The Flâneur – An updated urban experience
Why does the flâneur seem absent from our streets nowadays? How has he evolved? Are there any tools encouraging this practice, and if there are, what are they? In this thesis, I research the flâneur. First through art and literature where the character is very present. I have been testing some of the scenarios that I extracted from art works, to be able to use the analyses for my own experience and see what the needs might be. I documented the tools people use nowadays to have a different experience of the city: how they appropriate their urban surroundings. Our communication era has largely contributed to the metamorphosis of this behaviour, and has also contributed to its survival. Practices are addressing different levels of involvement: from the playful and artistic level to the sportive and ideological level. What could be a practice addressing the lambda city-dweller in that case? In regarding the behaviour of the flâneur, the main feature is the mind-set. The reflection is then about the tools that could put citydwellers in the right mindset in order for them to take on the role of the flâneur. What about a scenario where the city is edited by its users?
Photo by Femke Rijerman