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Dark WritingGeography, Performance, Design$
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Paul Carter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832469

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832469.001.0001

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Making Tracks: Interpreting a Ground Plan

Making Tracks: Interpreting a Ground Plan

(p.140) Chapter 5 Making Tracks: Interpreting a Ground Plan
Dark Writing

Paul Carter

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes an opportunity to revisit William Light's canonical foundational plan for Adelaide. Light's grid was not an ideal form but a complex synthesis of movement forms both local and foreign. It was dynamic, deliberately incomplete—and when this origin is recollected and the creative intention it embodied is acknowledged, the redevelopment of North Terrace can, or should, proceed differently. It becomes possible to incorporate and articulate a hidden ground history of tracks, to choreograph a myriad of informal meeting places, and to reconnect the grid with the folded topography of the hinterland. The formal outcome of this is practical—a new kind of public artwork—and theoretical, a new ichnography or science of reading the dark writing of tracks.

Keywords:   William Light, Adelaide, movement forms, North Terrace, track history

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