I am exploring new work around the idea of 'living well in the built world.' I am a firm believer in EO Wilson's concept of 'biophilia': humans are innately attuned to nature. Given the biology of our attention which necessarily habituates to repetitive stimuli, the natural world features a perfect balance of repetition and difference. While we may read natural world elements as repeating or patterned, at micro through macro levels of observation, we find infinite variation, difference and information. My hypothesis is that there are some ways in which the lines and forms of the urban world are similarly engaging. Our interaction with the built world is rarely static and symmetrical. Rather we are encountering infinite compositions in distorting lines and forms as we move through our city environments. Perhaps these distortions of precision built world geometries and symmetries, lead to visual experience that echoes (albeit faintly) that of the natural world.
Here's my starting point in this urban vocab exploration.