In looking back on the outline I created for this article I'm reminded of the many examples of how history has brought us to this social state that we are in now. People, governments and many different administrations have made decisions and shaped this world into what it is now. I agree many of the decisions have been made out of fear and vain thinking, while disregarding the ethical responsibility people have when put in positions to make decisions for the larger whole. This reminds me of what Mr. Childress said in his introduction to the class, everyone has the opportunity to make this world better. Who is the judge of better and when will it be at its best. Or is there corruption within administration which has created this built environment?
In studying the constructs that people have decided to build, it is easy to judge motives but what are we looking at? A contractor wanting to make more money or are we looking at a government trying to encourage consumers to spend more money?
Her references to architecture and architectural elements were the most intriguing aspects of the article to me. The enjoyed the insight of the deliberate forced perspective from the Piaza Del Populo in Rome. Sennett's description was also meaningful; perspective creating movement in the city, giving an opportunity to create a new perspective with-in the forced perspective. I also loved the description of the gate in gated communities, it is so very powerful just a small gate across a road and it allows everyone passing through it a different perspective and feeling. Creating the segregation between these two sides might eventually create a people forgetting about the rest of the world. This is true, how out of context can we make ourselves? The dangerous thing is, the power rests within those gates and decisions made will come from this warped since of reality. Oversight of a public cannot be seen through a fence nor a gate.
The "outside" space seemed to have evolved and changed over time into a controlled larger version of a white mans interior space. Which brings me back to thinking of how these decisions were made and if they truly were forceful and deliberate. This article has many stimulating aspects to keep in mind for the future, how do we design cities to encourage a new perspective of the genuine public. What powerful elements in architecture might bring up these conversations between these strangers?