City of Silence

In the annals of outsider art, Michael the Cartographer stands out for the sheer lack of documentation: ‘Michael the Cartographer’s date of birth is unknown. He lived in isolation and spent long periods of time making invented maps which he always eventually destroyed. These maps were inspired by the imagination and bore no relation to geography.’ / HyperScale, ‘The Online Resource for Aircraft & Armour Modellers’.

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Quite exceptionally geeky: Man upgrades to Windows 7, from Windows 1.0. One…version…at…a…time. From the comments: ‘But whether or not [the desktop computer is] a dying format, we are living in a damn Golden Age of hobbyist computing. I remember trying to install Windows 98 over Windows 95 and having to literally GO TO SLEEP during the install process, so I could wake up at some later time and complete it. Having one computer in my house with multiple 56k modems in it so it could share an internet connection. The nightmare grinding of hard drive heads teetering, then crashing onto the platters. I had one of the Pentiums with the floating point error that had to be recalled; I remember digging around in that Dell case back in a day when nobody had ever even heard of cable management, when there were no thumbscrews or even fans. It was like pulling the stone lid off a sarcophagus.’

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modernity for the few… that can afford it; but hasn’t the signature building almost always existed as a status symbol as well as a spatial experience? / Churnalism, cut and paste your way to decipher PR-driven news (via The Perpetual Three-Dot Column) / Hong Kong, Sim-City style (via interconnected). Beautiful, but a data dead end; it needs to link in with SkyscraperPage for more info / architecture criticism as cultural schadenfreude: ‘The world’s most spectacular opera house has just opened in China – but it could have been built in Cardiff.’

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A seriously elaborate Horta-esque staircase: project 081-23MR by Atmos Studio / Silent London by Simon Elvins: ‘The map intends to reveal a hidden landscape of quiet spaces and shows an alternate side of the city that would normally go unnoticed.’

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