Reading Response: Ackbar Abbas

     In Ackbar Abbas’s article, the author discuss about “generic city”. Generic city is described as a city that has no characteristic and it comes from modernism. In the article, the author discuss about generic city using Hong Kong as an example. In the movies the author discussed, directors of the movies focus on showing skyscrapers and the geometric landscapes. In the movie Gozilla vs Kong, the director focused on skyscrapers and neon signs on each buildings in the fighting scenes. Same in other recent films, directors focus more on showing the city’s landmarks and skyscrapers rather than showing

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[Reading Response: Ackbar Abbas]

In the article, Ackbar Abbas poses arguments about the different changes that have been takin place in cities and how a strict analysis of cinema helps us understand these changes. The writer has mainly probed into two kinds of cities: Exorbitant and generic cities. He has defined exorbitant city as a city that is impossible to capture in one scene, it is not photogenic and cannot draw on the available repertoire of images, it relates to the kind of uncertain sociality found in cities where social relations are either changing or have broken down. On the other hand, he defines

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What makes a place a space?

De Certeau, poses an interesting comparison to words that are seemingly synonymous. His comparison between the words “space” and “place” provide a unique insight into the many functions that a designed architectural location may have. De Certeau says that a place is the order in accord with which elements are distributed in relationships of co-existence. A place is stability, an instantaneous configuration of positions. A space however, defines a location by the things that happen within it. The definition of a space is builds further upon the definition of a place, because it accounts for the movements, intersections and interactions

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Field trip 2: Central Escalator

The central escalator is full of visual additions, including decorations, signs, advertisements and so on. It shows a complex but amazing mixture of escalator, visual additions and thousands of users. 1. .  No-Smoking Sign /Isolation/differentiation of speeds differentiations of speed The no-smoking signs are in different forms and everywhere. However, once these signs became a part of the environment, passengers would always choose to ignore them. Using the close up shots can help to signify the existence of these signs, since the amounts of them is not match for the attention people paid on it. And the differentiation  of speeds between

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