The #3 Issue is all about the topic contact. „Contact“ is closely related to the making of connections. Most obviously, this includes connections between human beings, but also between humans and non-humans like institutions, legislation, ideas, or the spatial arrangements that pre-structure everyday actions. In our everyday lives, we experience environments in which we may establish new connections more easily than in others, and we notice that there are differences in ‘connecting ourselves’ to a given space or environment. The making, or un-making of contacts and connections is an essential part of our social lives and in this sense, influences our psychological state and well-being.
The contributions in this issue are focused on three broadly conceived areas – confronting loneliness, crossing the threshold, and towards community. The authors explore different formats, modes of enquiry and presentation as part of their engagement with their chosen field of interest. The diversity of contributions demonstrates that multiple connections from within the spatial and design related disciplines can be made and that it is a rewarding undertaking to shed light on existing and new connections/disconnections.
Mentally Urban Magazine #2 shows a very different perspective on contact: contact in times of corona.