The Law of the Street

Six Split Statements

written by Luis Fernández-Galiano


Domestic Discipline: the Jungle or the Lounge


Neither jungle nor lounge: the city is ruled by the law of the street. This unravelled and abrasive norm governs the physical and social spaces of coexistence, joining security and freedom in a fragile balance. The law of the street is not the law of the jungle, because the urban foundation rests precisely on its condition of precinct protected from the arbitrary disorder or inhuman logic of hostile nature; but the law of the street is not the law of the lounge either, because urban substance demands the haphazard drift of unexpected encounters and fertile findings rather than the encoded ritual of social choreography.