Monthly Archives: October 2012


We very much like the look of Mark Dion’s Oceanomania: Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas from the Expedition to the Aquarium, published by Mack (and apparently sold out, although here’s an Amazon link). Found via Mapping the Marvellous. Dion’s ‘Thames Dig‘ … Continue reading

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Pie in the sky

How to Build a Flying Saucer. ‘The above illustration was discovered in the pages of a document titled “Project 1794, Final Development Summary Report” (d.1956) The caption reads “USAF Project 1794”. However, the Air Force had contracted the work out … Continue reading

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Pierre Riviere

A short appreciation of the collage art of Pierre Riviere: Above: Pierre Riviere, Composition Course Poursuite, 1961 Above: Pierre Riviere, Composition LIA 9, 1961 Above: Pierre Riviere, Composition à la pagode, 1962 Above: Pierre Riviere, Composition aux taches vertes Above: … Continue reading

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Tunnel visions

A view of the tunnel under the Thames: as it will appear completed, 1828. Another view: ‘The expanded view shows pedestrians, horsemen and vehicles inside the tunnel. The enormous engineering feat which this tunnel represented generated a great many souvenirs, … Continue reading

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Strange Sisters

Tereska Torres died last month, aged 92. A writer and diarist, she joined Charles de Gaulle’s Free French forces in London in 1940. When her wartime memoirs, Women’s Barracks, were published in 1950, they were swooped upon by the American … Continue reading

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Would you like branding with that?

Kickstarter is not a store: Archinect reports that Kickstarter, the crowd-sourced venture raising outfit, has banned renders: ‘Product simulations are prohibited. Projects cannot simulate events to demonstrate what a product might do in the future. Products can only be shown … Continue reading

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Maxwell J. Roberts’s article Henry Beck Rules? Not OK: Breaking the Rules of Map Design (previously linked) is now a book, Underground Maps Unravelled: Explorations in Information Design. Billed as a psychological investigation into the art, purpose and fitness of … Continue reading

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Spare the rod

The 10 best fictional architects. We always thought the Woody Harrelson/Indecent Proposal quote was paraphrasing Louis Kahn / Grasshopper 3D is where all the parametric guys hang out / generative paintings by Sergio Albiac. We also like his conventionally-painted series, … Continue reading

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Spotting, improvising and mapping

A selection of Grateful Dead Fan Art at an ambitious project collapsing, from the Grateful Dead Online Archive, assembled by the University of California Santa Cruz / Toby Ziegler’s installation The Cripples, set in a car park beneath Mayfair / … Continue reading

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