How Images Shape Our Cities

12.16dae189-690b-4dbd-984e-0411bcd6bf41-620x37201.14 The Guardian
How do images shape cities? The answer might seem obvious: from impressionist Paris to contemporary photographs of China’s boom cities, we know that images depict and interpret urban change. But pictures of the city are hardly just decorative or documentary; they also have profound impacts on the ground.
Maps, plans, photographs, renders, computer generated images, street art and signage drive physical changes and are central to perceptions of place and claims to territory.
When we make things visible, we make them public and subject to debate. Urban images not only offer insights to help analyse and understand cities, but also point to ways of radically altering their futures.

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