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Punchdrunk's Kabeiroi: a shapeshifting six-hour mystery tour of London | Stage | The Guardian
"At one point I gave (sedate and self-conscious) chase to a woman I was sure was shouting my name. She turned out to be extremely drunk and absolutely nothing to do with the show."
theatre  pervasive  london 
17 days ago by kevan
Fatberg blocking London sewer could become museum exhibit | Culture | The Guardian
"Alex Werner, lead curator for the new museum at the Museum of London, told the Guardian the fatberg “calls to attention the way we live our lives in a modern city”."
london  pollution  museums 
9 weeks ago by kevan
Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London | Cities | The Guardian
"Under existing laws, public access to pseudo-public spaces remains at the discretion of landowners who are allowed to draw up their own rules for “acceptable behaviour” on their sites and alter them at will. They are not obliged to make these rules public."
law  cities  london 
july 2017 by kevan
What’s the best way to cross the Thames in London? We’ve ranked all 63 options | CityMetric
"There are, depending on how you count, about 60 ways of crossing the Thames in London."
london  water  transport 
july 2017 by kevan
How many colours would you need to make London’s bus network more comprehensible? | CityMetric
"The first thing our colour system lets you do is dump bus numbers above 100 and use colours as a replacement for the first digit."
transport  colour  london  maths 
may 2017 by kevan
London Tree Map | London City Hall
"The map shows the locations and species information for over 700,000 trees. The recent London iTree report estimated that there are over eight million trees in London, so the map is only a partial illustration of trees in London."
trees  london  maps  via:james 
december 2016 by kevan
The London Underground's Iconic Typeface Gets A Redesign | Co.Design | business + design
"Today, the type foundry is announcing a new remastering of Johnston called Johnston100. [It] tries to bring a little bit of Johnston's original spirit back, with wider characters, looser spacing, and a slightly more eccentric feel."
fonts  design  history  london  tube 
june 2016 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
The tube at a standstill: why TfL stopped people walking up the escalators | UK news | The Guardian
"In theory, he found, getting people to stand on both sides would mean that 31 more passengers would get on to the escalator each minute – an increase of 28%."
crowds  london  tube  walking 
january 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
Mail Rail, British Postal Museum & Archive on Vimeo
"A total of 223 terrestrial laser scans were completed to document the existing condition of the Mail Rail site and to digitally preserve the location before major construction work commences."
london  underground  history  simulation  via:sarah 
april 2015 by kevan
New Statesman | The bizarre secret of London’s buried diggers
"To construct a no-expense-spared new basement, the digger has to go so deep into the London earth that it is unable to drive out again. [...] The new method, now considered standard operating practice, is to cover the digger with “hardcore”, a mixture of sand and gravel. Then a layer of concrete is simply poured over the top."
london  underground  secrets  construction  via:newsmary 
june 2014 by kevan
Watch the unseen artistry of road sign painters | The Verge
"The video depicts a pair of workers painting the familiar 'bus stop' warning by hand, using only some rough chalk marks to judge the correct size of the letters."
art  london  signs  transport  via:sarah 
april 2014 by kevan
Metal Detecting and Digging on the Thames Foreshore
"Scraping the Thames foreshore surface with any type of implement is considered digging."
london  history  law 
march 2014 by kevan
BBC News - Mail Rail: What is it like on the 'secret' Tube?
"Proposals submitted to Islington Council would see visitors board trains at Mount Pleasant and ride a section of the tunnels."
transport  secrets  london  via:sarah 
january 2014 by kevan
Why sugar helped remove Victoria Line concrete flood - Telegraph
"At concentrations of more than one per cent in a cement mix, sucrose can delay complete hardening almost indefinitely. By stirring this into the hardening cement that had spilt into the room containing the signalling equipment for the Victoria Line, workers were able to delay it from hardening."
construction  food  tube  london 
january 2014 by kevan
SkyCycle, proposals to create safe new cycle routes throughout London | News | Foster + Partners
"Following existing suburban railway corridors, a wide, secure deck would be constructed above the trains to create new cycle routes throughout London."
