Photographs by Benny Lam show life inside Hong Kong flats that have been subdivided to accomodate double-decker bed spaces also called the ‘coffin cubles’. See the series of photographs in the Guardian’s Cities rubrique.
A visually stunning and persuading web-video on the global history of the highrise.
David Roberts and Elaine Kuok live in a different neighborhood every month without having a home of their own. This is the second of five portraits of people who are pioneering new ways of living in cities.
The first portrait shared on this blog was on Living in net cafés
This is part of Home Economics, presented at the British Pavilion at the Venice architecture biennale 2016.
Via ‘How we live now‘ of The Guardian
How to catch a copycat criminal when it comes to map making? To protect their work – collecting data, drawing, check spelling etc. and constantly double checking with what is really out there – companies use a simple trick. This is to add small fake cities, streets or houses to the maps they produce. If someone copies the map, instead of producing a genuine one, the company will be able to identify the copycat criminal by indicating the artificially introduced features that do not exist in reality.
Agloe, a city on the maps of New York, was such a copyright trap. It was added by Otto G. Lindbergh and Ernest Alpers from General Drafting Co. to a road map in the state of New York that they made in the 1930s. A few years later it appeared on a map of the rival firm Rand McNally. Lindbergh and Alpers had every argument at hand to bring legal proceedings against the makers of the new map.
However, Rand McNally could prove that the place exists. They could show that there is a shop at the place in question that is named as ‘Agloe General Store’. The fake place was transformed into a real place through a series of events: The shop owner found the name on a map. The map was issued by Esso. Esso obtained the map from Lindbergh and Alpers. The shop owner used ‘Agloe’ from the Esso map to name his store.
‘Agloe General Store’ has vanished since. However, Agloe still appeared on Google Maps a few years ago. Whilst Google has removed the name since, the US Geological Survey added Agloe to the Geographic Names Information System.
John Green uses the myth of Agloe in his novel Paper Towns. The book was adapted into a film. Fans of book and film have recently reopened search for Agloe. Today, there is a sign where the coordinates appear on the map.
i Cafe Akibaplace – provides showers, meals, clothes and everything else you might need for spending a night in Japan’s capital. This is via the Guardian’s series on the revolution in urban living.
Ian Sinclair on his new book The Last London
This is via LRB. Check out these links on the LRB-Sinclair relationship:
The Last London: http://lrb.me/xuk
Swimming on the 52nd Floor: http://lrb.me/mq0
The Raging Peloton: Boris Bikes: http://lrb.me/y8k
My Olympics: http://lrb.me/9g0
And do you know the London Orbital book?