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Oh my, oh my, there’s a light in the sky

You Only Live Twice, par le Cadeau De Mariage / the terrifying Isdera Autobahnkurier 116i. The sort of car that has been trumped in the modern era by the likes of Dartz, which may or may not be an elaborate … Continue reading

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Tear down

Mourning the loss of Brutalist architecture in the North of England. Photographer Simon Phipps has beautiful images / sort of related, Vincent Fournier’s latest book, Brasília: A Time Capsule / see also, Louis Kahn dormitory buildings in Ahmedabad saved / … Continue reading

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Renders versus Tractors

A discussion on the art of the dolls house, including links to contemporary practitioners like Chris Toledo and the Shelter in Place Gallery / Papertowns is a subreddit devoted to birds-eye views of cities, old and new / Quirk 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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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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Drive-by looting

Is it too late to save LACMA? We know LA loves sprawl, but this seems ridiculous: “FACT: The museum has consistently maintained that visitors lose interest when confronted by a staircase. Bald lie: Visit the Louvre, the National Gallery, the … Continue reading

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The Colour out of Space

John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”, animated by artist Michal Levy who has synesthesia. At Aeon, via tmn, who also point us to Ghost Stories of Tripadvisor, ‘a dreadful directory of hotel hauntings’ / retro news: the Super Mario Game & Watch; … Continue reading

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Mine craft

The Pennsylvania Mine Map Atlas / sort of related, Muir Way’s vintage relief series of maps (via This Isn’t Happiness) / music, Dear Humans, by Elephant Gym / Boat House By WE Architecture / The Glove, live on “Riverside”, October … Continue reading

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Click to play

Collecting Concrete, a taxonomy of mix and texture / ‘Portraits of the Quarantined Mind‘, lockdown portraits / paintings by Alex Dordoy / paintings by Ania Hobson; paintings by Jim Holland / ANT, a conceptual robotic cargo container system, a project … Continue reading

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Cult heroes

Critics regret getting it wrong. The web is awash with ‘one star reviews of the classics‘, and it’s a natural human tendency (at least for this human) to scroll down to find the lowest critical metacritic score on any given … Continue reading

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Up and down

Some sounds, starting with neo psych from The Sun’s Evil Twin. Especially strong Spacemen vibes here: Psychedelic Revolution / drones and more at Relay Tapes / music by Chipped Tooth / contemporary shoegaze from Nossienes and bdrmm / epic soundtracks … Continue reading

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Artistic endeavours

This and that. Art by Joël Penkman. There’s also a movie, courtesy of the Handsome Frank agency, which makes short films about its illustrators and artists / also using egg tempera, the exacting interiors of Andrew Grassie / Soviet Space … Continue reading

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You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike

A fascinating Video Game Map Size Comparison. See also VGMaps.com, the Video Game Atlas, as well as this piece at Retromash, the beauty of retro video game maps. This in turn links to an illustrated story on the hand-drawn maps … Continue reading

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Memories of what used to be

Ghost Towers: The view from Iran’s housing crisis. Includes photographs by Hashem Shakeri / Manzhouli, ‘a City Lost in Translation’, China meets Russia in Mongolia / a fine obituary of Charles Jencks / The Modern House features the boat-inspired house … Continue reading

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From megastructures to ministructures

The Indoor University; Canadian Welfare And Modern Architecture / Dusky Parakeet, a houseboat by 31/44 Architects at the Never too Small channel / an interactive diagram of car size evolution / architectural photographs by Simone Hutsch / Toyota, a photographic … Continue reading

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Out on the ice floe

London record store World of Echo to sell hundreds of records from Thurston Moore’s private collection / films by The Modern House / Douse the House, testing the system at the Hill House Box (previously mentioned) / a new book … Continue reading

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Slight Return

The Library of Things – ‘why buy when you could borrow?’ This Guardian piece asks whether ‘borrowing everything from drills to disco balls cut waste and save money?’ It is certainly a tempting idea. Based in Oxford (a London branch … Continue reading

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Air Train

Our horrid future, part 235. For the tech elite, luxury means getting away from what they created. Meanwhile, SF continues to descend into a social hellscape for anyone who isn’t wallowing in venture capital / surprisingly, there is still so … Continue reading

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Space and light

The New American Home is a Condo; how much space do we need to live? / paintings by Chloe Wise / ten extraordinary effects pedals / classic cars as animals, art by Frederic Mueller, via hotvvheels / from 1993, a … Continue reading

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Creativity and Value

I am not the next big thing, on creativity and the value of screaming into the void (via MeFi) / paintings by Andy Dixon (via HiFructose) / maps by Scott Reinhard / porcelain globes by Loraine Rutt. Some more info … Continue reading

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