cycling  transport  london  future  via:jethro 
january 2014 by kevan
Siemens unveils proposal for future London Underground train - Railway Gazette
"The proposed system features onboard tanks containing a phase-changing polymer which would be cooled below its freezing point when the train was running on surface sections of the network. On underground sections heat transferred from the air-conditioning system would be used to melt the polymer again."
transport  london  physics  ice  future 
october 2013 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
Satellite images reveal London’s ‘hot spots’ | Arup | A global firm of consulting engineers, designers, planners and project managers
"The heating up of urban areas, particularly those with a high density of buildings and low levels of trees and green space, is clearly depicted in these initial visualisations of London."
london  maps  weather  via:sarah 
august 2013 by kevan
UrbanOpticon - How well do you know London?
Automated streetview GWL: "By testing which places are remarkable and unmistakable and which places represent faceless sprawl, we are able to draw the recognisability map of London."
london  maps  photos  via:blech 
march 2013 by kevan
Guerrilla Benching
"Due to the colossal and inorganised nature of local councils, and their cunning disguises the guerrilla benchers were not approached or questioned by anyone as they installed the benches."
activism  furniture  london 
february 2013 by kevan
A Series Of Twin Tubes - Aeracode
"'A Series Of Twin Tubes' is a map of the London Underground, Overground and DLR, in a similar style to the iconic Tube map, but with the individual tracks, platforms and points all marked."
tube  maps  london  via:nick 
january 2013 by kevan
How a high-rise craze is ruining London's skyline | Art and design | The Observer
"A decade ago, plans for buildings such as the Shard and the Gherkin were widely publicised, provoked debate and were the subject of public inquiries. Now, developers and architects hold modest public exhibitions in the immediate neighbourhood of their proposals and are not overanxious that they should be more widely known about."
london  cities  construction 
december 2012 by kevan
Thief scales Tower of London walls to steal drawbridge keys from unlocked sentry box in embarrassing security blunder - Crime - UK - The Independent
"The set of keys opened drawbridges, a conference room and a restaurant, with the Tower forced to spend thousands of pounds replacing locks."
crime  london 
november 2012 by kevan
Sudden Sway: Neuro-Activity Modules and Klub Londinium | Cope
"Klub Londinium was a specifically media-based experience, possibly one of the first real transmedia experiences, more than twenty years ago, before portable technology included CD players let alone MP3s, GPS or Google Maps."
london  walking  history  sound  secrets 
september 2012 by kevan
Kosmograd: Olympics Brand Exclusion Zone
"Within this area, officially called an Advertising and Street Trade Restrictions venue restriction zone, no advertising for brands designated as competing with those of the official Olympic sponsors will be allowed. [...] This will be supported by preventing spectators from wearing clothing prominently displaying competing brands, or from entering the exclusion zone with unofficial snack and beverage choices."
london  advertising  maps 
may 2012 by kevan
Official Protesters of the London 2012 Olympic Games
"Enter your details here to apply for tickets to the official London 2012 Olympic Protests. Non-ticket holders will not be allowed to voice dissent against the Olympics in London, so be sure to apply."
activism  london  sport 
may 2012 by kevan
Stephen Walter’s Map Of Subterranean London | Londonist
"Walter has painstakingly charted the buried rivers, Tube lines, bunkers, sewers, government tunnels and other hypogeal secrets of London."
london  maps  underground  secrets  history 
may 2012 by kevan
BBC News - Sonic device deployed in London during Olympics
"The American-made Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) can be used to send verbal warnings over a long distance or emit a beam of pain-inducing tones."
sound  london  police  technology  weapons 
may 2012 by kevan
A Week in the Life of London’s Public Transit System » Simulacra
"The poster shows every entry to each of London’s 330 Underground, Overground and Docklands Light Railway stations over the course of a week. Stations are coloured according to the lines that they serve."
tube  design  transport  london  via:blech 
may 2012 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
Chelsea Fringe — a festival of flowers, gardens and gardening across London
"The first ever Chelsea Fringe will begin on Saturday 19th May and run for three weeks, at a host of different venues and settings across London."
