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Northern Living - - CONTENTS -

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a tricky thing. More than speak­ing the same lan­guage, hav­ing good syn­tax and vo­cab­u­lary, and sound gram­mar, it’s also about tone, tim­ing, and con­text. Am I say­ing the right thing at the right time? Is this of­fen­sive or ac­cept­able? Is this ver­i­fied? In­formed?

In this is­sue, we ex­plore the in­tri­ca­cies lan­guage and com­mu­ni­ca­tion have taken, from the im­por­tance of one’s na­tive tongue in an in­creas­ingly global so­ci­ety, to the phys­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tions of mes­sag­ing.

We see this in how ar­chi­tect JJ Acuña trans­lates pur­pose and flow into the phys­i­cal space of his stu­dio/home, as well as with ris­ing de­sign­ers Is­abel Si­cat and Aiala Val­dovino of Toqa. Fea­tured on the cover, the Toqa girls demon­strate the in­tri­ca­cies of di­a­logue be­tween pol­i­tics, fash­ion, and ideals.

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