Wednesday, November 23, 2005

suburban show

hey bags,
the proposal for the suburban show is due in a week, so perhaps it's almost time to write something up?

looking at it again, it seems like the show is supposed to be about the suburbs and the city centre reversing roles somehow, as urban areas get gentrified and the poor folks have to move outward.
Is our plan to just make some suburban-type buildings out of felt?
or will the felt version reimagine the suburbs in some way other than miniaturizing and making soft?
Both seem like ok approaches. If we're just doing a soft suburb that looks pretty much like a reguar suburb, only maybe with weirder colours, then we probably should come up with some deep-sounding explanation of how making it soft and small is somehow a comment on gentrification.
any ideas?

On the practical side, I've made a bunch of Pittsburgh-looking houses, in the scale of about an inch to an inch and a half tall, per floor. And I made the house next door to my house. So conceivably, I could work on making an entire street of Minto (the developer that made the neighbourhood I grew up in, and many more like it) cookie cutter homes, as well as a streetful of Pittsburgh-style houses (tall rectangular boxes in pastel colours). Although we should aim not to get too freaky with scale, one way to negotiate the issue of us all working in different styles and scales might be if we each made a street. But on the other hand, the only way of reimagining the suburbs that I can think of would be if all the houses didn't look identical. So we could do something where the streets are laid out in crescents and cul-de-sacs and weird round shapes, like they typically are in the suburbs, but then not have all the houses on a street look identical. A bunch of different styles could coexist on a single street, as though people tore down their cookie-cutter houses and built something else on their plot, or if people embelished their houses with crazy additions. just an idea...


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