Leaning on my handlebars in a particularly pensive mood, I have the idea of creating a Union for the Preservation of Waste Land. The UPWL. This poem (if that is what it is) will serve as its manifesto, or rather as a preamble for the project since I myself will be taking no part in it, incapable as I am of being in the streets and in the offices of such an organisation at one and the same time. So let it remain a kind of guild, a kind of vague waste land itself, without statues and subscriptions, so that neither the press nor the politicians can lead it astray…

Jacques Réda, The Ruins of Paris, translated by Mark Treharne (London: Reaktion Books, 1996), p. 38.

Garden Street, Sheffield, March 2011.

About PlastiCités
Amanda Crawley Jackson lectures in French at the University of Sheffield (UK). She specialises in existentialist philosophy, urban spatialities and contemporary visual arts from France and the French-speaking world.

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