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Wednesday, May 11, 2005
All these things feel vaguely connected. That's Enough Entertainment, thanks (via haddock). Armando Iannucci makes a point we can totally concur with: "I am publicly confessing that I've never seen - and probably will never see - an episode of The Sopranos in my lifetime". The piece also taps into what has been defined as a 'mega-trend': 'choice fatigue', or the feeling of being totally overwhelmed by the available options. It also reveals the inherent flaw with the mp3 player:

Having all this music in their pocket, they find it more difficult to be entirely satisfied with the track they've chosen to listen to. The urge to flick is greater across multi-channel TV, not necessarily because the programmes are bad, but because logic dictates there has to be something even better somewhere else.

A couple of things from design observer. Firstly, On Designer Bullshit, in which Michael Bierut recalls Richard Meier getting egg on his face (presumably de-yolked, ultra pure egg white). Secondly, from a while back, Leisurama considers the house of the future, via the Muji House and the new documentary, Leisurama (the site for which is dressed up in that irresistable mid-century sheen, all ephemera now palettes and style). The Leisurama House itself was a fairly conventional structure, designed by legendary beach house builder Andrew Geller, then chief architectural designer at Raymond Loewy Associates.

The house had none of the streamlining or technological zing that has come to be associated with Loewy's name - indeed, none of the geometric eccentricity that characterised Geller's later work (some of which is, sadly, facing impending demolition). But the houses - some 200 in all were built - were politically important, rather than aesthetically. As the author Tom Vanderbilt notes, 'what makes the Leisurama houses interesting, apart from their novel marketing, is that they seemed to have briefly stood as some kind of symbol of national superiority over the Soviets.'

Are gadgets still a benchmark of progress? Perhaps. On the other hand, you have LODA: the Law of Diminishing Amazement, coined by John Thackara in his book In the Bubble. "The more gadgets you cram into a simple product, the harder it will be to impress people, let alone to get them to pay a heap of money for it". I don't think we've reached critical mass for this particular law yet.

Increasingly, size matters. Average house sizes in the EU (pdf): the EU-wide average is 87 square metres (approximately 936 square feet). In the US, the average house size is 2,123 square feet (197 square metres). More interesting stats available at This New House, a piece in Mother Jones magazine: 'Since 1950, the average new [American] house has increased by 1,247 sq. ft. Meanwhile, the average household has shrunk by 1 person.' You can download one of the sources, the Housing Facts, Figures & Trends 2004 report (pdf) from the National Association of Home Builders.

There was a short piece on Monday's Today Programme about American businesses moving towards a more environmentally-friendly approach, the motto Capitalism + Technology being mooted as a solution to issues like global warming, rather than restrictive legislation (which makes companies scratch and wriggle like cats in a sack). This Land+Living post, What Can I Do? therefore seemed timely, especially as the main pdf linked comes via a company called Natural Capitalism. Try Grist for more grit.

Mr Beller's Neighbourhood, a walk around literary New York / vaguely inspired by literary New England: kill zombies with de-animator / Larry Carlson makes strange animations / Las Vegas Gambles on Growth, aerial photography by Alex S. MacLean.

Full Speed Ahead, the Russian Avantgarde from 1910 - 1934. Followed by Soviet Socialist Realism at the Virtual Museum of Political Art / installation-like furniture by Fredrikson Stallard / fine art scans at Olga's gallery / via NYC London, Webesteem, a Polish art and design magazine / also via L+L, Urban Roof Gardens.