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CQ archive
"Concrete Quarterly is published by The Concrete Centre and encompasses design guidance, aspiration, inspiration, vision and latest projects."
construction  architecture  history 
11 weeks ago by kevan
A vast 4,000-year-old spatial pattern of termite mounds: Current Biology
"Each mound is composed of approximately 50 cubic meters of soil that required the excavation of over 10 km3 of earth, equivalent to ∼4000 great pyramids of Giza — making this the greatest known example of ecosystem engineering by a single insect species."
insects  history  architecture  emergence  via:zarba 
november 2018 by kevan
Swiss startup Energy Vault is stacking concrete blocks to store energy — Quartz
"The system is “fully charged” when the crane has created a tower of concrete blocks around it. The total energy that can be stored in the tower is 20 megawatt-hours (MWh), enough to power 2,000 Swiss homes for a whole day."
electricity  architecture  stone 
august 2018 by kevan
The Simple Algorithm That Ants Use to Build Bridges | Quanta Magazine
"When traffic over their backs is above a certain level, they hold in place, but when it dips below some threshold — perhaps because too many other ants are now occupied in bridge-building themselves — the ant unfreezes and rejoins the march."
ants  emergence  architecture 
august 2018 by kevan
Joel Simon - Evolving Floorplans
"The results were biological in appearance, intriguing in character and wildly irrational in practice."
architecture  evolution  via:viv 
july 2018 by kevan
Who owns the space under cities? The attempt to map the ground beneath us | Cities | The Guardian
"In Australia, although pre-1891 land titles went “to the centre of the Earth”, those issued after 1891 extend down just 15 metres (49 feet)."
cities  underground  future  architecture 
july 2018 by kevan
The Folly Fellowship
"The Folly Fellowship was founded in 1988 as a pressure group to protect, preserve, and promote follies, grottoes & garden buildings. At this time, many follies were in a ruinous condition (although some were built that way) and the genre was largely an historic one that we felt worth preserving."
architecture  history 
april 2018 by kevan
victoria j dean - The Illusion of Purpose
"Disconnected from the modern digital world, these material structures and the systems in which they once functioned are obsolete. With the simplicity and directness of a symbolic form, each structure withholds its message, alluding to a relic from a forgotten language."
architecture  history  via:viv 
march 2018 by kevan
This dire Battersea Power Station development is genuinely dystopian | Opinion | Architects Journal
"Instead of a heart, [Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea] has a heavy-security US embassy with a moat around it."
london  architecture 
march 2018 by kevan
Australia's big things - Wikipedia
"The big things of Australia are a loosely related set of large structures, some of which are novelty architecture and some are sculptures. [...] There are big things in every state and territory in Australia."
australia  architecture  art 
march 2017 by kevan
Unbuilt London (@unbuiltlondon) on Twitter
"The Meat Grinder is a 250 ft tall designer research facility in Barnet."
london  architecture  lies  creations 
april 2016 by kevan
A Folly for London
"In celebration of great British satire, this competition is an opportunity to propose an alternative but equally ridiculous project for the public space being lost to the proposed Garden Bridge on London’s South Bank."
london  design  architecture 
june 2015 by kevan
Pub must be rebuilt brick by brick, orders council, after developers tore it down to build flats - London Evening Standard
"Council chiefs will next week issue an unprecedented enforcement notice to the firm that owns the Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale requiring it to “recreate in facsimile the building as it stood immediately prior to its demolition”."
demolition  simulation  history  london  architecture 
april 2015 by kevan
Anti-homeless spikes are part of a wider phenomenon of 'hostile architecture' | Art and design | The Guardian
"It is called the Camden bench, after the local authority that originally commissioned the sculpted grey concrete seats found on London streets. The bench's graffiti-resistant sloping surface is designed to deter both sleeping and skateboarding."
architecture  design  society 
june 2014 by kevan
Metro Makeovers for the Abandoned Stations of Paris | Messy Nessy Chic Messy Nessy Chic
"The ambitious mayoral candidate Nathalie Koziuscot-Morizet has also put forward plans for reviving the Little Belt (Petite Ceinture), the inner city railway, abandoned since 1934."
paris  transport  architecture  history  via:adrian 
february 2014 by kevan
The Past and Present of Croydon's London Road
"In the articles on this website, I follow the history of each individual address [on Croydon's London Road] back as far as possible — in most cases, to the time when it was first built."
history  architecture  cities  croydon 
february 2014 by kevan
Exclusive: Walkie Scorchie melted my Jag | City A.M.
