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Experienciar a cidade… Fevereiro 19, 2011

Posted by paulo jorge vieira in geografias.
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Walk down any street in any city. What can you hear, feel, smell, taste and see? Your body brushes against other bodies; a cacophony of voices echoes in your ears; your nostrils are teased by smells emanating from shops; your eyes captivated by the bright displays shining through smooth glass windows set against the rough stone of red bricks. Or maybe your body senses the emptiness of a street, perceiving the lack of fellow pedestrians; the overwhelming traffic noise; the taste of smog; the stench of the gutter; and the endless rows of identical housing. Wherever you are in the city, as soon as you move into a street you are involved in an intense sensuous encounter. The senses play a crucial role in mediating and structuring urban experience.

“Sensing Cities – Regenerating public life in Barcelona and Manchester”, Mónica Montserrat Degen, Routledge, 2008, pp.3

 

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