the school of life

Alain de Botton has opened a shop (School of Life) in London. wha?

It has my old drawing teacher from Camberwell, drawing on the walls.

They're organising architectural trips to Heathrow and holidays to the Isle of Wight with Martin Parr. There are books. And a lecture room. Oh and psychotherapy of course.

But I thought the economy was rubbish?
More info from Dezeen.


record envelopes recommended by rafael.

tonight in london:

Vasco and Pat and Trevor present:


spine stories


moment of reflection:

From Emiraty via Adam.


cacao at cafe oto tomorrow:

a half of cacao (anil) will be playing sounds for 20 minutes, i'll be projecting these images (a ghost inside dan's laptop) and people will be plugged in. le placard headphones festival v.1! fun times. Here's the line-up.

PS. here is a picture of cacao in highgate woods, may 2008. taken by the lovely sheikh.

open house london 2008

With searchable buildings! For instance, here is a map of all the industrial buildings you could explore this weekend.

Here's a picture of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, because one time at Open House weekend I visited the Brunel museum, and it was very good.



slavs and tatars:


In Berlin, Megastructure Reloaded finally opens tomorrow!
(it's been on pause since spring, I've been waiting)

It should be a nice collection of works + ideas: 1960s utopia + contemporary reflections. The list of participants reads like a beautiful book come alive, but with extra criticality, I hope. There's a symposium, so there's a chance.

The exhibition is not intended purely as a documentary representation however; instead the megastructuralists are to be tested for their currency and relevance to the problems of contemporary urban design. We will focus on the connection, so significant for the designs, between architecture/ spatial structures, and visual art, as well as on actual architectonic and urban-design issues..

It's that last bit there that interests me: how these ideas can be practically useful.
A dreamy visions of the city put into action. Like this flexible, modular idea of Eckhard Schulze-Fielitz, I'd like to see built:

Some of my constant-internal-references are involved too: Tomas Saraceno, Gordon Matta-Clark. Superstar Superstudio, BAM:





søtt not sick


(control room)

Thanks dan for telling me about Project Cybersyn. An oddly fantastical tale of socialist cybernetics.

Also liking the Guacharaca Migration mix tape today.

tomorrow night in london and caracas


Pitágora Suichi

ultimate collage.



I want to hear this / have this / hold this:

Plus, it's the 7th in the series of 7"s. It's meant to be!


tomorrow night hannah is an owl.

Hannah has an exhibition tomorrow! It's going to be amazing. I'm so excited. And really sad I can't be there to support my oldest, best, absurdly talented friend. It's on for a long time too! At one of the nicest places to sit and chat and drink and watch people go by too. Imagine, all the different kinds of people on the bus passing through Old street and Kingsland road, peeking through the window, through another window, and into Hannah's wonderful world. It'll make many daydreams complete.

Oh, and if you see her, ask her for one of her "First waves, then clouds" fanzines. It's lovely:


squatters estate agents

Old but great news about a service in London offering prime real estate ready to be squatted. From Robert Neuwirth via the Daily Mail via Indymedia (woah there)