Category Archives: architecture

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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Raising up

Other things and random thoughts. The Pioneering Spirit is a truly big thing, the largest vessel ever built at 403,342 gross tons and 123.75m wide (Wikipedia), designed specifically to lift oil rigs without the need to dissemble them. With a … Continue reading

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Built up to knock down

News of the slightly unusual edition. BA boss shocked to find out that third Heathrow runway will raze his HQ. BA’s Waterside, an award-winning office block by Niels Torp, looks set to be a casualty of the forthcoming third runway. … Continue reading

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Good maps

The crumbling infrastructure of the nuclear age intersects with religious fervour in North Dakota’s concrete pyramid / paintings by Phil Hale (via Hi-Fructose) / Unkee E, a flickr stream rich with illustrated and printed ephemera / Peter Serafinowicz’s Sassy Trump … Continue reading

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New builds

A house in the Alps, a short film on Kirsten Dirksen’s very engaging channel dedicated to small, architecturally elegant dwellings / architecture photos of the year, a shortlist / top 30 Art Deco houses at Wowhaus / beautiful stop motion … Continue reading

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More roads to the future

The Road Not Taken: How we found (and lost) the dream of Personal Rapid Transit, by Adi Robertson. In the utopian timeline (which could sitll happen), these PRT systems could be reborn in the form of self-driving autonomous cars. What … Continue reading

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Fleeting satellites

Streets, San Francisco photography by Leigh Merrill (via This Isn’t Happiness) / The Secret Lives of Buildings, a photographic series by Marc Yankus (via Lens Scratch) / Why I bought a Titan II missile silo, a film series / Snoopy … Continue reading

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On the up

Beware the Vibrant, on the misleading language of gentrification. Gentrification is one of those concepts that can only really be observed from a distance; like the apocryphal boiled frog you don’t know it’s happening around you until it’s ‘too late’, … Continue reading

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Worse things happen at sea

A forthcoming academic study by Emma Spence on the world of superyacht acquisition and use lays bare the reality that these objects have very little discernible use value in the traditional anthropological sense. They also don’t function as assets, because … Continue reading

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Lights that never go out

How I came to be banned from the world’s most remote island, Tristan da Cunha, by Simon Winchester. ‘We have an unceasing capacity to make ourselves nuisances, basically.’ / sort of related, the amazing Ship Map / also related, the … Continue reading

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Bubbles

Some fine images of Antti Lovag’s “Palais Bulles“, latterly owned by Pierre Cardin and on the market for a rumoured £300m / if you want a proper architectural masterpiece, Luis Barragán’s Cuadra San Cristobal in Mexico is substantially more affordable … Continue reading

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Steam library

Everything is Broken / fix it yourself with the Piper Raspberry Pi Computer Kit / Line Wobbler, a ‘one-dimensional dungeon crawler game with a unique wobble controller made out of a door-stopper spring and a several meter long ultrabright LED … Continue reading

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