Category Archives: architecture

Memories of what used to be

Ghost Towers: The view from Iran’s housing crisis. Includes photographs by Hashem Shakeri / Manzhouli, ‘a City Lost in Translation’, China meets Russia in Mongolia / a fine obituary of Charles Jencks / The Modern House features the boat-inspired house … Continue reading

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From megastructures to ministructures

The Indoor University; Canadian Welfare And Modern Architecture / Dusky Parakeet, a houseboat by 31/44 Architects at the Never too Small channel / an interactive diagram of car size evolution / architectural photographs by Simone Hutsch / Toyota, a photographic … Continue reading

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Collections and clarifications

A farewell to Charles Jencks, dead at 80 / Attempted Bloggery, vintage illustration and cartoons / everyone’s trying to draw a perfect circle / the cutaway drawing and its artists, a thirteen-year old thread at the Autosport Forums that is … Continue reading

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Support and explore

Kickstart Heart of Neon, ‘the inspiring story of gaming legend Jeff Minter and Ivan Zorzin of Llamasoft‘ / very much sort of related, the Butter Churn music visualizer / another thing to Kickstart: A Gift‘, a film by Marc Kristal … Continue reading

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Wrapped in plastic

Will Self urges us to blame the forty-somethings, not the baby boomers or the hipsters (‘… the once proud artistic avant gardes of western Europe plummeting through clouds of frothy coffee, down into a brownish gloop comprising one part “crafted” … Continue reading

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Architectural things

Architectural things. Some isometric landscapes by Cinta Vidal / more urban imagery by Alexandra Pacula / Van Life, the non-Insta variety / Cover : The curious case of a shared database. On the somewhat familiar art of book cover design … Continue reading

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A big chunk of stuff

The mass death of a consumer robot / Fist of Jesus, a short, bloody film / How Technology Changed Music / ‘”Ghost Tape Number 10“, an audio mix the US military used for psychological operations in the Vietnam War’ / … Continue reading

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In memoriam

A 2015 project on gothic structure devoted a substantial amount of time to scanning Notre Dame, creating a precise 3D model. The project was the initiative of the late Andrew Tallon, who very tragically died just last November. His work … Continue reading

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Through the keyhole

This and that. A post about tracking digital ephemera / 30 Years of God Game History, a look at the evolution of Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, etc. / a leading animator admits to having Aphantasia: ‘Ex-Pixar chief Ed … Continue reading

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Look to the skies

More flying saucers: the National Museum in Qatar, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel / an installation in Paris by Japanese collective Mé, via Fubiz / stress testing: bending the Galaxy Fold / related, Testing, Testing, a great edition of the BBC’s … Continue reading

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A House Is Not a Home

In pictures: Kenyan artist Khadambi Asalache’s London house, available to visit through the National Trust. See also Stephen Wright’s House of Dreams in South London and, for a more deliberately contrived approach, Grayson Perry and FAT’s A House for Essex … Continue reading

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A Gap in the Street

Wickham’s Department Store, on Mile End Road, was once known as the ‘Harrods of the East’, part of a city-wide network of grand shops, often family owned, that offered their customers practically everything under one roof. Wickham’s unusual punctured facade … Continue reading

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Check your head

Getting inside the head of the man who was Frank Sidebottom / related, Chris Sievey’s The Biz, a Spectrum game from 1984. While we’re at it, the Thompson Twins Adventure from the same year and the (critically acclaimed) Frankie goes … Continue reading

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Rising high

Art and science. Landscapes by Cornelia Fitzroy / landscapes by Michael Reisch / the drawing archive at the Norman Foster Foundation / sort of related, I wouldn’t build my dream home in joyless, moralistic Scrutopia / A Peckham Poem, by … Continue reading

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Media production

A short film about old school (i.e. 2011) magazine making courtesy of Little White Lies / Loop | Motors, Magnets and Motion: Electronic Music Instruments from the Physical World / a window back into the live music world of 1994, … Continue reading

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Dog days

Failed Architecture asks What this MVRDV Rendering Says About Architecture and the Media, a musing on the digital delusions of modern architectural imagery. The architects reply: In Defense of Renders and Trees On Top of Skyscrapers. Both sides have valid … Continue reading

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Walking cities

The ability to walk to an airport should be the new gold standard of accessible urbanism. The Curbed piece is also worth it for ‘Walkable City Rules author Jeff Speck’s urbanist take on the ubiquitous meme’ / Studio Job sets … Continue reading

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Lost in the mists of time

Fancy a modernist hotel in Žvrynas, Vilnius? From the eccentrically translated blurb: ‘The residence was built in 1980 like a hotel for the top level officials. In this villa, presidents Mikhail Gorbachev, Richard Nixon, Lech Walesa, the Queen of Denmark … Continue reading

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Hollywood detectives

Buster’s Paramount Backlot Plunge, at Silent Locations, a weblog about about Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations (and more). Fascinating detective work, such as this overlaid Google streetview image in Astoria featuring shots from Buster Keaton and W.C. Fields / the Top 50 … Continue reading

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Cities and bases

How an eerie abandoned US base near North Korea turned into an art haven: Camp Greaves / illustration by May Lee / music by Teeth of the Sea / If the Universe were shrunk to something akin to the size … Continue reading

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