Category Archives: architecture

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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Out on the ice floes

Compare and contrast: the voyage of the Crystal Serenity via the buried, frozen and long lost wreck of HMS Terror / painting Peckham, the work of artist Mark Pearson / on modern video game architecture / Victorian architecture at risk. … Continue reading

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Twist and turn

Some numbers: All 25 of Apple’s Dongles in One Place / 30 minutes of Jerry Lewis’ infamous Holocaust movie have surfaced online / 1000 Things for Boys to Do, 1948 / Joanna Hogg’s Architecture of Desire, filmed in Sauerbruch Hutton’s … Continue reading

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Left, left, right, left, up. Turn on light.

The Constructivist Map of Moscow / eight artists illustrate the video-game obsessions of their childhoods / How did you spend your day? / Amazon introduce a push button world / the bureaucratic hell of America’s gun tracing system / art … Continue reading

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Atoms for space

Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives / film and more at Slightly Intrepid / Dreams of Space, regularly visited / related, the Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness. More marvellous space things at Atomic Rockets and at False … Continue reading

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Raise the roof higher

A tranche of new music curated at Bandcamp Daily / women in publishing, at Motherland, ‘an online destination for women who happen to be mums’ / Peter Garritano’s series Hajwalah looks at drifting culture in the Middle East. See also … Continue reading

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Borrowed and Billowing

X-ray images by Xavier Lucchesi / still life photography by Andrew B.Myers / Paging Adam Curtis – ‘Nooscope mystery: The strange device of Putin’s new man Anton Vaino’ / the rise of ‘Borrowing Clubs‘ / parenting styles distilled, a review … Continue reading

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Old things revisited

Don’t Parade in My Rain, the art of the TV guide (via MeFi) / making random maps / contemporary embroidery by Sarah K Benning / Wallpaper magazine’s Artist’s Palate / Ghosts of Olympics past, overgrown stadia, etc / why bronze … Continue reading

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Throwing itself under the [Micro]bus

The psychology of the VW emissions scandal laid bare (via MeFi), a decade-long deception that stems, in part, from VW’s stubborn desire to give the US market what it thought it needed as opposed to what it so clearly wanted … Continue reading

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Falling down

Studio OBA’s ‘Prenuptial Housing‘, ‘[an architectural] solution for the increasing number of marriages that end up in divorce… When couples feel they are drifting apart, the house initiates a ‘break up’, by detaching the two units which then go solo … Continue reading

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Hoarding ideas

A City of Dust, the history of London through photography / The Legs of New York (via Kottke) / Relics of the Soviet Era / paintings by Soren Amsnaes / the web presence of the eternal Momus / Inside the … Continue reading

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Friday thoughts

Vimeo’s Experimental, remixes and supercuts page is worth keeping an eye on / Space Dashboard: massive data dump from multiple sources and sensors on Earth and beyond / Unpleasant design and hostile urban architecture, or building benches that people don’t … Continue reading

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Models, power and soft-focus

The Chromologist, a website about colour / Look away now, photographs of the views from famous landmarks by Oliver Curtis / Stuff from the Loft, a website about the process of design, including interviews with politically-charged admen like Sidney Myers … Continue reading

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Future thoughts

A couple of tmn things: Brief Interviews with Very Small Publishers, and an old and hence even more magically wrong article about the urban futures of London, Los Angeles and Moscow / underneath that CGI card is a Blackbird / … Continue reading

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City lives

The history of urbanization, 3700 BC–2000 AD / related, Unequal Scenes Johnny Miller photographs ‘scenes of inequality in South Africa from the air’ / see also How Detroit got its Street Grid, from 1965 / Inside Masdar, the UAE’s Zero-Carbon … Continue reading

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Architecture, a life in links

It felt like time to do a bit of spring cleaning and sort out the many, many links in our sidebar, some of which are dead and many others dormant. What follows is a fairly epic post and pruning exercise, … Continue reading

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Castles in the sky

A Guardian report into the wretched 48-storey edifice that is St George Wharf Tower (official site) illustrating the off-shore ownership and generally vacant state of the building. Interesting snippet: ‘At 23,000sq ft, the Tower penthouse is 24 times larger than … Continue reading

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