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Thursday, June 11, 2009
The neat conflation of several of this site's key concerns: ruins, architecture, ephemera and modern history, at The Rubble Club, 'an organisation to remember buildings demolished in their architect's lifetime... We have three key ground rules: Firstly the building's architect must be alive and not party to its destruction, secondly the building must be built with the intention of permanence (exhibitions, shops and interiors are not eligible), and thirdly it must be deliberately destroyed or radically altered, it can't simply burn down.' (BBC News). As yet there's no entry on Owen Luder, who should win some kind of Rubble Club Life Membership Grand Wizard Award (the Tricorn Centre, Gateshead Car Park, etc. etc.).

There's potential for this to be a nice little database, along the lines of a slightly-too-late Risky Buildings, but it also exists as a supreme example of the perpetual architectural rant against callous, uneducated, ungrateful humanity. It would be somewhat churlish of us to link to the Berners Pool by Hodder Associates and recall the Clissold fiasco. But we have. The most generous conclusion is that a certain strain of contemporary architecture is badly briefed, poorly tendered, detailed ineffectively and then incompetently constructed. As a result, we expect the Rubble Club's membership to be positively overwhelmed in the years to come.

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Aimless pleasures of psychogeography, Joe Moran on low-key strands of online psychogeographical exploration (also published in the New Statesman). Mentioned in the post: The Manchester Zedders, The Loiterers Resistance Movement, Remapping High Wycombe and John Davies. The world is gradually being divided into 'drifters' who are happy to see where the world takes them and their polar opposite ('drivers'?) who are desperate to know absolutely everything about where they're going before they've even set off.

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The Fiat-ization of the American male: 'Even though Chrysler will probably continue to make big cars for macho American dudes, the magical Euro-weeniness of the name "Fiat" alone will cause them to figuratively shrink.' The piece is something of a stick poking at the wasp's nest of the American Right, which swarms predictably. But then again, look at the country's best-selling car. What's more interesting is how the national stereotypes associated with cars have been exaggerated by branding in recent years, despite the fact that the global sharing of technological, engineering and design talent is higher than ever before.

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More ruins. The abandoned palaces of Saddam Hussein, images by Richard Mosse, via me-fi. Somewhere, there is a palace architect lamenting the insensitive partitioning of his ornate ballrooms and the destruction of his grand staircases / can you trademark a chocolate rabbit? / new sculptures by James M.Harrison / illustration by Tyson Anthony Roberts / product design at Made Bath / something we missed last time round, virtual realities by NL Architects (official site).

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