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Friday. A long day of CAD drafting ahead of me. My spirits are lifted briefly by the latest article by Hugh Pearman about James Turrell’s installation, Skyspace. I get to the links at the bottom and realise that it’s at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Hooray for the interweb! I know someone nearby… From: Rob To: […]

today’s links

SketchUp – Google SketchUp They made a free version of Sketchup – download this, you won’t regret it Is there an Artificial God? Douglas Adams’ speech at Digital Biota 2, Cambridge U.K. September 1998 Jonathan Raban ‘…Welcome to the Jonathan Raban Fansite, source of all things Raban from Books to Articles and other odds and […]

best block

Polis and Curbed have hooked up to propose a contest to name the most Jane Jacobsian block in New York City: The idea is to celebrate the “street ballet” of your favorite block, not just because you like it, but because it exhibits the characteristics that Jane Jacobs enumerated as essential ingredients to a quality […]

RIP Jane Jacobs

Toronto’s Mayor, David Miller: Jane was a champion of diversity, a diversity of buildings, residence, businesses and other nonresidential uses and different people of different ages in an area at different times of every day. She gave us eyes on the street. Her philosophy was a neighbourhood’s safe, active, vibrant and economically successful when there […]

today’s links

People Like Us ‘…animating and recontextualising found footage collages with an equally witty and dark view of popular culture with a surrealistic edge…’ – check Molaradio in the downloads section (via WFMU) (taken from my linklog, broadcast using deloxom)

open sauce

Just landed via e-mail; Usman Haque in issue no.7 of Archfarm on applying the open source software model to architecture: There are several key features to an open source architecture: Designer–participants: where those who participate are also those who design the system. A control system that one allows oneself to be part of in order […]

filling the void

Extensive quotes in this baby. Some new, some old; go put the kettle on first. Emphasis in bold by me… Geert Lovink on Blogging and Nihilism: Instead of merely looking into the emancipatory potential of blogs, or emphasize its counter-cultural folklore, I see blogs as part of a unfolding process of ‘massification’ of this, still, […]

get messy

More on the value of the hand crafted by Luke Chandresinghe – take a look at his breathtaking Bartlett thesis project. I think the computer is one reason why many drawings today are so lifeless and empty. There is no soul. It would be nice to see the blood, the sweat, the tears on the […]

today’s links

Lomo pinhole Pinhole cameras and info – beautiful cardboard and a paper fold-it-yourself camera available (taken from my linklog, broadcast using deloxom)

meat pei

You may already know, from things I’ve said in the past, that as a rule, I tend to get excited by process. The cause rather than effect. So, as a rule, I’m not a big fan of rules of form that prejudice the final effect before you’ve fully understood the cause. Rules can be broken. […]