Demand on Print

We keep coming back to The Newspaper Club – it’s jealousy, probably. Browse their recent case studies, a flickr pool and a blog / the 8-bit London city map is worth revisiting. If only someone would allow you to toddle around it, collecting coins or something. Plus, it needs Easter Eggs. See Akihabra for an HTML5.0 implementation of this sort of thing.

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Dead Malls could benefit from the Annual Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition, where budding architectural draftspeople show their chops. Check the winners from 2009 – the above image by Stephen Chung, enlarged / something to investigate further: Museumaker, ‘unlocking the creative potential of collections through imaginative interchanges between the heritage and contemporary craft sectors’.

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Gallic creatives / art by Mathilde Roussel Giraudy, especially the ‘Intervals‘ series / photography by Ludovic Maillard / sketches by Charlene Gogo / a weblog by Christopher Fowler / illustration by Amélie Graux / book design by Polimekanos.

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A permanent state of insurrection, BLDG BLOG on Auto-Defense by Stéphane Malka, a provocative projected installation at Paris’s La Grande Arche, ‘a colonization of neglected public spaces by the participation of a non-specialized labor collective that elaborates on prefabricated and hijacked construction systems.’ Larger images at SI. Anti-utopian in its way, but also dependent on the means of production to be given over to hijacking and colonization / safer house designs at Neatorama (via SpaceInvading).

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Just as the Sunday colour supplement has evolved into a polychromatic strutting peacock of exhortations to buy stuff, new stuff, gadgets, gifts and novelties, so the humble weblog has evolved into a chocolate box of links and pics, a place for clicking through, eye candy. Text used to be illuminated with links, an illustrated manuscript without pictures, pregnant with a second layer of hidden meaning, pathways to somewhere else unknown and potentially revealing, not the promise of larger, faster, better, bolder.

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