The Erotic City
We’re writing a series of articles reporting about what we would call the ‘Erotic City’. Doing so, we aim to discover the importance of sultry experiences in public space of the contemporary world city. In scientific terms, this means that we try to find an explanation for our assumption that sex, as one of the most clear and definite human needs, has almost never been an issue in the building of our cities. In policy terms, it means that we try to find out how cities can perform better through understanding and using our ever-changing perception of sexuality.
Our collective need to do at least something with the concept of sex is being shockingly ignored in the discussion about the contemporary city. For decades sex has been considered an act of altruism, with the single purpose to create offspring and to enlarge the family’s or religion’s chances to survive. This old-fashioned conception is still leading in recent planning, urbanism and architecture perceptions. Time has changed though. Within all kinds of societal domains we find new ways to deal with sexuality. Sex has changed from a strictly private affair to a more public form of societal behaviour, with a wide range of purposes as intimacy, interaction, opposition and expression. This could mean that another idea about the way we compose our cities is needed. We might, in the most extreme interpretation, even need erotic spaces. Coming to this point, city planners show to be extremely prudish. On the other hand, there are a lot of contributions to this discussion already, mostly coming from the worlds of lifestyle, art or fashion. Besides that, some enterpreneurs try to meet sexual needs and contribute to the discussion. As no one else they know that sex sells and come up with rather perverse or creative erotic interventions in the city (ever heard of ‘love hotels’?). We will surely find a lot examples of erotic spaces, interpretations, facilities, buildings and concepts, to share with you on this blog. Stay updated or share your ideas with us!