Peace, love, raise the rent

Keywords: love , relationships , introspection , the universe

I have things taking up space, space it no longer deserves in my home, in my heart, and in my mind. I was discussing this very same thing this past week with my friend whose work environment has become toxic. I urged him to pull the chord and walk so he would make space for positive changes. The advice I gave him of course was not immediately apparent to myself. This is why when something is taking up space which no longer serves you, you need to cut ties and move the fuck on. Because to think you will be able to explore opportunities to the fullest extent of the Universe while that space is completely full of crap is unrealistic; you are literally cock blocking yourself.

https://mindfulafmama.wordpress.com/2020/08/23/cock-blocked

How does your environment shape how you see and use the world around you?

Diversity, Gender Equality, Monuments, Participation, Public Advertising, Public Space, Social Inclusion, Street Furniture

Much of the work that I have been doing recently has concentrated on various facets of this question:

  • Inventing Berlin asks how street names and monuments communicate who should feel like they belong in the urban landscape,
  • A revised version of my essay for the Hacking Urban Furniture project examines the normative aspects of street furniture and how that shapes how we use public space, and
  • My new role as lead expert for the URBACT action planning network “Gendered Landscapes” will explore the gendered aspects of urban planning and urban life.

To get academic for a minute, there is a social constructionist assumption at the core of all three of these works: the environment shapes the subject, in particular when aspects of the environment become banal, invisible, or taken for granted.

The environment around us is not simply the process of natural, environmental forces. Especially in cities, the environment which…

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