Brood Dynamics of an Urban Farm, 2012. Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York
“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.”― Bill Mollinson
Trans Siberian Express
Out on the road traveling I was anonymous—no one knew who I was or what I had done and it didn’t matter—all that mattered was right now—how I acted in that moment, in each situation. How I smiled, the feeling I got from people, and the feeling I gave them. My name meant nothing. My past meant nothing. My accomplishments meant nothing. Only my energy, my confidence, and how I made people feel. There I sat in that quiet train car—two Italians to my left, one in the upper bunk reading a book about China, one at the table reading about Russia. Across from me a babushka all in blue with her arms folded, asleep upright on the bench. On the same bench as me, to my right, a middle-aged man sat staring out the window as he had since getting on the train at Krasnoyarsk that morning. Dim Russian folk music played on the speakers above. Occasionally the same four young men, perhaps soldiers, passed by going to the space between the cars to smoke. As I waited for the girl to return, I was overcome with a feeling of uncertainty; it’s what days, weeks, months of not working does to you. Even though I was traveling, I felt restless and in need of accomplishment. We need to feel as though we are working toward something, not simply moving through space, but doing it for a reason. I waited there for a while with the hope she would come back so I could at least ask her name.
In my youth, I was still learning that everything matters, everything counts. That life is lived as an accumulation of small moments. Every little action we take, every tiny choice we make—it all adds up to the person we become. What we carry with us informs every decision, makes up the truth we know about ourselves. Still endless birch wood forests through the train windows. Hours of sunlight through the white trunks. The struggle to remain virile, to act accordingly to emotion, to resist the temptation to fall into sterile analysis. I didn’t yet know how to turn my mind off and just breathe and go where I must—at least not on that train ride, where we could get off merely every three hours and back on again after 20 minutes. When we ate and drank we were happy to have an activity that put our hands to use and our thinking to rest.
An excerpt by Bart Schaneman
All photos by Dmitry Kuznetsov
The Pink of Perfection
a study by Paul Gisbrecht and Yulia Popova
curated by Paolo Tumminelli
You can do whatever you want ,just leave a trace.
Three categories influenced the final concept.
Signs of Women
Laundry is a clear sign of women’s existence. It is an indication for the distinction of role allocation in the hierarchy of social life.
Laundry hanging outside mean even more, it reveals personal belongings to public sphere, describes the open minded relation to public life.
Communication and public life play a vital role in the Sicilian everyday life. These are the meeting points for discussions. Public sitting - chairs, benches, parks, squares - serves an important function here.
More than just sitting and spending time outside, one notes the occupation of public space over time. There is possibility to change locations of chairs, which gives a flexibility in owning and seizing public areas. It is also clear, through research that these spaces and communication points are reserved for men, this is where they spent time and public life.
Sicilian Way of Doing Things
In the process of understanding pictures and analysing what we have seen, it was possible to explore one great feature, which is the - we can call it - the Sicilian way of doing things.
If you watch closely, focus on details of urban structures, in nearly every detail in public space - of half finished work, it never comes close to perfection. Therefore it is easy to analyze layers and layers of traces.
You start to question what accomplishment and perfection means - you start to move somewhere in between. It provides one with insights to understanding our own perception and our own comprehension of perfection.
The concept is a conflation of the mentioned categories. The result is a model of the cultural and social structure. The colored house and objects, drying laundry and the chairs all reveal the relations and demonstrate precisely the characteristics of Sicilian culture; the gender and role distinction, social habits, claiming public space and most of all, the ability of leaving things uncompleted. Furthermore, the location, the abandoned old house in ancient Noto builds a link to the past and future, which creates questions: How did social habits change and how will they change? The model is absolutely artificial, nothing more than a modified reproduction of experience. It’s like looking at oneself in the mirror, but on a larger scale.
All photos by Nick Ottaviano
All drawings by Julian De Narvaez
Starving Artist No 2
Comprising Information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Upper and Under House-Maids, Lady’s-Maid, Maid-of-All-Work, Laundry-Maid, Nurse and Nurse-Maid, Monthly, Wet, and Sick Nurses, Etc. Etc. Also, Sanitary, Medical, & Legal Memoranda; With a History of the Origin, Properties, and Uses of All Things Connected With Home Life and Comfort.
