community-living

Unrealistic Dreams.

If I could have it all, I would buy a large chunk of property and build enough homes on it to house all my favorite people. There would be a community garden and all the houses would have wrap-around porches with swings. 

During the day we’d go to our separate jobs and send our children to the same public school (because screw homeschooling). Basically I just want to be able to drink a bit too much wine with my favorites on the porch swing and then stumble over to my house and crawl in bed with my husband. 

Really it’s not too much to ask. 

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Útilegumenn → On Iceland, outlaws were banished from their communities to live amongst the útilegumenn. They lived in the vast, cold and nearly inhabitable central part of the island, in the vast glaciers and mountains. Many songs and stories have been written about them - in romantic versions of their legends, they live amongst the elves and herds of sheep that always walk free; in later versions, they are dangerous criminals and murderers, and are associated with theft of money and other valuable items from those who pass through their territory. In most stories, they live together in bands and spread fear among the law-abiding citizens of Iceland. [x]

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Hong Kong’s “Cubicle Dwellers”: Exposing Life in One of the World’s Most Densely Packed Cities

In light of the current political protests in Hong Kong, showcasing a project from the Hong Kong-based Society for Community Organization (SoCO), a non-governmental and human rights advocacy group, seems fitting. SoCO has organized community social actions and civic education programs to encourage political participation since 1972, and it recently brought attention to the unacceptable living conditions of many of the city’s poorer inhabitants in a disturbingly illuminating ad campaign. “Cubicle Dwellers” shows the tiny apartments, averaging only about 40 square feet and too small to be shot from anywhere but above, that over 100,000 people occupy. In these spaces, individuals and families must rest, cook, and store all their personal belongings. Due to Hong Kong’s lack of buildable space, the city has come to be one of the world’s densest, resulting in increasingly tall, tightly-packed dwellings. Indeed, thirty-six of the world’s 100 tallest residential buildings are in Hong Kong, and more people live or work above the 14th floor than anywhere else on Earth, making it the world’s most vertical city. The project highlights how the disparity between industrial growth and human needs can rapidly transform environments, and how an imbalance in the way we distribute our energy resources can paradoxically create places of enormous wealth and widespread poverty. 

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The world has changed, and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best.

[Director Carter]

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"I’m so drawn to the frontier mentality and that idea of having to figure everything out from scratch." —Andrea Zittel

Wagon Station Encampment—a series of sleeping pods arranged throughout artist Andrea Zittel's property in Joshua Tree, California—is the subject of the latest episode from the ART21 Exclusive series. (The episode is second of three new episodes featuring Zittel).

WATCH: Andrea Zittel: “Wagon Station Encampment”

IMAGES: Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Station Encampment (2004–ongoing), Joshua Tree, California, 2014. Production stills from the ART21 Exclusive episode, Andrea Zittel: “Wagon Station Encampment”. © ART21, Inc. 2015.