Christopher Dell

La ville comme partition ouverte

Design, diagramme, processus, arts, plan, présentation, urbanisme, notation, performance, musique, Citoyenneté, improvisation

A “partition” (score) is a special representational form. It is linked to instructions for action and looks forward rather than backward: to the planning of a forthcoming event. The “open score” goes one step further: it articulates the process of producing new realities and their indeterminacy. In his latest publication, Christopher Dell sketches an “open-ended city score.” The term does not refer to a representation of urban sound texture, nor is the city interpreted in an aestheticizing or musicprogramming sense. Instead, urban processes are rendered visible in a new form, by deploying a musical mode of spatial conception as a filter and perspective. For temporality and the dimension of action are vital components in unveiling the visual structures of phenomena in urban practice.

Also available in German

Author(s): Christopher Dell
Edited by Civic City, Vera and Ruedi Baur
Design: Ruedi Baur, Danielle Rosales, Robin Coenen

16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in
128 pages, 100 illustrations
Paperback, with booklet (36 pages)
2016, 978-3-03778-496-9, French
28,00 €