Big city, bright lights

248 perfect trades. How $1000 could have sent the world’s economy into a spin (via Kottke) / Kim Laughton creates visions of Grand Theft Auto without textures (via RPS) / staying with graphics: Seascape, a browser based realtime wave simulator. Remarkable – just a few weeks ago we linked to Triton’s special ocean modelling software. Things move fast (also via Kottke).

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The Exbury Egg

The Exbury Egg is a private retreat/artist’s studio, designed by architects PAD Studio in collaboration with the artist Stephen Turner. Turner spent a year living in the Egg, moored on the Beaulieu River. His thoughts and works were collected in a year-long online journal

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Throwing shapes

A collection of more Wes Anderson Analysis than you could ever possibly need, courtesy of film blog Every Frame a Painting / Piccadilly Circus, an illustration by Renzo Picasso from 1929. There’s a larger archive of Picasso’s work here. The relatively unknown designer sounds like an elaborately constructed character from an Anderson film / staying inter-war, the A.B.C. Murders is a point and click adventure game featuring Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot (via RPS) / more graphics. We remember being thrilled and entertained by PC demos back in the day. The scene is still very much active. This 4k intro showcases the insane complexity that can be crammed in to 4096 bytes (via Superarchitects) / finally, an iconic note for the weekend. The New Thames Bridge shortlist has been unveiled, and the results are the slickly rendered aftermath of a collision between a spaghetti dinner and a paint factory. Part of the problem is that the bridge is elevated high above the water, meaning a profusion of ramps and spirals are needed to descend to pavement level on each side. It also doesn’t help that the edifice will have be up against the dismal backdrop of Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea, dumping ground for insane ideas and sub-par architecture for several decades. Bring back the Crystal Span of 1963.

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Everybody here wanted something more

A proper Barbapapa House (via Wowhaus). The French did this bubble architecture more efficiently and copiously than almost anyone else – Pierre Cardin’s classic ‘Bubble House‘ being a case in point / there is an Irish ferry based on Ulysses / at what point does whimsy become toxic? Ian Martin on London, a barbed and savage look back from a not-improbable future. Most modern architecture? Save it for the renders. Related, walking along the quasi-privatised River Thames. Also related: Cities Don’t Love Us. The psychology, ethics and economics of gentrification, and the benefits of just getting the hell out instead.


Other thing. Some new music: Seas, Starry / Space Yacob and the Giant Yeti / Charivari! / The Time People soundtrack / worth having a poke around the hauntology tag on Bandcamp / Rookie Magazine, on writing and other things / Back to the USSR, old Soviet ephemera / Step on no pets: The Palindrome Game of the Enigma Codebreakers (via MeFi Projects) / Voices of East Anglia, a retro-themed weblog we’ve flagged up before / beautiful animated illustration by Rafael Varona: Impossible Bottles / house-keeping: test for Superfish. Our most recent machine came pre-installed with this nasty piece of Malware. Our advice? Don’t buy Lenovo. More.

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The view from here

A clutch of architectural links. Impington Village College in Campbridgeshire was created by Walter Gropius with Maxwell Fry, following the former’s exit from the Bauhaus and Germany and before he went on to ‘stardom’ in the US. It remains a curious amalgam of architectural influences and innovations. There’s an upcoming lecture day to celebrate the architect’s legacy in the UK, which also includes the private house in Old Church Street, Chelsea, marketed for £45M a couple of years ago / also related, a recent book on the Isokon Flats, The Lawn Road Flats: Spies, Writers and Artists, uncovers the artistic milieu around this pioneering structure / the Industrial Estates of Britain, a guide / “The story of the Haggerston Estate is the story of social housing in Britain“, a post at CityMetric / imagery: Modernism in Metroland, Architecture of Doom and Modernist Estates. Scavenged Luxury is also a fine source of the quotidian / Failed Architecture has a number of interesting essays on the relationship between architecture and society, including ‘Houses as Money: The Georgian Townhouse in London‘, which covers spec building, sub-basements and pastiche.

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Learning to relax

incredibly detailed drawings by Jonathan Delafield Cook / interior prospects painted by Pierre Bergian / Why I have resigned from the Telegraph / Core77 gets a re-vamp / NY Through the Lens, a weblog / Remembering Dresden: 70 Years After the Firebombing / Soviet-era lightning machine. Maybe / hypnotic music video by Dan Deacon, Learning To Relax / sort of related, the fundamentals of synthesis / also related, a music workshop with FEZ, via MeFi) / the real story of the 1967 Boston Marathon / 360 degree GoPro video / Cuac Arquitectura have a tumblr / forthcoming book, Modernist Estates: The buildings and the people who live in them today / Das Kreative Haus, animated architectural letterforms by Florian Schommer / Mail Order Apocrypha, from the days when high weirdness only came by mail.

