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Moneymaking Machines #8: Marylebone Square

Moneymaking Machines #8: Marylebone Square
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The advertisement was one of those inescapable ones inserted into a news website. The one, two and three bedroom dwellings were called “suites” because the word flats must have had connotations of something too downmarket, the word condominiums something too American and apartments having connotations of both. Whatever these suites are, they were refined, elegant […]

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Houses for Sale

Houses for Sale
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Two posts ago when I was searching for more information on Arata Isozaki’s 1980 house project House of Nine Squares, all references led to this article on Art Forum. You can also read it here. https://www.artforum.com/features/pastiche-prototype-purity-houses-for-sale-208677/ Actually, the ArtForum article is a reprint of this next one, and might come from the second of three […]

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Reading The City

Reading The City
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This is the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. Some years ago now, I read that the city’s mayor had banned signage on buildings because he knew his city wasn’t the prettiest city in the world but thought people weren’t looking at the city enough because they were too busy reading it. Removing signage didn’t make […]

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The Terrace

The Terrace
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Stacking dwellings will create a high-rise building with only one rooftop but only partially stacking them will create many partial rooftops known as terraces. The people of town of Masouleh probably think of theirs more as paths or roads. The ground floor can also have a terrace and many of Edwin Lutyens’ houses have paved […]