Working around the wall and under the surface: Developing a psychodynamically informed technology to study unconscious aspects of the experience of townscapes in urban planning and architecture

Anette Højgaard Jønson, Tove Skrumsager Frederiksen, Steen Visholm

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Abstract

Visible and invisible walls are parts of processes of connecting and disconnecting people. In the urban setting, constant encounters with physical others on roads, pavements, bicycle lanes, in places, buildings, and rooms can be seen as a potential threat to the individual but also as a potential relation. Walls as physical barriers and as symbols and structures are everywhere in the city and are hindering or supporting contact between individuals and also between individuals and their own otherness. How do these dreams of the future and defences against otherness manifest themselves in urban surroundings and how does this influence or communicate with individuals, provide dreams and reality, and contain or deny aggression, separation, security or protection etc.? This paper describes the process and preliminary results of an attempt to design a cross-disciplinary technology to explore unconscious aspects of the experience of urban spaces.
Translated title of the contributionPå arbejde bagom muren og under overfladen: Udvikling af en psykodynamisk informeret teknologi til at studere ubevidste aspekter af oplevelsen af bylandskaber i byplanlægning og arkitektur
Original languageEnglish
Publication date10 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2021
Event37TH ISPSO Annual Meeting: The Walls Within. Working with Defenses against Otherness - Online/Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 5 Jul 202111 Jul 2021
Conference number: 37
https://am2021.ispso.org

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Conference37TH ISPSO Annual Meeting
Number37
LocationOnline/Berlin
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityBerlin
Period05/07/202111/07/2021
OtherUnexpectedly, walls have undergone a renaissance: During the corona pandemic, walls – also in terms of isolation and self-distance – have proven to be an effective protection against infection. In Europe many countries even closed their borders temporarily. However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 was marked by a lack of respect towards certain boundaries – such as animals’ habitats. Indeed, it seems to be an unsolvable problem of mankind to find a good closeness-distance relationship, not least towards its socio-cultural environment. This can be seen in the fact that in many parts of the world, more than thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, walls are back in business to exclude ‘otherness‘. Such walls have recently provoked protests, for example, against the racial injustices made all the more apparent by COVID-19. While real and virtual barriers are being raised at the behest of neo-authoritarian leaders, walls are also being constructed as internal defenses against the disruptions that arise from the digital innovations of ‘others‘. In this sense, the Berlin Wall still symbolizes the futile attempt to prevent people from coming into contact with unwanted peculiarities, ideas or changes coming from the other side.<br/><br/>ISPSO’s 37th Annual Meeting 2021 in Berlin is dedicated to examining these walls as defenses against otherness. The planning committee on behalf of the ISPSO Board is pleased to invite ISPSO members and non-members from all countries to join this online conference to participate in discussing ideas, issues and questions raised by the challenges that they present
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