We’re constantly occupied by daily happenings, simply being too busy. This distraction makes way for fragments of our collective consciousness slip through the cracks. Thus, information is manipulated and history is distorted in favor of the winning side. The title “Not What It Seems” indicates bluntly the topics of our articles in this issue. They address many invisible topics within the built environment and the design industry. Things are not like what they seem on the surface level, and through this issue, we're peeling away the layers to uncover the unheard voices, the unspoken truth, or the under-appreciated figures in design. The casualties of perplexing mainstream things as “otherness” is further depriving the true sense of marginalized “otherness”. Within this article, we write about them, and make room for these fragments.
The opening piece for this issue is by Maja as a critical view of transparency on social networks, begging the question of whether we should expose ourselves that much in the virtual realm (page 4). Next up is a drawing exercise called “Guess the Building”; in the provided space, you can let your imagination run free and try guessing the floorplan with the prompt provided by our pen pal Stefan (page 8). From reading the descriptions of an absurd building’s floorplan, Sem’s article encourages us to embrace the madness in the design process, even when others shun and judge us for this mentality (page 12).
For this issue, besides publishing the written texts, we are collaborating with the Community Office to present a BKino film festival coming this June, happening in the heart of our BK City. Cecile from the Community Office offers a short introduction of the festival and her work (page 15). Please check out the film festival schedule (page 16) and save the date!
Turning a darker route, Nathan, our newest editor, brings up the relativity of war conflicts to our current time, a piece in which peace is not what it seems (page 18). From one precarious outtake to the next, our pen pal Romain opens up the pandora box of the world of scale figures, and the nuisance of flattening the human bodies for the sake of… AutoCAD (page 20). Written by Joost, we include a commentary on the Indesem 2023, a boundary-pushing design seminar (page 24). Blurring the lines between boundaries can also happen in the natural world, in this case, we are talking about invasive species; from a first-person perspective of a Japanese Knotweed, we get an empathetic view on the species of “otherness”. Finally, we have our standing section of “What are you reading?” with a book recommendation by Hilde Sennema, pertaining to the topic of oysters, resiliency, and microhistory (page 30).
Please bring this copy out into the sun and please enjoy your reading. And on another note, look around you as well, because things are not always like what they seem.