infovore + london   35

Southbank is not for Skateboarders | HALFMAN
"We have to remember though that we as skaters don’t have any right to land or places or spaces. We just use, abuse and leave them. Spots come and go, concrete chips and becomes more or less unskateable, and tricks change and so we skate other things. Skateboarding is about moving on." Jim, very much a skater, on the South Bank Undercroft, and skating's relationship with the temporary.
skateboarding  skating  cities  london  southbank  temporariness 
january 2014 by infovore
Jones the planner: Hackney Hipsters
Wonderful article about Hackney - and, specifically, a natural history of the borough as it is right now. The history of social housing throughout the area is particularly interesting; also, I found the distinction between "gentrification" and "yuppification" useful. Ignore the title - it is a meaty piece, with about 2% of it being about hipsters.
hackney  london  cities  planning  gentrification 
december 2012 by infovore
It's always been true (Phil Gyford’s website)
"When we complain about Shoreditch changing, about it being too expensive to stay here any longer, we are echoing the complaints and weary jokes of all the combat-trousered webmasters and the cocky conceptual artists and the serious synth-poppers and the upholsterers and tailors and printers and showmen who have been here before us."
shoreditch  london  history  change  writing  philgyford 
december 2012 by infovore
Art in London, Oct 2011 - Jan 2012 - rodcorp
"If I were in London now or in the next few weeks, instead of Frieze I'd probably be getting to these shows." Rod's lists are always good.
art  london  rodmclaren 
october 2011 by infovore
Spillway: Riot Thoughts
"Something terrible has happened in our city (and may yet continue to happen). It's damnable, deplorable, heartbreaking. But it is also extraordinary, unusual, bizarre. Slamming the door on it without studying and understanding it is a dangerous and short-term tactic. Allowing yourself to feel nothing but anger, and doing nothing but lashing out ... isn't that a little mindless? It would be nice, and useful, if we could ask London "why" without already having an answer in mind." Excellent, sober, cautious writing from Will Wiles.
willwiles  london  cities  riots  neighbourhoods 
august 2011 by infovore
notes.husk.org. Every morning, I push the STOP button on the....
"You wouldn’t think you could get homesick for a simple button. You’d be wrong."
muni  london  sanfrancisco  disconnect  buttons  paulmison 
may 2011 by infovore
W. Brian Arthur Vs Silicon Roundabout, ‘Start-Up Britain’ and other shake-and-bake approaches « Magical Nihilism
"Deep craft is more than knowledge. It is a set of knowings. Knowing what is likely to work and what not to work. Knowing what methods to use, what principles are likely to succeed, what parameter values to use in a given technique. Knowing whom to talk to down the corridor to get things working, how to fix things that go wrong, what to ignore, what theories to look to. This sort of craft-knowing takes science for granted and mere knowledge for granted. And it derives collectively from a shared culture of beliefs, an unspoken culture of common experience." Craft / scenius / place / knowledge. The W Brian Arthur sounds great, and Matt's point - that building strength in a sector is building culture, and that requires investment in something that won't see immediate returns (rather than "five-year plans" and "strategies") is acute. Very good stuff.
innovation  technology  culture  learning  london 
march 2011 by infovore
This isn't f***ing Dalston.
I walked 4.5km down the A10, stopping every 200m or so to ask 10 unsuspecting passers by ... "Excuse me, what area is this?" This is what I was told.
nomenclature  places  visualisation  dalston  hackney  london 
september 2010 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: The girl chewing gum
"Hooray! Someone has put John Smith’s short film, The Girl Chewing Gum (1976), on YouTube... The film consists almost entirely of a single continuous shot of Stamford Road in Dalston Junction, a downbeat area of east London... The conceit of the film is that everything that moves or appears within shot - pedestrians, cars, pigeons, even clocks – is following the instructions of an omnipotent director who appears to be behind the camera: ‘Now I want the man with white hair and glasses to cross the road … come on, quickly, look this way … now walk off to the left.’ Pedestrians put cigarettes in their mouths, talk to each other, eat chips, take their glasses off, cast a glance behind them or look at the camera, all at the apparent behest of this offscreen director."