plants  london 
march 2012 by kevan
London’s Longest Roads And Where They Lead To | Londonist
"A single road connects Lambeth North Tube station to Brighton Pier. The A23, as it’s now known, is another old Roman road, a fact that becomes readily apparent if you follow its largely straight course on a map."
travel  london  brighton  maps  history 
march 2012 by kevan
China Mieville on Apocalyptic London - NYTimes.com
"But London’s growing fake public space, corporate-owned stretches that pretend to be piazzas and streets but lock down and exclude citizens as Occupy movements and other irritations necessitate, abjures the backstreet-and-alleyway gestalt of the city."
london  cities  society  via:blech 
march 2012 by kevan
Pretty as a Thousand Postcards - Slide Show - NYTimes.com
"I looked at a lot of stock photography as well, and went to all the horrible tourist shops in London to get every postcard I could find."
london  photographs  emergence  via:blech 
march 2012 by kevan
Underground ghost station explorers spook the security services | UK news | The Guardian
"The expedition last year was supposed to be the second last stop in a tour of the capital's 18 'ghost' tube stations. Instead it has sparked a legal battle over the human rights of a community of photographers dedicated to visually documenting restricted areas across the world – and pointing out security loopholes."
london  underground  secrets  law  photography 
february 2012 by kevan
Tom Phillips: Sculpture & Mixed Media: 20 Sites n Years
"Every year on or around the same day (24th May - 2nd June) at the same time of day and from the same position a photograph is taken at each of the twenty locations on this map."
photography  history  london 
february 2012 by kevan
Benedikt Groß – Metrography – London Tube Map to large scale collective mental map
"The piece illustrates the topology of London reshaped according to the underground map."
london  maps  mutation 
february 2012 by kevan
How Far Can You Walk From Trafalgar Square Without Crossing A Road? | Londonist
"A couple of years ago, as a test of the walkability of London, I set out from Trafalgar Square — the official centre of the town — one Sunday morning to see how far I could get without crossing a road or going over the same place twice. It was almost 17 miles before I ended up going round in a circle."
walking  london 
january 2012 by kevan
London sound maps: ambient recordings during daytime | The London Sound Survey
"Recordings of background atmospheres and incidental noises from all over London. Many form part of a sound grid series recorded at evenly-spaced points across the city, each marking the centre of a square on the map below."
maps  sound  london 
december 2011 by kevan
A farewell to pavements | Art and design | guardian.co.uk
"This is the idea behind [Exhibition Road's] cross-hatching, which suggests diagonal paths across the road. It obviously has a strong subliminal effect, because you really do see people crossing diagonally."
london  transport  walking  design 
november 2011 by kevan
Bollards of London
"Bollards have a history richer than most objects placed upon the pavement and we can easily find some dating back to the earlier part of the 19th Century."
london  history 
october 2011 by kevan
DeLootLondon.co.uk
"De-Loot London’s mission is to make sure that not a single shop that was looted during the riots is forced to close. While a small number of people did the damage, we can all help our local, independent businesses recover by spending our money with them."
london  crime  money  business 
august 2011 by kevan
London Underground Tube Diary - Going Underground's Blog
"A press button route indicator was installed at Heathrow Central London Underground station 34 years ago. 'This nifty journey planner' incorporated TV screen displays and a diagrammatic route map. Only one was ever built."
tube  london  history  future  maps  transport 
august 2011 by kevan
Mind the map! The impact of transit maps on path choice in public transit - The Transportationist
"Moreover, the map effect is almost two times more influential than the actual travel time. In other words, underground passengers trust the tube map (two times) more than their own travel experience with the system."
transport  maps  london  psychology  via:blech 
may 2011 by kevan
Flowprint | URBAGRAM
"Each dot is a bus adhering to one of the 744 routes that make up [London's] transport network. [Victoria] glows the brightest, showing that the historical core remains the highest load-bearing area in the network, an intersection of 19 routes."
london  transport  simulation  maps 
january 2011 by kevan
That Gormandizer Man: How London buses are numbered - TfL come up trumps!
