flytrap presents and documents projects and writing by Linda Carroli. Instigated in January 2009.


Linda Carroli is a writer, researcher and placemaker, investigating the fields of art, science, technology and urbanism. She writes several blogs includiung PlaceBlog and Changescaping as part of the Placing Project and Enabling Suburbs, an interdisciplinary collaboration. She works on urban, cultural, regional and social initiatives with Harbinger Consultants

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Harbinger Consultants works towards and supports positive change and creative sustainability. As social, urban, regional and cultural strategists, we apply place-based and innovative approaches to develop enduring solutions and positive change. We creatively engage our clients and partners on research, planning, strategy and consultation projects and programs.

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PLACING :: Work in progress
March 2011

The Placing Project commenced in 2009, initiated with funding from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for a cultural writing project exploring ideas about writing place and place writing. Since then, Placing has evolved by way of the
PlaceBlog, which captures thinking and work in progress, and I've written several articles and essays which draw on the research. Presently, I am working on a publication to be titled Changescaping and work in progress is posted to the PlaceBlog. Changescaping engages one of the project’s overall objectives to draw out emerging and changing ideas about urban environments with a particular emphasis on the role artists, designers, planners, architects and other urbanists can play as changemakers. The work seeks to profile and foreground work happening in the Australian context, as it can seem that Australians aren’t prominently featured in the discussions about DIY urbanism, urban interventions and the like. As my article of the same name proposes, changescaping also aims to think beyond categories like ‘DIY urbanism’ and ‘urban intervention’ as a way of potentiating and tracing new trajectories for planning, design and art in the urban environment, as well as cutting across typologies and disciplines. 

Placing is a body of cultural writing, projects and interrogation that will transverse place, placemarking, place writing and writing place. Theorist Jane Rendell engages the idea of site writing, interleaving the word with site and architecture. In much the same way that Wordings considered, through various situations and encounters, practices of words, Placing considers practices of place. However, placing is not only about practices of place but also about practices of writing place. Like writing, 'wording' and drawing, it is intended as a both a noun and a verb – a thing and an action. Also like 'wording', placing is something we are often precise or careful about. To place something carelessly or thoughtlessly (even a word) is to misplace it or displace something else. Then, can we speak of place without considering position? Or … disposition? more

March 2010

Catablogue is a project that documents my collection of arts and artists publications. It is an extension of the Wording project which is comprised of a series of writings that explore the flux of art writing and writing art. In so doing, those essays explore artists books, text based artworks, arts publishing and criticism through a multitude of lenses and encounters including my own forays into publishing, artist books and text based work ... more 

ESSAY :: Community Benefits Agreements: Grounding Equitable Development in Community Negotiation
October 2009

This essay discusses the emergence of Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) in the USA with a view to considering their applicability to Australian urban development processes. The Equitable (or Responsible) Development movement has endeavoured to mitigate the impacts of urban development and gentrification on low income and disadvantaged communities. CBAs have enabled community coalitions to broker benefits for local communities and neighbourhoods. The essay considers the implications of this in the Australian development and planning system, proposing that the types of community benefits that are brokered through local authority and developer agreements do not have the same type of impact that those brokered through CBAs have had. A further consideration is that CBAs and stakeholder engagement is a core pillar of Corporate Social Responsibility, which is largely under-developed in the urban development industry. CBAs and Equitable Development presents an opportunity for developers to enhance their corporate reputations while also delivering real benefits for disadvantaged and low income communities ... more  

Transmission Lines 1955 - 1974

Snowy Mountains, 1962

Transmission Lines 1955 – 1974 is a project that documents my father’s working life as a rigger and linesman with the Electric Power Transmission Pty Ltd. This work is comprised of a number of content sharing and social networking efforts to archive and present this story. My father, Quinto Carroli, kept a photographic record of his working life and the photographs featured in this map are his personal photographs from various transmission line projects around Australia and Italy in the period 1955 to 1974. His migration to Australia in 1956, to work on electrification projects, was sponsored by the company. Transmission Lines 1955 – 1974 is a personal history that marks and documents space and time. In compiling the information, I realised there were many gaps, especially dates, and these gaps become part of the story by provoking questions and assumptions. The postwar electrification projects, powered predominantly by migrant labour, were essential for building and modernising this nation ... more 

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