How Gamified Placemaking Can Reconnect Us with Cities

If you were to search for images on Google for the word “city,” the overwhelming majority of the results would be about skylines of relatively new towns such as New York City, Toronto, and Sydney. What the search results won’t include, however, are the images of Dubrovnik’s picturesque rooftops, the fascinating streets of the Fener and Balat neighborhoods of Istanbul, or the historical quarters of Jerusalem.

The “out with the old town, in with the new city” phenomenon demands attention, for Google Images is a powerful medium that reflects humanity’s unconscious biases. “Symptoms are the dense outer shell in which problems are wrapped,” says depth psychology.

If that’s the case, then what does the collective unconscious – disguised as Google Images – is trying to tell mankind about its vision of the City?

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