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Tuesday, November 25, 2008


'Modern Antiquity, The Paul Rudolph housing crisis.' Regularly featured here (see Chris Mottalini's series 'After you left, they took it apart'), Rudolph's modernism appears ever flimsier, concrete rendered as slender panels abutting great expanses of thin glass. Ironic that the architect's work should have had a reputation as being brutal, impenetrable and opaque during its lifetime, when it has now been rendered as temporary, diaphanous and fragile by economic conditions.

Automatic Washer, 'The website, cyber-library and discussion forum dedicated to automatic clothes washing machines, dryers and dishwashers, collectors of antique and vintage Automatics, as well as anyone who likes to do laundry and dishes Automatically!' Complete with private collections, the patent of the day and owners' manuals galore and fantastically obscure threads.

A history of Iliffe Yard, still a thriving artists' colony in South London. More village London at the Newbon Family History site, including this image of Boyce's Cottages on Garratt Lane; suburban London vernacular before the arrival of the suburbs themselves.

Support Spontaneous Thinking, a weblog / flickr sets with a high degree of interestingness by Robotsluvme, especially the record covers / on image use and bullying by picture agencies / Le Peu Introverti, a weblog / Boss Virtual Pedal Board. Compare and contrast with Hobnox / Boicozine, UK design culture.

'I'm on a bus in London'. Genius idea that plays very badly with mobile Opera (via haddock) / Justice for Audio, the Metallica mastering debacle rumbles on / Things to Look At, a weblog / why create a single vehicle simulator when you could simulate them all? See also Rig of Rods.

Down the Rabbit Hole of the Pentagon Graphics Machine, or how I learned to stop worrying and love clip art and Excel, via Infosethetics. A job for AMO? / PIN-UP is a magazine of 'architectural entertainment', with the occasional genuine pin-up lurking amongst the mid-century modernism / guilty pleasures collated at Shelfari / architectural photography by Leonardo Finotti.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008
The end of the world is nigh, perhaps. The temples of doom, a recent Guardian piece by Rory Carroll draws parallels between the 'population explosion, ecological disaster and weak leadership' that did for Mayan civilisation and the apparent limits being approached by today's global culture, six centuries after the Renaissance.

The piece isn't especially alarmist; there's plenty of hand-wringing online and elsewhere. It wasn't so long ago that merchants of doomsday saw the enemies of progress as those most likely to send global culture backwards. Unsurprisingly, the writings of Ayn Rand, particularly those that date to the heady, corrosive, pick-your-corner period of American environmental history, kick-started by Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (given an 'honorable mention' in Human Events' list of the 'Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries').

Why so harmful? As Rand pointed out gleefully, the environmentalists were hell-bent on returning America to the Dark Ages:

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'Your wife gets up at six A.M - you have insisted that she sleep until the coal furnace, which you lighted, has warmed the house a little. She has to cook breakfast for your son, aged five; there are no breakfast cereals to give him, they have been prohibited as not sufficiently nutritious; there is no canned orange juice - cans pollute the countryside. There are no electric refrigerators.

She has to breast-feed your infant daughter, aged six months; there are no plastic bottles, no baby formulas. There are no products such as "Pampers"; your wife washes diapers for hours each day, by hand, as she washes all the family landury, as she washes the dishes - there are no self-indulgent luxuries such as washing machines or automatic dishwashers or electric irons. There are no vacuum cleaners; she cleans the house by means of a broom.

There are no shopping centers - they despoil the beauty of the countryside. She walks two miles to the nearest grocery store and stands in line for an hour or two. The purchases she lugs home are a little heavy; but she does not copmlain - the lady columnist in the newspaper has said it is good for her figure'
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This lengthy fantasy about an enforced return to a life of pre-push button drudgery, dimly lit and bereft of the benefits of planned obsolescence and consumer desire was a central element of Rand's rant against the apparently Luddite tendencies of the emerging American left. It's a perverse combination of Threads and the River Cottage.

