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BLDGBLOG: Books Received
Ooh, a good list of books from Geoff Manaugh, which has prompted me into a few Kindle purchases for upcoming holidays.
books  bldgblog  politics  culture 
august 2015 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: Spacesuit: An Interview with Nicholas de Monchaux
Gosh, what a lot of topics: fashion, fabrics, architecture, space, cybernetics, cities, all spinning out of the development of the spacesuit. Cracking interview, impossible to pick a quotation from.
bldgblog  fashion  space  interview  apollo  spacesuit  architecture  cybernetics 
may 2011 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: Special effects of a timestretched present
"The optical future of architectural ornament: light with content.

That is, you get home with your digital camera and you click back through to see what you've photographed—and there are words, shapes, and objects hovering there in the street, or inside the buildings you once stood within, visual data only revealed through long-exposures." Brilliant.
makingfuturemagic  architecture  bldgblog  lightpainting  motion 
september 2010 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: Nakatomi Space
"Die Hard asks naive but powerful questions: If you have to get from A to B—that is, from the 31st floor to the lobby, or from the 26th floor to the roof—why not blast, carve, shoot, lockpick, and climb your way there, hitchhiking rides atop elevator cars and meandering through the labyrinthine, previously unexposed back-corridors of the built environment?" Marvellous, marvellous article, citing that Weizman piece I always end up citing, and looking how John McClane traverses the Nakatomi Plaza tower not through its corridors and elevators, but by literally infesting it.
architecture  film  buildings  movement  bldgblog  diehard  cities  navigation  disruptive 
january 2010 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: California City
"In the desert 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles is a suburb abandoned in advance of itself—the unfinished extension of a place called California City. Visible from above now are a series of badly paved streets carved into the dust and gravel, like some peculiarly American response to the Nazca Lines (or even the labyrinth at Chartres cathedral). The uninhabited street plan has become an abstract geoglyph—unintentional land art visible from airplanes—not a thriving community at all."
geography  architecture  planning  aerialviews  space  suburbs  landart  bldgblog 
november 2009 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: NYNEX, Embedded Angel of New York City
"...halfway through the film, the Ghostbusters realize that NYNEX isn't a phone system at all: it's the embedded nervous system of an angel – a fallen angel – and all those phone calls and dial-up modems in college dorm rooms and public pay phones are actually connected into the fiber-optic anatomy of a vast, ethereal organism that preceded the architectural build-up of Manhattan. Manhattan came afterwards, that is: NYNEX was here first." There is no way this wouldn't be awesome. And: a great write-up from Geoff.
bldgblog  ghostbusters  architecture  tubes  infrastructure  city  newyork  telephones  networks 
june 2009 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: Bloomsday
"What if Ulysses had been written before the construction of Dublin? That is, what if Dublin did not, in fact, precede and inspire Joyce's novel, but the city had, itself, actually been derived from Joyce's book?" Geoff Manaugh expands on a comment he made at Thrilling Wonder Stories; the stuff about 'quipu' is also awesome.
quipu  dublin  cities  bldgblog  joyce  bloomsday  realism  description  stories  design 
june 2009 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: This Diseased Utopia: 10 Thoughts on Swine Flu and the City
This is epic and brilliant and has so many jumping-off points I need to read it again, and again, and again.
disease  cities  design  health  architecture  bldgblog  swineflu  flu  space 
april 2009 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: How the Other Half Writes: In Defense of Twitter
"Now that suburban housewives in Missouri are letting their thoughts be known via Twitter, it's as if writing itself is thought to be under attack, invaded from all sides by the unwashed masses whose thoughts have not been sanctioned as Literature™. In many ways, I'm reminded of Truman Capote's infamous put-down of Jack Kerouac: "That's not writing, it's typing.""
twitter  writing  bldgblog  society  people  literature  microblogging  notetaking  culture 
april 2009 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: For whom the bell tolls
"The city goes dark. The tolling gets louder. In all the region's cemeteries, the soil starts to quake." Oh god yes. Lovely article about earthquake dampers and giant clocks.
architecture  fantasy  writing  bldgblog  funny  imaginative 
june 2008 by infovore

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