Sites of Desire: Considering derelict urban spaces as Utopian “non-places”

In his unfinished collection of writings on the city life of Paris the Arcades Project[1] (Passagenwerk, 1927 – 1940), Walter Benjamin asserted that the modern city is experienced in a passive state of distraction. This suggests a coping mechanism for everyday life: a perceived need to adhere to accepted codes of public conduct, numb fear in relation to the authority of urban planning and the wilful projection of consciousness into the world of the advertising poster, aspects as relevant todayMeer informatie