‘Kerb 19’ was an academic journal I helped supervise (through the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University) in 2011. It was run completely by four remarkable final year students; Ricky Ray Ricardo, Sarah Hicks, Caitrin Daly and Adrian Keane. Whilst it came out late last year it is always nice to hear that it hasn’t disappeared onto book shelves, never to resurface.

Archizines Exhibition_ Image by Sue Barr

At the moment our journal is taking part in the Archizines Exhibition (http://www.archizines.com/KERB) which sees it sit alongside 60 journals from 20 different countries. The exhibition is touring the world and is currently in New York. It is an amazing thought to know that it is being read by a vast variety of people and that the students hard work paid off.

Concurrently, the next generation of ‘Kerb-ers’ are in full swing undertaking Issue #20. It will no doubt be a very exciting issue and proud addition to the Kerb collection. I have included their ‘Call for Submissions’ brief and would encourage any one with an interest in design narrative as a generator to take a look.

“Speculative narrative and the potential of imagination are important factors in creative production. It is considered that a multitude of small stories are the “quintessential form of imaginative invention”.

Speculation through narrative offers an apparatus through which we may investigate the concept of ‘reality’. Immersed within our current understandings, speculation is influenced by our contemporary condition. In these fictional dispositions, the variables and constraints of ‘reality’ can be controlled, omitted completely or utilized as key motives for the foundations of new territories.

Speculative Narrative can be an exploration of idealistic scenarios, the fossilization of information, or the creation of fantastical realms. 

This allows the model of design to move beyond problem solving, crisis management and project liberation from the constraints of our existence. The augmentation through speculative narrative enables the reshaping of current processes, understandings and disciplines.

Speculative Narrative makes it possible to redefine ‘present’ and ‘future’.”

I wish the students well and look forward to reading Kerb 20.

For more information go to: http://www.kerbjournal.com/.

*All images sourced from http://www.kerbjournal.com unless otherwise stated. Please credit if used. 

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