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CONFERENCE | Design as caring in an urban world

January 10, 2014


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 […]

READ | Planning/Conviviality

March 9, 2013


I’ve just been reminded, by Luke J, of the remarkable writings of Ivan Illich. I recall reading some of this work in the 80s as it was embraced by progressive thinkers, educators and activists. As I revisit it – Tools for Conviviality – the commentary about professions and institutions still seems relevant and resonant. I’d […]

READ | The Agency of Mapping

February 27, 2013


The implications of a world derived more from cultural invention that from a pre-formed ‘nature’ have barely begun to be explored, let along accepted, at the level of cartographic practice. I have settled into reading James Corner’s essay in Mappings, edited by Denis Cosgrove (1999). Corner examines the ‘agency of mapping’, discussing ‘the exploratory inventiveness […]

RESEARCH | Planning, phronesis & practice

November 5, 2012


The Urban Matters website is promoting an event due to occur later this month at the Vienna University of Technology. The event, Planning Unplanned, explores the “New Role of the Urban Practitioner”. This inquiry intersects neatly with my own as all my projects – Placing, Changescaping, Enabling Suburbs and Fieldworking – are grounded by different […]

TEXT | Driving in the City

August 27, 2012


An interesting text about an interesting text – Driving in the City (via Urban Cultural Studies blog). My question about this and similar kinds of texts is to ask, ‘what can or should planning/planners do with this?’ What if we shifted our analytical method from the Cartesian and Euclidian to the Spinozist and Deluezian? What […]

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 […]

EXPLORE | Planning change, changing planning

April 29, 2012


I’ve had my head down in my studies of late with a couple of projects addressing urban challenges and change. I continue to feel my way through this massive field of urban studies, recently commenting to a colleague when we participated in a forum on the digital economy that I am not studying planning to […]

READ | The field and the text

January 31, 2012


An essay by Yann Calberac (ACME: An International E-journal for Critical Geographies, 2011, 10(1)) discusses the application of Barthes’ semiology to geography. It’s a well crafted work that explores the changes that have taken place in geography over decades. The essay, Why should geographers lost in the field read Roland Barthes?, compares the geographer’s field […]

TEXT | The earth and the world

November 28, 2011


I’m attempting to develop my geographic knowledge and spatial thinking in ways that diffuse some of the disciplinary boundaries. While I have a growing interest in this field, I have only a rudimentary understanding of it, primarily through the critical and cultural geographies that have filtered through my significantly humanities readings and writings. My work […]

IDEAS | Entropy, Excess, Negentropy

November 6, 2011


In some reading about entropic urbanism, I’ve encountered again the work of Peter Sloterdijk, a German philosopher and author of sphere theory which offers a form of spatial interpretation. There’s something here I might need to pay attention to and extrapolate together with an earlier interest in negentropy in relation to urban environments. Jean Attali […]