Maurice Amiel

URBAN FIELD NOTES: Pathways, Querencias and Sweet Spots

What is it about … the feature image that is! Much of what we experience of the physical city, in continuous and auto referential fashion, is given while walking and being aware of our surroundings … however encumbered the sidewalks may be at times! Please consider how our near total sensorial, perceptive and interactive apparatus …

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URBAN FIELD NOTES: The Neighborhood as Urban Commons – Two Walks

Back to basics The original Commons involved two groups of people: the landowners and the commoners in a mutually beneficial relation, whereby the commoners would have free access to the land to bring their sheep to graze, thereby maintaining and enriching it with the animals manure…simplifying it of course! We know that all this went …

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URBAN FIELD NOTES: Public Markets as Commons (part two)

A reminder, and an introduction. The development of an outdoor public market in a northern city may seem counter intuitive. Yet the Swedish town of Lund, for instance, has one in the format of an indoor four-season venue adjacent to a public open space given periodically to the holding of a seasonal open-air market, when …

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URBAN FIELD NOTES: The Commons as Notion and Places

Context Of all human territorial manifestations the most vexing perhaps, in terms of trying to define, is the one of the Commons, inserted conceptually between the Private and the Public domains. As conventionally accepted, the Private domain is strictly accessible to, and used by the few it belongs to; and the Public domain is accessible …

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Cultural Weekly's Pushcart Prize Nominees Announced

Cultural Weekly has announced six nominees for this year’s Pushcart Prize. They are: Paul Rogov for “Isis Syzgy: Reunion in Pere-Lachaise,” Judi Kaufman for “A Tumor is a Tumor,” Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo for “Our Lady of the Water Gallons,” Melissa Morphew for “By Their Image Shall Ye Know Them,” Adam Leipzig for “If You Can’t Afford …

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