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20 JULY 2014

Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: Aki Kaurismäki

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1990 • Aki Kaurismaki • alcoholAmerican English • Ariel (1988) • auteurauthorial signatureblack comedyblack humour • bleakness • boredom • Calamari Union (1985) • Channel 4 • comedy (genre) • cool • Crime and Punishment (1983) • dark comedydeadpan expressiondirecting styleEstoniaEuropean cinemafilm directorfilmmakerFinlandFinnish • For One Week Only (1990) • Hamlet liikemaailmassa (1987) • happinessHelsinki • I Hired a Contract Killer (1990) • indie cinemainternational film festival • Jonathan Ross • Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989) • Margi Clarke • Midnight Sun Film Festival • modestyquirky • Shadows in Paradise (1986) • social realism • Sodankyla • The Match Factory Girl (1990)

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Simon Perkins
25 JUNE 2010

The Open City: The Closed System and The Brittle City

"The idea of an open city is not my own: credit for it belongs to the great urbanist Jane Jacobs in the course of arguing against the urban vision of Le Corbusier. She tried to understand what results when places become both dense and diverse, as in packed streets or squares, their functions both public and private; out of such conditions comes the unexpected encounter, the chance discovery, the innovation. Her view, reflected in the bon mot of William Empson, was that 'the arts result from over–crowding'. Jacobs sought to define particular strategies for urban development, once a city is freed of the constraints of either equilibrium or integration. These include encouraging quirky, jerry–built adaptations or additions to existing buildings; encouraging uses of public spaces which don't fit neatly together, such as putting an AIDS hospice square in the middle of a shopping street. In her view, big capitalism and powerful developers tend to favour homogeneity: determinate, predictable, and balanced in form. The role of the radical planner therefore is to champion dissonance. In her famous declaration: 'if density and diversity give life, the life they breed is disorderly'. The open city feels like Naples, the closed city feels like Frankfurt."

(Richard Sennett, 2006)

Fig.1 Busy street in Naples, marlenworld.com
Fig.2 Paris, Les Olympiades, 1969–1974, Thierry Bézecourt in 2005
[3] Sennett, R. (2006). The Open City: The Closed System and The Brittle City. Urban Age.

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Simon Perkins
11 DECEMBER 2008

Cabinet of Curiosities Blog

"'Sharp, quirky, and occasionally nettlesome', Walking the Berkshires is my personal blog, an eclectic weaving of human narrative, natural history, and conservation science with the Berkshire and Litchfield Hills as both its backdrop and point of departure. I am interested in how land and people, past and present manifest in the broader landscape and social fabric of our communities. The opinions I express here are mine alone."
(Tim Abbott)

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Simon Perkins
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