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Other things. Stills from the Fountainhead at the LIFE Archive / Show me your wardrobe, a sort of in-your-face Sartorialist / a fashion blogs, Miss at la Playa / Make Mine Shoebox, a neat retro styled animation by Chris Harding. Some stills / English translations of Asterix / the guitar toolkit seems like a very good reason to have an iPhone.

Why mailmen give up / playing Mirror's Edge apparently makes you sick / paintings by Stuart Shils / paintings by Michael Tompkins, represented by the Paul Thiebaud Gallery. Fine art websites are stuck in a world of frustratingly tiny thumbnails / the Objectivist dating site, currently getting a lot of online attention.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Random links today / all about the Prandtl Glauert Singularity / books written and illustrated by Barbara Jones (1912-1978) / extracts from the archive of Manuel Raeder / objects by Amplifier / other objects on show at The Estrangement Gallery, all collated, curated from who knows where / amazing photography by Brendan Austin.

Anthropomorphic automobiles, a photo series by Vladimir Nikolic, at booooooom! / take a virtual tour of the recent Hayward Gallery installation by Los Carpentineros / Big Box re-use: What happens to the store when Wal-Mart leaves town?, a Slate feature.

Research Cruiseship, a potentially information-dense wiki / O'Connors O'Pinions, a weblog / Pearman on Seizure, an installation work by Roger Hiorns. More on Seizure at Shape and Colour / The In-Between, a games weblog / The Return of the Previ, revisiting an 'experimental housing project ... and proposals for poor areas of Lima launched in 1969 and partly realized in 1972' / Griffin and Hoxie, a weblog / why the the world's tallest cloud buster, the Burj Dubai, kept on growing and growing.

Architecture and So On, a weblog / all the covers from Wired UK, a brightly coloured set that present a unique snapshot of 90s digital culture in Britain / railway enthusiasts have left behind a rich archive of historical imagery, if you just look beyond the trains. See also Railways at War, part of the Mixed Traffic site / the Arts and Crafts Home.

Capital Wasteland, a map of Fallout 3, the current hot post-apocalyptic game (via haddock) / another map, this time plotting the data from the leaked BNP members' list onto Google Maps / 'Millie The Model' comics in the 1960's at I'm Learning to Share

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The recent news that the design of the forthcoming American Embassy in London is to be limited to American firms only ('British firms barred from US Embassy competition') isn't enormously surprising; the modern American embassy structure don't exactly extend the open hand of cultural freedom. In Beijing, Berlin and elsewhere, recent buildings are effectively fortresses in the post post-modern idiom, insular compounds that are as aesthetically dated as their websites, the architecture wrapped up in protective layers that are now overtly physical as well as electronic. Back in the heat of the Cold War, the threats were from bugs secreted within. This 1987 Newsweek piece, 'The Battle of the Bugs', chronicles the efforts of the Americans and Soviets to electronically get one over one another during the 80s: 'Washington sent in another debugging team, and a huge array of microphones was detected in the structural concrete. The bug network covered the most sensitive area of the eight-story chancery building, a windowless floor that was obviously intended for secret operations.'

Physical defence has now entirely overridden aesthetic concerns. Given that the new US embassy is unlikely to have river frontage, it's hard to imagine exactly where the new structure is going to end up. Nine Elms isn't exactly the most exciting of locations, with most of its history effectively grubbed up and concreted over by first the railways and the wharves and warehouses (including the long-demolished Cold Store), then by decades of non-descript industrial estates and vehicle depots and the occasional little gem like The Optimists of Nine Elms, an obscure Peter Sellers film, complete with large false nose (stills, introduction and short clip).

