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Monday, September 11, 2006


Old houses, secret rooms and converted missile silos. There must be millions of square feet of silos dotted around the world, encouraging fascination and even speculation; a company calling itself 20th Century Castles has registered MissileBases.com, and claims to have sold 27 remnants of the Cold War Era to happy homeowners. Get yourself 15,000 square feet of Atlas-E, complete with 1200 ft airstrip and 'minimal' cooling needs. The Atlas-E bases lasted just five years. Silo World is a good one stop shop for those interested in Missile Silo Exploration.

Speaking of bunkers, the consensus on the WTC site designs from Foster, Rogers and Maki, seems to be that these are average works by above average architects, weighed down by symbolic associations and security concerns: Steve Rose in the Guardian: 'Yet the new tower, braced for disaster and infused with paranoia, will hardly ring out as a victory. Rather, it is an acknowledgment of how dominant security has become as a design factor.' And for Nicolai Ouroussoff in the New York Times, 'the towers illustrate how low our expectations have sunk since the city first resolved to rebuild there in a surge of determination just weeks after 9/11'.

Greenr, a weblog focusing on environmental issues / ride this Japanese railway simulator / photos of urban decay / Urbanity, a Spanish architecture website / Vilac make wonderful wooden toys / play old school adventure games with ScummVM / a collection of stupid comic covers (thanks to gravestmor / Strydhagen, an enormous furniture warehouse (via Strange Harvest) / rock music from 1965 to 1978 at qkly.com.

The Architectures of Control in Design, a weblog about the small but perniciously controlling ways modern devices (machines, websites, etc.) keep the user on a pre-determined path (via plastic bag). For example, ever tried to delete your Amazon account? Related, the recently publicised contention that 'Modern life [is] 'poisoning' childhood', with its panics, strictures and systems.