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Arcosanti, by Paolo Soleri

January 5, 2012

Arcosanti, by Paolo Soleri

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. 

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The Dome Show – Intermedia builds geodesic domes, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1970

October 25, 2009

The Dome Show – Intermedia builds geodesic domes, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1970

These photos of The Dome Show, an exhibition by art collective Intermedia at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1970, are all from the web archive Ruins In Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties.

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When bric-a-brac was part of a revolutionary politics

August 23, 2009

When bric-a-brac was part of a revolutionary politics

Vancouver curator Scott Watson’s essay Urban Renewal: Ghost Traps, Collage, Condos and Squats is part of the impressive and totally compelling Vancouver Art in the Sixties website project.

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Whatever happened to the “Beatles ashram” in Rishikesh?

July 2, 2009

Whatever happened to the “Beatles ashram” in Rishikesh?

UPDATE: This Guardian article on the 1972 visit of Led Zeppelin to India contains a reference to the supposed restoration of this ashram. Anyone heard anything else? Please leave links/information in the comments.

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Cosmic dust, on tumblr

April 16, 2009

Cosmic dust, on tumblr

If tumblr is a bellwether—and it may not be—then the sixties & seventies are back, in style if not in substance. So many of tumblr’s weird little blogs, each of them a kind of eclectic personal bulletin board, feature this kind of rock and roll Hair: The Musical meets back-to-the-land handmade-house thing.

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Furniture makers of Middle Earth

April 5, 2009

Furniture makers of Middle Earth

I find this Todd Merrell Antiques magazine ad weirdly compelling. If you end up at his website (now defunct) it’s like being transported into Middle Earth or the underworld. You might have to retrieve an amulet with the help of a talking dog with eyes as big as saucers or something.

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Herb Greene’s Prairie Chicken House, by Julius Shulman

March 19, 2009

Herb Greene’s Prairie Chicken House, by Julius Shulman

This fantastic house at the intersection of modern and 60s hippie is the Greene Residence, built in 1961 by architect Herb Greene in Norman, Oklahoma. Greene built the house for himself and his family.

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Handmade houses in Christiania

January 31, 2009

Handmade houses in Christiania

Maybe it’s because these houses are reminiscent of the tradition of handmade houses here on the West Coast, but there’s something pleasingly familiar about the eccentric wooden buildings of Christiana, the surreal, semi-autonomous, rebel neighbourhood of Copenhagen.

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