Christopher Alexander's The Nature of Order
is an epic four-volume tome presenting an all-encompassing theory of architecture. Centred around the concepts of 'living structure' and 'living processes' - organically-derived concepts that conform to human scale and traditional methods - Alexander believes contemporary architecture is 'arbitrary' and essentially damaging. More intriguingly, one of his quotes reads '...I believe he is likely to be remembered most of all, in the end, for having produced the first credible proof of the existence of God...', although Alexander's definition of God
doesn't necessarily tally with the traditional view.
At times, it seems like those who lionise the contemporary architecture of the 80 years suffer from some kind of social compulsion, deliberately going against the prevailing flow of opinion. The richly ironic fact is that what was intended to be an architecture for the masses is now strictly a minority pursuit. The Modern House
is a new niche estate agent, specialising in connecting contemporary architecture with its compulsive fans. Admittedly, being a niche interest it means that all too often contemporary houses
are seen as fodder for redevelopment, tear-downs that developers know very few will miss.
Some more on the 40 under 40
architects list, this time with fine portrait photos by Timothy Soar
/ architecture links from Nicolas Norero
/ watch me change
is a Gap-gimmick, but entertaining, at least once / Square America
), 'a gallery of vintage snapshots & vernacular photography'. Onward links include Ground Glass
, photos, Old Haunts
, spooky ephemera, and Hugo Strikes Back!
, visual arts, some of which is mildly pornographic, some of which, like this huge collection of Moscow Metro Photographs
, is anything but.
Yesterday's BBC news
had an ironic juxtaposition. Ancient phallus unearthed in cave
. Right below it, we read Uproar grows over GTA sex scenes
. I wonder if the phallus caused uproar some 28,000 years ago? / photos of Brazil by Thomas Locke Hobbs
, via Land Living
/ Michael Danner
, photographer / the Intonarumori
, 'a family musical instruments invented in 1913 by italian futurist painter and musical composer Luigi Russolo'. Russolo's manifesto was called The Art of Noise
. History (and sounds) from Thereminvox.com
The Toyota Auto Museum
has an online gallery
. Strangely for an auto maker, they seem happy to exhibit their competitors' cars, such as Roosevelt's Packard Twelve
, or this enormous Cadillac Series 60 Special
. Presumably they were acquired to study, shrink and improve / Kottke
. Some anniversary or something, probably / Projekt 30's June exhibition
A question. How does Getty Images
get hold of (and therefore presumably profit from) this image
(from this BBC news page
), when it quite clearly originated with Transport for London
We're off to the Lawn Road Flats
tonight, with a bit of luck.