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FIELDWORKING | Aspley: Along Little Cabbage Tree Creek

October 29, 2013


PROLOGUE: Straight, Forward ASPLEY, AU: Along Little Cabbage Tree Creek CHRISTCHURCH, NZ: SCAPE 7 Public Art Biennial EPILOGUE —oOo— A walk through my suburb of Aspley and surrounds. In part, I hoped to develop my experience of this place and discover different ways of being here. I was aware from my regular walking and cycling […]

FIELDWORKING | Hobart: Battery Point, MONA FOMA, GASP! & Port Arthur

October 28, 2013


This walk is comprised of several walks and forays. Earlier this year, John and I ventured to Hobart for MONA FOMA. My intention when we head off was to document the experience of MONA FOMA for Fieldworking and to explore my experience of the festival as fieldwork and public art. However, as with most explorations, […]

READ | Christchurch in Transition: Two Books

October 9, 2013


I hope Christchurch will …, comment on a community blackboard I returned from Christchurch with two new books in my luggage: SCAPE 7 Public Art Biennial Guide/Reader and Christchurch: The Transitional City Pt IV. These works provide valuable insights into the transitory and tactical dimensions of urban culture and adaptation, marking out territory at the […]

FIELDWORKING | Christchurch: SCAPE 7 Public Art Biennial

October 8, 2013


PROLOGUE: Straight, Forward ASPLEY, AU: Along Little Cabbage Tree Creek CHRISTCHURCH, NZ: SCAPE 7 Public Art Biennial EPILOGUE —oOo— View from the Physics Room, Cnr Tuam and High Streets. Photo: JM John Armstrong Walking around a city that has endured a major disaster is an especially strange and unsettling experience. With 70% of the buildings […]

MATHS | Graph Theory

September 14, 2013


The local newsagent is sometimes surprising when, buried in the cheap remaindered books, a completely unexpected title appears. Today, it was a book titled From Tube Maps to Neural Networks: The theory of graphs by Claudi Alsina. I’d never heard of graph theory – though it’s not surprising that such a theory exists. Graph theory […]

SCAN | Architecture Fiction

May 5, 2013


I’ve just been writing a project proposal. Now taking a break before turning to the next thing on the ‘to do’ list, which turns out to be another proposal. I often learn something out of the questions my proposals attempt to ask or respond to. For both the proposals which need to be completed today, […]

PROJECT | Public Art as Minor Architecture?

September 19, 2012


I’ve been trying to develop an interesting methodology so that my public art writing project has relevance and potency. As part of my research, I found some references to Jill Stoner’s Toward a Minor Architecture, a book that seems relevant to questions of public art. My central thought here was whether I might frame public […]

PUBLISH | Semi-detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture

May 4, 2012


Semi-detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture edited by Dr Naomi Stead will be launched in Brisbane this month. Semi-detached is a book about the role of words and images in architecture. It incorporates contributions from some of Australia’s most highly regarded academics, architects, critics, writers, artists and photographers. Together, they reconsider how architecture has […]

QUESTION | What does sustainability look like?

January 10, 2012


Last year, a largish residential block in my local area was subdivided into three (above, outlined in red). An oversized lowset family home, probably built in the 60s/70s, was demolished and three two-storey family homes were approved (below, two of the three houses are built). I’ve wondered if that house and the one two doors […]

STORY | Tree of Knowledge Memorial

November 26, 2011


Turning into the main street of Barcaldine from Blackall, a mysterious black cube appears – it commands attention. While large structures, say silos and mining plants, are not unusual in rural landscapes they are rare in townships. Buildings don’t tend to be larger than the largest tree. In Barcaldine, the largest buildings are the historic […]