Quick list 1

[Image: A “bizarre double vortex whirls in the atmosphere above Venus’s south pole.” Courtesy New Scientist SPACE].

There are roughly one million things I want to post about here – but, due to circumstances beyond my control, I’m way too busy to put up anything new. So, in lieu of a real post, yet saving you from another day of staring at Obliteration A.D., here’s a grab-bag of BLDGBLOGian things for your intellectual self-pleasure.
First, don’t miss Inhabitat‘s newly-launched weekly look at Green Building 101. This week’s installment: rethinking location in an era when daily commuting has reduced Americans’ reported number of close friends. For the dark side of eco-urbanism, however, check out this near-catastrophic look at how gangs and serial killers from Los Angeles with no experience of “nature” have turned the nearby National Forest into a kind of murder-plagued wasteland full of corpses. (Thanks, Neddal!) Elsewhere, if you’re near Long Island City, stop by Opolis, a “giant-scale miniature city in 13 blocks by 15 artists” (including Leah Beeferman), open through August. Discover the landscape acoustics of Mars. This device “records smells to play back later,” so perhaps we can make the streets of Paris… smell like Barcelona. Or like oatmeal, for that matter. And if you, too, are addicted to the World Cup, racing to the TV every mid-afternoon to watch ESPN, then here’s an ingenious look at football, John Cage, choreography diagrams, and the labyrinth of steps taken by Argentinian strikers. Meanwhile, The Economist reimagines the Eiffel Tower as a minaret –

– in their recent look at Islam in the cities of Europe; will we someday see a new continent called Eurabia? Finally, read architect Eyal Weizman‘s take on what could be called the military topologics of urban warfare: according to Weizman, for instance, recent incursions by Israeli soldiers have “used none of the streets, roads, alleys, or courtyards that constitute the syntax of the city, and none of the external doors, internal stairwells, and windows that constitute the order of buildings, but rather moved horizontally through party walls, and vertically through holes blasted in ceilings and floors. This form of movement, described by the military as ‘infestation,’ sought to redefine inside as outside, and domestic interiors as thoroughfares. Rather than submit to the authority of conventional spatial boundaries and logic, movement became constitutive of space. The three-dimensional progression through walls, ceilings, and floors across the urban balk reinterpreted, short-circuited, and recomposed both architectural and urban syntax.” (More to be found in this 4.3MB PDF – thanks, Bryan!).
I’ll put up one more post tonight or tomorrow before BLDGBLOG heads off… to Paris. More soon. I hope.

PS: It is apparently safe to dump chemical weapons into landfills.

6 thoughts on “Quick list 1”

  1. Irrelevant PS: This is the first post written from within BLDGBLOG’s new, albeit temporary, offices… BLDGBLOG, formerly produced entirely on the top floor of 2026 Race Street, is now produced… somewhere else. And all of its possessions are in boxes. Hello, new house.

  2.      Hi there…I’ve been checking the BLDGBLOG for a while but only just started subscribing to feeds and of course added your’s.  I’m excited about the possibilities!

         But this is not a real comment…just like your’s is not a “real post” 🙂  The link for “murder-plagued wasteland full of corpses” points to inhabitat, fyi.  I’m in LA area so it’s of great interest to me…


  3. bodhi – Thanks! Fixed the link. Can’t believe I didn’t notice that. And thanks, as well, to Jim W. for pointing out that BLDGBLOG was a blank page all day – whoops. Sorry to Inhabitat for the false link… and to Neddal for screwing the link up in the first place. But now you can all read about corpse-filled woods to your heart’s content.

  4. Great read on Eurabia, seems like we have both under and over estimated some of the problems Europe is facing.

    Most tlling to me are these two quotes, one from a realted article and one from the one you linked:

    “Five years ago, my Afghan sister-in-law emigrated to the United States, where she now works, pays taxes and takes part in public life. If she had turned up in Europe, she would still be undergoing treatment from social workers for her trauma—and she still wouldn’t have got a job or won acceptance as a citizen.”


    “In some ways, a better comparison (in terms of numbers and closeness of homeland) is with Latinos—and nobody in Europe is (yet) talking about building a wall to keep Muslims out.”

  5. It looks like you are in Paris at an interesting time – with all the World CUp craziness.

    Love your blog – keep up the good work!


  6.      Thanks for fixing the “murder-plagued wasteland…” link.  I just got around to reading the article.  Very informative, even if it was from 1997, well before my time here.  I wonder if it’s gotten any better…

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