displace [dɪsˈpleɪs]
vb (tr)
- To move or shift from the usual place or position
- To occupy the place of; supplant

“Cities have a psychogeographical relief, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes which strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones”.1 But “walking has been the normal way to explore and exploit the city; the changes, shifts, breaks in the cloud helmet, movement of light on water. (…)Walking, moving across a retreating townscape, stitches it all together(…).”2
“It is [all] about how we are affected by being in certain places – architecture, weather, who you’re with – it’s just a general sense of excitement about a place3that makes you move on, right or left, or either stop.
Think about an algorithmic walking, define a strategy, a start and a beginning, with no proper destination. Try it your own: first left, second right, third left, first left, repeat. In other words, you head in any direction, walking step by step, and “the result is always a remarkable style of travel - neither goal-oriented nor random, structured but always surprising.”4
Think about your feelings: Where would you cry? Where would you ask someone to marry you? What smell reminds you of home? Ask questions yourself, make associations.
Imagine a “toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities…just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape”.5

1. HARRISON, Charles, WOOD, Paul, Art in Theory 1900.2000 : An Anthology of changing ideas, Blackwell Publishing, p.703
2. SINCLAIR, Ian, Lights out for the territory, 1997, p. 4
3. HART, Joseph, A New way of Walking City, Utne Reader, Julho/Agosto 2004, in http://www.utne.com/2004-07-01/a-new-way-of-walking.aspx
4. Idem
5. Idem


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