Posts Tagged ‘London’

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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Interior design and architecture in a world gentrifying at a surreal pace

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

In case you think that what follows is an exaggeration, please take a quick look at the recent articles listed below. They are only a small selection from a rising wave of articles on gentrification and the new super-rich. It’s interesting that the New York-based City Limits piece mentions Vancouver first; we are after all a world leader in unaffordability, non-regulation, luxury towers and property speculation.

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Everything is OK! And the police need a hug.

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Performance art/ political social satire enacted in London by The Love Police. “Everything you read in the mainstream media is 100% true! Consume consume consume! What you need to do is buy things you don’t need! That’s the best way to support the economy. Smiling is bad for the economy.

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Playplax by Patrick Rylands

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

 

Playplax, another toy from my childhood, was designed in 1966 by the brilliant British industrial designer Patrick Rylands. It’s in the permanent collection of the V&A Museum in London. Thanks to Fraser for actually finding it online, after I failed to (see his comments here).

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“Aqualta” – New York and Tokyo, after the flood

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Aqualta – New York and Tokyo by Studio Linfors.

Aqualta – a play on Acqua Alta, the increasing high tides flooding Venice – visually explores what a coastal metropolis might feel like a hundred years from now due to rising sea levels.

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Converted churches, Part 2: Belgium, England, Australia

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Here are three converted churches which seem much more successful than most of the examples in the last post. Above is a 19th century chapel in the Flemish village of Bazel which has been converted into 2 loft-type houses. Thanks to the amazing Office for Word and Image OWI for permission to reprint this photo here – Verne is the photographer. 

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