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Month December 2010

Hjurt (Pariah refix)

Music of Forest Swords, video from No Pain in Pop

Reverting to Type

By Lima Charlie

Curated by Graham Bignell & Richard Ardagh, Reverting to Type will showcase the work of twenty contemporary letterpress practitioners from around the world.

10th–24th Dec 2010 and 4th–22nd Jan 2011
Standpoint Gallery
45 Coronet Street
London N1 6HD
Open daily 10AM–6PM

new-north-press.co.uk

Linotype: The Film

By Linotype the Film

“Linotype: The Film” is a documentary about Ottmar Mergenthaler’s amazing Linotype typecasting machine and the people who own and love these machines today.

Autone, Gdansk, Poland

Via unurth

Learning from Las Vegas

Via National Geographic, photograph by NASA

Photographed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, the bright lights of Las Vegas and the surrounding metropolitan area create a blotch of color in the otherwise inky blackness of Nevada’s Mojave Desert. The shot was taken November 30.

The Las Vegas Strip is reputed to be the brightest nighttime spot on Earth, due to the concentration of light from hotels and casinos, according to NASA.

A Rolling Masterplan, by Jagnefalt Milton

Via Dezeen

The Swedish architecture office Jagnefalt Milton has been awarded in the Norwegian master plan competition for the city of Åndalsnes. Their proposal was a to have buildings rolling through the city on rails. On Friday the jury went public with the awarded master plans for the city of Åndalsnes.

The jury awarded the Swedish office for a proposal where existing and new rail roads would provide the base for new building that could be rolled back and forth depending on seasons and situations. Amongst other they propose a rolling hotel, a rolling public bath and a rolling concert hall.

“We are really happy that the jury took our proposal serious, its not only a good proposal which we are very proud of, it´s also fully doable,” says Carl Jägnefält one of the two founders of Jägnefält Milton.

The jury was impressed by the swedes proposals that did not propose new city blocks, public squares, boardwalks etcetera, but instead focused entirely on the existing rail road network and created something unexpected from it. They were also moved by the presentation material which they thought had a surreal mood with a magic and Tarkovsky-esk atmosphere that contrasted well with the sober and technical plans and axonometric drawings.

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Encompassing Environment, SCI-Arc

Via Architect’s Newspaper Blog

37 first year SCI-Arc students have just finished a mesmerizing new installation in the school’s parking lot called Sway. The project is made of 228 thin bundled steel rods, bolted into the ground and joined via flexible (and wild) wire units above. The vast and tightly-packed array of bendy rods are responsive to subtle changes in wind force (and not-so-subtle pushing by visitors), enabling the structure to move around like trees in a forest, or a collection of organisms. At night they catch the light in changing and surprising ways.

The 1A Studi0—which produces a large installation every year— was led by professors Nathan Bishop, Eric Kahn and Jenny Wu. Bishop accurately called the piece an “encompassing environment.” Which is what makes it so great: the chance to walk right into the art and interact with it.

Great Ocean Road Classic

By Rapha

Gaping Maw

Via National Geographic, Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE

Looking like an iridescent shark jaw, the supernova remnant IC 443 glows amid an interstellar cloud of dust and gas, as seen in a picture from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, released December 9.

IC 443 is notable for having two distinct halves: a northern shell of sheet-like filaments (pink) and a southern shell of denser clumps and knots (blue). The top half is emitting light from iron, neon, silicon, and oxygen gases. The bottom is primarily emitting light from hydrogen gas.

Studying the odd structure can give scientists insight into how stellar explosions interact with their environments. The scientists think, for example, that the two halves are the result of shock waves that hit the interstellar medium—thin gases that float in the voids between stars—at different speeds.

Egyptrixx – Start from the Beginning

By Datdatdat / A. N. Fischer