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These were weirdly hard to make.

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“She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen

Flea Theater, 2011

Starring Satomi Blair, Allison Buck, Ugo Chukwu, Jack Corcoran, Edgar Eguia, Cleo Grey, Raul Sigmund Julia, Annabel Lalonde, Bruce A. Lemon, Sean McIntyre, Megha Nabe, Margaret Odette, Brett Ashley Robinson & Nicky Schmidlein

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The idea behind “new urbanism” is that a planned environment, designed with pedestrians and social interaction in mind, can create a meaningful community.

The celebrated Mueller project in Austin, Texas, is one such place. This master-planned development seems to have it all: electric cars, solar panels, green buildings, walkability and native landscaping.

But what happens when one of Austin’s most progressive, welcoming neighborhoods experiences racial incidents involving some of its own African-American residents who don’t feel so welcome?

A Community Takes On Racial Tensions Once Hidden Under The Surface

Photo credit: Julia Robinson for NPR

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The traditional model of residential American development is to lay out a grid of streets and line them with two-story houses featuring giant closets and voluptuous two-car garages.

Austin’s Mueller Community, in contrast, is intentionally dense development. Construction began in 2007, and today, walking along the sidewalks, you notice tiny yards and big, inviting front porches. The car is still king here, but many of them are hybrids and electrics, and they’re out of sight.

With Porches And Parks, A Texas Community Aims For Urban Utopia

Photo credit: Julia Robinson for NPR

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I went to the Melbourne art fair yesterday. First of all, I payed a stupid amount of money to get in and then realised my friend was on the door and could have let me and my partner in for free.

Second, there was so so much there. It was quite overwhelming and kind of underwhelming in regards to how little there was that interested me.

The obvious big names in Australian art were there which was cool - but eh, there’s only so long I can be excited by a Del Kathryn Barton.

I did find two stand outs -

Julia Robinson (top)

&

Saburo Ota (bottom)

Both really relevant to my practice.

Also Lucas Grogan’s rotating work was featured which is just so cool. I work in the same studio as he does and it was a pleasure seeing him there. He was wondering around drinking his $25 glass of champagne and having a laugh about the whole ordeal. That dude has the correct attitude. ~goals~