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Trap street

A real mix. The world Chinese social credit (via MeFi) (and why Black Mirror isn’t helping) / a trip to the Aston Martin factory, circa 1999 / a well-curated Instagram from Caroline Reekie / NASA spends a lot on leaning … Continue reading

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Spinning around

A depressing piece about New Zealand’s potential future role as a home for disenfranchised billionaires (via MeFi) / the most interesting modern houses in Yorkshire / The Best Things Found Between the Pages of Old Books, at Atlas Obscura (via … Continue reading

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Things to watch

Things to watch. Night Windows, a short film by Ian Cross / a performance by suitmanjungle / Love Sport: Love Paintball, a short film by Studio AKA / a lovely film about the late architect Neave Brown / related,

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A year in review

How machine learning and “computer vision” will transform our cities / Micro campers from Japan / intricate drawings by Nicolas V. Sanchez (via tmn) / Alvaro Siza on Living in a House, at Reading Design / photography by Gerco de … Continue reading

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Merciful release

‘The boat’s been found and he’s not on it’: tragic sailor Donald Crowhurst’s final voyage, by his son. The Crowhurst story is endlessly fascinating. We especially love Tacita Dean’s book, Teignmouth Electron, and its associated imagery (e.g. Aerial View of … Continue reading

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The house on the hill

A View From a Hill, over one hundred two minute sound snippets, ambient noises and short pieces from all around (via Transpontine) / Pentagram has designed this beautiful book about East London / a typical slice of the wit and … Continue reading

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Down in the city

The Tube is really noisy / this is what an abandoned high-speed train looks like / a bit of both: abandoned Tube trains / we liked the story of the US bases revealed by eager joggers (via MeFi, etc.) / … Continue reading

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And it’s goodnight from him

Photographer Jeffrey Milstein’s series on Amusement Parks / Modernist Estates’ favourite Instagram accounts / hunting the lost river of Paris / musings on Citroen concepts from the 80s / farewell to Wendell Castle / farewell Slayer / Hidden London / … Continue reading

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Stacked up

Centralia, then and now. Home to the long-burning Centralia Mine Fire / R.I.P M.E.S / there’s a ghost tower in the city / music by Grok, especially their live soundtracks to silent classics like The Cabinet of Dr Caligari / … Continue reading

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Where did you leave the car?

Mary Lee Berners-Lee, an obituary of an amazing life / skiing without snow / the London Time Machine (via Coudal) / Brazil in 10328×7760 – A 10K Timelapse Demo / Straight outta Romford: Britain’s hard-man movie scene, an insight into … Continue reading

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See you around

Locrating presents huge quantities of mapping data about commuting, schools, etc. ‘Outstanding’ schools are of green green, ‘good’ ones are yellow and woe betide your property prices if you live in close proximity to the little bomb-like red ones / … Continue reading

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“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”

Dodo, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, exploring the landscape and remnants of the Mexican town of San Carlos and its role in the film of Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 / paintings by Tom Walton / The Coast, photographs by Charlotte … Continue reading

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Ruined forms

Casa Sperimentale, by Giuseppe Perugini, at Architizer and Dear Magazine, where these photos by Marco Ponzianelli were published. One of the internet’s favourite bits of ‘lost Brutalism’. See also the Visual News essay by Oliver Astrologo / twisted pop, slowed … Continue reading

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Clatter

The Vestaboard, when you want text messages delivered on old-fashioned train announcement boards / Superseventies is a tumblr devoted to said decade, includes the occasional that might reflect badly in the modern era/ a London charity shop scavenger hunt (via … Continue reading

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Woof

Sony has announced the birth of an all-new AIBO at CES. The reception has been unsurprisingly ecstatic, especially as the original model, introduced back in 1999, was discontinued in 2006 to much disappointment and then, even worse, unsupported from 2015 … Continue reading

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Wall-y

21st Century Landscapes (via Kottke) / sort of related, the astounding bid to designate Trump’s border wall concepts as land art. Satire? ‘MAGA is proud to announce the Land Art Exhibition PROTOTYPES… [consisting] of the eight border wall prototypes commissioned … Continue reading

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Carriage returned

Random things. Sticking a 1000 watt LED on a drone / Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch, ambient sound generator / sort of related, the 15 Second horror movie challenge / crowdfunding for the Cardiacs’ Tim Smith. More Cardiacs / Social Decay: … Continue reading

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What never came to pass

Unbuilt cities: the outrageous highway schemes left as roads to nowhere. Good timing as the CBRD blog has just relaunched its page on London’s motorway saga: The Ringways are back. Lots of gloomy artist impressions within, e.g. the concrete pylons … Continue reading

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Modelling, or not

London 2026 is promising us a glossy lump of architectural inelegance, largely unreadable from every direction, with the grim reality likely to be far less pleasing than the CGI. Eight years ago we were lamenting the lack of a 3D … Continue reading

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Downstairs

Three necks, 15 strings, Feel Good Inc / If birds left tracks in the sky… / how much of Britain is concreted over? / Ghent in Motion / a signwriter’s life, work by Nick Garrett / What a difference… Cars … Continue reading

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