Seen from above, the opportunities for world-class architecture seem minimal, to say the least, in amongst the big sheds and arbitary street patterns, all far removed from the open fields and timber wharves shown on Greenwood's 1827 Map of London. But the words is that New Covent Garden Market, opened in 1974, is now due for major redevelopment, which will involve the demolition of the expansive space-framed structure (home to a sprawling car boot sale at weekends, full of Eastern European foods and products). Presumably this site, once the site of the Nine Elms locomotive works (moved out of London in the late C19), will then become to a piece of major diplomatic architecture. Will the new American embassy become the first international mission to represent the ideals and intentions of the new 21st Century Democratic Era? The site could hardly be more inauspicious, the blankest slate available in a city of perpetual change. What happens to Grosvenor Square - (Save our Saarinen! The American Embassy in London under threat.') - is another matter altogether.

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Room with a View (via Ample Sanity) a record of hotel rooms: 'The interior shots are always taken first and feature the window with the curtains drawn. The bed is included in the frame whenever possible to give a sense of the space. Ideally, I try to photograph each room immediately upon entry, capturing the layout, furniture and effects precisely as I first see them.'

Art by Matt Bellamy / BuchananSmith has redesigned / illustration by Tommy Perman, via The Flavor / horrific: GetAFreelancer.com, '260 words articles @ $1.5 each' / Wretch, a weblog / plsj, a tumblelog.

1985 Jetsons Layouts, animator John K on creating cartoon layouts in Taipei (via Bradley's Almanac) / Tom Kundig: Prototypes and Moving Parts, a sort film / the dpreview blog / B of the Bang finally limps out of the starting blocks. Flickr view.

Is this the origin of the term 'ground zero'? From the U. S. Strategic Bombing Survey: The Effects of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (via kottke).

The Big Big Question, a slightly denser version of Ask Me-fi or even Notes and Queries or the New Scientist's Last Word. There's also the original journal Notes and Queries, around since the middle of the nineteenth century.

Microtypography, Designing the new Collins dictionaries: 'There is quite a difference in feeling between Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of 1755 and today’s Collins English Dictionary, but the structure of information and the way in which it is made visible are identical. The two- or three-column grid with its three-letter column headers, the outdented headwords, the cascade of entries and quotes; all these are familiar elements of contemporary dictionaries.'

All about the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, a history capsule / From Zero to the Moon, a record label and blog / revisiting the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest / architecture in Brazil / Pearman on Venturi, c1987 / now this we like, FourTrack, an iPhone application / Hobnox is a pretty extraordinary site, allowing you to hook up and tweak any number of electronic music making devices.

Life on Google, millions of images from the archives of LIFE magazine, searchable through a Google interface. Disneyland, California, July 1955.

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Friday, November 14, 2008


Friday round-up. Nadav Kander's new series, Yangtze from East to West, featured at Don't Panic magazine / Is Science Fiction Dying? / Boring Magazine, a publication by Scotch and Penicillin (which also has a good links page; fly through snowy mountains, courtesy of Electric Oyster.

'FaceResearch. allows you to participate in short online psychology experiments looking at the traits people find attractive in faces and voices.' / Graham Rawle's Emerald City, created for his book The Wizard of Oz / backstage at a fashion show, 1954, at susi.a / the Paris Exposition of 1900, an image collection (pointed out to us by fotofacade) / Century 21 Expo in Seattle (via).

The Frame, a tumblr without pictures / Processed, a weblog / the concept art of Peter Popken, via ArTect, an architecture weblog / the Clothes Horse, an admirably narcissistic fashion blog / I saw your nanny, voyeuristic weblog / how to make Chili Con Carne, the readership of me-fi speaks.

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Jalou Galerie, 'les archives de L'Officiel de la Mode' (via On Shadow, mildly nsfw), a treasure trove of archive imagery from France's L'Officiel de la Couture et de la Mode, dating back all the way to the first issue in 1921. The above image shows a selection of covers from 1933, when Leger was clearly all the rage.

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A fine exposition on several contemporary topics, Who Stole My Volcano? Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dematerialisation of Supervillain Architecture / we missed this: Life Without Buildings interviews Charlie Kaufman, on the occasion of the release of Synecdoche, New York, a film about a world within a world (rather than a film within a film, the original meta digression that denoted a knowing post-modern treatment). Official site.

