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Archis 2002 #6

On wilderness

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This gardening concept spread its influence as far afield as the antipodes where its bearers projected it onto an ancient landscape. The ‘discovery’ and colonization of Terra Australis Incognita, the missing continent, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries filled a conceptual hole in a modern mind-map of the world and fuelled the imagining of this […]

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Archis 2002 #6

Generic escape route (toolkit)

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Feel for a doorknob. When you find it turn it to the left and step through the door. Take the narrow staircase going down immediately on the left. When you reach the bottom of the stairs, walk in a straight line running your hand along the brick wall on your left as you walk. When […]

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Archis 2002 #6

Escapism

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Human beings are by nature restless, and that being so, it is hardly something that can be held against a person. Yet that is just what is happening on an increasing scale today. And the aggression provoked by this existential wanderlust is rapidly gaining ground. The geographer Yi-Fu Tuan traces the roots of this migratory […]

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Archis 2002 #6

The Antipodean relation

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As an introduction to the Australian work featured on the following pages, this idea of the antipodes can begin to show what is at stake in seeing this work from Europe, from such distance. A European Flight The notion that Europe had an inverse other preceded, and indeed fuelled, the discovery of territory that would […]

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Archis 2002 #6

Box men. Homeless in Japan

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‘Instructions for making a box: 1 empty box of corrugated cardboard Vinyl sheet (semitransparent) – twenty inches square Rubber tape (water-resistant) – about eight yards Wire – about two yards Small pointed knife (a tool) (To have on hand, if necessary: Three pieces of worn canvas and one pair of work boots in addition to […]

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Archis 2002 #6

Island continent

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Sydney, hemmed in by mountains, bays and national parks is slightly more urban – four and eight times less dense respectively. And they live in houses made from a hybrid of the balloon frame, so flimsy that the whole house shakes when a door slams. As if they did not intend to stay. Though spread […]

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Archis 2002 #6

Escapade

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We could be on the eve of the biggest economic crisis the world has ever seen. Measured by share prices, the value of the global economy has halved during the past twelve months. Pension funds have seen their carefully husbanded money go up in smoke. Banks in the Far East and South America, but also […]

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Archis 2002 #6

The emptiness of substance (editorial)

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Here they will find a series of articles explaining why the US government acts as it does and occasionally something is posted there that can be regarded as an ethical reference point, the philosophical motives as it were of world leadership. As you would expect from a representative body, these are almost always motives that […]

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