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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Network and Grid

Something I thought that was interesting about Millennium Park is that it used to belong to the Illinois Central Railroad. Railroads fit right into this "grid" idea that Mark C. Taylor discusses in the reading for today.
If I am grasping his idea correctly, railroads are a great example of grid. They transport a product from point A to point B. They symbolize the Industrial society that Taylor associates with grid. As this industrial era came to an end, the importance of railroad also came to an end. I don't know much about Illinois Central Railroad, but I am assuming it fizzled away like most railroad lines in the United States.
Here comes the emergence of the network. As concluded in class, the Millennium Park represents network because of the lack of balance, the lack of clean cut edges, etc. I think it is significant that this symbol of network was created in a space that was left vacant with the end of the industrial revolution- the dwindle away of the "grid." If you want to know a bit more about the history of Millennium Park, check here.
That is what sparked my interest in the reading and class discussion. I hope it has caught onto the point somewhere.

*Crossposted on -In the Margins-


At Wed Apr 12, 11:41:00 AM, Blogger Donna said...

I hadn't read about the history, so this is very useful. And you're right: the railroad is very much the grid. The old industrial technology, the old way of "communicating" products.


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