The Age of Spectacle: The Rise and Fall of Iconic Architecture – Tom Dyckhoff

Intuitively we all know what the term 'iconic architecture' means, we've seen enough of it to also know that it does not always mean good architecture. Actually, the more investors focus on the iconic aspect the worse the architecture usually becomes. Tom Dyckhoff tries to understand this phenomenon and its origins. It was fun to …

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Stanfords – 12 bookshops for 12 months – May

This time I planned well and managed to get my lazy self to Stanfords within May, it was very helpful that I had no travel planned, as in the previous months I've been out of the UK for at least two weekends. Somehow in my brain going to explore a new bookshop is a weekend …

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London: The Biography – Peter Ackroyd – Quotes

Drunkenness was general, and there are continual references to citizens falling from their solars to the ground, falling down steps into the Thames, falling off ladders. London is not a civilised nor a graceful city, despite the testimony of the maps. It is tortuous, inexact and oppressive. It could never be laid out again with …

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