Welcome to here! Welcome to the edition of Bnieuws that is about everything displaced, relocated, adjusted and connected. Welcome to the space of this small booklet, where we explore the dimensions of our own locations across the globe and within the mind.
So... where have you been? Did you drift away into a mysterious location of your new project or did you live the life of a school kid in that shitty new Netflix series you just binged? Possibly, during the break you travelled to one of the exciting locations in Europe, because you wanted to get away from the gloomy Dutch winter. Either way, you chose to abandon a certain place to go to another one. Because as much as the question "where?" enquires about a specific location, it most of all informs us on "where not". Many of us lived around the world, and we chose to come here, to Delft, in order to pursue new things in life, but also to leave the old ones behind. Where we are, we miss the family, our friends from around the globe, and we look back at the memories of places that are no longer our abodes. While the absence can crack a void, we are here and now, and this is our opportunity.
We open this edition with The Flawed Notion of a Separate Here and There, which makes a case for the complexity of the world through interdependencies. The most distant events, in both space and time, prompt effects that could not have been accounted for. Some effects, however, do not need to be global to make an impact. Shooting at the Verge portrays the processes of urban expansion and their influence on the cinematic portraits of the urban periphery. The unclaimed in-between space exists also in the ethereal situations you might find yourself as you follow the bizarre journey in Guess! But again, don't be fooled that the places we talk about need to be geographically determined. The Modernist movement, for instance, did not seem to account for local identity, prompting the question of: Physical or Intangible? Interestingly, positioning can also relate to where we find ourselves in the context of our lives as we face the milestone of a new year; a year of both prospect and hopelessness. Goal Meets World reports on the fact that just as moving through places, we often anticipate abandoning the old self in the past year with excitement, launching the new one with impossible ambition. There is, however, an objective that Bnieuws already achieved this year. We are excited to share the collaborative piece Where is... by the editorial team of Iowa based student magazine DATUM. Finally, we close back with the notion of "nowhereness", but here the absence is not voluntary. I Feel out of Place challenges the lack of visual representation of the diversity of people in architectural drawings and its harmful consequences.
Buckle up, and let us take you away on a journey through this new edition!