It’s not the specatcle of covid which brings it home, but rather the glancing interactions we have with it in person

To dryly summarise coronavirus in the most detached of detached academic language, the initial rise of the pandemic could be understood as a holistic shock event. Now, this cold use of abstract terminology obviously skirts above the reality experienced by billions of humans across the globe. Every nation, to varying degrees, has been impacted by the virus and all have been required to act through various measures and as a result, lives have been upended, jobs have been lost, economies plunged into recession and families torn asunder by distance, loss and grief. Therefore, to use academic terminology as a means…


A view of L.A over the shoulder of Griffith Observatory

This article contains spoilers for Netflix’s true crime docuseries Night Stalker. So only read if you have watched it or don’t care about finding out who did it…

The latest true crime documentary to appear on Netflix’s platform is not for the faint of heart. Night Stalker premiered on the 13th of January and has attracted some criticism for its graphic use of crime scene photos across its four episodes. However, at the time of writing, Tiller Russell’s inquiry into the Night Stalker boogeyman who “gripped the city” of Los Angeles across five months in 1985, sits at number two…


The smart city industry is set to be worth $2 Trillion by 2025

The smart city is a phenomenon which is (and has been for the past decade) en vogue. Ranging from globally significant metropolises such as Singapore, to small local hubs, cities across the globe are turning to entwine technology and their infrastructure. The smart city industry is valued to be worth 2 trillion dollars by 2025 and appears to be in a state of perpetual expansion. So where did all this emanate from? …


Derive aims to expand our experiences and psychgeorgraphic understanding of the cities we call home

A defining element of urban life is the potential of chance encounters and seemingly endless possibility. Take Andre Breton’s surrealist novel Nadja as an example, where a chance meeting takes place between the narrator — also named Andre — and the eponymous Nadja, a fascinatingly complex muse who utterly engulfs the narrators affections and subsequently leads him, and thus the reader, on a surrealist bender for 10 days in 1920’s Paris. …


By its very definition, the smart city is an inherently technological phenomenon. Simply put, despite difference in context, all smart city projects share one common attribute — the utilisation of technology in the pursuit of increased efficiency and sustainability. The practice of which has created a US$1.56 Trillion industry. A more detailed definition, one which is widely accepted within academic circles to be the most accurate, comes from the University of Milan’s Andrea Caragliu, who states that a city is smart when “investments in human and social capital and traditional ICT infrastructure fuel a sustainable economic growth and a high…


Last year I returned to Amsterdam after an absence of just over a year and a half, for the first time as a tourist, not as a student — showing my girlfriend around the places, haunts, cafes and various locales of my experience of the city previously. Numerous features remained in place, the unshakeable face of the city — canals, slim and elegant houses leaning upon each other in a centuries old huddle, escaping the worst excesses of the wind. Yet, so did many of the more tactile elements of Amsterdam, the restaurants and cafes; the people. …


Storm clouds gather over the city. August Strindberg’s ‘The Town

It seems almost an obligatory cliché to start a thought piece on Covid-19 by emphasising the sheer scale of the pandemic. Yet, this is for good reason. Every conceivable facet of life on earth has been coloured in some way by the events of 2020, with the processes and systems of modern life thrown into sharp relief. Times of significant upheaval initially allow for spaces of reflection, where modes of thought entwined with what preceded, dominate. Yet, after some time these thoughts shift towards the future. …


Sometimes the thought can strike me, one that I’m sure I’m not alone in experiencing; sometimes, I’d like a bus journey to go on forever. But why wish, desire or pine for the elongation of a bus ride? Busses are — in the U.K anyway — often loud, fairly unclean environments which serve as a means to an end, the vessel which connects the A to the B; objectively they are unremarkable contraptions. Busses lack the romance of train travel (one could wonder whether A Brief Encounter would be the same if Laura and Alec met at a bus station?)…


Space is all around us. We move through it, live within it and think in terms of it. Therefore, to think of the city is to think ultimately in one way or another, of space. Now, when I speak of space in the following words and paragraphs, I do not mean outer space, the realm of NASA and astronauts, but rather space in the sense of that which everything exists within. Cities are limited entities, although it may feel like it, cities do not go on forever; even LA, Tokyo, London or the Pearl River Delta have their limits where…


The view from where I found inspiration for this piece.

I post, therefore I am’ dr James Fox, BBC

Culture, like everything else in this world, exists within not three but four dimensions — the three spatial dimensions (3D) and time. This simplistic interpretation of Einstein’s theory of relativity provides a base to this essay’s understanding the relationship between traveller and culture. Photography is essential in capturing and understanding the experience of new cultures discovered via travel, with the architectural historian Ben Campkin arguing that photographs freeze time in order for it to be understood. However, culture isn’t a static unchanging entity which can be ‘frozen’. No, it’s amorphous, perpetually…

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