"The building’s unusual shape is reflecting an ultra bright light onto Eastcheap, with those unlucky enough to park below finding the beam is causing serious damage."
london  architecture  light  dubious  via:sarah 
september 2013 by kevan
Fake shops used to make towns neater for G8 - RTÉ News
"Local councils in Northern Ireland have painted fake shop fronts and covered derelict buildings with huge billboards to hide the economic hardship being felt in towns and villages near the golf resort where G8 leaders will meet this month."
architecture  illusions  ireland 
june 2013 by kevan
Can We Please Stop Drawing Trees on Top of Skyscrapers? | ArchDaily
"Life for city trees is hard enough on the ground. I can’t imagine what it’s like at 500 feet, where nearly every climate variable is more extreme than at street level."
trees  architecture  delusions 
march 2013 by kevan
Olympics 2012: A Bruce Schneier Moment - Charlie's Diary
"The Ministry of Defence is considering placing surface-to-air missiles on residential flats during the Olympics. [...] If one of those things is ever fired, either in anger or by accident, it'll shower white-hot supersonic shrapnel across the extremely crowded residential heart of a city."
weapons  architecture  london  terrorism 
april 2012 by kevan
The Shard Of Glass | Silent UK – Urban Exploration & Underground Photography
"By this point we had far too many to attempt any form of stealth, we just had to go for it and hope strength in numbers prevented any serious ramifications from being caught. One by one we entered the site, heading straight to the core and beginning the ascent."
architecture  crime 
april 2012 by kevan
The ASC: Spomenik—Jan Kempenaers and “The End of History” « John Bailey's Bailiwick
"Some of the Spomeniks show clear evidence of neglect, with underbrush and trees taking root around them. It is difficult to determine whether the piece shown above is a fallen fragment of a greater structure—or whether its concrete kindling tumble is its actual design."
architecture  war  history  dereliction 
april 2012 by kevan
Iceland Considers Humanoid Pylon Design to Carry Electricity | Wired Science |
"Like the statues of Easter Island, it is envisioned that these 150-foot-tall modern caryatids will take on a quiet authority, belonging to their landscape yet serving the people, silently transporting electricity across all terrain, day and night, sunshine or snow."
electricity  design  architecture  via:zarba 
august 2010 by kevan
Spillway: Air Rage
"I [saw] the back of a cluster of flatscreens attached to a pillar. Thinking 'Aha, flight information', I walked around to see the screens - and they were all ads. They were all ads on the next pillar as well."
architecture  fonts  travel  design  camrad  via:blech 
june 2010 by kevan
Industrial-Strength Fungus - TIME
"After the husks are cooked, sprayed with water and myco-vitamins and seeded with mushroom spores, the mixture is poured into a mold of the desired shape and left to grow in a dark warehouse. A week or two later, the finished product is popped out and the material rendered biologically inert."
architecture  fungi  construction  via:zarba 
february 2010 by kevan
BLDGBLOG: Remnants of the Biosphere
"Watching something originally built precisely as a simulation of the Earth—the 2 in 'Biosphere 2' is meant to differentiate this place from the Earth itself, i.e. Biosphere 1—slowly taken over by the very forces it was naively meant to model is philosophically extraordinary: the model taken over by the thing it represents."
architecture  dereliction  ballard  photos 
january 2010 by kevan
Spillway: London in 2010
Observer article from 1990. "Bankside power station has been converted into a museum, although here it's the 'Thatcher Museum of Commerce'."
london  future  history  architecture 
december 2009 by kevan
Official Google Blog: Introducing Google Building Maker
"[Pick] a building and construct a model of it using aerial photos and simple 3D shapes – both of which we provide. When you're done, we take a look at your model. If it looks right, and if a better model doesn't already exist, we add it to the 3D Buildings layer in Google Earth."
architecture  maps  crowds 
october 2009 by kevan
LVMF - 2009 - London Sight Line Map
"Map of primary areas where height is constrained through the definition of the Viewing Corridors, Lateral or Background assessment areas of protected vistas."
london  maps  architecture 
august 2009 by kevan
BLDGBLOG: This Gaming Life: An Interview with Jim Rossignol
"For instance, at what point might architects stop putting out $100 coffee-table books that are only bought by libraries, and instead commission someone to design a game environment that features all of their buildings? It’d be a new kind of monograph. You buy the new Grand Theft Auto—but all the buildings are designed by Richard Rogers."
games  design  architecture 
may 2009 by kevan
Shapeways | 3D printing buildings: interview with Enrico Dini of D_Shape
"In 2004 he invented and patented a full scale 3D printing method that used epoxy to bind sand. Enrico could now 3D print buildings."
