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Take a half an hour walk through the city I live in and you will realise that it isnt designed for you as a pedestrian it has undoubtedly lost its human element You feel like an alien in your own world trying to make your way through an entanglement of spaghetti-like highways Your thoughts are drowned by the sounds of the fast paced spaceships soaring past you You are in a non-place A place of nowhere A black hole A place we humans once called a street As an architect in this extraterrestrial world I put forward the following essay as an attempt to solving this problem In order to be successful in our endeavour I believe we need to break free from the stereotypical notion of the street a street that is predominantly used for transport We need to start seeing the street as something more than simply a connection between two points The street needs to become a destination in itself It seems ironic that this notion of a street one whose primary mal function of transport is most fixed in the minds of so called first world thinkers thought that is presumably forward thinking and innovative In the first three weeks of studying architecture I participated in an exercise whereby we documented a portion of the infamous Maltese town of Birgu I remember many of my classmates questioning the purpose of such a task They didnt think they could learn anything from these apparently uncivilized primitive settlements They knew it all For me it was a different experience I left there in awe it made me realise how uncivilised we privileged whites really were I think it was here where I first appreciated the potential of what a street could really become There were kids playing women selling fruits clothing being displayed chickens running around people were actually using the street it was a destination a place in itself very unlike the
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