Space frames and patina

The Rietveld Collection / photographs by Kyle Scully (some nsfw) / photographs by Steve Fitch, via Old Chum, a tumblr / The Romance and Pain of Penn Station, at (what is this?). A sad demolition / urban computing, Anti-Mega on the splicing of marketing and the urban environment / maps made of Lego (via haddock) / Finley’s Good and Bad Taste, a beautiful tumblr of old school cookbook and recipe imagery / Gropius Gone, Gropius Reborn.

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In praise of the space frame!, ‘Is there any structure that quite shouts ‘1970s’ more than the space frame? Under the influence of Rayner Banham and Buckminster Fuller, radical architects all over the UK suddenly turned away from concrete towards the joys of ball-joints and lattice work. lightweight and efficient, these structures also look dirt-cheap, and are magnets for dust and grime.’

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The Belgian pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale still lingers in the memory. ‘Usus/Usures’ was an installation by Rotor, the show consisted of extracted elements from post-war modern buildings, removed in the course of renovation or demolition. Utterly prosaic – the elements are pieces of flooring, balustrades, carpets – the project was intended to explore ‘wear as a reaction to use in architecture’.

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David Hockney’s instant iPad art / this is not a minimal detail / Garden History Girl, a weblog / the Journal of the Short Story in English / the Newspaper extinction timeline, speculating on the future of print / Flâneurs in Automobiles* – Venturi and Scott Brown on the Road, on the road trip in contemporary architecture / Hatherley in China / Jen Bekman Projects tumblr / illustration by Dimitri Stankowicz.

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Mapping the Jersey Devil (via): ‘Whatever it was, it was large, between 6 to 8 feet high, with orange-yellow eyes that seemed to burn into the back of my skull, and a set of wings unfurling and curling back up on its back’ / My Body Gallery, compare and contrast (potentially nsfw) / We Transfer, up to 2GB of transfer. Useful / photographs by Vincent Fourner / Bieber, Gaga, and Netflix: Internet heavyweights / art by Andreas Banderas / Bristol Archive Records.

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