A small selection of random things

They Meant Well – Government Project Disasters (also available as a free pdf), a look at when procurement goes horribly wrong. Includes the R101 Airship, the Channel Tunnel, the Millennium Dome and Experience (of which remarkably little survives online), Concorde, nuclear power and the bizarre Tanganyika groundnut scheme, a post-war ‘idea to cultivate groundnuts in the British protectorate of Tanganyika’. Related, a list of white elephant projects.

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The 1992 Aztec Barchetta by Italdesign, a sort of Blade Runner-esque concept car that was actually built / via Romotow W2 camper concept, via Autoblog. Shades of Softroom’sMaison Canif‘ from a decade or so ago, as well as the fabulous Volkswagen Doubleback camper / Post-Sandy, 15,000 flood-damaged cars sitting on an airport runway.

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We missed this: the Lego advent calendar in Covent Garden / an interview with artist Eric White, creator of otherworldly, cinema-infused imagery / Water Will Be Here, imagining cities beneath the waves, a project by artist Eric Corriel / how cities would look if there was no electricity, a project by photographer Thierry Cohen / IRENE, an erotic fanzine / a brief analysis of the injuries received and likely consequences to the Home Alone burglars / the RSH-02, the Roland S.Howard Tribute guitar pedal / Mudhoney live in Berlin, 1988.

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From Psychopath Lairs to Superhero Mansions: How Cinema and Modernist Architecture Called A Truce: ‘We all know that psychopaths prefer contemporary design. Hollywood has told us so for decades. From the minimal lairs of Bond adversaries to the cold homes of dysfunctional families, modernist interiors scream emotional detachment and warped perspectives.The classic film connection between modern buildings and subversive values is well documented and, for the architectural community, quite regrettable.’

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Venus as it was, Mars as it could be / related, The Lensman’s Children, a weblog with an astronomical focus / also related: architecture for the sake of architecture: Big’s Phoenix Observatory Tower, the iconic megaproject as cultural linkbait.

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We’re flattered (thanks, Andy Martin). And last but not least, enormous thanks to a generous donor who recently made a substantial (and wholly unexpected) contribution to things’ ongoing running costs. We’re extremely grateful.

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One Response to A small selection of random things

  1. Very interesting list of ‘white elephants’ thanks for the links

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