IF IT SPARKS JOY, KEEP IT: The most fascinating thing about attempting architecture criticism now is also the most exasperating thing. Construction and refurbishment are slow but politics and culture are fast so it’s necessary to keep reporting with open eyes and an open mind and resist the temptation to draw conclusions about multi-faceted situations too quickly & wait for the story to emerge, even if that takes years. …
I cast a wide net when I clip articles from newspapers and magazines. It’s impossible to know what will be valuable further down the line, and my clippings files are a reminder of how a situation might have seemed in the moment: the current crisis of shoddy construction in Sydney, for example. ..
The @saveoursirius book and the campaign’s ongoing calm and intelligently considered tweets are something I rely on, verifiable reliable observations that make whatever sense can be made of the present moment. Whereas I always feel thrillingly all at sea. If I were a cartoon character my word balloons would contain nothing but ??????
The current global panic about Marie Kondo’s guide to shedding possessions is something that induces cognitive dissonance. Can her book THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP really be the cause of thrift shops being inundated with donations and landfills becoming clogged in Australia? However her message, “if it sparks joy, keep it” seems exactly what should be conveyed to a NSW government intent on tearing down and destroying so much. On top of the quality of the Sirius building, it’s cultural value, and the necessity for retaining highly functioning social housing, there’s the element of joy that the It sparks, so often conveyed by the Instagram and Twitter accounts. So, keep it. .
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