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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Cities – First Impressions of the street

Ramond Depardon’s photography, known for his depictions of street life, includes a new and compelling exhibition of photos of first impressions of the world’s most populous cities. Nicely presented in the Guardian.

Comment: Air Immobilities

I’m surprised no one has yet commented here on the state of immobility in air travel brought about by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland last week. The ash cloud spread across Northern Europe has caused tens of thousands of flights to be canceled. Removing air flight changes the mix of transport modes […]

Book Review: Subnature: Architecture’s Other Environments

Subnature: Architecture’s Other Environments. David Gissen (2009). New York: Princeton Architectural Press. 224 pages. ISBN: 978-1-56898-777-4 Reviewed by Emily Snyder, University of Alberta (Canada) I am trying to better understand discomfort and disgust – what they reveal, what they conceal. This anxious interest compelled me to read David Gissen’s book on ‘subnatures.’ His unique engagement […]


I always enjoy getting my National Geographic Magazine in the post, and the current special issue on water is amazing. The section on The World’s Freshwater has some gorgeous maps, The Hidden Water We Use section presents some startling infographics, and photography by Edward Burtynsky puts California’s Pipe Dream in new light. “As developments such […]