This week on the Scenery we capped of the tetralogy of the ‘activation’ series of interviews (The Mayor, Tim Horton, and the Premier) with head of the Urban Renewal Authority Fred Hansen.
South Australians, and many people around the world, are slowly changing the way they view the world around them. Design is encroaching on every aspect of our day to day as we are start to think about the way that things exist together, and co operate with each other. Instead of looking at one aspect of our lives at a time, we are starting to integrate everything into a sustainable, streamline nature. From the ideas of the Thinkers In Residence, to the Integrated Design Commission and 5000+, the work of Renew Adelaide, the visions of an optimistic Mayor, and even the cover of a little Magazine we, as a city, have changed.
When we get beyond the buzz words of ‘activation’, vibrancy’ and move beyond the idea of making Adelaide like Melbourne, we are left with a city and it’s people. Adelaide is a long city, that now encompasses what ten years ago would have been considered satellite towns. Adelaide also has a small population, so essentially more space taken up by fewer people, meaning we are further apart then most capital cities in the world. It’s the result of, among many things, the quarter acre dream. It seemed we wanted our own little feifdom, with which to retreat behind our 12 foot fences, double garages for the SUV, and the wall sized television.
And then we forgot to be neighbours…
I still remember the corner store that sold slush puppies, and the butcher that would know my name and always give me a slice of fritz, and the deli guy that looked after me after I ran away from home. Soon enough they gave way to the Foodland, with their bag packers that would then deliver the groceries to your door. Then the super markets paired up with department stores, and I would wander off as my mother looked at clothes, only to eventually burst into tears when I couldn’t find her again. Then all the super markets amalgamted into two and a half, and they want you to check yourself out.
Slowly and surely we have sacrificed our relationships with each other to the point where we can live a productive life without ever having to interact with a single person.
We all know that we’ve lost something, some richness to our lives. Forever we are seeking out nostaligia, that untangible memory of sun faded happiness that we love and destroy. We all want to be recognised by the guy/gal that sells us coffee, we all want him/her to say our order before we have to.
Scenery man of mystery, the puff of smoke known as John Diabolik Dexter, caught up with the former Thinker in Residence and head of the Urban Renewal Authority Fred Hansen.
This week’s feature track comes from Adelaide/Sydney duo Collarbones. Described by one phrase music review site Crow Eaters as “Half-Adelaide duo ditch the bangers, lament subsequent loss of banging “, we still think the moody glitch sway is a swell soundtrack to driving at night.