The end of the 'cloud'
? The so-called Fourth Grace
is set to swan dive into history, as it 'is no longer viable because of increasing costs and fundamental changes from the original scheme'. Commentators are billing the cancellation of yet another high profile scheme (see the post on Libeskindís Spiral below) as the end of iconic architecture, a notion thatís gained popular currency
in recent weeks.
Part of the problem with such schemes is the difficulty of 'reading' them in an architectural sense. However slick the presentation (and slick presentation is one thing that all 'icons' have in common, even if they are in no way related stylistically), renders and visualisations rarely give an insight into how a building will function on a day to basis. Unsurprisingly, this elicits suspicion. In Britain at least, the public has learned to its cost that the bigger and bolder a proposal, the less likely it is to get built.
Elsewhere. The Knight Rider dashboard project
/ rock and roll enters its dotage: golf tournaments
await senior rockers / the View-Master
is apparently back in fashion
. Over one billion
reels have been issued. A collection of more stereoscopic viewers
. You can even get custom architecture
reels. Even more 3D at 3D web
, a weblog dealing with watches (via Coudal
). It's a bit gadget influenced, with an emphasis on the tech side of things rather than the pure engineering that attracts collectors to very high-end watches
(like this concept Tag Heuer
. Paradoxically, when watches cost five or even six figures, owners tend to have more and more of them. You therefore get strange devices like automatic watch winders
), the humidors of the chronographic world. These can become just as fetishistic
as the watches themselves.
An amazing gallery of the Millau Viaduct
in the South of France / vertical football
, an advertising installation by TBWA/Japan
- suggests playlists and lets you make your own (thanks Ben) / musings on music and hollywood film stars by yorkpete
/ beautiful poster design at aesthetic apparatus
/ the complete bits of Fry and Laurie