#69: Poem – Stories In Planning

Stories In Planning

Today when planners tell stories,
We do so remembering history.

What would histories be without stories,
When words connect memories to space, and time
Embedding themselves onto space, remembering times –

Like dirt tracks that become raging roads,
Like cargo wharves hosting art shows,
And acreage that become quarter acre blocks.

We tell stories,
to fill the gaps in our memories
of space through time.

But some histories are too young.
Some memories too short.

Remembering is not possible.

So we borrow time,
Embedding our space with another story,
Living another planners history.

-Hans Lee

Can planners really use stories to help us understand the city?

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#63: Walking the Tropics is not at all pleasant.

If you haven’t already, you should follow the Guardian’s Cities’ series talking about all things cities – a fantastic resource for spreading thoughtful insights about our urban built environment.

A recent article from the series that caught my attention featured a compilation of stories about people walking their neighbourhoods in their respective cities. As a self confessed urbanist, I revelled in these stories, reminiscing about the days I used to walk all the time.

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#60: Pasifik Diplomacy: Lost in Australia

Enter stage left: Foreign Minister, Marise Payne.

“Stepping up [in the Pacific] isn’t an option for the coalition, it’s an imperative…”

Exit stage left: Foreign Minister, Marise Payne

AS the US experiences a bout of Political cold, the Pacific is experiencing a space of increasing tension between traditional and non-traditional players.

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#50 Feature Article: The Roaming Empire

This article was originally published in the economists 1843Magazine website in April 2018 by Jonathan Beckman. Warning: It is a long but compelling read.

As buying a house becomes harder and remote working simpler, should we remain wedded to the idea of settling down? Jonathan Beckman meets the people who hope to find a home wherever they wander

JONATHAN BECKMAN | APRIL/MAY 2018

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#48 – Music- Homebrew Crew Sundae Sessions

I first came across  the members of the Homebrew Crew jamming at some random bar in Auckland’s Queen Street many (many) moons ago when they had another concept ensemble called @peace (seriously dope sound). Naturally, the music and their flow appealed to me and has left an impression ever since. Close to a decade later, I still find myself scavenging through the halls of Youtube to pick out their sounds.

This is one particular session I come back to time and time again. A live recording at the Red Bull Studios in Auckland called the ‘Sundae Sessions’. The lyrics are loaded but it goes well hand in hand with a beer on a Sunday afternoon.

Enjoy the listening.

 

Just for the record – I highly rate underground Kiwi Hip Hop. I don’t rate underground Australian Hip Hop sound though, I’ve always found the annoyingly too accent heavy. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just a personal preference.