Monthly Archives: May 2015

In the round

Musings on the lure of nostalgic technology, including the Fisher-Price PXL-2000 camera / slightly more up to date: plan your wedding with Google / the Pole House, Australia / a skimpy history of the bathing suit / Phaidon continue their … Continue reading

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One dot at a time

A short history of Barbapapa, who turned 45 yesterday. We hadn’t realised you can buy a model of the Barbapapa House, a seminal piece of architectural design on the page. Still, you can always make your own / rich and … Continue reading

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Everything is going to burn

Five human activities you can see from space / Historical Maps – Exploring Lambeth, at Understanding Cities and Spatial Cultures / welcome to Fear City. New York, 1975. See also Survival in the City, 1974 / a nice bit of … Continue reading

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Rocking the suburbs

Our band could be your life: Hardcore Architecture looks at the leafy suburban origin stories of American punk and post-punk (via MeFi). See also Breadcrumb Trail, the Slint documentary, which has lots of basement rehearsal action / sort of related: … Continue reading

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The preservation of remoteness

‘Two people sleeping in one room, even if they are man and wife, is neither wholly hygienic nor always aesthetically agreeable. This is particularly so if one has a cold, or is otherwise unwell. Some young married couples may not … Continue reading

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Biff! Bang! Pow!

Unseen film starring Adam West surfaces on YouTube (via Reddit) / Zhou Hang collates visual essays on notable buildings and more, such as these images from the current Ravilious show at Dulwich Picture Gallery. More on the show at Books … Continue reading

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The rain in Spain

When Expos meet austerity: What does Milan gain by hosting this bloated global extravaganza?. ‘Because, ultimately, surely the only point of visiting an Expo is to marvel, drop-jawed with morbid fascination, at the bizarre architectural freak-show, and be entranced by … Continue reading

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The view from here

On public sculptures and climbability: Davies’s 3rd law in action in Dulwich Park, thanks to Conrad Shawcross’s Three Perpetual Chords. The new works replace Barbara Hepworth’s

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Flight paths

On the Roofs ascend the 660m Shenzhen Centre / Devoted Followers of Fashion, a visit to Koine, the ‘world fair for church supplies, liturgical and ecclesiastical art’ / Cave’s Red Right Hand rendered a la Seuss / Decommissioned is a … Continue reading

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Seals, secrecy and abandoned pots

The Antarctic territories were originally consider so barren and desolate that explorers rarely ventured far enough south to even encounter land. But the first natural resources – seals and whales – transformed the discovery and exploitation of the region. From … Continue reading

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Surreptitious snaps

A selection of miniature and concealed photographic devices, taken from Bonhams’ upcoming camera auction. For example, a disguised camera from East Germany (see also Beyond the Wall: Art and artifacts from the GDR). A classic digital wrist watch camera outfit … Continue reading

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Bleeps and batter

Le Corbusier and fascism, rumblings again / Mollison’s photographs of the world’s Playgrounds (at tmn). More / the Battle for Berlin, then and now / paintings by H Dunaway / paintings by Eric Bowman / Meals in a Mold: The … Continue reading

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Spot the ball

Fine art embroidery by Stephanie Clark / The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers. See also Made in China, a deliberate forgery on display at Dulwich Picture Gallery / data crunching: 40 years of the … Continue reading

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