construction  architecture  stone  via:bateleur 
may 2009 by kevan
BLDGBLOG: This Diseased Utopia: 10 Thoughts on Swine Flu and the City
"Just as our city streets are wide enough to accommodate the turning radius of a specific class of passenger vehicle, our office cubicles, kindergarten playrooms, courts of law, and university lecture halls could be measured against the infectious vectors of specific pathogens."
cities  design  architecture  pestilence  ballard 
april 2009 by kevan
English Russia » Abandoned Russian Polar Nuclear Lighthouses
"After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the unattended automatic lighthouses did [their] job for some time, but after some time they collapsed too." They were looted for scrap metal, including reactor shielding.
architecture  history  russia  pollution  dereliction  photos  via:warrenellis 
january 2009 by kevan
Thames Maunsell Forts::The Journey Out
"If you look out northwards out into the Thames estuary from the north Kent coast, on a clear day, two clumps of rectangular blocks can be observed. These are the Shivering Sands and Red Sands offshore forts that were built during the Second World War to counter attack enemy planes that were relying on the safety of the Thames estuary to come in to bomb London."
architecture  water  war  dereliction  via:diamond 
september 2008 by kevan
Hide & Seek Festival 2008 : Social Games and Playful Experiences
Programme details are now live for the Hide and Seek pervasive gaming festival, running from the 27th to the 29th of June. "Everything from fine artists making location-based work to huge flashmob games within the public spaces of the Southbank Centre."
games  cities  art  architecture 
may 2008 by kevan
Sightseeing in Liberty City - a set on Flickr
"A side by side comparison of a photo tour in New York City and Liberty City." It's going to be strange visiting the city for the first time next month.
games  cities  architecture  simulation  tourism 
may 2008 by kevan
Take a walk in the park with Joseph Paxton
"But just imagine if Joseph Paxton was magically transported back from the past, and you could walk through [Crystal Palace] park with him. Wouldn't it be interesting to talk to him about his park? What would he think?"
history  architecture 
march 2008 by kevan
Dark Roasted Blend: Nightmare Playgrounds
A gallery of strange or decaying children's playground sculptures.
photos  russia  children  art  architecture 
february 2008 by kevan
Pruned: Modeling Urban Panic
"The goal of this project is to develop a reusable and behaviorally founded computer model of pedestrian movement and crowd behavior amid dense urban environments, to serve as a test-bed for experimentation."
simulation  crowds  architecture  emergence  walking  design  cities  zombies  via:zarba 
january 2008 by kevan
Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)
A clean hybrid of Prince of Persia and GTA, with a great, flowing sense of parkour across the 12th century rooftops of Damascus and Jerusalem. Slightly thin missions so far, and the meta-plot seems unwisely bolted on, but it's still exhilarating to play.
gamelog  4stars  death  secrets  history  weapons  war  cities  architecture 
november 2007 by kevan
1 room, no view | Rhode Island news | The Providence Journal
"Eight artists snuck into the depths of Providence Place mall and built a secret studio apartment in which they stayed, on and off, for nearly four years until mall security finally caught their leader last week."
art  architecture  secrets  shops  zombies  via:penguin 
october 2007 by kevan
Church to demand apology from Sony //
Manchester Cathedral in Resistance: Fall of Man. "For a global manufacturer to re-create one of our great cathedrals with a photo-realistic quality and then encourage people to have gun battles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible."
games  religion  weapons  simulation  law  architecture 
june 2007 by kevan
"In this semi-extreme performance, 6 curious artists strip away not only most of modern life's familiar structures, but an entire dimension: they have elected to inhabit a structure that effectively forces them to live in 2 dimensions."
art  architecture  maths  via:zarba 
may 2007 by kevan
The Solar Mount (Le Mont Solaire)
Turning Mont Saint-Michel into an enormous sundial.
architecture  time  france  photos  via:holly 
march 2007 by kevan
Are you looking at my mate? | UK News | The Observer
A new gorilla enclosure at London Zoo, due to open at the end of the month. "There are heated [rocks], waterfalls under which to cool off, caves to hide in, hills to climb [and] herbs which the gorillas would find in the wild."
apes  london  tourism  design  architecture  todo 
march 2007 by kevan
Life Style Extra - Farmer Built House Inside Barn To Avoid Planning Permission
"[Farmer Graham Head] built the bungalow, complete with bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, central heating and wall-to-wall carpets, inside the barn and used bales of hay to camouflage it."