"When we introduce a new route - or make alterations to an existing route by splitting it - the last digit or digits of the historic 'parent' route are used wherever possible, so that passengers might associate the incoming route with its predecessor."
transport  london 
january 2011 by kevan
What's going on? - Google Maps
Live, timestamped Google map of police units around today's protests in central London. "Parliament Square party! Flares and fireworks. The party is so good, no one wants to leave! Not that they could..."
police  maps  london  via:bengoldacre 
december 2010 by kevan
Simon Parker's London Cycle Map
"The coloured lines depict a network of cycle routes connecting every significant location in the capital, providing a traceable route between any two points: a London Underground-style network and map for cycling."
transport  london  maps 
september 2010 by kevan
Zeppelin Airship Attacks On London: Mapped - Londonist
"The map above takes the rough routes of the attacking craft and plots only a selection of the impact sites."
london  maps  war 
july 2010 by kevan
Ronald Knox | Radio hoax | Paul Slade - Journalist
1926 BBC broadcast pre-dating Orson Welles' War of the Worlds. "All over the country, listeners switched off their sets in a stunned silence and tried to digest the information that the nation’s art treasures had been looted, Parliament flattened, the Savoy Hotel bombed and a Government minister lynched in the street."
hoaxes  radio  london  via:sixtostart 
may 2010 by kevan
Oyster Card Codes
"82 - Illogical use of ticket."
london  technology  secrets 
may 2010 by kevan
462 – Gridding London « Strange Maps
"This map, produced by Matthew Lancashire, shows central London as a relatively simple grid of main thoroughfares, connecting a few dozen central points, and demarcating some of London's better-known areas."
maps  london 
may 2010 by kevan
Badgers in Pimlico
"Type in any word to see which [London Underground] stations do not contain its letters." Proof that the St-Johns-Wood-Mackerel Conjecture still holds true in 2010.
london  tube  language  via:qwghlm 
march 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
London's Treasure Hunt Riots | Paul Slade - Journalist
The rise and fall of proto-ARGs from 1904, with clues hidden in detective fiction. "Before he could secure his prize, Randall had to narrow down the possible cities to Newcastle and Carlisle, [...] find a district of Newcastle that sounded a bit like 'Edward Green' and realise that the serial number Meggs had overheard must be attached to a lamp post."
games  args  pervasive  history  london  secrets  money  news  via:holly 
november 2009 by kevan
a project to transform London's Bus journeys | Bus-Tops
"The project intends to install a number of LED displays on the roof’s of Bus Shelters across London and providing the tools for the public and established artists to create content to be seen on them. [Its] core aim is to democratise public art."
transport  art  london 
october 2009 by kevan
Kosmograd: Branding the boroughs 2
"John Leighton suggested that the old borough boundaries should be altered to conform to a honeycomb pattern. Within a five-mile radius of the General Post Office all the sprawling, differently sized boroughs were to become hexagonal-shaped areas, 2-miles across"
cities  maps  london  bees  board  via:jones 
october 2009 by kevan
Time to follow Samuel Pepys (Phil Gyford’s website)
"If you’re ever going to follow Samuel Pepys on Twitter then you should start before tomorrow. That’s Wednesday 2nd September 2009. Or Sunday 2nd September 1666… the day the Great Fire of London began, and Pepys will be 'live tweeting' the event as it happened."
twitter  history  fire  london 
september 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
Integrated Bus Route Maps from WhatBus.com
"Bus route maps can quickly turn into spider diagrams and become hard to navigate, especially in large cities. We hope that our format is intuitive, helpful for identifying [London?] buses to catch if you find yourself in an unfamiliar location."
transport  london  maps  travel  via:secretlondon 
july 2009 by kevan
Dan Zambonini - London Tube Map, Points of Interest
"I thought it would be interesting to create a version of the London Tube Map [which] replaces the station names with the main point(s) of interest at each location." [...] "Deer. Tennis. MI6. Struggling Indie Bands."
maps  tube  london  via:quin 
july 2009 by kevan
One & Other
Live 24-hour video feed of Antony Gormley's fourth plinth.
