The modern individual is, above all else, a mobile human being.
In reality, it is the most notable material symbol of the notion of happiness that developed capitalism tends to spread throughout the society. The automobile is at the heart of this general propaganda, both as supreme good of an alienated life and as essential product of the capitalist market: Instead, architecture must be transformed to accord with the whole development of the society, criticizing all the transitory values linked to obsolete forms of social relationships in the first rank of which is the family.
But before this is possible, the minimum action of unitary urbanism is to extend the terrain of play to all desirable constructions. This terrain will be at the level of complexity of an old city.
It is its extreme concentration in the cities that has led to the negation of its function. Urbanism should certainly not ignore the automobile, but even less should it accept it as a central theme. It should reckon on gradually phasing it out. In any case, we can envision the banning of auto traffic from the central areas of certain new complexes, as well as from a few old cities.
For example, certain models of one-man helicopters currently being tested by the US Army will probably have spread to the general public within twenty years. But it is practically necessary only in the context of a specific social set-up. Those who believe that the particulars of the problem are permanent want in fact to believe in the permanence of the present society.
They will try to break these topological chains, paving the way with their experiments for a human journey through authentic life.text archives > situationist international texts > Situationist Theses on Traffic Guy Debord Internationale Situationniste #3 (November ) In any case, we can envision the banning of auto traffic from the central areas of certain new complexes, as well as from a few old cities.
7. “Situationist Thesis on Traffic.” Partially satirizing the functionalism of the Athens Charter,16 Debord critiques the privileged place afforded the private automobile by French postwar city planners by arguing that the car is a “supreme good of an alienated.
A Brief Introduction to Guy Debord, The Situationist International, The Spectacle, and Detournement Situationist-Related Books Another definition comes from Elizabeth Sussman (): "Detournement ('diversion') was [a] key means of restructuring culture and experience.
The Nostalgias of Situationist Subversion. (thesis ) from the pre- a space hidden from and threatened by the " suppression of the street " . Transcript of Guy Debord & The Situationist International Debord and Wolman () explained that detournement entailed "the reuse of pre-existing artistic [and mass produced] elements in a new ensemble" for the purpose of critique, which was the ultimate purpose of art in situationist theory: "Any elements, no matter where they are taken .
Situationist Theses on Traffic 1 A mistake made by all the city planners is to consider the private automobile (and its by-products, such as the motorcycle) as essentially a .