One of our new favourite sites, Development Aesthetics looks at the culture of billboard imagery, glossy renders and lifestyle photography that surrounds the many hundreds of new residential developments ‘reshaping’ ‘vibrant’ neighbourhoods in London and elsewhere. ‘Proof, were it still needed, that selling a new development in London – whether commercial or residential – now has little to nothing to do with the qualities of the building and everything to do with the real or imagined qualities of the surrounding area.’ / closely related, 50 Percent Balfron has been set up to monitor the twisting pathway that a building takes from council housing to private development, a less-than-transparent process replete with accusations of ‘artwashing‘ and the ongoing, relentless and seemingly irreversible demonisation of gentrification. There must be a better way, and glory awaits the organisation that discovers it / also related, the exhibition Blueprint for Living looks at the Fitzhugh Estate in Wandsworth, built in 1956 and still going strong.
Other things. Catherine Baker on the politics and aesthetics of Eurovision. Altogether now, ‘Love, Love, Peace, Peace / the miserable future of universal facial recognition software. No good can come of this: the Russian art of meta-stalking / the Google Art Camera (via MeFi) / the Buchla make modular electronic musical instruments / a history of weird music online / the blog of the BA in Spatial Design at the London College of Communication / a Peckham Festival is afoot / views of changing London by Mr Cladding.