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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The new Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, designed by UN Studio, is a winding journey through the company's history, a loop stacked up by the autobahn and unfurling internally along the history of the car, with everything from Popemobiles onwards (this feature on 75 years of Mercedes' Popemobiles reveals that the pontiff used to have a rather lovely limousine, rather than the white SUV he currently tools about in). In a similar vein is this project for a '10 Mile Spiral' in Las Vegas, (via BLDG BLOG). A twin monument to motoring and gambling, and the perceived need for more roads to suck up the excess congestion. BLDG BLOG calls it, quasi-ironically, 'an internally buttressed Futuro-Suprematist cathedral to cars', and it's clear that this is fantasy architecture in the extreme, a non-solution to an intractable problem and, ultimately, the chance for some rather elegant graphics and musing on random generation in design. It's a holding pattern for cars, a comment notes. A thought; as the technology for automated cars becomes more and more widespread, imagine these infinite loops stacked up around the city, filled with cars gliding by driverlessly, bumper to bumper, at a speed deemed the most efficient. With traffic in the city nose-to-tail, you will be forced to wait in this mobile holding pattern until a space becomes available.

Things: finding things that find things. With that in mind, the A. and L. Tirocchi Dressmakers Project, the fabrics, dresses and clients of Rhode Island's Tirocchi sisters. In 1947 the two shut up shop, leaving their workplace as a time capsule of pre-war style. An enormous amount of social data is here, including the measurement records of their clients (via, of course, metafilter). See also flickr's fashionpast pool.

Kottke has colour corrected a few images from the Library of Congresss exhibition Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1939-1943 / 'look into another world' with the Hyperscope and Pseudoscope, two devices which alter the distance between your eyes, or the view from each eye (via bad science). New perspectives guaranteed / what's in your bag?, another flickr set for the inquisitive / Great Cars of the 70s, yet another flickr set. This one's all about the colours: browns, oranges, and greens.

The Melnikov House in Moscow is still under threat from developers (although not necessarily demolition). See a flickr set or read the original NYT article at Archinet, lest access rights suddenly vanish (some beautiful photos at the NYT, though) / Why doesn't America believe in evolution? Only the Turks as less enamoured with the idea than the US.