architecture  law  cheating  secrets  via:hoaxes 
march 2007 by kevan
FPSBANANA > CSS - Counter-Strike: Source > cs_fawlty_towers
A perfectly detailed Counter-Strike map of the Fawlty Towers hotel. Don't mention the war on terror.
games  simulation  architecture  terrorism  via:waxy 
march 2007 by kevan
District 13 (2006)
Five or ten brief minutes of good parkour, and an hour of nonsensical bomb-defusing videogame plot, including arbitrary end boss. Expected parkour to be more interestingly filmable on a big multi-camera budget; either it isn't, or they just didn't bother.
filmlog  1star  paris  police  parkour  architecture  society 
march 2007 by kevan
New York Tries to Think Outside the Sandbox - New York Times
Playground design. "Play is not optional for kids; play is how children learn to build community, how they learn to work with other people, it’s how they learn to kind of engage their sense of creativity."
children  architecture  design  games  via:collision 
january 2007 by kevan
Architectures of Control in Design
"Increasingly, many products are being designed with features that intentionally restrict the way the user can behave, or enforce certain modes of behaviour. The same intentions are also evident in the design of many systems and environments."
design  architecture  psychology  technology  weblogs 
november 2006 by kevan
Colour By Numbers
"[A tower] becomes an event in a continuous landscape. This characteristic is emphasized by the illuminated windows of this particular tower - but the patterns and colours also vary constantly. The tower speaks in a sign language composed of light."
architecture  light  phones  via:infosthetics 
october 2006 by kevan
Safety Last! (1923)
Disconnected setups to the iconic climbing scene, although the clock-hanging is nicely underplayed. And I'd forgotten how great it is that silent films just don't bother captioning dialogue where the gist is obvious, and how much of that there is.
filmlog  3stars  business  cheating  architecture  money  time  via:raven 
october 2006 by kevan
Pink Tentacle - Rooftop lawn-planting made simple
"The mats act as a foundation upon which to grow Toyota’s TM9 brand of Korean velvet grass (korai shiba), which only needs to be cut once a year (as opposed to 3 to 4 times for other varieties) due to its slow growth."
japan  design  techology  plants  architecture  via:jones 
september 2006 by kevan
New World Notes: -- And He Rezzed A Crooked House
A tesseract-shaped house in Second Life, with video clips. "When you step into a room, the other rooms cluster around it so that they're always connected together the right way."
mmorpgs  architecture  illusions  maths 
july 2006 by kevan
Demonstration: Battersea Power Station, 26th June 2006
"BPSCG has called a demonstration to protest against Parkview's International's proposed demolition of Battersea Power Station's iconic chimneys." Monday.
dereliction  architecture  london  via:mcios 
june 2006 by kevan
Test Shared Vision - Community Bridge Project
A boring old inner-city concrete bridge repainted as brown-stone trompe l'oeil. "The illusion is so strong that art professionals sometimes stand next to the bridge and ask where the mural is."
architecture  art  illusions  construction  via:holly 
june 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Luxury hotel, equestrian centre, cinema complex - welcome to the new Maze
"The 360-acre development [is] scheduled to include a 42,000-seat sports stadium, a multi-screen cinema, an upmarket hotel, restaurants, an indoor equestrian centre, an 'international centre for conflict transformation' and, possibly, an ice rink."
prison  architecture  dereliction 
may 2006 by kevan
BIOONE Online Journals - The nest architecture of the Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius
Plaster-casts of ant nests. A horribly apocalyptic-sounding idea. "The sandy soils of the Florida coastal plains allow the plaster slurry to displace the air within the chambers, filling them completely."
ants  architecture  metal  photos  science 
may 2006 by kevan
Modern Mechanix >> Proposes Orientable Roof-Top Airports For Cities
"Proposed as a solution to the problem of locating an airport in the heart of any big city, a design for a long orientable runway, which would be mounted on circular tracks atop tall buildings, as sketched above, has been conceived by a French engineer."
architecture  transport  lunacy 
may 2006 by kevan
tecznotes - Scar Tissue
Aerial shot of a city slowly growing back around a demolished railway line.
architecture  cities  metaphors  photos  transport  via:waxy 
may 2006 by kevan | Defying gravity
"One of the issues that has led to the desecration of burial grounds is fear. Socialising these spaces is absolutely essential. [...] It was only in the 20th century that we stopped using cemeteries in this way."
death  architecture  design  society 
may 2006 by kevan
Site of Reversible Destiny - Yoru Park, Gifu
"By guiding visitors through various unexpected experiences as they walk through its component areas, the Site offers them opportunities to rethink their physical and spiritual orientation to the world."
