Formulary for a New Urbanism was composed by Ivan Chtcheglov under the pseudonym Gilles Ivain when he was 19 years old. It was an internal document. I intend to find out more of Ivan Chtcheglov — or Gilles Ivain, but these are my favourite bits from ‘Formulary for a New Urbanism’ from the. Formulary for a New Urbanism Guy Debord to Ivan Chtcheglov April Guy Debord to Ivan Chtcheglov, 30 April Guy Debord to Ivan Chtcheglov.

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We move within a closed landscape whose landmarks constantly draw us toward the past. And the strange statue of Dr. All cities are geological.

Ivan Chtcheglov

Merlin Coverley gives equal prominence to this literary tradition alongside Situationism in his book Psychogeographynot only recognizing that the situationist origins of psychogeography are sometimes forgotten, but that via certain writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Daniel Defoe and Charles Baudelaire they had a shared tradition. Their very landscape is animated. The artificial flowers on Sun Street. The economic obstacles are only apparent. The Seine laps softly.

In this way the Hacienda became the perfect Situationist piece of architecture and the perfect setting for clubbers.

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This new architecture created the new civilization the Situationists dreamed of. Their intentions remained completely as abstractions. Writing in Chtcheglov clearly feels alienated from Paris.

Despite the ambiguity of the theory, Debord committed himself firmly to its practical basis in reality, even as he later confesses, none of this is very clear. The bold red and yellow colours usually synonymous with hazard in an industrial workplace came to express Factory Records as at once apart from the other discos and live venues in Manchester yet closer then any of them to the city itself. Presented with the alternative of love or a garbage disposal unit, young people of all countries have chosen the garbage disposal unit.

Night and summer are losing their charm and dawn is disappearing. After a few years of practicing, the psychogeography group that gravitates around the Urban Squares Initiative and Aleksandar Janicijevic, [11] [12] the initiator of, and main figure in organizing and leading this group, came up with the working definition of this procedure as: However, the Situationist International may have been tongue-in-cheek about some parts of Psychogeography. There was a certain charm in horses born from the sea or magical dwarves dressed in gold, but they are in no way adapted to the demands of modern life.


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This city could be envisaged in the form of an arbitrary assemblage of castles, grottos, lakes, etc. The Sinister Quarter, for example, would be a good replacement for those ill-reputed neighborhoods full of sordid dives and unsavory characters that many peoples once possessed in their capitals: Magazines and bands took to black music.

Kaufman, Vincent, Guy Debord: It was famous as the scene urbaniwm postwar bohemianism and existentialism Camus, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, etc.

Philippe Pinel, benefactor of the insane, in the last evenings of summer. All cities are geological. The changing of landscapes from one hour to ne next will result in total disorientation.

Those who controlled the music and lighting in their invisibility could become part of the architecture, and so the Hacienda became a machine in itself that could alter conceptions of time and space. The journal also contributed to the use and development of psychogeographical maps [10] which have, since been used in political actions, drifts and projections, distributed as flyers. Chtcheglov mentions the different quarters of the city the Happy Quarter or the Historical Quarter for instance.

The architecture in the Hacienda was present rather than invisible. Stars and rain can be seen through glass ceilings.

Those who have the monetary capital are persuaded through advertising to buy themselves out of reality into a commercial fantasy that cloaks their vision of the real urban environment and thus prevents a real engagement with their urban context. And by carrying out an intensive propaganda in favor of these desires. The sinister Tower profiles its imposing mass against the somber, dark-clouded sky. We now know that this endeavor followed the old normal evolution, arriving in record time at a rigidification of its doctrines and at x that have become ossified in their decadence.


Revolution in the Service of Poetry, Minneapolis: Meanwhile abstraction has invaded all the arts, contemporary forumlary in particular. The urban population think they have escaped from cosmic reality, but there is no corresponding expansion of their dream life. We move within a closed landscape whose landmarks constantly draw us toward the past. It was a radical break from the interior design for music venues not only in Manchester but across the world. The geographical limitation of play is even more striking than its temporal limitation.

The implication of combining these two negations is that by creating abstraction, one creates art, which, in turn, creates a point of distinction that unitary urbanism insists must be nullified. The nature and history of London were a central focus of these writers, utilizing romantic, gothic, and occult ideas to describe and transform the city.

Our imaginations, haunted by the old archetypes, have remained far behind the sophistication of the machines. Psychogeography, as a term and a concept, now reaches more British eyes than ever urbanim, as novelist Will Self had a column of that name which started out in the British Airways Inflight magazine and then appeared weekly in the Saturday magazine of The Independent newspaper until October Past chtcheglovv offered the masses an absolute truth and incontrovertible mythical exemplars.

Reprinted in Internationale Situationniste 2 Paris, December A city design he argues that has no other purpose than a commercial one and thus ignores the importance of culture and play for the populace.

Ivan Chtcheglov

Philippe Pinel, benefactor of the insane, fading in the last evenings of summer. It is easy to imagine the fantastic future possibilities of such architecture and its influence on the masses.

The concepts and themes seen in popular comics writers such as Alan Moore in works like From Hell are also now seen as significant works of psychogeography.