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Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Bill Owens' suburban photos (via ilike). Hell, even we rolled out a lawn last week, just as the sun perked up and did its best to shrink the new turf into little brown squares. But where do the suburbs begin? You know when youíre there, but the borders are often blurred. Worth a browse: Behind the Picket Fence: The Fifties Family Exposed Through Primary Sources. There's also Levittown: Levittown: Documents of an Ideal American Suburb. Suburbia Ė itís all about protection.

Charles Holden's Senate House as Batman set, a suitable marriage. I hadn't heard the rumour about Hitler wanting this Bloomsbury Ziggurat for his London HQ, but the building certainly inspired George Orwell in his description of the four ministries in 1984. The original City of Sound's original comprehensive post on the building.

The first Batman movie, Tim Burton's 1989 film, was art directed by Anton Furst. Furst created a Gotham City that mixed of deco, expressionist and moderne styles. Also shot in the UK, at Pinewood Shepperton, part of the film re-used the set from Aliens. Furst killed himself in 1991 (there's a creepy cinematic myth attached to the film, from imdb: "Some claim to have seen a scene in the original theatrical release where Batman and Vicki Vale run through the streets of Gotham City and Batman notices a homeless little girl who asks him, "is it Hallowe'en?" This scene is now missing from all other releases."). Vintage Batmobile images.

The work of architect Paul Andreu, currently under scrutiny following the collapse of Terminal 2E at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Andreu is currently working on the vast Beijing National Theatre. Vaguely related, Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy, a Communist Opera (via I Like).

A collection of online publications in this me-fi thread, most leaning towards the hipster scrawled illustration school of presentation, but fun to flick through nonetheless / how css boxes work. We're doing this all wrong / Ron Mansfield runs a site called Childhood Radios.

Which side of the road do they drive on? (via plasticbag) / Robot Person, CollyLogic, two stylish weblogs / Curbed, a new weblog about NY real estate (via Lightningfield). It's more interesting than it sounds / A new, updated site for Archinect / Lines on Paper, 'Choice Books for the Collector', with many images.