10 August 2010

A World Centre of Communication

“A fountain of overflowing knowledge to be fed by the whole world of human endeavour in art, science, religion, commerce, industry, and law; and in turn to diffuse throughout the whole of humanity as though it were one grand, divine body conceived by God, the vital requirements which would renew its strength, protect its rights, and enable it to attain greater heights through a concentration of world effort.”

In 1913, H. C. Andersen (not the poet) and Ernest Hébrard compiled a work entitled “A World Centre of Communication”, which was planned to create the perfect city.

[via:Cornell University Library]

5 May 2010

Antarctic Research Bases Are Seriously Self-Sustaining

[via:Laughing Squid]

9 December 2009

James Howard Kunstler sounds a bit shouty at times, but he delivers funny food of thought in his TED talk “The tragedy of suburbia” (#). Kunstler discusses crimes against humanity within urban planning in the USA after WWII as it occurs in both cities and suburban landscapes.

You often hear people get quite poetic and fuzzy about what’s wrong with suburbia and cities in the USA and what works in places with actual character (“omg Paris!1!”). Kunstler gets specific and manages to put a finger on things most thinking humans have noticed but only moan aimlessly about.

Link: Youtube.

[via:Trent Eady]

3 October 2009

hashima island decaying city photos

Photo essay: Hashima Island’s decaying ghost town

…formerly the most densely populated place on earth. After the essay was published, the town has been made available to tourists.

I’ve posted about ghost towns before.


22 August 2009

Trends In Afghan Drug Lord Spending

In which we also learn about “narcotecture”, the glamorous, kitschy architecture taste of the top drug traders.

[via:Hacker News]

24 July 2008

Pictures of ten ghost towns

…including scenes from Chernobyl (the BBC has a better collection of Chernobyl photos, though). For some reason I find abandoned cities intriguing. If you ask me, the only proper place for fugly Soviet era architecture is in photographs, movies or post-apocalyptic computer game scenery.


4 July 2008

Yemen town has “world’s oldest skyscrapers”

Shibam …, Yemen, is considered to have the world’s oldest skyscrapers. It has about 7,000 inhabitants …, the town’s house are made out of mud bricks. Some of these structures rise 5 to 9 stories high … in order to protect residents from Bedouin attacks. While Shibam has existed for around 2,000 years, most of the city’s houses come mainly from the 16th century.”


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