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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
'Not building: the lure of desolation,' Hugh Pearman's paean to the slow erosion of abandoned buildings. Compare and contrast with the unfortunate Villa Real in Consett, recently named as the country's 'worst new development', by CABE, which is tracking down the most mediocre piece of contemporary housing design. Handing out this kind of award always seems to be a closing the stable door exercise. If the Housing Design Awards can hand out gongs to proposed schemes, why can't CABE pre-empt mediocrity before it's set in bricks and mortar? Then perhaps these 'truly awful developments' wouldn't get built in the first place.

The Her Noise exhibition at the South London Gallery is well worth a visit. Curated by Lina Dzuverovic Russell and Anne Hilde Neset of Electra, the exhibition features work by Emma Hedditch, Christina Kubisch, Kaffe Matthews, Haley Newman and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon. Although we missed Christina Kubisch's immersive Electrical Walk, Matthews' Sonic Bed installation envelops you in a series of high and low frequencies, gently rumbling through your back. Gordon's installation replicates a recording studio, complete with bass, drums, guitars and vocals and invites you to play along to her pre-recorded vocals and receive a CD of the result. Our rather hapless 2.5 person effort can be downloaded here. Related, Amy Spencer's DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture looks well worth a read.

Other things. NoNeedForAHelmet.com is brilliant marketing. Up until this moment, I wasn't even in the market for a superbike, let alone a Roland electronic drum kit / doodleblog brings you daily doodles / the remarkable airport at Courcheval, with its steeply sloping runway / a vintage Sears Catalogue / photography by Donald Tetto / my private tokyo, a photoblog / is this the end of blurry photos? The multi-focus camera / photos by Anna Kari / Misofunky, contemporary crafts / Soviet stamps.