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When Careri gave a lecture about his research on walking and its impact on contemporary culture and society in Rome, Italy in , Culicidae Press editor Mikesch Muecke was there, and soon both he and Careri were discussing the possibility for an English-only reissue of the book.
About the Book In Walkscapes Francesco Careri explores the act of walking, taking a deeper look at three important moments of passage in art history—all absolutely familiar to historians—in which an experience linked to walking represented a turning point. By analyzing these episodes we simultaneously obtain a history of the roamed city that goes from the banal city of Dada to the entropic city of Robert Smithson, passing through the unconscious and oneiric city of the Surrealists and the playful and nomadic city of the Situationists.
What the rovings of the artists discover is a liquid city, an amniotic fluid where the spaces of the elsewhere take spontaneous form, an urban archipelago in which to navigate by drifting. A city in which the spaces of staying are the islands in the great sea formed by the space of going.
Fundamentally, for Careri, the act of walking—although it does not constitute a physical construction of a space—implies a transformation of a place and its meanings. The mere physical presence of humans in an unmapped space, as well as the variations of perceptions they register while crossing it, already constitute forms of transformation of the landscape that—without leaving tangible signs—culturally modify the meaning of space and therefor the space itself.
Walkscapes deals with strolling as an architecture of landscape. From the Introduction by Gilles A. Tiberghien In Walkscapes, Francesco Careri does more than write a book on walking considered as a critical tool, an obvious way of looking at landscape, and as a form of emergence of a certain kind of art and architecture. From the Foreword by Christopher Flynn Careri traces a genealogy of walking across the twentieth century here, but the aggregate does more than that. This is a smart book, and more importantly, a useful one for those interested in what it means to walk through the banal cityscapes and suburbs of a world whose relationship to urbanism is once more in the midst of radical change.
If you want to support Culicidae Architectural Press, click the Add to Cart button below to purchase the book directly from us we prefer that! Careri is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Roma Tre University, where he explores an itinerant approach to teaching through the Civic Arts laboratory, an entirely peripatetic structured course which is conducted by walking, getting lost, wasting time and interacting in situ with the emerging phenomena of neglected urban areas.
Actually, he works on the living conditions of Roma People in Italy and Europe, and the hospitality of migrants and refugees.
Walkscapes. Camminare come pratica estetica