Billions and billions

Shrinking the World: How jetliners commercialized air travel—stewardesses and all / see also The Jet Age Compendium, a reprint of [Eduardo] ‘Paolozzi’s works for Ambit… [which] tackle the war in Vietnam, the acceleration of Japanese technology, and the utopias of mass advertising.’ / The Way Things Could Be, small, urban projects / climbing the transmission tower, just in case we need to find the link again / notes.husk.org, a tumblr / The Infinite Library, books, old and new.

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Greg.org on the photography of Michael Wolf / the Villa Savoye as a ruin (at Chaz Hutton / \\\, a visual/arts weblog / analysing the police tweets / more architectural spot-the-differences: Aren’t Expos supposed to show the world of tomorrow? / Kris Lane is conscious, a tumblr / house in the landscape, Sophie Munns on Make’s house for Gary Neville / HRL Contemporary, a new gallery with an exhibition of visceral paintings by Benjamin Cohen.

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Antilia is finally getting some press, most of it negative, all of it citing the $1bn dollar value attached to the ‘home’. From the Guardian piece, ‘It cost an estimated £44m to build but, because of Mumbai’s astronomic land and property prices, will be worth about 15 times that amount – £630m.’ As a result, it’s pricey, but not the world’s most expensive house, especially since the law of supply and demand dictates that as the number of people who would like to live there is precisely one, and they already live there, it’s barely worth £44m… The final product (by Perkins and Will) it’s also substantially less green (literally and environmentally) than the original concept by James Wines of SITE, although the design evolution is interesting: from this to this to this (see image below).

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ArchDaily on flickr / related, darrenjle15′s photostream, lots and lots of contemporary London architecture / Contemporary classical music on YouTube, a round-up / 1975 and the changes to come, a video / Lightning Bolt interview / 17 Seconds, indie music blog / the way the web skips from harmless manufacturing whimsy to egomanical infrastructure in a matter of clicks has always been an attraction. After Atilia, where better to turn than to the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway and the Hornby Visitors’ Centre, courtyesy of Fantastic Journal’s days in toyland. The parochial and unselfconsciously charming easily trump things that portend to operate on a more planetary scale.

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