OBSERVATORY : RICK POYNOR
It became instantly apparent on entering the Walpole Bay Hotel that the hotel’s “Living Museum,” as the proprietor advertises it, is the place itself. The lobby is awash with bric-a-brac flowing across every available surface. Shelves laden with tea cups, toys, drinking glasses, vases, figurines, old cameras, costume jewellery, and musty books give rise to an ambience more like a junk shop. Bane of hotel inspectors or Wunderkammer
CHANGE OBSERVER : SCOTT BOYLSTON
The present moment is a good time to ask questions about what a civic-oriented design curriculum should look like. From Moholy Nagy to Papenek, these questions have been posed before, and their penetrating nature has created fissures in inhospitable ground. These fissures, in turn, have created today’s fertile environment, where socially-minded design educators are sowing seeds of their own.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : JOHN THACKARA
A hand, a map, a story. Thirty unknown people, of diverse nationalities and backgrounds, have left their native land: Algeria, Vietnam, Senegal, Russia, Argentina, Salvador, Armenia, Iraq. In each of the 30 photographs, made by Céline Boyer, a cartographic fragment of their country of origin is projected onto the subject’s own hand: Cities, seas, rivers, roads and borders are glimpsed.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Report on Conflict Kitchen, a project by artists affiliated with Carnegie Mellon to foster cross-cultural understanding through food.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2007
Gordon Matta-Clark infiltrated the worlds of art and architecture, revealing deep complacencies in each.