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Life Without Buildings 2014-06-30 17:02:24
Architecturally Ghostbusting World War II BunkersObservation post (with container). These drawings, taken from Bunker Archeology, show just how massive these structures are. The heavy black lines represent solid concrete but remind me of the poché on a Beaux-Arts-style drawing. ?One of the essential characteristics of the bunker is that it is one of the rare modern monolithic architectures.? So writes philosopher-artist-dromologist Paul Virilio in …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-06-30 17:02:24
Architecturally Ghostbusting World War II BunkersObservation post (with container). These drawings, taken from Bunker Archeology, show just how massive these structures are. The heavy black lines represent solid concrete but remind me of the poché on a Beaux-Arts-style drawing. ?One of the essential characteristics of the bunker is that it is one of the rare modern monolithic architectures.? So writes philosopher-artist-dromologist Paul Virilio in …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-06-23 12:00:24
The Map-maker of Gotham CityEliot R. Brown’s hand drawn map of Gotham. (Eliot R. Brown) Gotham City is the perpetually dark comic book metropolis of alleys, asylums, caves, mansions, and of course, Batman. The Dark Knight of DC Comics celebrates his 75th anniversary this year but Gotham didn?t become the hometown of the Caped Crusader until 1940, when Batman co-creator Bill Finger …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-06-23 12:00:24
The Map-maker of Gotham CityEliot R. Brown’s hand drawn map of Gotham. (Eliot R. Brown) Gotham City is the perpetually dark comic book metropolis of alleys, asylums, caves, mansions, and of course, Batman. The Dark Knight of DC Comics celebrates his 75th anniversary this year but Gotham didn?t become the hometown of the Caped Crusader until 1940, when Batman co-creator Bill Finger …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-06-16 12:00:52
From Die Hard to James Bond: Mechanical Spaces and MoviesJohn McClane crawls through the mechanical spaces of Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard. The following essay  on Die Hard, Kafka, Deleuze, The Towering Inferno, Inception, James Bond, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning originally appeared in Volume 37: Is This Not a Pipe? - ?So you?re telling me the new space is secure and the old street entry …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-06-16 12:00:52
Dr. No, Die Hard, and Deleuze: Mechanical Spaces and MoviesJohn McClane crawls through the mechanical spaces of Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard. The following essay  on Die Hard, Kafka, Deleuze, The Towering Inferno, Inception, James Bond, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning originally appeared in Volume 37: Is This Not a Pipe? - ?So you?re telling me the new space is secure and the old street entry …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-04-15 13:00:21
From Bauhaus to Dollhouse: When Architects Think SmallWorkers furnish Queen Mary’s Dollhouse in the drawing room of Lutyen’s London apartment                           (via The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton) Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) was one of the foremost British architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though his name …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-04-15 13:00:21
From Bauhaus to Dollhouse: When Architects Think SmallWorkers furnish Queen Mary’s Dollhouse in the drawing room of Lutyen’s London apartment                           (via The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton) Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) was one of the foremost British architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though his name …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-02-28 07:04:44
Edgar Allan Poe, Design CriticA room furnished according to Poe’s “The Philosophy of Furniture” for a 1959 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum (Image courtesy the Brooklyn Museum) In Edgar Allan Poe?s short story ?Landor?s Cottage,? the author paints an idealized picture of his own New York Cottage. He describes the building in painstaking–some might even say excruciating–detail, but Poe also devotes a short paragraph to cottage?s …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-02-28 07:04:44
Edgar Allan Poe, Design CriticA room furnished according to Poe’s “The Philosophy of Furniture” for a 1959 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum (Image courtesy the Brooklyn Museum) In Edgar Allan Poe?s short story ?Landor?s Cottage,? the author paints an idealized picture of his own New York Cottage. He describes the building in painstaking–some might even say excruciating–detail, but Poe also devotes a short paragraph to cottage?s …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-01-29 13:59:17
From Pits and Pendulums to Pastoral Porches: Edgar Allan Poe’s Bronx GetawayThe cottage rented by Edgar Allan Poe from 1846 until his death in 1849, located in Poe Park in the Bronx. Once upon a morning dreary, I left Brooklyn with eyes bleary, Wearily I took the subway to a poet’s old forgotten home. In 1844, Edgar Allan Poe and his young wife …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-01-29 13:59:17
From Pits and Pendulums to Pastoral Porches: Edgar Allan Poe’s Bronx GetawayThe cottage rented by Edgar Allan Poe from 1846 until his death in 1849, located in Poe Park in the Bronx. Once upon a morning dreary, I left Brooklyn with eyes bleary, Wearily I took the subway to a poet’s old forgotten home. In 1844, Edgar Allan Poe and his young wife …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-01-24 00:21:33
The Abandoned Cathedral We were sketching outside the Eglise Sacré-C?ur de Casablanca when a small man slowly shuffled out of the strange, Deco-Gothic structure and gestured for us to come inside. How could we resist? We stepped through the enormous cathedral door and our host smiled wide, saying in hesitant English, ?a church with no chairs,? before disappearing. It was a profound …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-01-24 00:21:33
The Abandoned Cathedral We were sketching outside the Eglise Sacré-C?ur de Casablanca when a small man slowly shuffled out of the strange, Deco-Gothic structure and gestured for us to come inside. How could we resist? We stepped through the enormous cathedral door and our host smiled wide, saying in hesitant English, ?a church with no chairs,? before disappearing. It was a profound …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-12-31 20:04:51
Design Decoded: Building Better Bricks by Brewing Beer Researchers have discovered a way to use a byproduct of beer brewing to improve bricks. While for most of us, the side-effects of beer consumption include might include late night pizza, questionable decisions, and painful hangovers, researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar in Portugal have found a way to turn binge drinking into binge …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-12-31 20:04:51
Design Decoded: Building Better Bricks by Brewing Beer Researchers have discovered a way to use a byproduct of beer brewing to improve bricks. While for most of us, the side-effects of beer consumption include might include late night pizza, questionable decisions, and painful hangovers, researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar in Portugal have found a way to turn binge drinking into binge …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-12-20 03:18:44
Design Decoded: The Impressive Results of When You Ask Architects to Build With Gingerbread Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, as imagined in gingerbread by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves (image: caitlinstlye.com) Around this time every year, architects around the world are inspired to tie on their black Prada aprons, roll up their sleeves and apply their seven-plus years of education to the deliciously …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-12-20 03:18:44
Design Decoded: When Architects Build With Gingerbread Frank Lloyd Wright?s Guggenheim Museum, as imagined in gingerbread by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves (image: caitlinstlye.com) Around this time every year, architects around the world are inspired to tie on their black Prada aprons, roll up their sleeves and apply their seven-plus years of education to the deliciously painstaking construction of gingerbread houses. Gingerbread was …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-12-11 19:04:02
Design Decoded: Traveling in Style and Comfort: The Pullman Sleeping Car An early Pullman sleeping car (image: American Science and Invention) The holiday season just started and, like many of you, I?ve already spent way too much time in crowded airports, cramped airplane seats, and desolate, freezing train platforms. It wasn?t always like this. There was a time when we didn?t shove our …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-12-11 19:04:02
Design Decoded: Traveling in Style and Comfort: The Pullman Sleeping Car An early Pullman sleeping car (image: American Science and Invention) The holiday season just started and, like many of you, I?ve already spent way too much time in crowded airports, cramped airplane seats, and desolate, freezing train platforms. It wasn?t always like this. There was a time when we didn?t shove our …


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