Monday, 25 January 2010
Monday, 2 November 2009
Touching The City, the book, is finally out! This is our first major publication - albeit with the help of chocolate bird poo. As some of you might remember we took part at last years London Festival of Architecture as a member of Touching The City / Benchspaces workshop with 'A little bird told me...' for which a horde of chocolate bird poo was made and 'dropped' on Guys Hospital Memorial park. The cloth bound tome including all the Benchspace projects and interventions and carrying on its cover the words 'DEAR ARCHITECTS' is ready and will be launched at -hold your breath!- RIBA on Portland Place, on the 11th November 2009. Obligatory drinks will be available from 18:30 - 20:00 and most probably will be continued at The Queens Head and Artichoke. If you are free and around come and say 'Hi!'. We might even sign your copy of the book. Both of us.
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Enduring in the language of urban planning is the myth of the dishonoured, the damaged city. For a practise which has its roots in a commonwealth view of the city - not only in form but also in spirit - in the face of the cities defering privatisms what other means are left to propagate its essential role in and for the city, but an erroneous Marxianism of urban dialectical synthesis? What else than elimination and subsitution masked by the precinct of a hyphenated re. It was not a suprise then to see that the Department of Planing and Housing has commisoned an incentives study for the permanent re-habitation of the "debased" "traditional" city centres of Cyprus. The rhetoric of the Nicosia Masterplan as far as the present state of "traditional" urban cores of the island has entered the middle-class psyche and its imagination of them, the artists, the cultural producers, we, have had our share in framing the spatial potential of such areas; the developers moved in. Add to that the romantisising phantasmagoria of neo-classical architecture vis-a-vis the multiple square feet offered by the houses of an urbane class long lost across the recent socio-political history of the island and one can even say that the shift in the urban planning policy from re-habilitation and re-generation to re-habitation (of stil "debased" "traditional" city centres) has been long overdue.
Currently researching for the 2nd Nicosia Architectural Biennial - Public Works,thus in abundance of dB and arguments for the current state of Cyprus' "traditional" city centres, yet also aware of Luke 4:24, I -for the time being- ebb behind an exemplary if modest article by a certain Franco-American from Texas re the failures of inner-city planning procedures. Posted on the same day the Department of Planning and Housing signed the commisioning cotract with ALA who are undertaking the incentives study, it might as well serve as the prophet, and the prologue, to the study's future.
Oh! And something else: "Tradition is the tending of the fire, not the worship of the ashes." (J.W.von Goethe)
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