Ice cream headache

Something out of a short story, Calvino perhaps, The Clockwork City (via Digital Urban), a concept and very literal ville radieuse ‘whereby entire districts move, thus negating the need for transport systems. Need to get to work? Wait 10 minutes until your work place moves into walking distance’. Its occupants would be dizzy fantasists, perpetually confused, perhaps mired to the spot by a new form of intense, swirling agoraphobia.

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Real life Carmageddon: ‘A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 405 — a vital artery that links population centers north and south of the Santa Monica Mountains — is shutting down for 53 hours this weekend. The closure, a necessary part of a major highway reconstruction project, is being dubbed “Carmageddon,” evoking images of gridlock, road rage and other traffic nightmares that it might spawn in car-dependent Southern California.’ Hard to imagine a UK parallel. Perhaps the closure of the M25?

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The House that Journalism Built, Rick Poynor on the decline of critical standards and the race and chase for imagery and the corresponding disappearance of analysis, both broad and deep / another essay by Poynor: On the threshold of Sebald’s room, tracking down a space in the small fortress, a study of place and memory and attribution.

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Bill Drummond On The Damson Fruit, an article at The Quietus that seems designed to rile historians of dyeing and military uniforms alike (originally from the excellent Caught by the River) / via Coudal / which also links Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941–1945 / Catherine Bennett has a go at the Shard / Foster’s unfinished Vegas hotel condemned / Gelato Baby, architecture and ice cream in LA.

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A Kubrick-esque tracking shot through Jasper Morrison’s Playmobil Collection. Some of this could be yours if you attend the Arnold Circus Swap and Share picnic this weekend (and bring some Playmobil to exchange) / photographs by Andrew David White / St Ignatius church under construction / anything, a tumblr / Lego variety pack, via Kottke / Lego ice cream van.

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