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A delicate sense of terror

So, I’m still on a Brutalist, Modernist, social housing tip these days. I’m currently reading Lynsey Hanley’s excellent Estates: An Intimate History, which recounts the authors time and experience on a council estate outside Birmingham. As well as a deeply personal reflection on the effects of living on a council estate it is a great potted history of social housing in Britain. It was from this book that I found the quote on the image above. It comes from the architect James Dunnet who, when talking about Ernő Goldfinger‘s much maligned Balfron Tower in East London described the building as inspiring ‘a delicate sense of terror’. As Hanley notes…’is living in a council flat supposed to be delicately terrifying?’.

The image above is a kind of homage to bad photo + vintage filter + helvetica except it’s not a bad photo, it’s not filtered but I have used Helvetica. Because sometimes you just have to.

Many thanks for the amazing image of Trellick Tower (Balfrons big brother) taken by Ted Sandling.

Some great images and commentary on Balfron Tower and many other London housing projects on this great blog: Love London Council Housing.

Brighton Graffiti

book cover concept

Brilliant video, odd singer, retro synths

iamamiwhoami – ; john


Brilliant video, badly dressed singer, retro synths.

Architecture in Helsinki – Escapee


And just amazing. Amon Tobin is touring his album ISAM with a sick stage show put together by these talented people: Via Motus, V Squared Labs, Leviathan and Blasthaus

He’ll be in London on June 25th and I’m pretty sure I’ll be missing out on the audiovisual sensory overload. Damn.


After the street party

Sea views

Trafalgar Street, Brighton

Trafalgar Street, Brighton

Lego logo

Muji logo

Today was a good day. I purchased some In The Night Garden Live! tickets which my daughter will FREAK about when we go in August and I won a competition. I never win anything, mainly because I don’t ever enter competitions. I’ve ‘done’ the National Lottery once in my life and didn’t win jack so I’ve never bothered since. But yesterday I did enter one. On Creative Review‘s Facebook page they mentioned  a competition on Twitter to win some Muji Lego. Muji and Lego. Lovely. To win it you simply had to suggest  what would be your dream Lego set would be. My suggestion? Blade Runner. Imagine that. Awesome. Anyway, I won. Couldn’t believe it. And since I found out I’ve won I’ve been hounding CR like a bell end for my Lego. It’ll be delivered hopefully tomorrow. On the back of this I exchanged tweets with Andrew Arnold, PR and Communications Manager at LEGO Community, Education and Direct (great job!) and he sent me a link to this crazy Lego designer software – I think he’s expecting me to produce an amazing Blade Runner homage. Frightening. I’m going to give it a go and I’d love to reproduce this building:

Blade Runner