Mrs. Isabella Beeton
*6 lamb merguez sausage (you can use any of your favorite meat)
*Panko bread crumbs
Soft boil eggs for 4 mins (We like our yolks runny) or a little more if you prefer hard cook eggs. Peel and let cool.
Remove casing from sausage, flatten and make a patty with a little flour to cover egg (1 sausage per egg) . Coat with beaten egg and roll in breadcrumbs.
Deep fry until golden brown (5 mins).
Cut in half and serve with your favorite relish ( We used creamed horseradish and mint jelly ).
Delicious cold for a picnic lunch
* For a luxurious treat, you can even stud your sausage with bits of candied fruit *
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- YEAR: 2010
- SIZE: 100 ha
- TEAM: Janka Paulovics & Häli-Ann Tooms
- Plan and design strategies for the industrial site of Refshaløen. The existing strong vertical lines and hard materials are characterised by formlessness of nature. The site goes through a natural transformation and at the same time becomes a productive landscape.
PT.C meets Hali-Ann
This is Häli here writing. I got your email from Fatma and now I am contacting you regarding my trip to NYC this summer.
I am Estonian girl who has lived in Copenhagen for 4 years and I am working here as a landscape architect/urban designer. I have for such a long time had a dream about visiting NYC that I decided to buy tickets for this summer. I am coming there to see the architecture, culture and check if this city really looks like in the movies.
Tell us about this project and your role in it
During the last year of my studies me and my good friend Janka were specially interested in industrial waterfronts. We decided to team up and make a study project about this topic. It was part of university program and we got supervised by Gertrud Jørgensen and Mads Farsø. This became our first collaboration project where we closely worked together with the analysis, concept and design. It was very inspiring teamwork and after that we teamed up for few more projects until Janka moved to Berlin.
What inspired you?
We worked with one of the most industrial neighbourhoods in whole Scandinavia: Refshaleøen. It is an independent peninsula with closed down shipping factory and huge monumental concrete vertical structures. Instead of transforming it into a new residential or office area, we took the ecological aspect as a medium. We were interested in bringing back the atmosphere of untouched nature, where citizens in the same time can experience the rural life without leaving the city. In the more futuristic ideas, this means that there will be the return of a nature, a maximalised overgrowth. A creation of supernature!
What fascinated us was working with the contrasts between the built and the natural, hard and soft, under- used land and productive land.
As the land should go through rehabilitation in different phases, different kind of activities were introduced: localized urban farming, urban cultivation, market hall, environmental learning centre etc.
Are the concepts realised?
This project was a study project, or more like a workshop for us so it was not yet realised.
What about cultural context, relativity and how do they impact your design. Road blocks?
Landscape urbanism theory, which we tried to implement with this project is gaining momentum in Denmark. Here, awareness about sustainability is pretty high. Also in architecture it’s not about if it’s green, it’s how green it is. For us what is interesting is that in the last years it has been very popular to eat local food from local farmers, but here are no farmer’s markets as we classically know. So we created vegetable and crop fields in this old industrial harbour site where citizens can have their own spots for cultivating their own food and a market hall, where locals can buy the groceries.
How does one go on to design a good city. a city that inspires people, provokes imagination and is convivial?
The project deals with urban cultivation and social integration, important factors for city planning. A good city is designed when people want to go out of their homes. A city that offers activities for citizens in all ages, has nice density, mixed use neighbourhoods, great public spaces and reasonable walking distances. A 24/7 city.
What makes a good dinner party?
Nice company and a bottle of good prosecco
2013. What’s next?
To step into Hali-Ann’s world :
THE BLACK CUBE
“Its functions have to be completely invented. Thus the user, the person who buys this object, plays an essential role in its overall conception. The user is not forced to do what the object dictates. He or she is the participatory inventor of its respective applications. To me, this is exactly how 21st century design should work.”
Mono no aware (物の哀れ - もののあわれ)
“ In all things it is the beginning and end that are interesting ” - Yoshida Kenko , Essays in Idleness (Tsurezuregusa) 1330
Compositions and photos by Suzi Teo
PERMANENT CULTURE MAGAZINE
To take notice of what we are,the environment we are in.
Within the urban landscape,we are the natural resource.
How we apply our individual skill sets in a collective forum introduces a dynamic landscape with an abundance of resources.
It’s just how you look at it.
John Ledyard Slee
Editor in Chief
Contributors No 2
Ann Sophie Wanninger