art  london 
july 2009 by kevan
Soho Spy Squad, Playtest #4 on Vimeo
Timecode-style footage of the Playmakers pervasive game. "Three colour coded teams are armed with video cameras with which they are to capture footage of each other and pre-designated targets around the game area."
games  pervasive  video  london 
june 2009 by kevan
BBC NEWS | UK | Eco-activists prepare for protest
Street games as 'familiarisation games', prior to the G20 protests. "[Capture the flag] was an opportunity for people to familiarise themselves with the area - the geography - so they know what to expect when we have to act quickly."
games  pervasive  activism  cities  london  surveillance 
march 2009 by kevan
MATT STUART | PHOTOGRAPHER | SHOOTS PEOPLE
"I spend a great deal of time walking the streets trying to capture moments. The only photographs on my website that are staged or digitally manipulated are the photographs clearly labeled as ‘adverts’ in the commissioned section."
photos  coincidences  london  pigeons  via:richardwiseman 
january 2009 by kevan
Minor Delays
A new, ongoing writing project of Holly's: "A short story for every station on the London Underground and DLR, in alphabetical order by station name. Updated Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays."
writing  tube  london 
january 2009 by kevan
IanVisits » Abandoned London
Photos of empty London streets on Christmas morning.
photos  london  via:lmg 
january 2009 by kevan
Tate Intermedia Art: Under Scan
"As people walk around the area, their shadow is cast on the floor, revealing the video-portraits. As they appear within pedestrians' shadows, their bodies move and their heads turn to look straight at the pedestrian, giving rise to an interesting range of interactions."
art  light  videos  london 
september 2008 by kevan
London from above, at night - The Big Picture - Boston.com
"Shooting aerial photography during the daytime had its own difficulties, you are strapped tightly into a harness leaning out of the helicopter, shouting directions through the headsets to the pilot."
london  photos  air  via:mcios 
september 2008 by kevan
Serena Korda | Transport for London
"Working with groups and organisations, Korda has developed a series of crosswords that offer an alternative guide to Stanmore and reveal something of the knowledge, stories and specialisms of those encountered."
crosswords  history  london 
july 2008 by kevan
The Hide & Seek Festival: Social Gaming UK | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Checkpoint Chair Rush: "a load of people would carry random non-contraband chairs downstairs, with one person with the actual chair in the midst. They'd overwhelm the guards with numbers, knowing they couldn't arrest them all as they'd lose their lives."
games  events  london 
june 2008 by kevan
The Fourth Plinth - Antony Gormley
"Antony Gormley proposes that the fourth plinth is occupied 24 hours a day by members of the public who have volunteered to stand on it for an hour at a time."
london  art 
june 2008 by kevan
SkeptoBot: Time-lapse Vid of Dissolving an Oyster Card in acetone (aka nail varnish)
"So tomorrow morning I'll attempt to use this naked oyster card to journey to work. If I'm successful (and not arrested for terrorism) I'll have to decide what my new oyster card will be."
technology  transport  hacking  science  london  via:lmg 
may 2008 by kevan
walkit.com - walking directions and maps
Generates walking routes within a few UK cities, optimising for low noise and air pollution.
cities  walking  maps  london  travel  pollution  via:diamond 
april 2008 by kevan
Cities for sale | Society | The Guardian
"[The Paradise Project] requires the first privatisation of a city centre anywhere in England. Liverpool city council has sanctioned the corporate enclosure of the 42-acre city-centre site, which encompasses 34 streets and a public park."
cities  business  shops  london  future 
march 2008 by kevan
Gilbert K. Chesterton - Orthodoxy
"If men loved Pimlico as mothers love children arbitrarily, because it is theirs, Pimlico in a year or two might be fairer than Florence. Some readers will say that this is a mere fantasy. I answer that this is the actual history of mankind."
cities  london  writing  future 
march 2008 by kevan
Civic Heraldry of England and Wales - Greater London
"The ancient ship with its dragon's head prow points to some notable expedition by sea which is credited with having sailed up the Thames as far as Putney."
london  design  history 
march 2008 by kevan
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