Chora – ‘Public Spaces’

Chora’s book ‘Public Spaces‘ follows the preceding tome ‘Urban Flotsam’, and is a self stated application of the notions developed in that book… “The proliferation of the use of public space increasingly gives form to society…a search for a combination of form andoperational device that together create architectural space and quality. This combination provides a link between architectural space and urban, social dynamics.” ‘Public … Continue reading


The Theory of the Dérive: Guy Debord —– “One of the basic situationist practices is the dérive [literally: “drifting”], a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances. Dérives involve playful-constructive behavior and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll. In a dérive one or more persons … Continue reading

Cultural Capital

Cultural capital is a sub-division of symbolic capital. It is the pursuit of greater status through all things cultural – architecture, art, music, literature, local customs etc. It is one of the principal drivers in the field of cultural production, and it’s ebbs, flows and changes. Those with more (editors, critics, academics etc) are able … Continue reading

Symbolic capital

Symbolic capital is a bracket term for ‘worth’ through status. Symbolic capital is varied and seen in different ways by different people. It can be intelligence, looks, possessions (such and such has the latest iphone or car), skill, clothing and so on. Max Weber believed that for the most part individuals are in a constant … Continue reading

Doxa, or Doxic Environment

A doxic environment is one that seems so inevitable that no-one seeks to question it. It operates under the premise of ‘naturality,’ ‘misperception,’ and ‘arbitrariness’ (Stevens, 1998, p. 56-57). Naturality; any particular field exists as a construct which seems so natural and absolute that the agents acting within it do not think to analyse or … Continue reading


‘taste is the basis of all that one has – people and things – and all that one is for others, whereby one classifies oneself and is classified by others.’ (Bourdieu, 1984, p.49)