September, 2008

Telly Savalas Looks At Birmingham Redux

At long last, we’ve managed to source the full, unexpurgated version of the classic ‘Telly Savalas Looks At Birmingham’. For more in the same genre see ‘Advertising Central Milton Keynes’ & ‘Energy in Northampton’, and Milton Keynes’ famous ‘Red Balloon’ commercial. Post war urban planning techniques and strategies are explained in this 1948 Government information […]



Wild Thing Interiorism

His mother called him “Wild Thing!” and Max said “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” so he was sent to bed without eating anything. That very night in Max’s room a forest grew And grew. And grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around.



Acts of Un-Building: Timelapse Demolitions

Demolition is as much part of architectures creative act as construction. Decisions about what, how and when something is taken down are as significant cultural acts as those made about what, how and when something is built. I’d like to fantasise about an equal weight given to demolition as to building – magazines with titles […]



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Event: Koolhaas HouseLife @ The Barbican

I’ll be introducing a screening of ‘Koolhaas HouseLife‘ at the Barbican, Cinema 1, on wednesday 24th September as part of an Architecture Foundation event. “Koolhaas HouseLife This acclaimed documentary is an inspired exploration of Rem Koolhaas’ landmark Maison a Bordeaux as told through the eyes and routines of its cleaner, the wonderful Guadalupe. Offering an […]



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Event: The Evolution of Plastic in Design

On Monday 22nd September I’m taking part in a discussion titled The Evolution of Plastic in Design from 7-8 pm as part of the London Design Festival, VIP Room Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX. I’ll be with Tom Dixon, Dr Susan Mossman, Clare Page & Harry Richardson from Committee and Marcus Fairs of Dezeen The talk […]



Yard Filth: Next Years Hot Look

The names that paint manufactures use to describe colours are an apex of very particular kind of language. They read like pared down minimalist poetry mixed with an essence of marketing-speak as phrased by a spam bot text generator: Total nonsense which conjure an incredibly rich, yet non-specific image. Here are some examples: From Dulux: […]



Foam City

Long time readers will have picked up on my fascination with foam from posts like this. This clip on the making of Sonys ‘Foam City’ commercial is a foam-o-philes dream. More here ]]>



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