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Visions of a life

Another one for the unbuilt London pile, Diller Scofidio & Renfro’s proposed Centre for Music has been scrapped. The scheme was elaborate and ambitious and the suggested £288m budget seemed woefully inadequate (shades of the Elbphilharmonie). The renders brought to … Continue reading

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Monday Meanderings

Architecture for sale: the late Pierre Cardin’s 1970s ‘Bubble Palace’ in the south of France and Joel Silver’s Brentwood Mansion by the late Ricardo Legorreta (for a cheeky $77.5m) / at that price, the buyer might experience a bit of … Continue reading

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Non swimmers

An Historical Collection of Found Paper Airplanes, at Moss & Fog and found via Kottke. Very old school internet. Very lovely / more ephemera, this time collectable rock and pop stuff / epic soundscapes by Echodrone / quirky pop from … Continue reading

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Into dust

Rare Film of Monet, Renoir, Rodin and Degas (via MeFi) / Gaming in kids’ own words / the Duke Mitchell Film Club / Can you solve the mystery of these 60-year-old travel photos? / Sweden is home to a large … Continue reading

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Down the rabbit hole, again

This disappointingly short brief history of protest tunnelling in the UK sent us down some tunnels of our own. It seems that protest tunnels barely scratch the surface of a country that has an extensive rumoured subterranean network, mostly private, … Continue reading

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On the permafrost

Photographer Anna Huix has taken remarkable images of Pyramiden (Google maps), ‘a utopian coal-mining town, a landscape-scale “museum” of soviet-style industrial heritage that shows the fragmented remains of a communist dream’ in Svalbard. ‘It has been predicted that due to … Continue reading

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A Way Forward

The ghosts of Mark Fisher. On the theorist’s final lecture series, unfinished works, and the exhortation to recognise ‘both the luxuries and privations of modern technologies… Who knows what a culture in which the internet co-existed with strong social security … Continue reading

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I can see for miles and miles and miles

Insane technotopianism update. The Line, ‘a revolution in urban living’ (via MeFi) that feels like a bait car for angry urban designers. Visionary ideas have always existed and always will, and while some are obviously trolling, others have felt like … Continue reading

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Spirited away

Exploring the ruins of Laverstoke Mill before it was given a radical makeover by Heatherwick Studio and transformed into the Bombay Sapphire Distillery / drifting soundscapes by Vapor Lanes / Field Recordings of Yellowstone National Park / Tokyo Ambient Center, … Continue reading

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Twist and turn

Burning the furniture: my life as a consumer, ‘some thoughts on buying a house, white privilege and homewares for the apocalypse’ / a textbook example of Betteridge’s Law of Headlines: Can onboard rollercoasters save the cruise industry? / from the … Continue reading

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Hidden Streets

A little dose of twitter wisdom: ‘I sometimes wonder whether the fact that the two richest men on earth are running distribution and cars, might go some way to explaining why our cities are not working too well at a … Continue reading

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Sketchy behaviour

The Bad Drawing Club by Millie Nice / Soundsphere magazine / the Teen guide to homemaking / huge Studio Ghibli image dump / Willard Wigan, micro sculptor / collections, collections, collections / “‘If the aliens lay eggs, how does that … Continue reading

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More leftovers

2020 in 20 stories, courtesy of Phaidon’s published output from the year / photography by the graphic designer Alice Helfer / images of Wuhan by Mi Chenxing / when in Tokyo, a guide / photographs by Elin Berge, exploring the … Continue reading

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Post Christmas pickings

Places Journal’s ongoing series on Fairy Tale Architecture features the tale One Grain of Rice / speaking of Fairy Tales, albeit of the

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Noise and views

The Year in Sound / the best book covers of 2020 / the best video games of 2020 / a new book, Brutal North / also via K, love this: Private Views: A High-rise Panorama of Manhattan, a project and … Continue reading

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Treasure boxes

A house in Hampstead by Woollacott Gilmartin – such beautiful drawings / more illustrative elegance in the work of Eizin Suzuki (via Visual Melt / art by the late Kiyoshi Saito, whose work was affiliated with Koshiro Onchi’s Sosaku-hanga movement, … Continue reading

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All Along the Watchtower

The Manual Library / Random Radio Jottings, a wireless archive / Animated Maps: A Century of UFO Sightings. Related, The Lovecraft Investigations, an excellent podcast series / art by Elizabeth Croft / 25 years / the lists are starting to … Continue reading

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Art, architecture and tech

Art and architecture today. 43 Illustrated Homes Celebrate the Work of Paul R. Williams in California / Mountain View house by CAN Architects / ‘What’s Up With That Pig Couch? Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Internet’s Latest … Continue reading

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The good, the bad and the ‘ugly’

What does 4.3 million gigabytes look like? And how does mass data storage actually work? Presumably this sort of growth can’t scale for ever? / Little Alchemy 2, mix materials. See also Sandspiel / a couple of emulators: Visual Transistor-level … Continue reading

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The long arm of the past

Blitzed cities still deprived 75 years after war. It shouldn’t be surprising that bombing a city has long-lasting effects but this study correlates WWII damage with high levels of contemporary child poverty rates. London was not included in the study. … Continue reading

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