There was a post on this blog a couple of months ago, about the city grid published in nytimes (https://contemporaryagainstme.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/the-grid-at-200/). On behalf of this article, I want to discuss about how designed elements will transforms relating themselves with living organisms and eventually turn into living organisms.
It is the very repetition of a single element, actually makes it non repetitive but customized in each of them. The context, external factors, always have an amazing chaotic factor in the customization of the whole entity. Grid is something continuing in every equal distance. However it is too far from being monotone, since every distance is even a little slightly different from each other and since all the external factors (besides all the human based life actions) are in effect this slight difference is exaggerated and the customization begins.
I didn’t mention about the human activity over the grid, but tried to address the tectonic, planetary forces that are shaping it. However it is the human activity and human itself, when the grid starts to become meaningful.
Whatever strong the designed element is, it is unavoidable to take it apart from the emergence. Human activity is such a strong living behavior that forces anything to transform. It fluctuates the boundaries and starts to shape the block in a vague way, which allows other kind of forces to shape the block. It is the osmosis, balance between the inner and outer forces, still keeps the boundary of the block in shape, but rather distorts it, allowing self organizational situations to happen.
Grid is a formal entity, a beautiful layout, open to every possibility. But what is more beautiful is that, it is no longer a grid (in formal meaning) but a living organism, like cell formations, ‘changing’ its boundaries. –We don’t use the word ‘change’ often, but it is very beautiful to use it in more meanings. Especially using ‘changeable’ creates the same thrill on me as Vito Acconci has, when he rubs his index finger about explaining what changeable is.–
(On the images some texts are taken from Acconci’s article Public Space Private Time)