It would be a bit trite to point out that video games pioneered the art of packaging alternate realities, giving us the ability to casually acknowledge the grandiose yet also macro scale world vision demonstrated by Kaufman's protagonist, Caden Cotard. From the look of the stills, the film has a patina-rich analogue feel, something that seems increasingly within reach of digital fx houses (see this 'making of' piece about Eternal Sunshine...). Kaufman's imaginary world is always explicitly just that - imaginary - a multi-layered set in which places and people from the 'real' world are mirrored and imitated. We look forward to it.

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Other things. A happy coincidence that the NYT should publish a story ('A Senior Fellow at the Institute of Nonexistence') on the same day as an entirely fake edition of the NYT was distributed, "all the news we hope to print", with the website here / small drawings, a weblog.

Eating bark, a weblog / the John Peel wiki page / nutty's nuggets, a weblog / tigerluxe, a weblog / the photography of Christopher Herwig, via O Meu Outro Eu Esta A Dancar, a weblog with occasional nudity / photography by Deirdre O'Callaghan / a 2D flash version of Mirror's Edge, a game that presents the imaginary city as a place of perpetual movement.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Making the Unbelievable, Believable: Magical and Fictional Worlds in Visual Art. On the nature of fiction and belief, and how it is the often almost imperceptible details that help us make the leap that lodges a fictional space in our minds. 'In the Victoria and Albert Museum there is a medieval sculpture of an angel, and the tunic dress has slits embroidered around the edges where the wings come out. Now that is a true angel. It's like when snow is painted, it has to embody real snow to be believable.' We think of the snow in Pauline Bayenes' illustrations for CS Lewis's Narnia series, and the way a single slash of black on white implied a deep, crisp coldness. From the link, talking about the Disneyfication of Winnie the Poo: 'The tiniest marks do an enormous amount of work in terms of giving you an emotional and unconditional love for one of those characters in the original drawings.'

The debate also mentions the Magic Pencil exhibition, a British Council initiative from a few years ago to bolster the international presence of the country's children's illustrators. So much of our mental landscape is shaped by illustration, specifically illustration for children's books, spaces that are created when the mind is primed to store imagery.

Below we reproduce a short piece from things 9 on an exhibition held a decade ago at the Prince of Wales' Institute of Architecture, back when it lurked on the edge of Regents' Park. As well as Baynes, the exhibition included work by Tove Jansson and Maurice Sendak.

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Children's books are occasional spaces, exotic locations that do not have the familiarity of our own homes and rooms. But how does children's literature portray the house? Can it simultaneously provide both familiarity and exoticism in that most familiar space? Alan Power's eclectic exhibition at the Prince of Wales' Institute of Architecture is a comprehensive picture of the role of the house in children's books, illustrating many literary locations. From the original artwork for Lewis Carroll's Alice, through the elaborate architecture and world of the Moomins to the post-psychedelic fantasies of today's sophisticated illustrators, there is something from everyone's past on display.

For children, the spaces described in these books have the same physical resonance and psychic presence as those infrequently visited physical spaces which seeped into the consciousness as 'special places' - like grandparent's houses, with their attics, cellars, hidden spaces and history. My own grandparents lived in a small, 1930s house in the suburbs of Bath, traditionally styled but with a strange pebble-dash and concrete finish. Even the house's name, Greenways, had the mysterious aura of, say, the House at Green Knowe, Lucy Boston meets Narnia. Elements of adventure abounded; a dusty, child-sized attic, bare save for boards and mote-filled streams of light from a single tiny window. My grandfather's workshop, a remote eyrie festooned with tools, was circumnavigated by a miniature railway, which whirred around at head height whilst he worked. The garden's rampaging herbaceous borders towered above children, becoming a maze of secret passages and hedgerows. Alongside an overgrown pond thick with snails and buzzing with dragonflies, ran a model railway - hand-built model steam trains chattering through Meccano signals and points made from knitting needles. Buried deep within the front hedge was my mother's childhood Wendy house, the ceiling sagging beneath the foliage above, the floor splintered and torn like a replica ruin.

