Repurposing the city

Amid rapid geological changes, modern urban cities are simulating planetary change in ways that attempt to refract or absorb, or condense into new planes of compositions various conjunctive techniques to bear the cost of mutation. Conjunctive techniques are meant to emphasize what Deleuze argued about lines of continuity in the midst of a breaking point, such as a planetary mutation, a tectonic threat, or a natural disaster. These techniques are similar to saving the contour from chaos or suicidal collapse. This may ideally translate into urban planning that offers exits to creation that planetary change, however, threatens to block out by erasing traces of human encounters and the lineaments that make up a distinct cartography of a people.

In short,contours can be negated by underground pressures. Gabriel Tarde’s Underground Man may illustrate this fact. The Unerground Man is a novel of fortunate catastrophe in which caves function as new planes of composition after the sun died out. By grounding the city deep into the earth, nature is recomposed from out of solar death into an encounter with geologic materiality, not to re-purpose the planet but to simulate the death of the city that mimics a dead planet.

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