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Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Revisited, Pathetic Motorways, delving into those little slips in the British motorway network that don't really deserve the title. Aficionados of tarmac in all its forms can visit Chris's British Road Directory, which has a database, some histories and a selection of bad junctions. Our favourite pages are the hidden stories of the over-channel-motorway, the EuroRoute, with its giant artificial islands (just think, motorway service stations that it is literally impossible to leave), and the Ringways, the urban motorways that went some way towards ripping out the centres from British cities in the post-war era (but not as far as originally envisaged). See also our scans from Traffic in Towns.

Kapitaal, a journey through branded space (via Brand Avenue). There was a similar, but alternative, approach a while back where a whole real-world street was 'de-branded'. Anyone have the link? / a quick tour around the current Venice Biennale / Trades, BibliOdyssey on the Mayhew's 'survey of the wretched vagabonds and street hustlers of Victorian London', amongst other things / Fufurasu, the weblog of Orestes Chouchoulas, musings on design and visual culture.

The manipulated aerial photographs of Natlie Czech (via Moonriver. We also like their Archigram imagery collection, which surpasses Archigram's own rather paltry website for vibrancy and colour) / plenty of gems at the Books with nice covers pool / ever wanted to be involved in counter-surveillance? The Science Of organisation (not the Science Museum, apologies) is seeking entries (pdf) for a forthcoming exhibition, 'SPYMAKER: The Art of Spying'. More information here and also see the Imperial War Museum's online collections for inspiration.

Architectural Ruminations. This post about the living room in the Stuebner Residence reminded us of the Stirling Prize-nominated Brick House by Caruso St John; both share a monumentality that's missing from so much 'modern' domestic architecture, still overly concerned with the quasi-mystical concepts of space and light, transparency and openness.