Posts Tagged ‘60s’

Have we learned nothing from the 60s UK demolitions?

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The urban planning disasters of the 1960s in Britain. We think we have learned from them, but have we?

Start watching the video at 14:00 if you don’t want to watch the whole documentary, which is a sort of myth-busting look at the 60s in England. There’s a fantastic segment on brutalism, the influence of le Corbusier, and the question of who benefited from the wholesale destruction of English towns and cities in the 60s.

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Stereo systems and speakers, 1960s & 70s style

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Why don’t we do this kind of thing anymore? You saw it a lot in the 1960s and 70s—speakers embedded in display shelves or on a wall, as part of the decor. Maybe it’s partly that components were better looking then, in general, but you could still do this now.

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Tame Impala / Lonerism

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

The single “Elephant” from new Tame Impala album “Lonerism”

Album cover for Lonerism by Tame Impala – fenced garden, Paris

The new Tame Impala album Lonerism is out. (It’s not released in North America yet, technically, but seems you can get on iTunes already.) I’ve had it on perpetual repeat for 3 days.

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Petulia, 1968

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Petulia, starring Julie Christie, George C. Scott (who looked a little like Sean Penn then) and Richard Chamberlain, was shot and set in San Francisco in 1967. An odd film but interesting in that it’s one of the few in which the villain—if he is a villain—occupies traditional decor while our main protagonist, a divorced doctor, occupies the modern.

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Arcosanti, by Paolo Soleri

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Arcosanti, designed by Italian-born architect Paolo Soleri, is an experimental architectural complex perched on the side of a gulch in the Arizona desert, about 70 miles north of Phoenix. Arcosanti was begun in 1970 as a multi-stage project, but it is not—and perhaps may never be—finished.

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Our Man Flint, 1966

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Screenshots from Our Man Flint  (1966) from architectural site Pushpullbar. Our Man Flint was a James Bond parody starring James Coburn.

Not sure if my current trip through 1960s irreverence and parody is unseasonal or not.

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