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the situationists and the city tom mcdonough

The Situationists and the City: A Reader
edited by Tom McDonough

"From being the site of alienated labor and passive consumption, the city was reformulated as the locus of a potential reciprocity and community, the crucial spacial stake of any project of radical transformation."

You can read an excerpt from Internationale Situationniste #4, published in 1960  here.

The Sole of Houston
by John Nova Lomax

 A Houston Press series chronicling John Nova Lomax and David Beebe's long ass treks across our concrete prairies.  

sole of houston john nova lomax
Richmond Avenue, Houston's Street of Dreamz

The Southeast Side

Deep Harrisburg

The Seoul of Houston

Airline Drive


The East End Trek

The Shepherd Stroll


Richmond Avenue, Houston's Street of Dreamz



Francis Alys Postcards

Francis Alÿs Postcards

Francis Alÿs is one of my favorite artists whose deep obcservation of pedestrians leads to inspiring tricskter acts.



wanderlust rebecca solnit

Rebecca Solnit's Wanderlust: A History of Walking

"Walking...is how the body measures itself against the earth...an activity essentially unimproved since the dawn of time...If there is a history of walking, then it too has come to a place where the road falls off, a place where there is no public space and the lanscape is being paved over, where leisure is shrinking and being crushed under the anxiety to produce, where bodies are not in the world but only indoors in cars and buildings..In this context, walking is asubversive detour, the scenic route through a half-abandoned landscape of ideas and experiences."


Cite Magazine: the architecture and design review of Houston is a quarterly
publication that, since 1982, has mixed an appreciation of high design with a shot of
down and dirty civic engagement. Also check out the Rice Design Alliance's OffCite blog.