somebody out there knows something
Filed under: WAYS OF SEEING THINGS
STEPHEN: THE LIVING CAMERA
I started being very very curious in people..
What really fascinate me about the taxi driver is that their job is really close to the work of a craft men: a traditional way of working against the temptations of technology (gps, satellite navigator, tom tom..)
He knows not only where the streets are but also the main place of interest, pubs, clubs, shops..
he is following the movement of the city..
The knowledge very much intrigued me.. taxi drivers do really have a different way to see the city, to live the city and to show you the city.
I believe in this way of learning through people experience.
London’s oldest cabbie gives it up after 70 years
London’s oldest black cab driver has finally decided enough is enough and given up his taxi licence after 70 years. Alfred Collins is 92 years old and has been a London cabbie since 1937. He actually picked up his last fare two years ago but still kept the cab licence until now, it has to be renewed every three years.
Filed under: Community, Lucia Massari, public space, Uncategorized | Tags: city, public space, transport
black cab: the london pride +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The city constantly renew itself its inhabitants find their own routes, their own streets, plans which have a multitude of meaning for them.. the taxi drivers are the ones who connect the city with the people.
5 years is how long the average london cab driver spends learning the knowledge. “the knowledge” is the in-depth study of London’s myriad of streets in a six-mile radius of Charing Cross, and places of interest that taxi-drivers in that city must complete to obtain a licence to drive a black cab.
This is the “Knowledge boy” is the Taxi-driver applicants, usually follow these routes around London on a motor scooter, and can be identified by the clipboard fixed to the handlebars and showing details of the streets to be learned that day.
The taxicab driver is required to be able to decide routes immediately in response to a passenger’s request or traffic conditions, rather than stopping to look at a map, rely on satellite navigator or ask a controller by radio. that’s what distinguish a cab driver from a mini cab driver.
they have a London Knowledge Map instead
of cards, for example”.
David Shrigley’s book
his vision of central London’s streets
the jigsaw is solved
HOW MUCH IS IT?
I took the cab at the beginning of commercial road , and i jumped off by the very end of it
COMMERCIAL ROAD COSTS £7, 20
wouldn’t be nice to know how much all the street of London are?
MISTER H. my cab driver and his very nice daughter Gemma
I met mister H. and his daughter today at costa cafe.
He explained me the way he visualises the map of London into his brain.
He mixes visual landmarks with mental connections.
We were laughing a lot about the article i read about the taxi driver who drove his car into a
river after following his sat.nav.
Identity in public space
Filed under: Bethan Wood, Fabien Cappello, Jozephine Duker, Kieren Jones, Lucia Massari, Merel Karhof, Thomas Pauz, William Shannon, Yiting Cheng