Monthly Archives: November 2011

Aerial overlords

White, the aesthetics of science fiction. An exhibition by Tom Sachs / Flight Assembled Architecture, an installation by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea. See also the Quadrotor Construction Team developed at the intriguing GRASP Lab at the University of … Continue reading

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Pattern language

A blog list, Elmanco puts together a host of architecture and design blogs / Indie-Industrial, a tumblr / Herb Lester has a range of special Christmas packages for sale in its shop / the Dubai Graphic Encyclopedia is now available … Continue reading

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Trees and tropes

The Atomization of the Image. Do 500 photoshopped images of the spraycan cop count as parody, political comment or simply Generation ADHD’s inability to meaningfully engage with anything? (via Our God is Speed) / Go n-eírí an bóthar leat, on … Continue reading

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Here and there

The art of Robert McGinnis (nsfw) at the hyper-dense Naver Blog, a site that doesn’t just give you five images when forty will do, be it the wood engravings of Eric Fraser, the illustrations of Francis Xavier or Carl Larsson, … Continue reading

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Making things

The Thingiverse, ‘a place to share digital designs that can be made into real, physical objects’. Right now there are things to print like the Sim City 2000 Tabletop Play Set, a snowflake, a Squirrelalope, a recorder and a 1:9 … Continue reading

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Momentary lapses of attention

Unlike the steely, crisp documentation of momentary lapses of attention captured by Arnold Odermatt, photographer Diego Levy’s Choques project is far more visceral. This chronicle of traffic accidents in and around Buenos Aires is hypercoloured and violent (although there are … Continue reading

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Sounds of the city

Herbert Distel’s The Museum of Drawers, 1970–1977 is perhaps one of the most prescient works of art of the pre-digital era. From MoMA: ‘Herbert Distel adopted the role of the museum curator when he invited artists from around the world … Continue reading

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Swings and Roundabouts

The debate about Quinlan Terry’s Seven Misunderstandings about Classical Architecture is fascinating, but largely overlooks the reality that Terry’s buildings – as fine as some of them undeniably are – exist in a different socio-economic stratosphere to the rest of … Continue reading

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‘…the ideal early medieval monastic community’

Visual Crit, on art and visual culture, especially Islamic art / infiltrating steam tunnels under American universities / photography by Sam Irons / Things I like, a tumblr / Oh! The Cleverness of me, a tumblr / The Memory Atlas, … Continue reading

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The elements of drawing

Delayed Gratification is a magazine of slow journalism, a concept that very much appeals (being aficionados of slow publishing ourselves). Presenting itself as a quarterly magazine of record, ‘a combination of almanac, essays and reportage’, DG’s index page plots its … Continue reading

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Friday grab bag

Paul Noble’s Welcome to Nobson is a piece of grand imagination, the laborious construction of the vast imaginary townscape of Nobson, ‘a place composed of labyrinthine edifices and deserted topography embedded with modules of dense detail… These phantasmagorical landscapes allude … Continue reading

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Sounds, senses and scenes

Phil Gyford has compiled a massive Spotify PLaylist for Simon Reynolds’ epic book Rip It Up And Start Again. His post links to other playlists but as he says, ‘I wanted a playlist that I could have listened along to … Continue reading

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Constructive criticism

Two hyper dense, complex and elaborate architectural presentations at But does it float caught our eye: illustrations by Atelier Olschinsky (website) and the (slightly earlier) work of Jan Soucek (originally via BLDG BLOG). Neither of these studios/artists are actually architects, … Continue reading

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No fun

A Walk in the ruins of Modernism, Strange Harvest on the strangely bucolic remains of Pruitt-Igoe, now safely esconsed in architectural lore as the bookend of the high Modernist period. Compare and contrast with entschwindet und vergeht’s post on the … Continue reading

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Dolls, discs and beards

This is what the end of a glacier looks like / a different kind of time-lapse, Rummel, shot at Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest, ‘the biggest spring funfair in Europe’ (via The Pop-Up City) / ‘Welcome to gCaptain.com, the leading website for maritime … Continue reading

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Leisure pursuits

Analogue Diversions, a site devoted to board games, from this collection of blogs by Mefites / see also the Board Game Beast; their collection of Monopoly links, types and ephemera is quite spectacular. Who knew there was a Michael Graves … Continue reading

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A massive, useless shoebox

The story of the Eagle Transporter from Space 1999 (via Coudal) / the Museum of MADI (the Movimiento Artistico De Invencion) / Failure Magazine ‘is the online publication full of humankind’s boldest missteps’ / a cover archive of Italian design … Continue reading

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