art  design  plants  japan  via:holly  architecture 
march 2006 by kevan
Minneapolis Public Library: New Central Library Public Art -- Word Up, Ben Rubin
Giant illuminated letters scrolling up and down the sides of library elevators. "Drawn from the library's database, the ever-changing text may reflect the titles of books that have recently been checked out, reshelved, or searched in the online catalog."
art  libraries  design  light  architecture 
march 2006 by kevan
Turris Babel
"This model illustrates Kircher's proof that Nimrod's ambition was intrinsically flawed: in order to reach the nearest heavenly body; the Moon, the tower would have to be 178,672 miles high, comprised of over three million tons of matter."
religion  architecture  construction  space  via:jon 
march 2006 by kevan
Telegraph | News | Hob Nob mob eats biscuit city - all in the name of art
"Within a few minutes the edible high-rise business district had gone the way of the shortbread and wafer Forbidden City."
food  art  architecture 
february 2006 by kevan
¡Luchacabra! - Dead Weight
A slightly Ballardian tower-based free-running zombie-apocalypse RPG. "The only way to get up is to leave people alive down below."
roleplaying  zombies  architecture  via:brendan 
january 2006 by kevan
Metropolis Magazine | Olivo Barbieri's Model World
"They look uncannily like hyperdetailed models, absent the imperfections of reality. Streets are strangely clean, trees look plastic, and odd distortions of scale create the opposite effect of what we expect from aerial photography."
art  photos  architecture 
january 2006 by kevan
Travaux (2005)
Parisian lawyer having her flat rebuilt by immigrant workers, at the mercy of an overenthusiastic architect and vague romantic-comedy cliche, all made a bit more bearable for being French.
filmlog  2stars  france  law  architecture  construction 
december 2005 by kevan - houses decorated with Christmas lights
" is a free showcase for those amazing people who decorate (well, overdecorate) the exteriors of their houses at Christmas with lights."
light  electricity  lunacy  architecture  via:qwghlm 
november 2005 by kevan
Facade and dummy houses at 23-24 Leinster Gardens
"The route of the line between Paddington and Bayswater necessitated the demolition of 23 and 24 Leinster Gardens [and] it was decided to build a 5ft-thick facade which matched the houses either side of the break."
london  architecture  secrets  illusions  construction 
november 2005 by kevan
BLDGBLOG: London Topological
"Whether worm-eaten by caves, weakened by sink-holes, rattled by the Tube or even sculpted from the inside-out by secret government bunkers - yes, secret government bunkers - the English earth is porous."
architecture  history  london  underground  photos  secrets  via:yoz 
november 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Architecture: This was once a tower block ...
Recycling stark East-German housing. "We just come here and say, 'We want this one, this one and this one'; and then we cut them to shape right here and take them away to put up on site. The only thing we have to do is take the wallpaper off them."
architecture  germany  stone 
november 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Bright fantastic
Designing a house to fit between the shadows of adjacent buildings. "Usually architects design a building and then test it. Here we spent six months testing what we call the 'solar geometry' before the design was even thought about."
architecture  design  light  cities 
november 2005 by kevan
Times Online: For Sale - Britain's Underground City
"The subterranean complex that was built in the 1950s to house the Conservative prime minister Harold Macmillan's cabinet and 4,000 civil servants in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack is being thrown open to commercial use."
underground  history  architecture  cities  war  dereliction  via:zarba 
november 2005 by kevan
Diller + Scofidio - The Blur Building
"An inhabitable cloud whirling above a lake." [...] "The pavilion is made of filtered lake water shot as a fine mist through 13,000 fog nozzles creating an artificial cloud that measures 300 feet wide by 200 feet deep by 65 feet high."
architecture  weather  water  via:wmmna 
october 2005 by kevan
The Observer | The city that ate the world
The growth of Beijing. "The second ring road that marked the city limits until the Eighties has been followed by the building of a third, fourth and fifth ring. The sixth is under construction."
architecture  china  cities  future  construction  metal  via:jones 
october 2005 by kevan
Paternoster Lift Diagram
These really are a massively recurring motif in my dreams. Should track down and visit the remaining UK ones.
technology  architecture  dreams 
october 2005 by kevan
Moon, Matches and Microchips - A History of Being Blind in Brighton
"Whatever one thinks about modern architecture Lord Fraser has a relevant point when he writes that 'functional architecture St. Dunstan's has its critics, but none of them are blind.'"
eyes  brighton  architecture  history  via:holly 
october 2005 by kevan
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