Archive for August, 2006

Tony Goodall 1939-2006

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

It’s with a heavy heart that I return to this journal. On Thursday of last week at 4am, my friend Tony Goodall lost his fight with an illness that had hospitalized him a few weeks earlier. It all happened much quicker than any of us expected and at the time I was on holiday, camping in North Devon. To begin with I felt guilty about being away from the office, but I know that Tony would have heartily approved of me spending the week under canvas, drinking red wine, reading Proust and watching kites being flown on the beach.

Upon my return to the office this week I wrote a few words about him in my notebook (click for larger versions or get the PDFs). Since his influence resulted in many past journal entries I’m going to post it here followed by some links to a few relevant pieces that you and I owe to his wisdom and creativity.




Links: Death of a Drawing Board, Brighton Memory Palace and Concrete Evidence.


Friday, August 11th, 2006

I’ve just realised that the site permalinks are broken. I upgraded my Blosxom install last week so I imagine that’s the cause. If you’ve been looking for a particular entry and getting a blank page then it’ll need a a little more info. Just add a .txt suffix to the until I get it fixed.

Update: fixed by returning to previous version of Blosxom. Bloody upgrades, eh?

pavilion fly-by

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Flying over a past pavilion with Goggles.


today’s links

Monday, August 7th, 2006

(taken from my linklog, broadcast using deloxom)

today’s links

Sunday, August 6th, 2006
  • CommunityWalk

    ‘…CommunityWalk is a website that is dedicated to providing a powerful yet simple and easy to use interface for creating informational, interactive, and engaging maps…’

(taken from my linklog, broadcast using deloxom)

today’s links

Friday, August 4th, 2006
  • Slow Mail – TechkwondoResearchWiki

    ‘…Slowmail is an email service that deliberately slows down the pace of electronic correspondence, offering a richer, creative, more writerly character to email…’

(taken from my linklog, broadcast using deloxom)

Brighton Memory Palace

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Here’s our entry to the Euroclad drawing competition, which asked entrants to ‘sketch a fresh look for Brighton’s West Pier’.

Chambers for a Brighton Memory Palace


Concept: “The first pier at Brighton was known as The Chain Pier, and there was a silhouettist working on it throughout most of it’s history. The slhouettists moved to the West Pier when it opened in 1866, and continued more or less continuously until shortly before it’s closure in the 1970’s.”1

The profile of a sea front pier is a well understood, easily recognisable form that stirs recollections. The history of the silhouette cutters on West Pier is captured within the full scale profile and becomes a surface to incite and then receive the memories of the people of Brighton.

Repeated, rotated and woven together to form a field of chambers housing exhibitions, events and installations; the grid becomes a set of co-ordinates that control the curating of time and topics.

Construction: The spaces are created by intersecting, perforated metal clad walls with an opening in each side connecting to the adjacent chamber. Exposed spaces drain towards the edges and covered areas shed rainwater into the cavity between the walls. Colour controlled lighting in the cavity seeps through the perforations and assists themed curation of exhibitions by directing visitors across the grid. Lightweight tent structures stretch over the volumes that trace a wandering path across the grid providing alternative environments for different events/objects.

Curate: The grid of silhouettes conveys the passing of time in one direction and cultural topic in the other. The profiles heading away from the beach out onto the sea carry the topic through the intersecting date lines parallel with the shore. We begin at the shore in 18652 and travel towards the horizon to the present day, crossing decades as we move from chamber to chamber. As time passes the structure continues to grow into the sea and new topics are added along the beach. Non-linear journeys through history are suggested within the volumes traced across the grid by the silhouettes of the original pier buildings.

The co-ordinates provide public meeting places with a nostalgic3 subtext.

“Should we meet at 1964/Mods or 1975/Pier ?”

With apologies to Charles Moore and Donlyn Lyndon for the Chambers for a Memory Palace rip off. The drawing is also available as a PDF.

1. from ‘The Silhouette Tradition of Brighton Pier’ by Edo Barn.
2. the year the West Pier was constructed
3. as I was inking this thing into life, my RSS feeder pinged with a timely entry by thingsmagazine: The object as a starting point for nostalgia

today’s links

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

(taken from my linklog, broadcast using deloxom)

book links

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

First attempt at using Amazon affiliate links for books choked so I’ve experimented with the Librarything title search instead. Serves me right for for trying to make a profit off your clicks.

revised townscape

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

I’ve just discovered there’s a new version of Townscape due for issue later this year!