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Monday, January 24, 2005
More on the SuperCity exhibition at Urbis. We're slightly obsessed with this concept, although we don't know why. Deyan Sudjic summed it up nicely in yesterday's Observer, 'The shape of things to come - if you live in Manchester' (surely a nod to those infamous 80s Bacardi adverts?) by describing the proposal as a 'landscape dotted by vast monuments to Will's whimsical genius.' However, he imagines that 'out there in the badlands of the M62 it would look even less convincing.' Related, motorway histories. Staying with the public profile of avant-garde architecture, the recent Master-Disaster Architects Duel in New York saw Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Smith-Miller+Hawkinson duke it out in a model-making challenge. Some more images.

We finally got to see Super Size Me. Related: Ten reasons... to go to McDonald's 10 reasons to eat at McD's (via Kottke). The movie would seem to contradict number one on the list. See also the rather obscure rebuttal movie, Bowling for Morgan and the The Princess Series, the flash animated tale of a fortune-less princess as she attempts to understand the modern world.

Go back to the future with this DeLorean auction / the visual history of Rotterdam / the last 12 Pixies shows, each beautifully packaged / UK internet history at the haddock family tree / My Three Favorite Computer Games of 2004. By Paul Ford. Of course.

Some common errors and misconceptions about the work of Christo and Jeanne Claude (via Curbed). Related, Five Films about Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Also via Curbed, Cornershots, architecture in New York / London Topography, the city in old prints / books in the hallway / Betsy Goes to China / Paradise Circus, a weblog / Sleeve Notes, a weblog.

Panopticist, a new weblog (via collision detection) / the crime in your coffee, a pulpy German-language website / Complexification, computer-generated imagery, via Douglas / my favourite part of this story: 'SpongeBob, who lives in a pineapple under the sea, was "outed" by the U.S. media in 2002 after reports that the TV show and its merchandise are popular with gays' / Freshness magazine.

Two 'facts' culled from recent me-fi posts - are they true? Ford only afford to keep Volvo factories open because of the Swedish healthcare system. And, when seem from the sea, the Burj Al-Arab hotel resembles a giant crucifix / The Polar Express: A Virtual Train Wreck (via kottke), a very detailed look at that film's apparently stilted animation ('Somehow they spent millions of dollars to literally take the soul out of an Oscar-winning actor's performance.)