During my holiday …

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One of the highlights of my time in Rio was ‘doing’ art with my daughter. She is also a printmaker and like me self taught. So we both enjoy any opportunity to…

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Saving Lives with Smart Urban Design

Originally posted on The Dirt:

Cities Safer by Design, a report by the World Resources Institute Cities Safer by Design, a report by the World Resources Institute / WRI

Globally, 1.24 million people are killed in traffic accidents every year, with more than 90 percent of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income counties. Traffic-related incidents are the eighth-leading cause of death worldwide, and the number-one leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15-29. A response to the United Nations’ declaration to create a “Decade of Action” on improving traffic safety, Cities Safer by Design, a new report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, offers urban design best practices and real-world case studies both developed and developing world cities can use to put an end to traffic deaths and injuries.

Cities Safer by Design presents five basic urban design elements that create safer travel environments: block size, connectivity, lane width, access, and population density.

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Chtcheglov’s Formulary for a New Urbanism

Originally posted on Andrea Gibbons:

7041009This has been my favourite of all of the works that poured from the pens of lettrists and situationists and all the -ists of the place and period. These quotes are drawn from the translation of tom mcdonaugh’s the situationists and the city, which was for the most part a truly inspired collection, and wonderful to read in rapid succession to The Beach Beneath the Streets.  Nice to see Mike Davis there in the acknowledgments as well, for his inspiration and encouragement of the project.

I intend to find out more of Ivan Chtcheglov — or Gilles Ivain, but these are my favourite bits from ‘Formulary for a New Urbanism’ from the Internationale situationniste no 1 (June 1958). I love the opening:

We are bored in the city, there is no longer any temple of the sun. Between the legs of women walking by the Dadaists would have…

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Mainstream Modern

Originally posted on This Is Not A History Blog:

Here’s a website that’s worth checking out if you’re in to modernist architecture and design. The research and detail that has gone into this project is, frankly, phenomenal.


It is mostly based around Manchester and the North West, which is a welcome change considering so many architecture blogs, or, should I say, British architecture blogs, focus on “that” London. I have done some work with Manchester Modernist Society and, for their money, Richard Brook, creator of Mainstream Modern, is the guy for information about Modernism, Brutalism and 20th century architecture in the North West. He is the Principal Lecturer for Architecture at the Manchester School of Art, so you can rest assured that he has worthy credentials.

In addition to the thoroughly researched materials, Brook has accompanied each entry with a mixture of archival and personally-taken pictures. You can find out more about the project here, but, in…

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Manchester Gangland’s ‘Mr Big’ Was Shot Dead Last Night

Originally posted on VEXED:

Paul Massey, dubbed “Salford’s Mr Big” by a local councillor for his role in a riot in the early-90s (Massey always denied he was there), was shot dead outside his home in Salford, Greater Manchester last night. Police responded to reports of gunfire at around 7:30PM on Sunday, and eyewitnesses have claimed a lone gunman was responsible for Massey’s death.

Massey was a notorious figure in Manchester, once brushing off allegations that he was a gangster with the words: “A gangster is a person who goes out letting guns off unnecessary, shooting people unnecessary and basically getting involved in unnecessary crime.”

In 1999, Massey was sentenced to 14 years in prison after stabbing a man in a nightclub. In 2011, after his release, he was arrested on suspicion of money laundering – a charge he denied at the time, then again this March as the investigation continued. In 2012, telling…

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Homeless protesters denied legal aid in case against Manchester City Council

Originally posted on Cycling Scientist:

The case to obtain a ban against homeless protest camps within Manchester city centre had to be adjourned this week due to the defendants being refused legal aid on the day of the hearing...

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Postcard No. 32: Salford Crescent

Originally posted on Postcards from Manchester:


After work I found some pints at The Crescent ―
you’ll be happy to know the Beetham Tower
(a.k.a. Fish Finger) still peers over the chimney tops.
The same two old guys stood at the bar
in their flat caps and tweeds.
I sat in the booth where we had a pint ―
the one where Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
sat and discussed the theory of Communism ―
and you took my picture.

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Pixels (2010)

Originally posted on Short Guy Toons:

Yes, this is the short that inspired the criminally Sandlerific feature film that opened in theaters recently. And yes, Futurama did it better with “Anthology of Interest II”. That aside, it’s a fun little short that uses some decent nostalgic gags to make up for a total lack of story (For example, I’m still not sure why these guys came out of a TV instead of an old Video Arcade Machine).

And for those of you doubting the Futurama inspiration, just click below:


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In Brazil, winter is a lie.

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Imaging Brazil 146: Jumping Warriors in Belo Horizonte, MG (2007)

Originally posted on Adriano Antoine:

A personal selection of photographs with their stories in English, Portuguese, and Dutch (scroll down for the Portuguese and Dutch texts).

146. Burundian warriors / Guerreros de Burundi / Burundese krijgers


NOVEMBER 2007: Burundian warriors

It wasn’t me who made these drummers jump. This jump was part of the act of these world famous Burundian warriors. They were giving a thrilling percussion session, as part of the Zumbi Parade in Belo Horizonte in November 2007. They jumped quite high while beating the drum. Most bystanders were amazed by the percussionists’ muscular arms. Only a few months later, some members of this percussionist group suddenly disappeared, when they had a show in the Netherlands. This picture has become one of my favorites, because of the movements registered.

NOVEMBRO 2007: Guerreros de Burundi

(tradução em breve).

NOVEMBER 2007: Burundese krijgers

Nee, ik liet ze niet schrikken met mijn verschijning. Deze…

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