OBSERVATORY : KATHERINE LARSON
The theories of Love
have become tremulous and complicated.
The way snow falls or Saturn revolves
repeatedly around some distance
where space is nothing
yet still something that separates.
PLACES : HENK WILDSCHUT & AARON ROTHMAN
In the middle of the last decade, photographer Henk Wildschut began to document a "crisis hidden in plain sight" — the extensive networks of transient camps set up all across Europe —from Calais and Dunkirk to Malta and southern Spain — by undocumented workers from Africa and Asia, especially Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Nigeria. As Aaron Rothman notes, Wildschut is here exploring how to portray humanitarian crises — "how to show not only suffering but also dignity and resilience."
OBSERVATORY : MARK LAMSTER
As anyone who has written thoughtfully about Philip Johnson knows well, he has a tendency to surprise. Sometimes these surprises are pleasant, and sometimes they are not—this is, in part, what makes him such an interesting character. This past week I found myself surprised by Johnson, and in the good kind of way.
PLACES : KELLER EASTERLING
Recent years have seen the phenomenal rise of the free zone — an opportunistic urban hybrid established in order to legally evade national laws. As Keller Easterling writes, "Though its roots date back to the free ports of antiquity, the zone has only recently emerged as a powerful global form, evolving rapidly from an out-of-way district for warehousing custom-free goods to a postwar strategy for jumpstarting national economies to a paradigm for glittering world cities like Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai."
OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER
Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age. This week's focus is smoke.
OBSERVATORY : ALEXANDRA LANGE
These days how you publish can be as much of a statement as what you publish. Strelka Press, a new publishing venture edited by Guardian
design critic Justin McGuirk, just launched with a series of longform architecture and design essays, available as digital downloads. This format offers critics more room to write and readers the opportunity to pick and choose. I was one of the guinea pigs.