Advocacy Net brings individual people from college or business to a
foreign country where they get to know some issue and think of ways to
advocate it or to at least discuss the issue with the people involved in
it. The level of the English reports across countries and subject
matter is obviously uneven as is even the relative value of the issues.
When I first started posting these Advocacy Net updates, it was by
accident since some of the country issues of the organization coincided
with interests of some of the individuals on another newsgroup or two
where I regularly write. Then it occurred to me that there is a kind
of general awareness level that is necessary to architects, planners and
designers that is helped along by considering some of the issues
ancillary to architecture, planning and design such as homelessness,
marginalization, temporary housing and housing in non traditional and
It was interesting to note how long it took people on this group to
understand the basics of the Dale Farm issue, a long standing Advocacy
Net project, that ownership of land already determined was compromised
over the marginalization of the people who inhabited that land to which
they had rights. Sometimes it takes the intersection of a lot of
related ideas and ideals to begin to comprehend an issue.
Like I begin to write on over a year ago, nomadic architecture is no
less an architectural form, and perhaps even a better design form than
architecture in temporary to permanent situ, and, as I have mentioned, I
have a library that reflects that interest and understanding. Right
now, in the US, there is less opportunity right to conduct a nomadic
lifestyle than there was when I was a child, which was less than when my
parents were children, and less than my grandparents. In an American
culture that celebrates its nomadic past in terms of Europeans
"settling" through nomadic behaviors in its colonial periods (which last
through much of the 19th century in this case), you can't just plop down
the tent in the national park, nor sometimes even reside in a van or car
without special fees and licenses and a lot of observation. Making a
campfire these days requires a certain amount of planning. One can
still barbecue but one can't burn leaves in my county, for example.
Meanwhile, public gathering of any kind, but especially by people who
plan on living at their demonstration or temporarily, as become
difficult in an era of instant homelessness. I saw people living on the
Mall in Washington for Civil Rights in my lifetime, partly in the mud,
and yet this could not be accomplished today.
Architects, planners and designers can no longer live in a patron vacuum
where it can be expected that patrons with money will fuel the majority
of housing and public and private building. As the 20th century began
with builders that had some design, it ended with the architect being
ignored for most residential work, a lot of residential work going to
design build if not the builders themselves. There is replication all
over the community design profession. One can't go to a place that
sells plants without encountering one or another version of a landscape
designer while landscape design commissions themselves are few and far
between for registered landscape architects. One can't go to a place
that sells cabinetry without encountering someone who is willing to
measure and design your kitchen and bath with the ergonomics of the
fifties and the cachets of the seventies. While some credentials have
multiplied (ex. CDK in the kitchen and bath industry), the use of
registered AEs has been compromised in hiring for a plethora of
Meanwhile, designer, architects and planners have adaptive reuse and
thinking outside the box skills. Why not apply them to planning and
designing a lot more than buildings and products. Why not keep the
brain wide open to how to serve?
Yeah, the AP "reporting" of its own pet project was pretty weak. I
believe my first post consisted of a variety of possible views and
I continue to consider any AP postings as grossly distorted
incompetently reporting propoganda.
Yes, you make up fights that aren't there and you own books. I
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