Sense of the City

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  • Title: Sense of the City: Proximity and Mobility
  • Author(s): Eveleen Sidana
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Spaces & Flows
  • Journal Title: Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies
  • Keywords: Mobility, Mobile Place, Speed, Congestion, Mobile Subject, Urban Spaces, Modes of Mobility, Proximity, Transport Infrastructure, City
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2016
  • ISSN: 2154-8676 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8684 (Online)
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  • Citation: Sidana, Eveleen. 2016. "Sense of the City: Proximity and Mobility." Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies 8 (2): 13-29. doi:10.18848/2154-8676/CGP/v08i02/13-29.


How does mobility become a state of being for people? How do people make mobile places and spaces? The mobile people and the places comprising a mobile milieu affirm each other. These inter-relationships can be studied as processes. Processes resist affirming to design, and the reciprocation between “mobile subjects” and the “mobile places” form dynamic patterns. How do we understand the dynamics of cities through mobile subjects and mobile places? Secondly, processes have a direction though not a pre-given destination. The mobile subject is not just a social subject but a “socio-technical” one as he/she interacts with the pervasive technologies of the plan and infrastructural design. I consider technologies of everyday use such as mobiles, cars, and mass transit systems as becoming milieu to etch out the mobile subject. I consider the interaction of people, places, and modes of transport as inter-relational units. Through this I attempt to understand how practices comprise the dynamics of mobilities and can orient the expansion of the city.