This space impinged greatly on my consciousness, and merged and melded with the vivid descriptions and pictures that filled the books of my childhood. But the journey into past memories is frequently marred with disappointment, and unsurprisingly, it was a shock to revisit the house in adulthood - and be surprised by the small scale, the harshness of the house's appearance, the newly-built houses that filled the garden and the neatly manicured flower beds. But although revisiting the spaces created within children's books appears to be a similarly risky journey, books retain their personal voice and sense of intimate scale.

In children's literature, the house frequently represents a space outside conventional experience. Through the protagonist, the reader transgresses the rules and conventions established by adults. Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are aptly illustrates this journey. The hero, Max, spirited from the 'safety' of his bed and transported to a strange new world, free from the shackles and conventions of everyday life.

But such transgression is frequently punished, or at least carries the implication of grave consequences; witness Alice's (mis)adventures in Wonderland. Or, for example, take Dr Seuss's mischievous thing one and thing two who run riot in a space placed in the temporary custody of children. The Cat in the Hat, representing the temptation of transgression, ultimately cannot convince the children that these things mean fun. Beatrix Potter's dark morality tales of Peter Rabbit and Tom Kitten focus on the innocent abroad, adrift in a world of serious 'adult' concerns. The message is simple: do as we say or…. In contrast, Catherine Storr's Polly and the Wolf stories neatly inverts this grave message. Despite depicting a traditionally sinister children's book character, Storr's Wolf is a downtrodden loser, forever thwarted by Polly's cunning and his own pitiful stupidity. Even Polly's journey into the clearly transgressive (and messy) space of the Wolf's own house culminates in the child's victory. But for the most part, such stories focus on the invariably negative results of invading a forbidden zone, or inviting an alien, unwelcome presence into your own space.

Naturally, real life is rarely rudely interrupted by anthropomorphic invasions, or wayward journeys into fantasy realms. Sadly, it becomes increasingly apparent that as we grow older, the physical spaces we held dear as children have become integrated with our everyday, mundane existences. Transgressions become limited by laws and rules and spaces become property, with onerous implications of trespass and theft. Perhaps only children's literature provides us with a satisfying journey back into a murky past clouded with the knowledge of subsequent experience, for now we know that rules were not made to be broken.

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Another form of fantasy living space was enacted on America's West Coast in the post-war years, when the Case Study Houses transcended their original brief as low-cost housing prototypes for the masses and evolved into the epitome of aspirational living, perched atop canyons and dunes. Accompanying Taschen's facsimile reprint of Arts and Architecture is this website, also entitled Arts and Architecture, upon which you can find extracts from every issue and details of the houses that were submitted.



Other things. Is Detroit worth saving? versus 'An auto industry bail-out will fail' / houses of the future fail to find buyers. The life-size exhibits at the MoMA show Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling remain unsold, save for Horden Cherry Lee's Micro Compact Home.

Sidebar revisits. Transpontine, rich in South London history, complete with the Transpontine South East London History Map and posts about walking through New Cross and William Morris in South London, as well as this blog on the location of London's Stink Pipes. All recommended.

75 years of the hunt for Nessie, cryptozoology as embedded cultural meme. No concrete evidence whatsoever exists indicating that the Loch Ness Monster is real; it is a phantom trope designed purely to excite the Daily Mail.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Other things. The Art of Memory, a weblog / In Search of an Icon: 'The Hunt for a Boeing B-314 Flying Boat Pan American NC18601 - the Honolulu Clipper' / magic marker modesty. Lots more here / Writing Design, a call for papers for a new conference on the 'Object, Process, Discourse, Translation'.

Stadium seating plans / traveller's world, flickr sets / via right place, right time, wrong speed (also known as the Peel Tapes), a few more radio-related links: John Peel.net, the dayGlo world of Mr Obscure, and the sadly abandoned In Session Tonight / Thunderflite, a fabulous contemporary update of the 1950s concept car aesthetic (via autoblog).

