Manhattanism


Some Dynaxioms on cities:

1381. In the last hundred years, the city has defined the nation. Prior to that, the rural dweller defined it. There is really no easy way of changing that now because the cities and the rural areas are so interconnected--both in the physical world and in cyberspace. The net is more of a 'city' than a rural area, and in some ways is a 'suburbia', where people exist in a halfway point between an open and vibrant community and a more atomized life. Once a hub ('scenius') develops, a city develops.

0929. Music is like a city in terms of the changing styles of architecture that accumulate. art deco, modernism, post-modernism, and parametricism or 'new aesthetic' have had some parallels with music.

0905. Science creates the physical structure of cities, but it is the humanities that dictate meaningful experiences in them.

0860. In cities, the sky is the negative space (or canvas) of architecture.

0567. One cannot be a consummate artist without living in or frequently visiting large cities and neighborhoods. Small towns and villages tend to promote arts and crafts rather than cutting-edge art. The vanguard is about challenging ourselves intellectually. People might be indifferent to cerebral elements of art, but it is imperative that it be vivified in an urban setting, which generally tends to be more tolerant or accepting of social extremes or experimentation. Decoration is not really concerned with intent or irony, two of the more important elements of the avant-garde in the purest sense.

0057. Developing new urban areas can be thought of a generative process, whereby one new presence in the community generates a whole new set of possibilities.

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Dynaxiom Edition 7 is now available, entries 1601-1700. It is also the 30th anniversary of what was originally titled "Code of Wisdom" with first entries in 1989. 

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