September, 2009

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The Best New Building In London

This, I love. It’s on Commercial Street, on the southern side of Bishopsgate Goods Yard. An assemblage of totally ordinary elements (billboard, hoarding, fencing) and totally ordinary programmes (newsagent, advertising site, mini cab office). But the realtionship between these elements makes it something amazing. A certain kind of symbiotic relationship which forms – out of […]



Book Review: The Infrastructural City

“I learned to drive in order to read Los Angeles in the original’ quipped Reyner Banham with deadly seriousness. For Banham, LA was a culmination of his own reading of Modernism – a trajectory of machines, of gadgets and gizmos that stretched from early 20th century Futurism to the Freeways of Southern California. In his […]



A Balloon in the Pantheon

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Letters From The Pantheon

“You can’t type letters in the Pantheon,” says Phillip Johnson in an archive interview recently posted to the Guggenheims website. It’s the last line in a comparison he is making between two big architectural spaces. First, the monumental, hyper-geometric space of the Pantheon and secondly, the beautiful, beaurocratic space of Frank Lloyd Wrights Johnson Wax […]