Slash Cities, Slash Architecture and Slash Fiction


I just found these comments interesting (I haven’t worked out how to use them exactly, but you can see here how literary studies informs other fields of critical endeavour):

“We might say that Integral Urbanism produces the Slash City (/city) or Slash Architecture (/architecture) because of the hybrid programs (this-slash-that). It is also ‘slashy’ because of the emphasis on the slash itself, the porous membrane, the boundary and its occupation. To slash something implies bringing it together with something else and, thereby, transforming it in some way while also retaining its integrity. In addition to slashing the city, Integral Urbanism is also slashing – or bringing together in new ways – the professions that have divided and subdivided over the last century: architecture, planning, landscape architecture, engineering, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, and so forth. In the process, we are also perhaps slashing some conventional ways of thinking, acting, and building featuring permeable membranes (the slash itself) that become thresholds of diversity (biodiversity, social and cultural diversity, diversity of creative expression, functional diversity, and commercial diversity).

“The popular culture trend to ‘slash’ television programs involves rewriting them or writing into them. This literary genre (which appears in ‘slash zines’ and on numerous Web sites) is a subgenre of ‘fanfic.’ Writers of fanfic rework primary texts, ‘repairing or dismissing unsatisfying aspects, developing interests not sufficiently explored.’ They may do this by recontextualizing (filling in gaps between episodes), altering the historical period or location in which a show takes place, refocusing (shifting attention from main characters to secondary ones), moral realignment (for instance, transforming villains into protagonists), personalization (inserting oneself in the program), emotional intensification, eroticization, genre shifting and crossing over (combining programs).” (p.133)

Ref: (emphases in blue bold mine) Nan Ellin (c2006) Integral Urbanism. Routledge: New York; Oxon.


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