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The City Has Eyes

[Image: Photo by BLDGBLOG]. In the distant summer of 2002, I worked for a few months at Foster + Partners in London, tasked with helping to archive Foster's old sketchbooks, hand-drawings, and miscellaneous other materials documenting dozens of different architectural projects over the past few decades.

The Town That Creep Built

[Image: A curb in Hayward, California, shows how much the ground is drifting due to “fault creep”; the red-painted part of the curb is slowly but relentlessly moving north.

Terrestrial Sonar

[Image: Via Getty Images]. I found this clipping, below, in my desk again last night, and, as you can tell, it's a clipping from Scientific American that has been following me around since 1998 (!

An Artful Rearrangement of Darkness

A post yesterday over on Rock, Paper, Shotgun described a new game called "Kieru," in which monochromatic ninjas lost in a monochromatic landscape alternately blend in with and radically stand out from their architectural surroundings.

Box Kites, Planes, and Super-Ceilings

Here are some interesting houses by Greek architect Takis Zenetos, whose work we first looked at way back in 2009.

Tree / House

[Image: A tree turned into architecture by the addition of a door.

Mathematical Averages and the Landscape of the American Midwest

[Image: From the Midwestern Culture Sampler by Design With Co.]. Alas, I did not have a chance to write about this project while it was still on public display last month at the Graham Foundation in Chicago, but Design With Co.—an interesting firm previously featured here for their Farmland World proposal—has put together an analytic landscape model called the Midwestern Culture Sampler.

Everything is Architecture

[Image: An "unofficial illustration" of the idea by Huntington Ingalls, via gCaptain]. A Washington State legislator has channeled his inner Hans Hollein, proposing the radical adaptive urban reuse of discarded military equipment: turning old aircraft carriers into a new Seattle toll bridge.

Signal-Blocking Architecture and the Faraday Home

[Image: "RAM House" by Space Caviar]. An interesting new project by Space Caviar asks, "Does your home have an airplane mode?

Urban CAT Scan

[Image: By ScanLab Projects, with permission from the British Postal Museum & Archive]. The London-based ScanLab Projects, featured here many times before, have completed a new commission, this time from the British Postal Museum & Archive, to document the so-called "Mail Rail," a network of underground tunnels that opened back in 1927.

Infrastructure as Processional Space

[Image: A view of the Global Containers Terminal in Bayonne; Instagram by BLDGBLOG]. I just spent the bulk of the day out on a tour of the Global Containers Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey, courtesy of the New York Infrastructure Observatory.


[Image: From Non_Sequitur: A Neighborhood by Anthony Morey]. A gorgeous project called Non_Sequitur: A Neighborhood by Anthony Morey, made while still a B.A.

Buy A Complex Of Submarine Pits

[Image: Courtesy of Sotheby's]. Back to opportunities in real estate: if you were tempted by the Minneapolis skyway but you're saving your money for something a bit warmer throughout the year, consider snapping up the "Submarine Pits on Boca Chica Key." [Image: Courtesy of Sotheby's].


[Images: "N House" by Roote is a clever response to a hillside plot in Fukuoka, Japan, accommodating a 4-meter (13-foot) change in elevation from one side of the house to the other; images courtesy of Roote via designboom].


[Image: From "Destination Docklands" by Emma Colthurst]. This is such a clever architectural model: a project by Emma Colthurst from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London is presented as a narrative gyroscope, an urban universe of wheels within wheels, of shifting ground planes and emerging landscapes amidst a carousel of new horizons.


[Image: The "Vanessa School" (1973) by Fitch and Co., a retail design firm run by Rodney Fitch, whose later motto was "Shopping is the Purpose of Life." I don't otherwise have any info about the school; image found via aqqindex].

Models & Prototypes

[Image: "Dome-shaped Architectural Staircase Model," courtesy of the Cooper Hewitt]. If you liked those two staircase posts from earlier today, a reader has pointed out that the Cooper Hewitt has a whole slew of "Models & Prototypes" on display that seem worth checking out.

The Celebrity Libido Labyrinth of Hollywood

[Image: A blueprint of tunnels rumored to connect the Playboy Mansion with nearby celebrity homes, via Playboy].

Grimm City

[Image: Grimm City University from Grimm City by Flea Folly Architects]. Later this summer, London's Flea Folly Architects—Pascal Bronner & Thomas Hillier—will be running a workshop in what they broadly call "narrative architecture" at the Tate Modern.

In a Pinch

[Image: A staircase in the Grands Magasins Dufayel; view larger]. The second staircase I wanted to post today—here's the first—is from the Grands Magasins Dufayel, a vast, 19th-century department store in Paris.