Archive for October, 2005


Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

A blogging confluence.

The Gutter: Eisenman: 9/11 Destroyed Debord’s “Society”

Tesugen: ‘Psychogeography: a beginner’s guide’


Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

John Hill points out that the latest online edition of Icon includes an article about what has become boring in the world of architecture and design.

Sustainable Design: The only design project that’s really sustainable is the one you don’t do. The idea that you can save the planet by consuming resources is absurd. If you want to be really sustainable, buy an old house, fill it with antiques and walk everywhere.

It’s good. We fell about laughing in our office when we read it a few weeks ago. I’d intended to write to the letters page about it, but never got round to it (because I’m busy reading too many blogs).

It would have gone something like this:

Dear Icon,

We love your magazine and can barely contain ourselves with excitement during the month long wait for the next edition. You really are the best and I hope my gushing enthusiasm ensures me a mention on your letters page.

The article about things that are boring was particularly good. I have one further addition to the list:

Sycophantic praise: OK, OK, so the magazine is proving to be popular. Is it really necessary to fill two thirds of your letters page with people who have little else to say other than ‘I love you’? Ignoring the opportunity to have some lively debate in favour of the ad nauseum repetition of sycophantic groupies lining up outside your dressing room door is BORING.

Do you think they’d have printed it?

Of course I’ve done my fair share of praising the magazine myself in the past, but I’d like to think it was accompanied by some useful critique*. Although I daren’t scroll to the bottom of this page to use the search box to find out.

* obviously, I’m claiming this very entry to be useful critique too. Feel free to disagree in the comments. Or just tell me how great I am.

extra, extra, extra

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

More here: What is Architecture? And here: Better than a blog?

more shepheard

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

Brought forward from the comments in my entry about ‘What is Architecture?’:

Artificial Love is good also.

About Shepheard blogging; I’ve just found this:

I think it’s better than any blog.

– AH

Double click the thumbnail images to read each entry. Thanks AH!

in motion

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Thoughts and links from yesterday’s National Poetry Day:

Wake up call.

1: Ah. I’d like to have an argument, please.
2: Certainly sir. Have you been here before?
1: No, I haven’t, this is my first time.
2: I see. Well, do you want to have just one argument, or were you thinking of taking a course?

I’m always jealous of Stuart’s ability to write entries that incite comments. His entry on Vachel Lindsay’s The Congo (surely the inspiration for Baldrick’s The German Guns) was no exception. Thank you, Stuart (today is National Good Manners Day).


Arthur Dent:

I liked it. Oh, yes. I thought some of the metaphysical imagery was really particularly effective. Oh, and interesting … rhythmic devices … which seemed to counterpoint the, er … Counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor of the, er … Vogonity … Of the poet’s compassionate soul, which strives through the medium of the verse structure to sublimate this, transcend that, and come to terms with the fundamental dichotomies of the other, and one is left with a profound and vivid insight into … into … Into whatever the poem was about.

Create your own Vogon poetry on the BBC Hitch Hiker’s site.

Has Arthur been writing architecture reviews? From the September Architectural Review found on the coffee table, my boss points out this:

…and more curiously a horizontal void, 770mm high, that articulates the the structural division between concrete basement and timber frame; a continuously expressed interstitial datum that lies coincident with the re-entrant cutout.

I’m not sure what’s more worrying; the tortuous use of words or the fact that I had to admit that I knew exactly what it meant.

Going home.

Word to your Moms, I came to drop bombs.

Zane Lowe was on top of his game last night. Kicking off his 90 minute Fresher’s Mix with the poetic sound of the fantastic Arctic Monkeys. Go and listen again – a great, great set.

I bet that you look good on the dance floor,
I don’t know if you’re looking for romance or,
I don’t know what you’re looking for.

TV dinner.

If Nigel Williams doesn’t win an award for his script on Channel 4’s Elizabeth I, then surely heads must roll.

The evidence we have of her table talk, poems and speeches shows her also to have been a persuasive and eloquent speaker who, in spite of occasional lapses into Tudor brutality, was also gifted with that rare virtue of supreme rulers – compassion for her fellow creatures.

To sleep, perchance to… fat chance, too much coffee.