Archive for the 'Cities' Category

Margins Music

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

I’m behind on a lot of things right now thanks to a bad case of RSI, but I’ve been meaning to post about this.  Dusk and Blackdown’s album Margins Music has finally been released and, along with it, a stunningly produced video.  It’s not a music video in the usual sense – it cuts together […]

To the ground

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Reading: JG Ballard High Rise Listening to: Theo Parrish First Floor Iain Sinclair in the LRB on the razing of East London for the 2012 Olympics: The scam of scams was always the Olympics: Berlin in 1936 to Beijing in 2008. Engines of regeneration. Orgies of lachrymose nationalism. War by other means. Warrior-athletes watched, from […]


Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Above: J. Mourinho, kode9 and Burial in a press briefing. Not pictured: Burial. Just a few short notes because I’m too deep in comp studying to do any more for the next while: John says the long-awaited second issue of Woofah is currently at the printers and should be hitting shops shortly. More of the […]

Raggage, eh?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

A ‘wot do u call it’ moment from the early days of UK Garage. This DJ Magazine article from early 1997 was, apparently, the first and last word on ‘raggage.’ I was curious but skeptical. What kind of name was that? And why would I go for junglish house when I was having a hard […]

Unhome: Vadding the Man-made Unknown

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

A while back at BLDGBLOG: ‘Drains of Canada – An Interview with Michael Cook’ – fits well with my troglodyte bit (also John Eden’s sewering in Bow E3), and reminds me to do a tribute that I began but never posted two years ago. . . . “…a triad of paranoia, sleep deprivation and heavy […]

Troglodytes of the Urban Imagination

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Colonies gone native in the infrastructure, perennial fixation of the urban industrial psyche. … “The southern end of the tunnel is flooded, an invitation to a refreshing swim. For a moment it seems that others have already followed this invitation and are now splashing around a deep pit in the tunnel’s middle, their muted laughter […]


Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Disconnected: In more ways than one. I’m moving this week and likely won’t have much access to the internet for several days. So no posts and patchier than usual email response. Monu: It’s not new but I recently discovered a copy of Monu at the local newsagent. Monu simply stands for Magazine on Urbanism. It’s […]

Descent into deep time

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

The new squirrels? (photo by ldpix) Vancouver after a 14m rise in sea levels. Flood maps by Alex Tingle (via WOEBOT). Erotics of annihilation. Diesel ‘Global Warming Ready’ ad campaign. * * * Children of Men Finally managed to see Children of Men this past week, a full month after its North American release. It […]


Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

This week, Simon Sellers at Ballardian interviews Geoff Manaugh, owner of BLDBLG, a blog of “architectural conjecture, urban speculation, and landscape futures.” Statoil refix via Mcann Manaugh says: It was no longer just an ‘architecture’ blog; it had its own direction and orientation, and it was even verging on science fiction in some ways. Short […]

BSL-POSE Montreal

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

I spent Thursday wandering through Montreal’s lower-St. Laurent neighbourhood (and beneath it in the Metro – the only subway I know of with rubber wheels) making audio recordings. The aural pull of a walk like this leads to a very different experience of the city. You move slowly, adopting odd strides at times to avoid […]