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Monday, June 05, 2006
The urban imagery of George Orwell (via Caterina). In pre-WWII Europe, Orwell found Barcelona to be far more vital than London, which was a 'shabby and dirty' place that was eventually to be sullied by ugly war memorials and devastation. We dug out the image of future London from the controversial 1954 teleplay of 1984., which, despite its rather high-tech undertones, aptly conveys Orwell's vision of the city as a rather stony, authoritarian place, with awkward totalitarian architecture staked out across public spaces to oversee everyone.

Other things. The photography of Kevin Cooley / something slant, a linklog, includes pointers to the Manzanar Free Press ('published by internees of the wartime Manzanar Relocation Camp' for Japanese-Americans), and Abandoned Naples.

The four Gasometers in Vienna (thanks Paul), converted to housing and offices by Jean Nouvel (A), Coop Himmelblau (B), Manfred Wehdorn (C) and Wilhelm Hozbauer (D). A similar thing is happening to the gasometers at London's Kings Cross, skeletal remains of industry that are being dismantled, moved, and rebuilt, all the while surrounded by the vast Argent King's Cross development. But has there ever been a more redundant piece of architecture than a disused gasometer? Great monuments of industrial architecture they may be, but they fail to work as coherent pieces of cityscape, becoming objects for the sake of objects.

Livejournal images, spewed out and hence possibly not safe for work / what's that bug? / Christopher Clark's mind the gap / drawings of Imperial Russian Predreadnoughts. This wasn't a term we were previously familiar with.

The Story of the Fall (via indie mp3), a weblog, with mp3s, that tracks the band's story, track by track / Russian Posters, many / save the Type Museum / London's Ferrier Estate is apparently a "hellhole", a condemned structure inhabited by a final few die-hard tenants while services and infrastructure are slowly run down before eventual demolition. the local council hopes, rebirth / many things found by Martin Klasch / George Petty's Ridgid Tools Calendars / random things is apparently over.

Seen before, but constantly being added to: Reel Streets, London (and UK) film locations. There's also a weblog / join the London Scavenger Hunt / whatever happened to virtual reality? / Ballardian sets sail to Tinian Island / need a tank bike? You need the new Sachs Report, up now.