Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Back to the Blocks

Like some of the other blog entries, I am interested in how an analysis like this would apply to architects. Other than the map on poverty policy since 1900, the study does not go into detail as to what crimes/policies were influential in the crimes. I feel that one way of arriving at something upon which we can act, at least with regard to social values, is to look map crimes as they relate to specific policies and who they have sent/kept individuals in prison. The upward trend in incarceration rates since 1970 is very compelling, and seems to be the direct result of policy changes. Perhaps at the very core we should be asking ourselves the larger questions about how our milieu shapes our value systems unconsciously and, often times, without our very knowledge. An analysis that somehow places all these variables in relationship with one another may uncover the realities that mapping claims are largely unseen or unimagined. And iff, as Corner says, mapping is to "engender the re-shaping of the worlds in which people live", then we need to be looking at the complex network of forces that shape our predilections, sense of awareness, etc. that manifest themselves in very concrete ways.

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