A great Lego mini-fig timeline (via tmn) / degrade your images intentionally with Poladroid / Make a MuppetWhatnot / Design, Architecture, Urbanism...and Salt attracts our attention for posting the sad story of Julius Elischer's Rodger's House, now reduced to rubble / old things for sale at Factory20.

photography by Kim Holtermand / under the bonnet of the BBC News website / Fall Food, a compendium / a selection of genuine porn intros (sfw) / primitive nerd takes an evocative journey South by Rail.

There is an insatiable appetite for images of the recent technological past: A History of Microsoft Windows / Yatzer, an online design magazine / trend-spotting courtesy of Josh Spear / Eastern Germany industrial vestiges, a gallery by Yves Marchand and Roman Meffre. See also Forgotten theatres of America / images of storm battered Yemen at the Big Picture.

Origamic Architecture by Masahiro Chatani. More pop up cards / we have a strange fascination with the Sky Factory and their products, most of which are just a click away from the illusory spaces depicted in science fiction, illusory facades that present an alternate, impossible reality. A magical and fictional world, in fact.

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Thursday, November 06, 2008


How a Tiny Toy Makes Big Bucks: 'Hot Wheels are hot again. Parent company Mattel is now worth more than GM.' Can't imagine Corgi or Dinky were ever an economic rival to Austin Rover, for example. The wrong turns are always interesting. 'To try to get those big boys to put down their game controllers, Hot Wheels came up with ever more elaborate—and complicated—play sets. One, the Slimecano, featured a slime-spewing volcano that cars had to navigate—and parents had to try to assemble'. From the amazon reviews: 'this toy delivered 100% of the nightmare described by the other hideous reviews, with one added and unexpected bonus: the slime caused a fabulous burning sensation on my hands.' See Red Line Protos, the Bruce Pascal Collection of rare, unusual and prototype Hot Wheels, one of many sites devoted to the company (includes the exceptional 'Prototype Gasoline-Powered Hot Wheels', pictured above).

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Other things. The Evolution of the Front Page at Serial Consign (via kottke) / Roadside pictures / the Demarco Digital Archive / Bond architecture / the Swatch 007 villain collection / book (design) stories by Felix Wiedler, over 500 examples of 'modernist book design in germany and switzerland 1925–1965 (and beyond)'.

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Yskira is the new architectural yearbook from Skira Publishers, just about to launch its 2007/08 edition. Yskira is symptomatic of a new digital slickness in architectural publishing, a genre which is having to learn fast from the internet, where weblogs and tumblelogs shape the definition and perception of 'new' architecture. These day a building makes its debut on the world stage as a render before - if it's lucky - becoming a fully fledged structure and being artfully captured by two or three 'iconic' images that can then be rapidly disseminated around the architecture blogs.

The Paris Exhibition of 1900, an earlier age of iconic architecture / Do you remember Olive Morris? Local history in Brixton, starting off with a 'Council building named after a female Black Panther.' related, the work of Emory Douglas, 'First and only Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party' / Dubious Dubai: faux eco bling - a new architectural trend / The Little Professor, 'Things Victorian and academic' and always interesting / Bezembinder's Illustrated Links, with an outsider art-ish edge / the main thing one notices about enormous resources like Canada's Digital Collections or the Digital Librarian is that five or six years is an eternity in online archives and exhibitions and resolutions that might

The Bessember Saloon, part of a comprehensive post on the saloon and other experimental ships, tracking bits of nautical and architectural salvage as they make their way from ocean to country house to educational establishment and then bombsite. For more lost architecture, see Bessemer's House in Camberwell, a vast mansion, all trace of which has been eradicated in the modern era. All via Apothecary's Drawer.

The History of Visual Communication, a pretty comprehensive primer / Stair Porn, 'stairs and nothing but' / The Wandering Architect, a travelogue / top tips for living on a boat / speak your brains, now plotted on a map / the Gio Ponti Archives / election night: the pundits, the newspapers (both via k).

