Remember this? In December 2021, Objectspace – the design and architecture museum in Tāmaki Makaurau – commissioned architectural photographer (and friend of Here) David Straight to document the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the built environment in the city.
The outcome is a new publication featuring photographs taken at eight sites across Auckland – dispersed between two unprecedented regional boundaries instated under the Covid-19 Alert Level system.
Locations of Interest functions as a document of these sites, both to record them for posterity and to provoke thought about our built environment as a place of socio-political action. What kind of access and use is prioritised in its design, and how well can it adapt and shift in response to the needs of its users?
As the memory of lockdowns and cordons (thankfully) fades, Straight’s work is a reminder of our strange, yet everyday interactions with bureaucracy and systems of organisation – where cones and arrows, signs and check-in posters, not to mention a profusion of institutional chairs, ordered our days. A fitting reminder.
Locations of Interest by David Straight