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Not All Photographs Lie

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I learned to distrust architectural photographs at a very early age. The first photograph I thought looked a bit odd was the one below. It looked like something had been airbrushed out from behind the house. This was back when “airbrush” actually meant an airbrush. This version of the same image has been ‘retouched’ better but the […]

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The Money Shot

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“Originally, in general film-making usage, the “money shot” was simply the scene that cost the most money to produce. In general, a money shot is a provocative, sensational, or memorable sequence in a film, on which the film’s commercial performance is perceived to depend.” We arrive at a much the same truth if we substitute the […]

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Misfits’ Midsummernights’ Quiz

Misfits’ Midsummernights’ Quiz
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To fill in those long midsummer (or, for our southern hemisphere friends, mid-winter) nights, here’s some quick brainteasers. The answers are at the bottom – no cheating! QUESTION 1: Which is older? A: Villa Savoye? or B: Joan Collins … QUESTION 2: What did Frank Lloyd Wright’s mother give him to play with? A. LEGO? B. SUPERCITY? C. Froebel […]

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The Beauty of the Higgs Boson

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I just copied this article and added emphases where it meant something to me – mostly about missing pieces fitting. The Beauty of the Higgs Boson “The dust is beginning to settle – a new particle has been discovered using the Large Hadron Collider. Discovering new particles of nature is not an everyday occurrence and we are […]

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Time & Architecture: Part I (NOW and WAS NOW)

Time & Architecture: Part I (NOW and WAS NOW)
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Following on from the cosmic theme of last week, we need to talk about Time and the ways buildings exist in this particular dimension that we’re stuck with. We need to do this because, even if we ever sorted out what Beauty was and how to create it in buildings, how could we be sure […]

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Architecture Misfit #4: Adolfo Natalini

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“…if design is merely an inducement to consume, then we must reject design; if architecture is merely the codifying of bourgeois model of ownership and society, then we must reject architecture; if architecture and town planning is merely the formalization of present unjust social divisions, then we must reject town planning and its cities…until all […]

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Architecture Misfit #3: Eileen Gray

Architecture Misfit #3: Eileen Gray
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Eileen Gray 1878 –1976: Here’s a good blogpost with a quick bio and here’s another one with pics of most of her important work. In the shallow fiction that is architectural history, she gets namechecked for designing this house, E1027. E1027 is in a nice little corner of the world. Cap Martin, French Riviera.  43°45’35.57″N   7°27’47.38″E That’s Monaco […]

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Architecture Misfit #2: Irving John Gill

Architecture Misfit #2: Irving John Gill
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Irving John Gill [1870–1936] Irving Gill had no formal education in architecture and never attended college. His father was a builder who, according to William Curtis’s “Modern Architecture Since 1900”, “had a knack for finding short cuts in construction”.  Curtis goes on to say that Gill himself was an early advocate of reinforced concrete in domestic […]

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Misfits’ “English for Architects” Awards

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The Misfits’ “English for Architects” Awards are designed to highlight groundbreaking examples of the English language being used to make shitty buildings and ideas seem not only better than they are, but fucking amazing! The Rem Koolhaas Prize: This prize is awarded as a tribute to Rem Koolhaas when he hasn’t had time to prepare […]