dis-organizational man

As I’ve been clearing out some old links I’ve found a few videos that offer a complimentary views of the seminal urban behavioral study “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces” done by William Whyte in 1980’s. It was a landmark piece of research in my education and I still think it has a lot to tell us today. It’s worth a look just for the late 70’s early 80’s stylings.  Since then there have been great strides in the computer modeling crowd behavior, most notably used in the battle scenes in the Lord of the Rings films and featured in this Economist article. Maybe just call it “dis-organizational man”?

This video from NPR is a great short animated piece on why we can’t walk straight. I just love the diagrams. It is more about the human perception of space and location but think it provides a needed subconscious counterbalance to the much more analytical behavior in reaction to other people and the built environment.

and a much more disturbing perspective.

I was amazed at the video when I saw it around the holidays and felt it too cynical to post at that time.  Condolences to the family of the Wallmart employee that was trampled to death in a separate incident.


About jim gerlach

A seasoned landscape architect living and working on beautiful Vashon Island.
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