tom vigar subtopian dreams
August 12, 2009, 11:39 pm
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From an exceptional thesis by Tom Vigar, Sheffield University, which twins the intent and forms of the suburb with those of the military.

From InfraNet Lab

Caught somewhere between No-Stop City and an Everyday Virilio-ism, Tom Vigar’s Master of Architecture thesis “Subtopian Dreams” at Sheffield University posits a shared economy (and landscape) of suburbia and military sites. Arguing the inevitable links and interdependence of one with the other, they could share the same territory in a cyclical symbiosis. Suburbia thrives on the technology transfer offered by the military, while the military conveniently hides behind the false front of oh-so-innocent suburbia.


surrealist map
August 10, 2009, 5:51 pm
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surrealist map of the world, 1929

Found on Mapping the Marvellous.

This map and the following quotation are from Katharine Harmon, You Are Here. Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination.

The Surrealists amused themselves by creating a map that puts imperialist powers in their place. For example: other than Alaska, the United States are invisible; mainland Britain is dwarfed by Ireland; Easter Island looms over a tiny Australia; and only two cities are marked, Paris and Constantinople, with the rest of France and Turkey missing.

More than anything, this is a map of the Surrealists’ cultural ideals. A 1925 Surrealist declaration stated, “Even more than patriotism – which is a quite commonplace sort of hysteria, though emptier and shorter-lived than most – we are disgusted by the idea of belonging to a country at all, which is the most bestial and least philosophic of the concepts to which we are all subjected… Wherever Western civilization is dominant, all human contact has disappeared, except contact from which money can be made – payment in hard cash.”

walled world
August 10, 2009, 4:57 pm
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walled world td architects

Walled world by td architects on Information is Beautiful.

Australia keeps out South East Asians.  Japan and Korea keep out Chinese and Central Asians.  The United States keeps out Mexicans.  The European Union keeps out North and West Africans.  Spain keeps out Moroccans.  Germany and Scandanavia keep out Russia.  Israel keeps out Jordan, Palestine, Egypt.

They say fences make good neighbors.

Are the world’s top 50 quality of life cities accurately represented on this map?  Maybe from a western, European, North American perspective.  I am sure there are more.

calder circus
August 9, 2009, 5:07 pm
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