We’ve been thinking a lot about new cities, new societies, utopias and more, thanks to a couple of posts that caught our eye. First of all, No Sense of Place
urges you to support Christiania
, the proto-commune established on the outskirts of Copenhagen and currently being eyed up by all manner of developer types - it seems that the wharves and warehouses that make up the commune are now valuable real estate. We've never visited, but it seems really quite smokey
, all very well if that's your idea of a utopia. Friends say that the no hard drugs rule is openly flouted, which is sad but not great a surprise. Still, the all-bicycle transport is commendable.
More anti-modernist yet wholly urban rhetoric can be found at James Howard Kunstler's
website (which we found via Lightningfield
). We especially like the paintings
) - they have something of the Stuckist
about them. Kunstler is something of an anti-modernist - although to be fair his eyesore of the month
section is very even-handed
. He has written several books (I
) that take issue with contemporary urbanity, their dead spaces, homogeneity, cooker-cutter modernism, auto-centric design and general disrepect for the human condition. We'd be interested to read more, although the Amazon reviews note that he pays constant homage to the wholly romantic notion that is New Urbanism
, which might start to grate a little. As for the conference that David
cited - we need that kind of thing
in the UK.
Elsewhere. The people at Inventory
have pointed us towards Fierce Sociology
, their new website. I take photos
// Apple II galleries
// found things
(Although the act of scanning, cropping and posting images online surely makes them different - no longer found
, but somehow presented?) // Vintage Consumer Reports
// The Barn Journal
('dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of traditional farm architecture') // Canadian Prairies
// Half Empty
- visual culture.
) // Anti SUVs
// Acclaimed Music
// TV idents
) // The sheer banality of golf
// Stop Motion Studies
. People constantly search this site for pictures of Nigella Lawson. And vacuum cleaners. Constantly.