Today's grab bag is urban-infused (making the floral display to your left somewhat inappropriate). Church Crawler
is a personal site devoted to ecclesiastical architecture (mostly British). As you'd imagine, there's a wealth of material here, complete with mystery
churches and sites under threat
. City Journal
is a publication concerned with New Urbanism
, the architectural movement that strives to create 'livable sustainable communities'. A few clicks will get you increasingly entangled in libertarianism, that highly vocal strand of American political life that tallies nicely with New Urbanism's conservative world view.
In stark contrast, Birmingham's Bull Ring would be the antithesis of the New Urban ideal - all concrete walkways and urban alienation. Now that the site is undergoing reconstruction, it's interesting to see that the official site
continues to use the - freshly fashionable - aesthetic of classy urban blankness. Someone who could never be accused of blankness is the architect John Outram
. Outram is committed to an architecture of symbolism and polychromy - witness his Egyptian House
(for an Egyptologist!), or the bright colours of Cambridge's Judge Institute
. Fashion doesn't enter the equation. He writes
extensively. This quote about so-called sustainable architecture makes a salient point about the inherent problems of 'building lightly':
‘It is an illusion, a fallacy, and a downright lie to pretend that what one builds today can be readily and easily 'unbuilt' by 'future generations'. What is true, instead, is that if our regard for our successors is genuine, that we will build for them structures, in every department of human culture, whose 'project' our successors will want to take up and run-with into the future.’
Elswhere. Studio Blu make excellent architectural models. Zone Tour is a database of urban exploration. The University of Kent has an excellent map collection, amongst other things.