Category Archives: architecture

Rip it up and start again

The Archivists of Extinction, ‘Architectural history in an era of capitalist ruin’. Or how architectural preservation is a luxury in a fast moving capitalist society (via MeFi). From the piece, the US has less than 2,600 buildings designated as National … Continue reading

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Mostly houses

A personal history of the Ouija Board. More info on the boards / Among the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’ / the artist Tom Sachs does instagram well / The Dream, a recommended … Continue reading

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Enduring problems

Random things and thoughts, forgive crashing changes in tone / starting with a fine piece about Eileen Gray’s E.1027 house in Menton. Some more and necessary information about Gray’s life and work: “”E” for “Eileen”, 10 for the letter “J”, … Continue reading

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Click and collect

At the Flip of a Switch, the light switch in culture / Amazon has patented a system that would put workers in a cage, on top of a robot, at The New Aesthetic / still excited about the Teenage Engineering … Continue reading

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Space Oddities

The Carbuncle Cup is becoming a bit of a grudge match. Building Design has been running the contest for 12 years and while the nominations sometimes hit the mark, they increasingly find themselves aligned with petty spats and questions of … Continue reading

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Sound and Colour

Musicon is a sort of analogue step sequencer, a modern update of the piano roll, designed for early years music education (via Culture.pl) / The Bioscleave House, East Hampton (via Wowhaus), a ‘Life-Span Extending Villa’ designed by Arakawa and Madeline … Continue reading

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Off the beaten track

Some more eccentric residences. The Coral Castle in Florida, beloved of conspiracy theorists. The surrealist folk-art masterpiece, Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval à Hauterives, in France. Las Pozas, Mexico, a sculpture garden by Edward James. Bishop Castle, in Colorado, created … Continue reading

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InfoDump

Centuries of Sound tackles 1905 (via b3ta, which also links these beautiful animations by Andreas Wannerstedt) / The Sands of Voltark, an exploration game (via RPS) / Your Favorite Fictional Universes in Pen and Paper (via Angie’s List) / Scenes … Continue reading

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In orbit

The Shape of Space, ‘what the orbital space habitats designed for NASA in 1975 can teach us about living in new geometries.’ A look at curved space, visible horizons and living in the upside down / ABODE, by photographer Jens … Continue reading

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Gaming the system

The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st-Century Agriculture, epic and depressing / a full(ish) review of Issue #1 of The Beano, 1938, at The Slipper. Sent us back to these surveys of the more problematic bits of Just William, including the infamous … Continue reading

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Lens flare

An official and objective ranking of London’s 14 major rail terminals. The redevelopment of the ‘number one station’ involved the demolition of the old, idiosyncratic Britain at War Museum / someone is doing a fine job of preserving many largely … Continue reading

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Breaking out

Birmingham then and now / Parabold, photographs by Stefan Bleihauer / Destination Modernism / video game art styles continue to impress: Sable (via the newly refreshed RPS) / sort of related, what happened next to No Man’s Sky / Film … Continue reading

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On other worlds

On the FT’s infamous How to Spend It: “Compared with the truly fashionable, who are often less well-off, and have acquired their edge by having to choose between products,” says a prominent British writer on class and style, “seriously rich … Continue reading

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Building a grudge

Who will buy your book? ‘You can depend on the enthusiasm of family and/or friends only briefly — your first few shows or whatever. After that, you’re on your own. Or more to the point — it’s the enthusiasm of … Continue reading

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Vision things

A set of urban illustrations by James Gilleard / World Airports Voronoi diagram, Jason Davies (via K) / 1971: Tomorrow’s World: Cassette Navigation / Lunar Lander House / The Cities That Never Existed: ‘What if the urban visions of famous … Continue reading

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“…in a long tube with a bunch of demons”

A selection stuff you probably (hopefully) don’t need. Luxury doomsday bunkers, from the likes of Survival Condo / the problem with buying cheap stuff on the internet / the ultimate upgrade. Roberts Space Industries, makers of Star Citizen, now apparently … Continue reading

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From up high

Shedley Manor, part of the grand rural tradition of hiding buildings. See also Robert Fidler’s Castle. It never ends well / paintings by Nicolás Uribe (instagram) / True Blue, a return to natural indigo / 3D map of Manhattan on … Continue reading

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Taking a line for a walk

The Longest Route You Can Sail in a Straight Line Without Hitting Land / a wealth of imagery by M.C.Escher (via Kottke / notes on the Satanic panic / Dead end thrills and Berduu, the art of the video game … Continue reading

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Set adrift

Another significant summit on the trail to peak internet: a Vanlife infographic, courtesy of Mighty Goods / Into the Uncanny Valley, Susan Piedmont-Palladino at Places Journal on the conscious and unconscious choices that shape architectural presentation, and how the realm … Continue reading

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Here comes the bride

The former Wedding Palace in Tbilisi, by Victor Djorbenadze became the private house of the late oligarch Badri Patarkatsishvili, the definition of a colourful character. There only seems to be one plan available online, but it sort of backs up … Continue reading

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