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Monthly Archives: March 2007

Play Time

“Jacques Tati’s 1967 Playtime depicts an urban enclave of International-Style architecture, ubiquitous technology, commodified encounters, and alienated people that manages, somehow, to result in a comedic romance in which folks learn to find their way in a city that doesn’t function as efficiently as its planners would hope…”


“A new breed of worker, fueled by caffeine and using the tools of modern technology, is flourishing in the coffeehouses of San Francisco. Roaming from cafe to cafe and borrowing a name from the nomadic Arabs who wandered freely in the desert, they’ve come to be known as “bedouins.” San Francisco’s modern-day bedouins are typically […]

Physical, virtual, and imagined frontiers

BORDERS: Hybrid Imaginaries / Fractured Geographiese-misférica / November 2006 / Volume 3.2 “Rather than witnessing the disappearence of borders, we are in fact experiencing their multiplication. New, previously unthinkable, physical, virtual, and imagined frontiers emerge all around us—not only in the Americas, but also in the rest of the world….” (via criticalspatialpractice) ** NPR: Simulating […]

Holiday camps

I would have bet on this being a prison, but apparently it’s Prestatyn Holiday Camp circa 1952. According to British Holiday Camps: A Brief History, it was “[d]esigned and built by the LMS Railway & Thomas Cook in 1939. Noted for its wonderful architecture the camp was later sold to Pontins and renamed ‘Tower Beach’ […]


Guts of Manhattan, Louis Lozowick, 1939 Lozowick “sketched the underground work he could see through the scaffolding during the construction of subway lines along Sixth and Eighth Avenues.” Wow. How perfect is that perspective and shading?! I’d love to see someone sketch the guts of wireless infrastructure with this kind of style. (Image via the […]