Related to the Nolli map linked below. Armelle Caron’s “villes rangées” explode city plans into their constituent forms. ‘Caron deconstructs cities, identifies fragments, classifies blocks by size and shape. All meaning, memory, void and heritage is kept away by decontextualization. The urban assemblage of the “villes rangées” relies on analysis, order, rhythm, dimension, typology, strata.’ From a comment by Socks Studio (many thanks) and originally found at deconcrete. The neat array of urban fragments are reminiscent of Jenny Odell’s satellite prints.
More signs of a creeping but necessary architectural pragmatism? Call to Account! A case for active preservation: ‘Look in front of you: thousands of empty, crappy apartments in the peripheries of just about any city. Piles of construction debris from interrupted projects, and piles of paperwork detailing dubious transactions and backroom deals. Suburban tract houses and mini McMansions left to the wilderness like Mayan ruins. Towering resort skeletons left standing at half their projected height. The obscene, gaping holes of base excavations for failed skyscrapers, waiting hungry for a totem that will never come to fill them up.’ Related, ‘The Return of Common Sense: How the Great Recession has changed architecture—for the better.’ ‘The losers will be the current generation of young graduates. Trained in the arcane arts of parametric design and generative architecture, they will find themselves facing a world of chastened clients who demand discipline, restraint, and common sense. Big chill, indeed.’
The Farnsworth House finally finds its raison d’etre: a butterfly house, an installation by Bik Van der Pol at the MACRO Museum in Rome / Rawktumblr on a mini twitter essay from Said the Gramophone about music PR and online promotion: ‘The hunt for the next big thing has become a daily harvest of hundreds of next embarrassingly small things’. This could equally apply to any number of ‘professional’ blogging outlets, not least architecture and design where the thrill is in finding something first and thus being a kind of cultural nexus from where all else springs, if only for an afternoon or so. Traffic and influence spikes / Xavier Antin’s ‘Just in Time‘, a book produced by a daisy chain of print technology (via kottke)
Google Art Project. Wonderful, if like us you have a complete fetish for brush strokes (above taken from The Forest Stream, Jacob van Ruisdael). Participating institutions include MoMA, Tate Britain, Museo Reina Sofia and 14 more (via). Very large zoomable imagery: for example, recently featured at things, The Isle of the Dead, or as seen below, looking right into Turning Road at Montgeroult, Paul Cézanne (1898).
The work of Colin Wharry. See also his page at Dainow and Dainow. We also like Lukas Barry’s Gossip Factory and the work of Pete McMahon / the great Netdiver ceased publishing at the end of 2010 / the Map of Knight Rider K.I.T.T. Replicas, via Platial News and Neogeography / Tundra Blog, design / the Indigo Bunting, design.