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ATLAS
IMAGINED CITY
CITY
CONTAINER
CITY AS NODE
FUTURE CITY
FOREIGN
DISPERSED CITY
WALKED CITY
PROCESS CITY
BREATHED CITY
PRESENT CITY
PAST CITY
trasformation of the ATLAS from spatial organisation to economic organisation
ENERGY
CARBON OXIDATION
enables
GLOBALIZATION
OIL
ATLAS is an ongoing series of photographs of the orientation maps displayed around housing estates. These maps both locate the visitor and the territories they describe. Rarely found on private housing schemes, and although often useful they also describe intimate elements of our own culture, in geographical and social terms. These maps ask questions about how we see not distant foreign climes, but how we map or own territories and classes. Is it to organise and locate the viewer or the population within, to clarify or control a territory.
ancient sun energy
the city as a metaphore for language
concept/material
coalesence
present experinced city
history re-materializing in the present
temporary.
Our current cities are the historical remenant of different imperatives over time.Containerization is the latest, as is the copius energy
the city rendered 2d
CARBON EFFLORESCENCE
maps coming to the surface of the city
de-centralisation of the port from the city
erradication of the port workforce
transformed our CITIES
objects moved like data packages
International Standards 
organistation
triumph of modernist form follows function
transforming product into commodity
in material
in thought
boundary between 2d/3d an equivalent transitional space to concept/landscape, idea/object
COAL
GAS
freed from direct production and relation to objects by fossil fuel energy our conceptual world  conceptualize in a terrain only made psosible by the the carbon reserves.
our material world, and consumptionis facilitated by fossil fuels. fabrictaion, construction, transportation and maintenance.
what we can think,/do, delineated by the  fossil\ carbon efflorescence
maps as interface between conceptual and physcial manifestations of the city.
THOUGHT CITY
suface and depth
different models of the city
spatial.
process;
energy
captial.
social
our culture defined by the excess of the carbon efflorescence
body language
the city, becoming surface
different modes of the city
international waters, beyond ordinary laws.
dirty emissions
ships travel without destinantion A-B but around circuit ABCDEF. never empty, shuffling containers.
viscous semi-solid fuel. Crude oil derivatives, largely unrefined. Needs to be heated to to flow
cities flooded with consumable goods
centres of production and consumption no longer seperated spatially
spatial organisation of our economies becomes less relevant to market forces of labour costs; social organisation
post colonial, post industrial ?
distribution nodes
what are the new criteria; low labour costs, oppressed workforce, etc
no longer the proximity to raw materials, the market etc
new organising principal for demoraphic growth
smuggling
porous national boundaries
invisible contents
laws based on nationhood
freight costs become relatively insignificant
thereby reducing freight costs massively
Iintermodal
containerization reduces handling to a minimum
fossil fuel provides abundant energy
spatial fragmentation of design, production and consumption of commodity
deliverys done at night to urban centres, supermarkets etc
largely invisible to the population
freed our thinking from a more direct relationship to objects and energy
makes bulk transportation possible
faciltated the growth of corporate power over nationas with the freedom to move production
the orientation map as as a document of both the physical and psychological city
access to global produce
facilitated massive groweth of citys in production centres; China, India etc
ATLAS, the delineation of territory
names:
identification. Names taken from, other twined cities, nearby counties, country estates, an arbritraryness to the naming of these estates, almost colonial, like Canada, running out of names; tin can creek. an instant history
modernist social housing and maps as projected/idealised city
often ignoring local topography and historical growth of the city
often displaying processed associated with logic; symmetry, repetion, order etc
imagined transparent space, that you should know where you are.
modernist, absolutely concious, aboslutely visible
simultaneous boom in passenger transportation
multiple cities
experience of material space liberated by carbon energy feeds back into our imagination and language, into what and how we can think
the designed city
grahical styles of representation
the map as a rendering of the city into language.
YOU ARE HERE
the masterplan
IMMATERIAL CITY
MATERIAL CITY
Fossil fuel energy frees us from such an intimate relationship with objects and energy.
body memory
bicycle toe clips
DREAMED CITY
JUST SOME TEMPORARY NOTES
Maps and the city
a reflection of the original post war desrie for the modern, in the present
the surface of the the depth of the city
the psychic city
the formal representation of the city. the experience of the city formalised and represented. 
the movement round the city as a psychological landscape.
you are here. Processes of location. 
rendering th city 2d
the city imaged.
like light falling on the retina
the flow and movemnet and history and space, rendered into 2 dimensional image, brought to the surface.
the image, constructing the 2 dimensional from the 3d, and time, and the 5dimension of culture and psyche
sign and signified.
if the city is our psyche, in some ways these maps are maps of ourselves. A present and a history.
A record of the power for identification. Mapping and control
MApping estates out apon a city
The will manifest on the territory
The desire for organisation, manifest in the utopian housing scheme map and the architrope schematic.
the schematic colours. the naturalism of the maps or the primary colours of a sign keyed
the naming of things
the arbritrary naming of things, like colonial.
not orientated about the north, but as if layed flat from the viewer
absolute transparency of space, modernism
the desire to designate and identify space, 
what does this do to the residents sense of space, transparent to any visitors.
the maps make a comment on making an image, when blown up, but also as a record of a vocabulary of representation of the city, in the whole series.

desricbes emotional territories aswell as physical ones. First one of hope and renewal now the stigma of the estate.
that is geography and what is art.
art the making of an image, geography the study of the physical world have come together, have recently come closer together.
city transformed by globalisation
our imagination of the city transformed by abundance
CITIES ADRIFT
This page represents the notes for the following talk:

ATLAS and its relationship to the city will be discussed by the director of Architrope, Tom Wolseley, and social geographer Dr Mark Jackson as part of This Is Not A Gateway a free cross-disciplinary festival exploring cities @4.30-5.30pm Sunday 24th Oct. Hanbury Hall, 22 Hanbury Street, London E1 1HP. Info: www.thisisnotagateway http://www.thisisnotagatewayshapeimage_123_link_0
unlimited energy over-emphasises time as the restrictive entity.