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OBSERVE | Suburban informality & the everyday

January 19, 2012

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Suburban streets can offer gifts and surprises, the generosity of neighbours and makeshift encounters. A small child offers her old toys and a free drink. A household offers a place to rest and explore on the footpath. A handmade seat in the shade.

DESIGN | Concrete is not streetscaping

January 13, 2012

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Recently my mother received a letter from the Council explaining that footpath improvements and streetscaping works would be happening at nights along Gympie and Albany Creek Roads, at the central intersection in Aspley. These works have already commenced, though I am yet to see any signs of streetscaping. All I’ve seen so far is new […]

STORY | Suburban otherness

January 2, 2012

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There’s something, for want of a better word, dark permeating the suburbs. I am wary of using the term ‘gothic’ to describe that simmering underbelly of reality’s otherness – genre thinking may not have much to offer. Perhaps it’s the kind of darkness that Joseph Conrad writes in Heart of Darkness (of motives, of politics […]

LOCAL | Memes and Youmes

November 15, 2011

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Sustainable Jamboree hosted a free public screening of Carbon Nation and Beyond Zero Emissions at Chermside Library on the weekend. Carbon Nation, an American film, is billed as showcasing climate change solutions, including wind farming, geo-thermal, recycling, organic farming and green jobs initiatives. It’s a very engaging and communicative film that allays some of the […]

LOCAL | WestfieldWatch?

November 2, 2011

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Recently I made a comment in a post about rent hikes at Westfield Chermside with the qualification that I had not verified the claim. A report in the local newspaper, Northside Chronicle (2 November 2011), confirms the story stating that one trader was facing a rent increase of $45,000, resulting in total rent of $162,000 […]

WEEKEND | Entropic, enabling …

October 31, 2011

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The morning blurs with the prior evening’s twitter and blogging engagements and the weekend’s social ventures. A sequence of events, not really conjoined or linked, but all having something to say about dwelling in the spaces of this city and its expanses. Saturday morning, early. Aspley. With my mother in tow, we venture to the […]