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Friday, January 09, 2004
Galinsky, helping people enjoy buildings. A resource of contemporary architecture - most of it accessible to the public. Related: From Here to Modernity, essays on modern architecture at the Open University. Finally, Memento Mori, a critical essay over at V-2 on the latest pride of Tokyo, the Roppongi Hills development. The publicity material might claim the environment 'nurtures people with "open-minds", but the author instead sees it as part of the ongoing tendency to 'fetishize Japaneseness'. Japan, he believes, 'enjoy[s] a sort of perverse, condescending exemption from all the rules that apply elsewhere, and that this exemption will underwrite still further and more serious departures [from reality]'. Related: drum machine, a flash animation by Drew Cope of Tokyoplastic.

'For no particular reason', Sippey's blog-snaps, a snapshot of the world's leading weblogs, c. January 2004. A useful design resource, if nothing else. From left to right: boingboing, plasticbag, anil dash, raelity bites, the historical present, kottke, sippey, sylloge, veen and waxy.

Other things. Contemporary metalwork at Velvet da Vinci / real escapes from Alcatraz / media player classic, a riposte to bloated software / Maps and Territories, another weblog about cartography and sister weblog to Parking Lot. More on maps is always welcome.

Pathetic motorways (via Veen). The galleries convey a fine sense of contemporary ennui / ever since discovering the joys of House in Progress, I’ve become vaguely obsessed with looking around other people’s houses online. Anyone know of any more?

Spinning tops, just one of many things on show at Canadian Mail Order Catalogues, a huge compilation dating from the late nineteenth century, with scans all present and correct (via spitting-image.net). Fantastic fashions, hunting supplies, babyfood, colour TVs and much, much more.

Found Photograph and the Limits of Meaning (via Consumptive) / a catalogue of Monolisiana / Not Fooling Anybody: bad retail conversions (via magnetbox) / Paradoxa, articles on genre literature / The Big Smoker, a weblog / a doggerel.

The story of Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc, installed in New York’s Federal Plaza 1981, and destroyed, after a court case, in 1989. Part of PBS.org’s feature 'Flashpoints', all about controversial art, music, literature and film/

Observed being read on the train by a frightened-looking woman: ‘Witchcraft’, by Nick Godwin. Back-cover blurb: ‘Are the devil’s covert tactics operating in your life?’ Considered giving her a long, penetrating stare, but she already looked far too freaked out.