film  johnsmith  london  streets  people 
june 2010 by infovore
Facade and dummy houses at 23-24 Leinster Gardens, Paddington, London W2 above the Metropolitan and District Line
"The route of the [Metropolitan] line between Paddington and Bayswater (opened in 1868) necessitated the demolition of 23 and 24 Leinster Gardens, situated on a long, upmarket terrace of five story houses, and it was decided to build a 5ft-thick facade which matched the houses either side of the break."
facade  london  underground  architecture  cities 
may 2010 by infovore
Boris Johnson is waging war on our city’s subversive south | News
"All true Londoners have a south London past. There they experienced their first flat, their first date, their first taste of city life, with nothing too exotic. They dallied in Clapham, flirted with Dulwich, tested their mortgage muscle on Stockwell. (I lived awhile in Upper Norwood.) South London is the kind of place, as was said of George Bush, that “reminds every woman of her first husband”." I enjoyed a lot of this article by Simon Jenkins, although he goes *way* too far when he mentions Cyprus and Yugoslavia...
london  southlondon  localpolitics  cities 
february 2010 by infovore
Leapfroglog - Jane Jacobs and London’s Old Street area
"Perhaps the Shoreditch startups are more effective than their Dutch counterparts not just because they do more with less... but because they are in London. A city at a different scale than Amsterdam or for that matter the greater Amsterdam area, the Randstad as we call it around these parts. A city with a more diverse ecosystem of services and things, smaller services, more specialised services, ready to be employed by companies like BERG and RIG and Tinker, enhancing their abilities when needed."
cities  startups  karsalfrink  london  berg  culture 
december 2009 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: The Fourth Plinth: London Planetarium
"A rain-proof planetarium machine could be installed in public, anchored to the plinth indefinitely. Lurking over the square with its strange insectile geometries, the high-tech projector would rotate, dip, light up, and turn its bowed head to shine the lights of stars onto overcast skies above. Tourists in Covent Garden see Orion's Belt on the all-enveloping stratus clouds—even a family out in Surrey spies a veil of illuminated nebulae in the sky." This is lovely, though no idea if it'd, you know, work.
london  fourthplinth  nightsky  astronomy  planetarium 
november 2009 by infovore
Kosmograd: Branding the boroughs 2
"John Leighton's hexagonal map only extended about 6 miles from the centre of London, but it's a relatively process to extend more concentric rings of hexes, turning the Great Wen into a setting for a boardgame, Settlers of Catan or Squad Leader re-imagined upon London." Wargaming/Catan pretty much leapt into my mind, too. I like this.
london  maps  cities  hex  grid  identity  branding 
october 2009 by infovore
Great London walks - Time Out London
"Explore London on foot with our suggestions for some great capital walks, including riverside rambles, architectural adventures, even the odd pub crawl." A useful page to bookmark.
london  uk  walking  guide  cities  tours 
june 2009 by infovore
Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: a little bit of future goes a long way
"Cracking the bus network is really the key to most cities, and we’re nearly at the point of directed bus serendipity. In London, at least."
londonbus  london  buses  transport  infrastructure  internet  serendipity  future 
may 2009 by infovore
Airstrip One | MetaFilter
'London police are now deleting tourists' photos because "photographing anything to do with transport is strictly forbidden."' Oh god.
london  photography  rights 
april 2009 by infovore
Richard Nicholson Photography - 'Last One Out, Please Turn On the Light'
"This project, shot on 4"x5" film, documents London's remaining professional darkrooms. It is based on my nostalgia for a dying craft (there are no young printers). It is in these rooms that printers have worked their magic, distilling the works of photographers such as David Bailey, Anton Corbijn and Nick Knight into a recognisable 'look'. I have lit these often-gloomy spaces to reveal the beauty of the machinery; enlargers are masterpieces of industrial design. And I have sought to shed light on the surrounding personal workspaces (snapshots of family members, souvenirs from globetrotting photographers, guidebooks to Photoshop, out-takes from glamour shoots, lists of unpaid invoices)." Gorgeous.
photography  darkrooms  enlargers  london  history  studios 
april 2009 by infovore
Snow's Blog :: Find Body Pieces, Win Trip to Africa
"Majini have gone through a small part of London, leaving behind a trail of remnant body parts from their victims. Find the bodies on the morning of Thursday March 12th and win a vacation to Africa." Um. Really not sure this is the best kind of live event, chaps.
