The Eye of the Fish is a blog focused on the urban environment of Wellington, New Zealand. It is now in its twelfth year running and host to over 900 posts and 10,000 comments.
The Eye opened to try and fill a gap in commentary and critique created when Tom Beard retired his WellUrban blog. I co-founded the site as a contributor and its designer alongside Maximus. My time writing for the blog lasted until 2010; a span that covered the last two years of my Bachelor degrees.
Although I never matched the output of my anonymous counterpart, the Eye provided a valuable space to try and re-apply the history/theory focus of my studies to a local context. The public and comments open nature of blogging at the time also made for quick lessons in the contested nature of urban space and the salience of architectural criticism. While the current web design is relatively generic, earlier iterations provided a chance to experiment with how to foreground locality and commenting within the then-limited framework of Wordpress themes.
My role in the blog lead to an interview for Urbis magazine and an invitation to the 'Humanising the City' panel discussion at the Wellington City Gallery.
Some select quotes from the posts of an over-confident and over-tired undergrad student: