The eternal circle of nostalgia

Dispersing the Capsules: ‘Although the Nakagin Capsule Tower, an icon of Metabolist architecture in Tokyo designed by Kisho Kurokawa, could not be saved, plans are afoot to remove the capsules, refurbish them, and donate them to museums in and beyond Japan.’ We predict these will go the way of the works of Jean Prouvé, designed to be low-cost, ubiquitous and functional but now elevated to the status of art object / World Report award 2021 shortlist. Some incredible images there / Ray Guns of the 1930s-1950s / The sounds of technology are making us unhappy, via UX Design / retro gaming comes in several flavours, remakes, retro inspired games and remastered games. There’s an increasing number of old games being revived for modern systems, or even new games that are made to look like old games, or even brand new games made for old platforms (mostly played in emulation) – see the work of ZOSYA entertainment or The Doom Of The Pond / ‘Life goes deeper: The Earth is not a solid mass of rock: its hot, dark, fractured subsurface is home to weird and wonderful life forms’ / how Instagram became Skymall: ‘maybe this is a glimpse of the inevitable heat-death of ecommerce: Bots trying to convince other bots to buy stuff no humans would ever click on.’ More on Skymall’s demise / Unofficial Rotring, a blog about pens / How the Tour de France disguises the phallic artwork on its route / the disputed origins of the Jeep / Osaka Matchboxes, a project (and poster) by designer Tim George.

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