games  london  uhoh  capcom  pr  publicity  promotional  stunt  residentevil5 
march 2009 by infovore
Jump London
In its entirety, on Google Video.
london  video  space  cities  parkour  documentary  urban 
january 2009 by infovore
Sam Smiths Pubs in London | Samuel Smiths London Pub Locations
Gmap of all the Sam Smiths pub in London. Or, at least, a lot of them. The Cardinal isn't on there, for starters.
london  beer  pubs  samuelsmiths 
january 2009 by infovore
Tate Modern| Current Exhibitions | Cildo Meireles
Jaw-droppingly good. More on this soon, but in a nutshell: you have about a week, and it's incredible. Do not ignore the queues inside it, either: they are all for excellent things.
art  london  exhibition  amazing  cildomeireles  tatemodern 
january 2009 by infovore
Tom Phillips: Sculpture & Mixed Media: 20 Sites n Years
"Every year on or around the same day ... at the same time of day and from the same position a photograph is taken at each of the twenty locations on this map which is based on a circle of half a mile radius drawn around the place where the project was devised. It is hoped that this process will be carried on into the future and beyond the deviser's death for as long as the possibility of continuing and the will to undertake the task persist." Tom Phillips project, as mentioned in Reading the Everyday.
photography  se15  london  peckham  tomphillips 
september 2008 by infovore
Pieces of Hackney - Snippets of life from the London borough
A blog from Tom, Flora, and no doubt shortly et al, about life in Hackney.
london  borough  local  blog  hackney  tomtaylor 
august 2008 by infovore
Bring the Noise
"All of sudden, I realized that the grime pirates had become a niche thing, a micro-culture that probably wasn’t that much bigger than the anti-pop vanguards that populated the pages of The Wire." Simon Reynolds on grime for The Wire.
simonreynolds  music  writing  grime  london  thewire 
july 2008 by infovore
filmli.st
"Film showings from London's independent cinemas for the coming week." A bit like Tourfilter for movies. Roland's pet project, running on Sinatra/Thin/nginx (erk!). Looking forward to see it grow.
film  listings  london  cinema  independent  scraping  mashup  ruby 
june 2008 by infovore
From Atoms to Patterns
"This exhibition rediscovers the intriguing work of the Festival Pattern Group. This creative conglomerate of X-ray crystallographers, designers and manufacturers was inspired by the patterns discovered in crystal structures..." Anyone want to go?
festivalofbritain  design  crystallography  textile  xray  xraycrystallography  wellcomecollection  exhibition  london 
april 2008 by infovore
Momentary disruption | tomtaylor.co.uk
"That’s why I enjoy @towerbridge so much - less the concept of machines talking, but more a simple reminder of the disrupted moments in everyday city life." All this is also true. Beautifully put, by Tom.
tomtaylor  towerbridge  urban  society  london  city  heartbeat 
march 2008 by infovore
cityofsound: A birth, in 13 places
"I thought I would write a little about how the places and spaces that were familiar to us had begun to warp and twist in entirely new ways, and how I experienced new, unfamiliar places as a result of the birth."
architecture  design  birth  personal  writing  london  city  experience 
july 2007 by infovore
k-punk: The Dulwich Horror
For The Dulwich Horror TO LET signs across London will form the canvas onto which Dean Kenning will paint images representing the supernatural and monstrous entities from H.P.Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.
art  cthulu  lovecraft  london 
july 2007 by infovore
SCI-FI-LONDON - the UK's only dedicated science fiction and fantastic film festival
Lots of good stuff in this year's Sci-Fi London festival - Things To Come in HD, and a Quatermass double bill, for starters...
film  festival  london  scifi 
april 2007 by infovore
New Statesman - City of illusions
"The map is an idealisation, a beautiful illusion of symmetry and grace. It gives form and order to the formless and disordered appearance of the capital." - Peter Ackroyd in the New Statesman, on the exhibition of London's Maps at the BL.
maps  cartography  culture  peterackroyd  london  cities  planning  urban  architecture 
november 2006 by infovore
Compendia
Lovely looking board-games shop in Greenwich. Must go down there soon!
games  boardgames  play  cards  london 
september 2006 by infovore

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