The book documents a project, curated by Annu Wilenius, involving many artists, writers and architects, about "the contemporary experience of dwelling and existence"
In my chapter, I describe the banners I made for Pori, and their connection to the Bare House project, to the streets of peri-urban Ulaanbaatar, and to this blog about living as an "architect-teacher-trainer" in Ulaanbaatar.
"The future of architecture and streets in peri-urban Ulaanbaatar is in the hands of people like Gursed, Lkhagvaa, Uyanga and Delgerdalai..." (p.83)
The book also features the short film "City of Felt", in the accompanying DVD, and the works of fourteen others.
Where to go? What to do?
Boloormaa gives her view on what International Volunteers ought to think about before going to Mongolia - she suggests where she thinks they might be most useful, and explains a little about her work with Voluntary Service Overseas in Mongolia.
Bannerit alla esillä Porin varten Bare House tehdä viime viestissä Mongolian. Sanat 2008 valmistunut, overlaid minun valokuvat kaupunkimaisema kaupungin muodostavat joukon "postikortteja" päässä Ulan Bator, tehty Ulan Batorissa vuonna 2010
Kaupunkisuunnittelu on jonkinlaista kehitystä 1 - Olemme hyvin, työtä 2 - kesä on tulossa Mongoliassa, lämpenee on mukava 3 - Aion tehdä töitä puolella, vauva on kunnossa 4 - huhtikuun rakennustyöt alkavat Mongoliassa mielestäni 5 - se siitä, hyvin, bye
The banners, like the one above, exhibited in Pori for Bare House (link below), carry a recent message, in Mongolian. The words of a 2008 graduate, overlaid on my photographs of the urban landscape of the city, form a set of 'greeting postcards' from Ulaanbaatar, made in a printing shop in Ulaanbaatar in May 2010
(bare house, bare street) Urban design is a kind of development 1- we are fine, working 2- summer is coming in Mongolia, warming up will be nice 3- I will do some work on the side, baby is fine 4- from April building work will begin in Mongolia I think 5- that's about it, well, bye
Sarah Bassett, 2009 Fulbright scholar in Mongolia, says
"the blog has not only aided... exploration and understanding of an unfamiliar land, but it is also pertinent to major issues in Mongolia... unbelievably helpful and passionate about the work... an incredible resource of knowledge"