Category Archives: architecture

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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Representation and imagination

Photography by Pawel Starzec / a drone tour of China’s Mount Fanjingshan / Paint My Name In Black And Gold, a forthcoming book about the Sisters of Mercy (the band, not the order) / staying gothic, things lurk in the … Continue reading

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Root and branch

A depressing piece about architecture’s burgeoning relationship with instant social media gratification: Snapping point: how the world’s leading architects fell under the Instagram spell. The stuff about Assemble’s studio wall ultimately becoming an iphone case is extraordinary / other things: … Continue reading

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Sleight of hand

More things to turn your head and ears / some music by Casual Nun / contemporary cubism by Anna Ostoya / the walk above the vineyards, KEEO design / Persuasive Cartography, maps that change our perception of places / a … Continue reading

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Space for (hu)man(s) and the case of the ancient astronauts

NASA’s Legacy Gallery from activities at the Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center (now the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center) / this next one is really not related at all, promise: Pseudoarchaeology and the Racism Behind Ancient Aliens (via … Continue reading

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Top and tail

Current Affairs writes about Mansion, ‘the Friday Wall Street Journal supplement reviewing the wild extravagance of the hideously rich’ / compare and contrast with Courier, which ‘reports on modern business and startup culture’ / nominate London’s worst public sculpture. We’ll … Continue reading

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Second lives

Appropriate for the season, some creepy latex art by Sarah Sitkin, probably nsfw / lavish praise for Zumthor’s Secular Retreat, countered by excoriating vitriol in the comments / something altogether more wholesome? the Dennis Severs House at Christmas. Recommended (official … Continue reading

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Falling down

The cathedral drawing series of the late Dennis Creffield / the Apollo of Gaza, lost, found, confiscated and now lost again? / PEOPLE + CULTURE = TECHNOLOGY, a tumblr stuffed with things (thanks to Ankkit) / photography by Bethany Crutchfield … Continue reading

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