Marco Bohr on the limits of planning in Canberra

johnboy 20 December 2012 3


Thanks to Sam for the tip. Marco Bohr’s Visual Culture Blog has turned its global blowtorch to the subject of Canberra’s footpaths.

My new photographic project Right of Way addresses the failures of a modern project and the clash between urbanity and nature. Photographed in Canberra – an early example of a completely planned city – the series focuses on pedestrians attempting to cross, or in the process of crossing the street of the Australian capitol. In the photographs, people are purposely represented as if they are lost, disorientated or otherwise not entirely in control of their condition.

A simple solution would be to take the established goat tracks and formalise them.

I’m sure there’s a bad reason why this is beyond us.

[Photo: Marco Bohr, London Circuit I, 2011]

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3 Responses to Marco Bohr on the limits of planning in Canberra
poetix poetix 8:52 pm 20 Dec 12

Sometimes it seems that Jeffrey Smart designed Canberra; the isolated figures against the somehow hyper-real background. Interesting photographs.

thy_dungeonman thy_dungeonman 7:02 pm 20 Dec 12

There seem to be 2 guidelines for designing t pedestrian access in Canberra, if there is a footpath do not give it a crossing, if there is a crossing do not give it a footpath.

shirty_bear shirty_bear 3:01 pm 20 Dec 12

Seems obvious in hindsight – pedestrian crossings on Parkes Way. Directly beneath the footbridges would be ideal. That’ll make this town *way* easier to get around.

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