Psychic urban planning

December 5, 2012


“The city is a form of life always stood out like a social wonder of the world against the background of pre urban conditions.”

As we said before, atmosphere is the shared part of what we are living. The city public space is made for this shared time: Peter Sloterdijk, in ‘Atmospheres of Democracy’ start with the antiquity Greek city. His analyze show that the city plan contains a certain part of what generate democracy.

“Urban planning is necessary on two levels. As long as the two architects talk about the walls and gates, the piazzas, the temples and the building for the magistrates, the idea of these first explicit city-makers remains more or less conventional in thrust; the same is true when they tackle war, institutions and civil ethical behavior. By contrast, the references to psychic urban planning are striking: instructions on the rituals that need to be established in order to generate or strengthen the citizens’ sense of commonality.” Cities are first thought as an assemblage of houses, structured by an cycle ecosystem of politics, architecture, human affect …etc.  As the architect think the aspect of the city, politicians rules the city.

“No open community can be constructed on basis of a single affect.”

The everyday feelings and event of the cities are contains in order to calm the community.  Citizens are actor and spectator of the city history. What is the architect part in the city development? I guess the acting part is how much shared space we provide the city as well as what are the materials of the city. In the 70’s all the cities turn into a concrete new aspect: nowadays, everybody critics this unchanging aspect between all new-cities of the world. The modernists forgot that the identity of cities is also made by the atmospheric environment and materials.

“The atmospheric premises of liberty include the athletic love of effort, and it is what the polis culture of a classical antiquity that offered it it’s the first platform on which to practice.”

// Hava


Peter Sloterdijk, ‘Atmospheres of Democracy’, in Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel, eds, Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2005.


One Response to “Psychic urban planning”

  1. John Meyer Says:

    hey, interesting mooc about this topic: “ThinkTank – Ideal City of the 21st Century” led by Daniel Libeskind. I think it might be very inspiring working with teams from all over the world:

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