The psychology of traffic jams, this is a community not a snarl-up

Friday, 15 October, 2010

David Greene, in a chapter titled “Gardener’s notebook”, for a book published in 1972 called “Archigram”, offered a not so conventional definition of traffic jams, describing them as “a collection of rooms”, and part of what is effectively a temporary community. Relatively temporary that is, provided of course the traffic holdup in question is not especially prolonged.

“We also know that a traffic jam is a collection of rooms,” Greene wrote in a short text called “Gardener’s notebook,” and “so is a car park – they are really instantly formed and constantly changing communities. A drive-in restaurant ceases to exist when the cars are gone (except for cooking hardware). A motorized environment is a collection of service points.”

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