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Friday, January 20, 2006
Lots of disparate things today, as updates will be sporadic over the next week / even more google maps hacks and tips at Googlemapsmania, including the comprehensive UK info map / another use of weblogs that had totally passed us by - as course notes and updates. For example, tag along with SOCI 4038, Anne Galloway's Advanced Studies in Urban Cultures course at Carleton Uni / the Bookninja, literary picks.

Not quite sure about this photoblogdirectory thing, but it cleverly pulls out images we link to in each post, which has some sort of value / Domus publishes some of the entries into its Ryugyong Hotel competition, something I suspect the North Koreans know very little about / how to lose a Serra / Italian cave city emerges blinking / profits drop at Foster and Partners, causing snarky headlines in the national press, taken directly from Building Design but with added lashings off schadenfreude.

Charlotte Perriand at designboom / Becoming a Man Through Lingerie. Shades of a classic episode of Father Ted / the Texas Tower, a bit like the Maunsell Towers (etc. etc.) / temporarysites, exhibitions and installations / Douglas Coupland is designing a park in Canada / meanwhile, back on planet celebrity, it sounded good, but sadly Brad's Diner will not become a feature of Hove's seafront. You see, Brad didn't return Frank's calls.

One of London's missing links has been getting press lately, namely the concept of extending the Bakerloo line to Camberwell. Apparently it was once seriously considered, back in the 30s, 50s and 70s, but lack of money scuppered the scheme each time. Nonetheless, there are still 'shunting tracks running from Elephant & Castle to under Burgess Park in Walworth'. See also the project page at Always Touch Out, which provides an overview of ongoing London transport projects. Related, the Subterranean rivers of London, and Nicholas Barton's book, The Lost Rivers of London, one of the pieces of literature that inspired Daniel Roth's new installation at the South London Gallery, 'The Well'.

Hello Kitty the 'Empress of Cute' / the sad story of the Thames whale, the ending of which was inevitable / a hobbit house / a+t magazine offers chunks of its refined architectural coverage online / dare you enter the world of Little Marcy? / real life Dinky toy fetches million / looking for a bit of the Barbican?

Just exactly what are architectural 'best-of' lists good for anyway? Sidewalk Critics notes the way the local has been superseded by a new global criticism, one which is necessarily less in-depth. The piece cites the Architect's Newspaper: 'Architecture criticism has devolved over recent years from being consciousness-raising, progressive, and pleasurable to read... to being ad hominem, celebrity-obsessed, object-centric, and obtuse.' So in the absence of a 'cohesive culture,' how can architectural criticism possibly hope to make an impact? With the internet bringing a thousand portfolios onto everyone's desktop, architecture criticism becomes little more than identifying major trends from thumbnails. The apparent global reach of modern architectural journalism is little more than an illusion: 'Just to remain au courant with the far-flung projects of the big-name firms would require tireless travel (not to mention an ample expense account), and it certainly wouldn't leave much time to track the less-promoted work of promising young practitioners.'