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Monday, November 03, 2008
Glancey on the Westfield mega mall (seen here under construction) and again making the link with Imre Kiralfy's fantastical Edwardian landscape, describing the site as 'the spiritual home of the contemporary shopping mall', concluding that ultimately 'Westfield is just a tiny step towards our collective desire to undermine the life and culture of the traditional city', all wrapped up in the post-high tech/decon stylings of the modern shopping mall

The Shape of Alpha, maps created via flickr picture geographical data (via kottke) / [london] smog, a weblog / the abandoned Hoosac Tunnel, and an account of an exploration / Donald Trump wins permission to build vast golf course on protected sand dunes. Extraordinary / one piece, a weblog / Diane, a shaded view on fashion, a weblog / Label of Love: SST, a piece celebrating 30 years of SST.

The Museum of Antique Dental Instruments, with music and in Hebrew. Recommended / de licht kamer, a fotolog / Urban Austin / the end of the U2 tower, a project saga that seems to have run and run and run. So much for rock and roll and architecture. All we're left with is the Led Zeppelin roller coaster / Inspiration Resource.

Feeding the Five Thousand... feeds / ample sanity, a weblog / Magical Nihilism, wonderful title for a blog, for anything, in fact / Brief Epigrams, a weblog / The Roommate, a set of alternate endings / it's been a long time since we visited Viewfinder (via me-fi) / The Home of Metal, which will ultimately be 'a digital archive of everything heavy metal from the 60s to now' (there's a blog too), via the Capsule Blog.

Last week we wrongly credited SDM with a fine post on Threads at Kino Fist. It was actually written by The Impostume, a blog run by Carl Neville / Architecture Revived, a weblog / Feminist Law Professors, a weblog / install BBC's iPlayer on the Nokia N95. This actually works.

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Sunday, November 02, 2008


End of week round-up. From Silver Lake to Suicide: One Family's Secret History of the Jonestown Massacre / Cemeteries of the Century / Paper Jam, excellent UK weblog / Piran Cafe, a weblog that links the National Media Museum's flickr page, with sets including spirit photographs of William Hope, one of Britain's premiere spirit photographers at the turn of the twentieth century. Whatever happened to spirit photography?

Mixin'Jams, the weblog as box of chocolates. Drill down to find soft centres, like Henry Bursill's Hand Shadows to Be Thrown upon the Wall / Bodas/Weddings, a photographic project by Juan de la Cruz Megías / design by Enzo Mari / photography by Tamir Sher.

Showing a savvy understanding of the kind of story that drives site traffic via sites like this one, the AJ presents the 10 scariest buildings in Britain. A pretty broad selection, but not really scary as such, just frightening in an Orwellian or ugly kind of way. Once again, St George Wharf comes in for a well-deserved kicking, but its inclusion merely highlight the clippings job nature of the article.

Key Ideas, a weblog allied with the Camberwell College of Arts and overseen by Peter Nencini. The weblog attempts to put a bit of theoretical heft back into the endless stream of imagery that has become so prevalent / 12 clay car mock-ups. at oobject, via Twirk Ethic. The site also linked to this NYT article from last year, Sketches of Optimism From Detroit's Glory Days

Browsing through other people's lives and likes / Adam Macqueen, a weblog / Today is a Good Day, a weblog / Le Peu Introverti, a weblog / The Lamp Post, a weblog / 3D printers approach the mass market, now 'As Cheap as Laser Printers Were In 1985', via haddock. We're waiting for the killer app that turns the 3D printer into the must-have item for every home.

Phil Beard's 'notes on the visual arts and popular culture'. Great stuff, including this post on illustrator Tony Sarg, purveyor of art to London Transport / graphic design and photography by Jon Spencer (not that one) / the Victoria and Albert Museum has its own Vimeo page, featuring just four films so far, but with huge potential.

Before we turn into the BBCS, or delve deep into the world of skunk apes, chupacabras and dead black panthers, things hears credible word of some cryptozoological goings on in Wiltshire. Watch this space.

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