Final Critical Perspective
The signs of urbanisation have become a natural part of the development of a society. In Wellington this growth is symbolic through the wires that run over the heads of its inhabitants.
These wires are a symbolic defining element of Wellington, their ability to go unnoticed makes their purpose and symbolism all the more significant. They are a small element of the large scale of technology that represent the power of technology and its ability to construct a society and shape the surrounding landscape (Hughes, 2007).
The ability to flaneur provides the ability to gain a deeper understanding of “what is, what was and what might be.” (Psychogeographic Review, 8). The artificial systems placed upon society are built through the context that surrounds it, technology has become an essential element in defining culture and therefore in defining the context of society, “production technology is essential for sustaining modern culture” (63, 2007, Hughes).
It is a symbiotic relationship between technology and urbanisation “technology produces population surplus and increases and encourages further technology, the upshot is urbanization” (315, 1942, Tisdale). Through the wires above Wellington it is simple to observe what was, how it was constructed and what will become of this; the technological advances and future development of Wellington as “technology and urbanization work along together” (315, 1942, Tisdale).
Hughes, T, P. (2007). Human Built World: How to Think About Culture. The MIT Press. 37(4), 590-592.
Psychogeographic Review. (2013). Baudelaire, Benjamin and the Birth of the Flâneur. Retrieved from http://psychogeographicreview.com/baudelaire-benjamin-and-the-birth-of-the-flaneur/
Tisdale, H. (1942). The Process of Urbanization, Social Forces. Oxford University Press. 20(3), 311-316. doi:10.2307/3005615