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Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Bits and pieces today. Architecture news at fresh arch / the zip code map, because we're always losing it / World Stadiums is a useful resource / Design Within Reach's Summer Contest: who designed this house? (via Subsystence magazine) / Jimmy Squid's Weapons, a photoblog.

One of the smallest NY apartment goes on sale (via curbed). 'Compact and bijou, Mostyn, compact and bijou. (a phrase that came into popular usage from adland). London has more than its fair share of overpriced rabbit hutches, as the rabid enthusiasm that greeted Piercy Conner's microflat concept from 2002 indicated. But as Hugh Pearman noted, the microflat down-graded the home from a spatial concept to little more than a consumable object, an over-the-counter gadget, the iPod of housing. In fact, had the architects waited a few months until the iPod (launched 23 October 2001) had taken off, popularising the idea of cultural compartmentalizing, their idea might have garnered more than widespread media interest and would perhaps even have been realised. Meanwhile, a site of great historic literary interest - and much human misery - gets the makeover treatment.

Ottmar Liebert has a weblog, which links to the 2 Columbus Circle Game, a conservation merry-go-round in NYC. In other conservation news, and a welcome piece of schadenfreude for fans of inter-war British architecture, the man who demolished Greenside, a classic (and listed) 1937 house by Connell, Ward and Lucas, has been refused both listing building consent to demolish and planning permission for new house. According to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 'in demolishing the building without consent, the applicant has by his own actions returned the site to open land in circumstances where he could not be said to have had any legitimate expectation that a new and different building could be erected on the site.'

More OTT architecture. The Goldstein House, a John Lautner classic / Morris Lapidus, the architect of excess / Kultureflash has a gallery of images of Michael Meredith's Huyghe + Le Corbusier Puppet Theatre, installed last year at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, designed by Le Corbusier in 1963 / the ultimate flash face. Everything you do turns out like Carlos the Jackal / Google Moon. Not as exciting as it sounds - a bit of a one-note joke, in fact. But can a real application called Google Galaxy be that far behind?

Bernd Brunner's The Ocean at Home - An Illustrated History of the Aquarium is a new book from Princeton Architectural Press. Read Wesley Burnett's review at Popmatters. Staying nautical: the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office, with online exhibits on lighthouses,
lighthouses, icebreakers and useful publications like these Instructions For Painting U.S. Coast Guard Vessels from 1935. By 1965, you get illustrations.