From mid-2013 to mid-2014, corporate buying of existing properties exceeded $600bn (£395bn) in the top 100 recipient cities, and $1trillion a year later – and this figure includes only major acquisitions (eg. a minimum of $5m in the case of New York City). today’s large-scale corporate buying of urban space in its diverse instantiations introduces […]Read More UNREAL CITY
Went to see the Richard Long exhibition at the Tate Britain. At first there seems something banal, too cool and reductive about it – but then like settling into the rhythm of a long walk… Relativity and measurement Straight lines and meanders Stone and water Movement and stillness Outside and Inside The transient and […]Read More It is solved by walking
I’ve posted some fairly upbeat posts about tackling climate change recently – but there was a less than optimistic message about the latest climate change science from Dr Kevin Anderson from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change to this year’s big low carbon vehicle event and conference held at London’s City Hall. Here’s […]Read More Plug in cars on their way – but too little too late?
Went to an interesting debate hosted by the Green Alliance last night, which featured leads from the three main parties on climate change. Key themes: – the biggest issue on climate change is can a global deal be done (given this requires the developed world to support the developing world)? – there is a consensus between […]Read More Green Alliance Climate Change debate
Watched Richard Linklater’s ‘Waking Life’ on the laptop on an evening train from Euston to Liverpool tonight. I’d seen it before so I knew broadly what to expect and let the animated talking heads undulate and philosophise as my eyes drifted from the screen to the views out of the window, and back again. The train was quiet and the landscape seemed […]Read More Waking life
My favorite portraits of Tilda Swinton – by Kim Andreolli The blessed Tilda is now better known after winning an Oscar…and how cool is this for a morning after winning an Oscar pic? She’s also been attracting more attention recently for her domestic arrangements in the far North of Scotland. Her husband John Byrne was […]Read More Some Tilda Swinton sites and connections
Ive got a soft spot for some of the traditional travel essays, like Palin and Coast but find it increasingly hard to accept the central conceit of these programmes ie that Palin has just turned up at some village and met some interesting characters by chance – when everyone knows its all been researched to […]Read More Belgium – Jonathan Meades investigates
Lectures are the new rock n roll, or the new indie, or the new alt cinema or something. I’ve got no interest in laborious formal education. Tedious. People who have taught the same stuff too many times to people who are only there for a secondary reason – like they need to do a five […]Read More Atmospheres 2 at the London Museum of Garden History