Posts Tagged: architecture

Love Thy Neighbor: Talking with Yewande Omotoso

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Writer, poet, and architect Yewande Omotoso discusses her second novel, The Woman Next Door, Cape Town’s haunting beauty, and mythologies about motherhood.

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Writing Romance: The Rumpus Interview with Sonali Dev

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Sonali Dev talks about her latest novel, A Change of Heart, the romance genre, writing non-white characters, and the parallels between writing and architectural design.

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The Rumpus Interview with Abraham Burickson

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Rick Moody talks with Abraham Burickson, Artistic Director of Odyssey Works, a San Francisco-based theater company whose works are designed for an audience of one.

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Never Let Me Go

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“You can’t hold on to the past,” Elif once told me. “You don’t know how. You don’t know what to keep, what to throw away. So you keep it all. And you can’t do that. No one can.”

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The Poet and the City

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For the Los Angeles Review of Books, Stephen Kessler takes us through a pantheon of his favorite Los Angeles landmarks. He writes: Buildings are constructed and routinely erased, yet they remain implanted in the native’s mind like seeds of some vaguely remembered myth. Structures I frequented in formative days at times return, as here, to […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Jonathon Keats

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Experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats discusses Buckminster Fuller, three-wheeled cars, domed cities, climate change, and cameras with a 100-year exposure time.

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Embracing Brutalism

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Brutalist architecture—those hulking, concrete buildings from the mid-1950s to mid-1970s—is making a quiet comeback in popularity. A new book by Christopher Beanland, Concrete Concept explores why: And the sheer variety of these “brutalist beasts,” in cities from Birmingham to Madrid to Montreal, is extraordinary. There are palaces and embassies and government buildings, railway signal boxes […]

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The View from a “Cramped Little Cottage” in Nairobi

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“I love the tingling pullover of night sounds and forest sounds and the bite of cold breeze and distant cars and stereos. Sometimes I close my eyes and sway my arms into patterns to move with the sensations of the strong bitpieces banging about in my temples.” At The Paris Review, Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina […]

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Morning Coffee

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It is hard to imagine any better way to start a day than with pictures of sleeping bugs covered in rain. I am linking to this because it is called Fun With Burgers. Flat San Francisco. There is some dang crazy architecture in the U.A.E. Here is a pretty cool new example. The Homosexual Ghost […]

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Morning Coffee

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Department of tiny things: Dalton Ghetti makes sculptures out of pencil tips. Also his name is Dalton, which is pretty rad. Every Playboy centerfold from 1988-1997 (completely safe for work). A moral tale of Seahorses and unplanned pregnancy. Tetris soothes the mind and soul. Get to know the winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize (this […]

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Morning Coffee

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NY Times slide show on Conrad Gessner’s beastiaries. Anyone want to go live in a sweet cave house with me? Important advances in the field of robot journalism. I’ve often asked “what are the ten strangest moons?” Here are some pictures of a new born otter. I dare you to have a bad day.

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Morning Coffee

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Spring! (almost) German prison cells are mostly nicer than my apartment. Words get in David Byrne’s way. Technically this is about old type interfaces, but let’s be honest here it’s just typewriter design porn. The sun is out today, and this house’s above ground pool is all sorts of appealing. What this country needs: Jonathan […]

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Morning Coffee

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Start your weekend off with some fine Victorian era photographs of Japan. The Guardian UK takes a look at unreliable narrators. Jeez, stop talking about the upcoming 2010 Shanghai World Expo, move on man, 2012’s will be way radder. Long story short, everything in your house is trying to kill you. Who wouldn’t want to […]

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Morning Coffee

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A little architecture porn to start your day, coming to you from Turkey, Japan, and Wayne Coyne’s heroin soaked brain. Evidently there is some sort of sporting event going on right now. Here are some commemorative stamps. Dead fly art (via MeFi.) The prehistoric, possibly dinosaur eating, armored devil toad.

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What Buildings Would You Ban?

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“Fear, on one side, of watching Europe turn into “Eurabia”  —even if the demographics don’t justify such worries—and, on the other, of seeing centuries’ worth of social liberalization—including women’s suffrage and gay rights—fall apart in the face of religious conservatism, has led to the illegalization of an architectural form. When your culture is under threat, […]

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Morning Coffee

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Evidently we’re thinking about cities today. New Scientist takes an in-depth look at drowned cities, fact and fiction. Thank you New Scientist. The winning design for Mexico’s pavillion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. 1/100 scale architectural models. If that is your thing. Egypt’s garbage city. The Dutch are turning climate change into an opportunity […]

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Morning Coffee

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Logical flow. On death masks. Going through back issues of Cabinet magazine is a good way to spend a day. A minor history of giant spheres. Voyeuristic architectural offices. Curbed looks at the best new SF buildings of the decade. We like lists because we do not want to die.

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Morning Coffee

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I don’t know if anyone has noticed this yet, but it is Autumn. The bitter lapse into everyday life. Wayne Levin’s haunting underwater photography. How to convert old factory buildings into rad Spanish art musuems. Impromtu musical from Improv Everywhere. (warning, german text!) Gerry Canavan points us to UFO 54-40, the only Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel with […]

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Morning Coffee

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Look, I know we missed the boat by a couple days, but check out this sweet article on where ghosts come from. Spanish architecture porn of the week. On a similar note: beautiful avant-garde soviet era architecture. November 18th is International Science Fiction Reshelving Day. Trick spy planes with fake weaponry! NY Times looks at […]

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Morning Coffee

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The number of universes out there may depend on the human brain! Sometimes trees fall into your house, and that is ok. I’m certainly not the biggest fan of car culture in any of its forms, but it’s hard to deny how nice these vintage Porsche posters are. What’s in your blood? Chris Ware has […]

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