Archive for December, 2005

today’s links

Friday, December 30th, 2005

(taken from my linklog, broadcast using deloxom)


Friday, December 16th, 2005

I bought my first Apple product yesterday. A big part of the attraction with Apple products is the quality of the design, right? A comprehensive approach that gets all the details just right, right?

Rob: ‘I’d like a 60Gb iPod in black* please.’
Apple: ‘That’ll be £299 please.’
Rob: ‘I assume the headphones that come with that are black as well.’
Apple: ‘Er, no, they’re white.’
Rob: ‘What?! That’s rubbish.’
Apple: ‘Well, the iPod’s s’posed to be white, innit?’

I bought the white one instead. I’ve been deliberating for months about what mp3 player to get and at one time had seriously thought about a DIY project. In the end, the temptation to be able to carry everything I have was just too great. The Beethoven/Slipknot/Otis Redding/Ozric Tentacles shuffle induced train wrecks were irresistable.

To the point of this entry (the last thing the world needs is another blog entry on iPods): I’m looking for suggestions on good podcasts to add to my Odeo subscriptions.

What do you listen to?

* architects dig black, right?

today’s links

Thursday, December 15th, 2005
  • City Comforts, the blog: New Urbanism’s main weakness

    ‘New Urbanism’s official voices have not effectively separated – in the public mind – site plan from architectural style. That anyone can still associate New Urbanism with ‘traditional’ facades is New Urbanism’s major weakness.’ – I couldn’t agree more

found by me, collated by, published by deloxom

today’s links

Friday, December 9th, 2005

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medallion man

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Al says:

No success in the President’s medal I’m afraid, I made it to the final
shortlist of 95 but here’s who won:

Some good work, well deserved I think!


today’s links

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
  • The Cube Is Coming

    Ken Shuttleworth’s project in Birmingham. Tetris meets a Rubik’s cube.

found by me, collated by, published by deloxom

mp3 removed

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

* I’ve removed the mp3 due to lack of webspace – you can listen to the interview along with several others on the BBC web site: John Tusa interviews.

today’s links

Monday, December 5th, 2005
  • Holyrood – It’s our £431m BMX park

    ‘…one group who have been delighted with Catalan architect Enric Miralles extravagant design are the city’s young BMX bikers and skateboarders – who have adopted it as a play park…’

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dear santa

Monday, December 5th, 2005

More letters and a suggestion for your (my) Christmas wish list.

It was my boss’s birthday last week. Here at the office we usually end up spending a considerable amount of time trying to decide what gift to get when birthdays come around. This time the solution came to me in a flash and I was left wondering why I hadn’t chosen it in years gone by.

One of the very first books I took out of the library at the school of architecture when I was a fresh-faced first year student was a book of letters between Donlyn Lyndon and Charles Moore called Chambers for a Memory Palace. I got lucky. A more inspiring start to an architectural education you’d be hard pressed to find.

chambers cover

It’s a perfect gift for him (me) – he’s (I’m) a huge (wannabe) Charles Moore fan and it’s a book that can be picked up occasionally and dipped into briefly, rather than read from start to finish. He’s (I’m) far too busy being an architect (blogging) to actually sit down and read about architecture for any long period of time.

Enough of the hints. Here’s an excerpt:

Two thousand years ago Marcus Tullius Cicero used to make two-hour speeches in the Roman Senate, without notes, by constructing in his mind a palace whose rooms and furnishings, as he imagined himself roaming through them, called up the ideas he wished to discuss: ideas were made memorable by locating them in space.

Our purpose in writing this book is to help make real places more memorable; to inscribe some suggestions for building that will make the actual world of buildings and landscapes capable of carrying ideas for those who live among them – rendering them as valuable to thought as Cicero’s imaginery palaces were to speech.

In the following pages we assemble a set of observations on the composition of places. We cast these observations as Chambers for Memory Palace, each with a title. The titles consist of elements (nouns) and actions (verbs).

For example, pages from: Borders that Control / Walls that Layer / Pockets that Offer Choice and Change and Platforms that Separate / Slopes that Join / Stairs that Climb and Pause.

chambers 1 chambers 2 chambers 3

Delicious sketches, inspiring words. Roll on Christmas.

Related entries:

1. me on Cullen’s Townscape
2. my boss on Mrs Rietveld Schroder