POST | The Legacy of Bernardi Secchi

December 17, 2014

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I am sharing this post from the Society and Space website. It explores the legacy of Bernardo Secchi and raises a couple of things I have never heard before. Apparently, he write considerably on the still fundamental issue of ‘comment vivre ensemble’ (how to live together), which strongly relates to the threads woven through Placing […]

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REPORT |Projects: Fieldworking and Long Time, No See?

October 16, 2014

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This week I completed, to full draft, the Fieldworking project, which was funded by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council. Fieldworking was intended as a year-long art writing project that would topologically and topographically examine public art and cultural space. In a general sense, this is what I am referring to by the […]

FIELDWORKING | Epilogue

October 9, 2014

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PROLOGUE: Straight, Forward ASPLEY, AU: Along Little Cabbage Tree Creek CHRISTCHURCH, NZ: SCAPE 7 Public Art Biennial EPILOGUE —oOo— The encounters documented and described in Fieldworking tell us something about the tendencies, often invisible, that are respectively inflected in the rebuild of Christchurch and the lived experience of suburbia, something of the habitus or structured/ing […]

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QUOTE | Roberta Mock on walking in the suburbs

July 10, 2014

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“I am from ‘the suburbs’ and, if there’s on thing that’s rather noticeable in autobiographical accounts of walking, it’s that walking tends to occur in either rural or urban environments rather than in the hinterlands between the two. There may be a reason for this, art-historically speaking, beyond the dearth of permissible routes through a […]

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TALK | Naming the Shopping Centre

January 20, 2014

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The other day John and I drove by Stafford City. John wondered whether the branding had changed. I couldn’t be sure, but I thought this centre had always been called Stafford City. Then it occurred to me that many shopping centres make references to urban forms that do not reflect the design or experience the […]

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UPDATE | What’s going on in there?

January 15, 2014

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In writing I Spy … Scenes from micro-suburbia, we partly sought to highlight the ways in which domestic or private spaces spill into public, social and community experiences in sububan areas. We commented at the release of the booklet that we would continue to explore our locality and update it with interesting and notable practices […]

CONFERENCE | Design as caring in an urban world

January 10, 2014

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I quite liked this call for papers (RGS 2014 Conference) as it succinctly and thoughtfully – even carefully – captures some interleaving of design and care (as care). It’s in keeping with some of the terrain covered during the Long Time, No See? Project. The questions are particularly important for reflecting on the project’s trajectory […]

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