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Tokyo Stories #23 da The smiling monkey

Synthetic landscape in Kanda, Tokyo | © Jan Vranovský, 2016

What fascinates me sometimes is how the built environment is becoming less and less legible to its inhabitants. To know what all of the devices, boxes, pipes and wires do, one pretty much needs to be a trained expert. So we basically developed from living in caves and woods, not understanding and controlling what surrounds us, to state of full control, fabricating the entire world we live in. But because of the huge complexity, we, as singular living beings, are back to not understanding or controlling the environment around us, living with large grey boxes, smaller grey boxes, anonymous tiled volumes, pipes and wires leading from nowhere to nowhere, hoping there’s some system behind it, that things are ok, so we don’t need to care.