On Kunming, on Freespaces

Since my return from Kunming in September of 2013 I have been busy documenting and archiving the results of my onsite research (in text and image form) as well as developing them into a growing body of work tentatively titled “Not a Dinner Party.” My exploration of urban villages in Kunming and the rapid changes they are undergoing has itself been subject to powerful outside influences. In my case they are not only positive but also productive – as an almost polar opposite of the “creative destruction” occurring on a massive scale in most Chinese cities – and deeply indebted to the writings and conceptual architecture of the late Lebbeus Woods.

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