Past Resident

Anna Kate Blair

Anna Kate Blair is a writer and architectural historian from New Zealand. Her work is broadly concerned with intersections of place, politics and aesthetics, with subjective experiences of architecture and landscape and with concepts of ephemerality. She is currently working on writing projects concerned with islands and water, the Appalachian Trail and urban change in East London. She is very interested in experimental forms of writing, teaching, creating community and communicating research.

Anna's non-fiction has appeared in publications including 10 Stories: Writing about ArchitectureThe Journal of Art HistoriographyInside/Out MoMAThe Island ReviewThe AppendixPrint Quarterly and Untapped Cities and fiction in LitroHeadland and Pyramid Schemes: A Collective Cityscape. In 2017, she won the Warren Trust Prize for Architectural Writing. Anna has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has previously worked in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and as an editor for King's Review.


Past Resident

Elisa Taber

Elisa Taber is a writer and anthropologist. She explores the interstice between translation and epistemology in the Nivaklé narratives of the Paraguayan Gran Chaco. Both her stories and translations are troubled into being, even when that trouble is a kind of joy. 

In 2013 and 2016 she conducted fieldwork in Neuland, a Mennonite colony in the Paraguayan Gran Chaco, and Cayim ô Clim, the neighboring Nivaklé indigenous settlement. Her hyper-textual lyric ethnography is composed of two multi-sequential sections. The second is an ekphrastic description of 30 second films shot in Neuland and Cayim ô Clim. The first is a metonymic translation of myths from a mixture of Machaco, Guaraní and Spanish into English.

Elisa graduated from The New School Social Research with a Master of Arts in Anthropology. She currently serves as Editorial Assistant for the Curatorial Design Research Lab at Parsons, The New School for Design.