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Things we learned

Open for Business, 1966 VW Van brochure / the end of Every Frame a Painting / 52 things I learned in 2017 (also via K) / for her 90th birthday, Elton John’s estranged mother hired an Elton John tribute act … Continue reading

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Bouncing down

Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman scene comparisons from Man on the Moon. Now watch Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton / the delightful Vistabule teardrop travel trailer / an … Continue reading

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Built environments

A collection of Lost Modern buildings / Mariah Carey and the sound of Christmas / 80s.nyc. Now do London / music from The Barnslou Trio / 8 built projects that inspired: ‘five urban housing cases, which despite being architecturally overlooked, … Continue reading

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Checks and balances

Citywide transportation based on gyroscopic balancing buses. Some beautiful animation, and defiantly utopian. See also this city of rotating buildings from 2007 or do away with commuting altogether and just wait for work to come to you: the Clockwork City … Continue reading

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What happened when

The story behind a few things: the story of gated reverb / the origins of Zork / an obsession with foppishness, retro, or just the old ways, Print Mag explores the origins and influences of the McSweeney’s Aesthetic / Doug … Continue reading

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Shapes

Google Street View photography discovered and presented by Jacqui Kenny (via Metafilter). Related, the Streetview Landscapes of Aaron Hobson (also via MeFi) / portraits of Trellick Tower residents by Nicola Muirhead / more architectural photography: Spaceships by Lars Stieger (via … Continue reading

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Mystery jets

Benedict Redgrove documents NASA’s next generation rocket launcher / the exceptionally pretty Effeffe Berlinetta / Wreck, a sculpture by Jordan Griska / Unbuilt Liverpool / Shard apartments remain unsold. But wait / strangely intrigued by private islands / sort of … Continue reading

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Slightly more sombre

We meant to link to this a few weeks ago, but then tower blocks burned and in the immediate aftermath it seemed a bit too raw. But it’s at least heartening that K+C’s new MP – a noted design writer … Continue reading

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Pixels

Rómulo Celdrán, HI RES (via tmn). See also United Nude’s lo-res Lamborghini / vaguely related, Raphael Fabre’s CGI portrait ID / also vaguely related, Lego architecture by Sean Kenney / Cook’s Camden, a new book on modern housing in the … Continue reading

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Hiding in plain sight

A critique of Apple Park, which is then given its own critique at Dezeen. The take-away: is a big, bespoke office building a good use of the world’s resources? / Lesbian Separatist Cottage Fantasy, occasionally quite nsfw – a sort … Continue reading

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Bricks, snaps, clips and cupcakes

How Lego clicked: the super brand that reinvented itself / ooh, Monument Valley 2 / Tallulah Fontaine, a tumblr / photography by Frank Herfort / photography by Georg Aerni / on Brutalism, a story in the Washington Post / Commoditised … Continue reading

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Love and rockets

When Things Go Missing (via MeFi), an evocative story of losing things, and grief and loss / the story of five art world misdeeds / Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / the never-ending quest … Continue reading

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Publishing about publishing, and other things

Motor Mouth, five auto logos from history, at Grafik (via Coudal) / a selection of ambient soundscapes taken from games (via Gyford) / make your own ambient sounds with the WhaleSynth / the story of the success of Ladybird’s modern … Continue reading

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Abandoned pasts and futures

What are some ‘documentaries made in the past about a future that has already gone?’ / see also The Improbable, Bold History of Space Concept Art, via Coudal /Inside the Last Three Restaurants of London’s Forgotten Chinatown (at that’s). See … Continue reading

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Telegraph

This late 18th century townhouse was also the base station for the British Admiralty’s Shutter Telegraph system, opened in 1795 and providing a line-of-sight link between the Admiralty in Whitehall to Deal in Kent: ‘Messages passed from London to Deal … Continue reading

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Loop the loop

Music.Three, an album by musique concrète / music: Bored Spies, found via Your Band Sucks / related – after the very self-conscious middle aged post-indie malaise of YBS, Making it Big is an instructive dive into the raw data of … Continue reading

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Under the mountain

Cold War Bunker for Sale, Northern Ireland’s only bunker (via Wowhaus) / related, what would you do in the face of apocalypse? / re-thinking the language of carbon / Sightings, a project by Juan Carlos Osorno / see also CIA … Continue reading

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Bricks and other symbols

The RIBA’s Wall competition is a strange mix of the spectacular and the decidedly non-secular. With the intention being “to build a national landmark, which will declare God’s goodness to all people,” the brief calls for the use of ‘a … Continue reading

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Hunkering down

Luxury tanks, for defending luxury bunkers presumably / a visual guide to The Architecture of American Houses / Owen Hatherley on The Architecture of Neoliberalism, the tyranny of the render and the banality of the built environment’s intersection with contemporary … Continue reading

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Cats and boots

RayGun FX Super Fuzz Boy. Bzzz / Thomas Doyle, artist / 0s&1s has an interview with Tony Tulathimutte, author of Private Citizens / a satisfying film of a pen plotter test performed by the Edison Pen Company / is the … Continue reading

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