, the latest search engine from Microsoft, inches us one step closer to a facsimile version of the real world. London isn't there just yet, with only scant 3D data, while North America naturally leads the way, with the imagery of the Seattle skyline looking like something that wouldn't have disgraced Flight Simulator
a few years ago. Inevitably, though, this brave new world comes with a price; adverts loom over cityscapes as giant floating billboards, disembodied endorsements to buy or view. It's now a race between rival data providers to create the most accurate imagery, a virtual world that will inevitably mirror our for the sheer diversity of the ways there are to sell us things.
On a more macro level; decisions about design that might ultimately end up being reflected and mirrored in the giant data ventures undertaken by Google
. Stories of Houses
, a real gem; modern houses and the stories behind their commissioning and construction. Many, many wonders here, from the relatively well-known to the wonderfully obscure. 'This series of articles tries to give answers to questions concerning intimacies and origins of important international houses. They try to fill the gap left by so many History of Architecture books which, when neglecting these extreme personal sources, forget the multidisciplinary character of architecture.'
From the architecture of intimacy and domesticity to the windswept, rusting hulks of progress: Baikonur Cosmodrome
, a set of recent images. Includes a forlorn-looking Buran
, vast megastructures
, and a large amount of Soviet art
. Yet amazingly, this is still a working facility
/ a year or so ago, Waggish
offered these Thoughts on Blogs and Genre
(I thought we _were_ creating original content) / Kings Cross gets a contemporary evocation of brick architecture
(following in the footsteps of Gilbert Scott's St Pancras and the British Library
, which, co-incidentally, is running the virtual exhibition 'London: A Life in Google Maps
'. Microsoft has a lot of hearts and minds to win over with Live).