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Walk like an Egyptian

A triumph of miniaturization: making Lego displays for real / see also The User Experience Design of Lego Interface Panels, at the resting and hopefully refreshing Kottke / this is where all the old cars went, the legacy of the … Continue reading

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Deep underground

Bassist Guy Pratt gives the run-down on the bassline for Like a Prayer / farewell to Cathal Coughlan / The Vast Career of Tara Jane O’Neil / Who Sampled Who? / at home with the late Ken Adam, 2016, photographs … Continue reading

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Spaces and places

Big Beautiful Brutalism, a new limited-edition monograph from photographer Jo Underhill / the series ‘A Future City from the Past’, by Clemens Gritl (via Meanwhile) / Bold Ventures is a book by Charlotte van den Broeck about ‘buildings that were … Continue reading

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Mixing it up

The magnificent David Rumsey Map Collection / see also the very excellent Layers of London, which is endlessly interesting. It sent us off on a tangent to the remarkable LJ4D Project, ‘an ongoing project to model the development of Loughborough … Continue reading

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The roads beneath the chimneys

We are always up for a story on London’s Lost Ringways (see the image of buzzing Brixton’s elevated motorway we posted a few days ago). This one came via MeFi and is at the excellent Works in Progress / staying … Continue reading

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Accidental Martin Parr

Habitat is a collection of natural samples and orchestral bits and bobs that lets you create atmospheric, moody music (via Gearnews). Sort of related, move.ment is a fun little VST created by Kia (the car people). It blends sampled natural … Continue reading

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Mansions in the gutter

Bad timing for the launch of St John’s House, a gaudy piece of ‘Great Gatsby-inspired‘ architectural tat by Robert Adam that could only – only – be affordable by someone with a few Swiss bank accounts and a dubious source … Continue reading

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Hidden identities

The Tricorn gets a me-fi post. Time to dig out all those schadenfreude-laden articles: Icon magazine; City of Sound / a new book,

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Amazing structures

Dutch regret. ‘Our side of the story’: MVRDV on Learning from Marble Arch Mound / Scottish protection. The giant chainmail box that stops a house dissolving / London losses. save the George Tavern / NY schadenfreude, A Fawlty Tower of … Continue reading

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Rip it up and start again

Paintings by Mark Dunford / paintings by Sarah Spackman / Plastic Ocean, sculptures by Thirza Schaap (via Guardian) / sort of related, Why a Russian charity wants you to buy trash from Lake Baikal / Rowan Atkinson’s Richard Meier-designed house … Continue reading

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Grand unifying theories

Not Loving The Eccentric Use of Caps, but this is a fun thought experiment: New York, Block for Block (via MeFi), or how to weaponise PR-chitecture and show it for the empty-headed uptopianism it so often is / sort of … Continue reading

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Big spenders

The Loumavox (previously mentioned) turns out to be one of those elaborate Piltdown technology projects / IanVisits tracks changes to the London Tube Map / Rowan Moore on the objects that bring him joy / 43 forthcoming games, lots of … Continue reading

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Pop-ups

Why a toaster from 1949 is still smarter than any sold today. Related, The Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites / Death Is Not The End, London Pirate Radio Adverts 1984-1993, Vol. 1 / The Vinyl Boom. A slightly thrown together … Continue reading

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Moving on up

Dadrock posturing special: Screamadelica Stratocaster / carvings by Zoe Wilson / an accumulation of things / Architecture // Architects as jazz album covers, by Eugene Schlumberger / exploring a semi-abandoned Chinese city / a pair of dream woodland houses: Cadbury … Continue reading

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Mid-week round-up

This and that from here and there. Art by Victor-John Villanueva (nsfw in a pixellated kind of way) / Crafting sound and embroidering circuits with Sam Topley / a new children’s book, My Daddy Has 100 Synths. There should be … Continue reading

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A good walk/large swathes of city spoiled

‘An 18-hole round of golf typically takes four hours to complete. During a typical summer day (8am to 8pm) that equates to a maximum number of 216 players per course. On this basis, if Regent’s Park in central London were … Continue reading

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A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld

A small selection of things. Invoking Betteridge’s law of headlines: Does London really need a gigantic glowing orb the height of Big Ben? The mocked up view from nearby apartments is properly dystopian / speaking of which, some more photographs … Continue reading

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The Hill of Shame

Not that hill. A People’s Architecture, Owen Hatherley on Elain Harwood’s new book Mid-Century Britain, a plaintive, puzzled cry of loss for ‘a new world that was light, optimistic and without angst, a carefree vision of a society devoted to … Continue reading

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As above, so below

Farewell to Kristen Richards, creator of the excellent ArchNewsNow newsletter / on tunnels beneath the ocean. Deep Blue Sea Thinking / the Lovell House as a furniture store / the late Rick Mather’s own house and roof garden / Davit … Continue reading

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The architecture of revenge

Explore the Autobus Park No.7, ‘Kyiv’s Soviet Modernist Vehicle Graveyard’ (via Architecture of Doom) / The Design of the Roland Juno oscillators (via cdm) / related, creating the pads from Pacific State / the men who collect houses. Related, is … Continue reading

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