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Thursday, July 29, 2004
We're winding down for an August break, so links are thin on the ground and thinking is getting fuzzier... also stand by for an announcement about the latest issue / take a virtual tour of a typical London house / images of the Farnsworth House from 37 signals / the Bionic Dolphin. Move over Tintin / nice animation / we can highly recommend the collected letters of Gary Benchley, rock star / Philipp's weblog, Google logoscoped, focuses on developments in search engines and browsers, and related projects like the Googlehouse.

Save the Routemaster is a romantic but ultimately doomed cause. Each time I ride one of these buses, I wonder if it's for the last time. Some more details in this slightly infuriating article by Andrew Gilligan (he of Hutton notoriety, re-invented as an Associated Newspapers columnist). It includes this misguided quote from Peter Hendy, TfL's 'director of surface transport': "We've got a bloody museum out there. Nobody drives to work in a Morris Minor because it's a design classic." Surely, surely, there are plenty of people out there who do exactly that? Dan Hill also tracks the issue in Routemaster RIP, and makes a good point about why no-one has done the seemingly obvious thing and come up with a retro-styled version. Early Routemaster concepts do exist, but bubbly, fresh, retro-inspired designs are a bit thin on the ground. I recall the occasional student project (of which this one, by Blake Cotterill at Coventry's excellent MA course in 2003, is the only one I can find online). You'd have thought that the combination of curves, form and cultural memories would be a dream for designers.

Industrial Night and Magic is the mighty impressive site of Haiko Hebig. Check these ads from the American steel and coal in industry in 1966 as well as Hebig's own images (such as the Zollverein series) / identify this mystery bus (how can a bus be a mystery?) / With Louis, film and photo.