Thursday, October 18, 2012

Newcastle University Architecture, Planning and Landscape Lecture Series

Watch the lectures on vimeo.

David Schlosberg
William Rees
Eric Parry
Tony King
Anna Minton
Owen Hatherley
Matthew Gandy
Ian Boal
Ananya Roy
Nezar Alsayyad

Monday, September 10, 2012

Cosmic Futures

Gregory Benford website
David Brin website
John Smart website
Steven J. Dick and Mark L. Lupisella, eds., Cosmos & Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context (NASA 2009) [PDF]

The World, the Flesh and the Devil

Bannerman's Castle

Bannerman's Castle is an abandoned milary surplus warehouse on the Hudson River 50 miles north of New York City and easily spotted from the commuter train from Poughkeepsie. Like a future ruin of West Point, also to be seen on this route.

BLDGBLOG: Bannerman's Island
Shaun O'Boyle
Bannerman Castle Trust

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The Art of Dissent

Your companion to the closing ceremony.
The Art of Dissent website

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Swandown Artefacts
Swandown website

London -- The Modern Babylon

On July 16th 2012 the BBC decided not to screen Julien Temple’s latest documentary, London - The Modern Babylon, which had been scheduled as part of a season of films about the capital in the run up to the Olympic Games. The film, pieced together from footage from the British Film Institute archives, is an attempt to articulate a century of London life up to and including the 2011 riots. One scene culled from British gangster film The Long Good Friday (1980) imagines a UK Olympic bid for the derelict Docklands area. Whether the BBC decided that images of looting and street-fighting were not the best way to represent London days before the Olympic torch reached the city is unclear, though the broadcaster might have blanched after British Airways thought using The Clash’s London Calling for the soundtrack to an upbeat Olympic themed TV commercial was a good idea: ice age, heat death, famine, nuclear error, zombies of death. Here the apocalyptic punk imaginary returns to haunt an affirmative display of corporate engineering designed, presumably, to celebrate British efficiency and London as a global destination. The sheer wrongness of the soundtrack is a thrilling act of self-immolation at least as pointed as anything Temple has assembled and also opens up a dream-space where punk nostalgia refuses to capitulate to the restorative logic of the heritage sector and insinuates itself instead into the marketing DNA of the corporation as a mode of auto-détournement.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Is This a Joke?

It's all gone quiet regarding the actual content of Boyle's opening ceremony, overshadowed as it is by the cock-ups over security. Recent aerial photographs show a scene that looks like the opening of Eastenders. Still, the question remains: is it a joke or is it really that bad?

Simon Jenkins in The Guardian smelled a rat.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Monday, July 02, 2012

Test Site


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Emily Richardson

Emily Richardson, UK: “Petrolia” (Still), 16mm film, 2005

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bashir Makhoul

Shai Kremer

Mark Ruwedel

Small Wars

Steichen at War

Virtuous War

Trailer for 'Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial Media Entertainment Network' by James Der Derian.

Disastrous Horizons

This video connects the parrallel developments of networked warfare, post-industrialization and virtual accidents. The title "Disastrous Horizons" is inspired by Paul Virilio's 'Museum of Accidents' and the video was presented at the symposium exploring the work of Paul Virilio,'Trajectories of the Catastrophic', on Friday, Oct. 24th 2008 at City Lights in San Francisco. The video is written and directed by: Phillip Gara and James Der Derian

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Campbell's Factory Demolition

Must be the time of the season for getting rid of iconic East Anglian landmarks.

The empty Campbell’s factory in King's Lynn is currently being demolished with its iconic tower due to be taken down next month to make way for a business complex including a new Tesco Extra store.

Monday, January 09, 2012

On the Jetty

Eastern Daily Press story Monday 9 Jan 2012

The demolition of the jetty used by Nelson in Great Yarmouth is now underway.

John Constable, Yarmouth Jetty (after 1823)
John Crome the Elder, Yarmouth Jetty