Cities are collections of places within places — at the same time accidental, designed, and constructed through collective action. As 2010 comes to an end, it's a good time to consider the factors that shape urban experience. In this spirit, we present a list of momentary favorites with no requirement that they came about this year. It includes ours as well as those of others sent via comments and e-mails. The results contain insights about the kinds of experiences and actions that make great cities.
The questions called for favorite city-related music videos, places, books, movies, designs, and initiatives. We've collected the responses and organized them into the following groups: 1) places as indirect experience, 2) places as direct experience, 3) action and results (including but not limited to art, design, planning, advocacy, and development).
In retrospect, the questions could have been more clear and open-ended. This might have generated more diverse urban favorites, from public art to video game environments and who knows what else. Still the current results are fascinating. So, without further commentary, we present a list of favorites in 2010.
Places as indirect experience through music videos, movies, and books
"Waterloo Sunset" by Corner Shop
"i just remembered this gorgeous video of cornershop playing the kinks’ 'waterloo sunset'. coincidentally, like siya siyabend’s video [below, movies section], this is also set during a sunset, but in london, on the thames. i’ll be honest and say that 'baby baby baby' by make the girl dance also came to mind." farangi.