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Four wheeled futurology

Joining the dots. Since Marc Newson moved to Apple he has presumably had some input into the upcoming Apple Watch. Yet even more intriguing is the idea that he’s also involved in the rumoured Apple Car. After all, Newson’s Ford 021C of 1999 remains the quintessential example car-as-product-design, still fresh after 16 years.

Other things. The dawn of robot journalism / the bi-annual Nairn post gets an outing: The man who hated the transformation of Britain / vintage rock is a scanned collection of ephemera / the oral history of shoegaze / a brief history of rooftopping and its evolution from urban exploration to high stakes thrill-seeking and political activism.

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Own a small piece of the moon

Moonfire: The epic journey of Apollo 11 is an enhanced pictorial edit of Norman Mailer’s Time reportage on the moon programme. It seems that Mailer didn’t really enjoy the whole experience, feeling that it lacked a certain magic; he certainly didn’t go all out on the machismo and adventurous spirit conjured up by Wolfe in The Right Stuff (first chunk of movie version here). Taschen also produces a lunar rock edition, limited to just twelve copies. ‘Each book is contained in a LEM-inspired case whose surface is an actual 3D topography of the Moon made from a single piece of aluminum (Size: 523 x 596 x 347 mm, Weight: 22 kilograms), and is accompanied by a separately packaged piece of lunar rock.’ The case was designed by Marc Newson and the smallest piece of moon rock started at 75,000 Euro, with the largest gracing Taschen’s priciest book ever, No. 1,969, priced at 480,000 Euro. It’s probably cheaper to go to the Lunar Embassy. See also the story of the newly discovered Armstrong lunar ephemera stash. Also related, a very comprehensive post assembling the story behind Apollo. When will the Mars book come out?

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Things for Wednesday

A beautifully curated collection of vintage art and design at Design is Fine / the lost churches of Peckham / the architecture of Ralph Maynard Smith, purveyor of inter-war Deco elegance / Dark Shadows: How New Skyscrapers are forever changing Central Park (via Kottke) / see also, Here’s What New York Will Look Like in 2018 / the Walking City, a ‘slowly evolving video sculpture‘ by Universal Everything / New Elementary is a bestiary of Lego pieces, familiar and obscure / Martin Parr: Teddy Gray’s Sweet Factory (also via Kottke).

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Cutting out the bits

Everyone’s a Critic, paintings by David Lyle / Our Incredible Journey, happy announcements of mergers, acquisitions and imminent shut-downs / designing database, a tumblr / paintings by Chelsea Bentley / Lossless, lossless, lossless, raging against Pono / move music around with Byta / Richard Scarry in the modern world. This illustration reminds us of Monocle Magazine / signature architecture, job cuts: halving the hours at the Birmingham Library / global school lunch survey. We suspect the presentation exceeds reality / make everything metal / related, heavy metal logo generator

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A cross country

Hac is a game about a road trip, set in the blank realm of late to post-Communist Eastern Europe in the 1990s. You drive a muddy Trabant / keep your voice down when talking in front of your TV, Samsung implies / American under construction / construction stalled under America / New searches: ‘on a daily basis, 15 percent of queries submitted have never been seen before by Google’s search engine.’

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Cracks in the mantle

A Map of the square and stationary earth, ‘four hundred passages in the Bible that condemn the Globe Theory, or the Flying Earth, and none sustain it ; this map is the Bible map of the world’ (1893), via Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science? / ultra high resolution portraits. Zooming deep into oil paintings is also pretty addictive.

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As above

Ordinary Streets, exploring the independent retail culture of South London (via the Guardian) / when plagiarism isn’t plagiarism: the iceberg that was photographed twice / Co-Zine, a website / we smell sausage: the instrument collection of Mark Mothersbaugh / a Mercedes hewn from stone: Russian mafia gravestones / carry-on craziness at the TSA’s ‘year in review’.

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Looty the Peke

Dog breeding, torture, revenge, destruction and Jackie Chan: the destruction of the Old Summer Palace in Beijing, and how a country’s cultural heritage was scattered to collections, officers’ messes and country houses.

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Ever decreasing circles

Steve Wetherill writes about old computers and other things / Something Concrete and Modern is exactly that / Day Job Studio is home to artists including Grace Helmer, Daniel Clarke, Victoria Willmott, Charlene Man, Aaron Ziggy, Charlotte Mei, Joshua Checkley, Rhodes Peter and Katie Rose Johnston. There’s also a tumblr, of course / the story of the world’s tiniest game of chess / Tremors Magazine, architecture and culture – great stuff / the Pocket Operator series, from Teenage Engineering / the ultimate collection of farm implements, as noticed by the Identical Eye / related, rural interiors photographed by Martin Rosswog / Night Tune, ambient late night driving simulator / instant geometric bliss with the Inspirograph (see above).

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