Desire Lines

Herian, Robert (2020). Desire Lines. In: Claydon, Lisa; Ajevski, Marjan and Derry, Caroline eds. Law in Motion: 50 years of Legal Change. Open University Law School, pp. 90–104.



Desire lines occur wherever we find human and animal movement. Desire lines dissect the planned spaces of Milton Keynes and have done since its creation 50 years ago, and they will continue to show us how people use, abuse, and manipulate the spaces of Milton Keynes long into the future. Accompanying Robert Herian’s chapter is a short video installation bringing together local council planning documentation, bureaucratic theory, personal accounts, storytelling, photography, and music to describe the nature and power of desire lines in our lives and imaginations.

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