, Borderzones, Soft spaces, In-between space, Smooth space, Temporary spaces Table 2.
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