In this walking workroom, ‘order’ and ‘disruption’ acted as the guides which help colour our view of the city. We examine these two (in) distinct terms – asking, can a city be divided into ordered and disrupted spaces and events? And, how interchangeable are such terms?

Whilst walking we created order where there seemingly was none and, likewise, disrupted what was deemed ordered. The peripatetic tactics (activities) that interject each Stand up, dear city workroom gave the group the opportunity to explore how these terms are defined and how we can play with these terms in everyday city-life. The complexity in defining these terms became apparent throughout the walk, as did the relationship we have to these terms. Some were much more at ease with disruption that others. This walking workroom was as much for the chaotic and the rattled as the methodical and formulaic.

O R D E R: 1./ the arrangement or disposition of people or things in relation to each other according to a particular sequence, pattern, or method

D I S R U P T I O N: 1./ an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity. 2./ a disorderly outburst or tumult. 3./ the act of causing disorder.


The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. The width of the path and its erosion are indicators of the amount of use the path receives. Desire paths emerge as shortcuts where constructed ways take a circuitous route, or have gaps, or are lacking entirely.

*In Finland, planners are known to visit their parks immediately after the first snowfall, when the existing paths are not visible.[1] People naturally choose desire lines, which are then clearly indicated by their footprints and can be used to guide the routing of new purpose built paths.


Constituting an order means that the observer forces a principle upon the set and thus creates an order that did not exist before’.

Example: The book of Genesis begins with the creation of order out of chaos. Chaos, the state of no distinctions, was conquered when God separated heaven from earth, light from darkness and water from dry land. Life on earth had begun with distinctions and order.(Lorund)