Graham Caine’s London Ecological House (1972) processed human excrement into cooking fuel and fertilizer for growing vegetables on-site. Caine, an architecture student at the time, lived in the house for two years.
Via Professor Jamie Woodward
Back in July, Shannon Mattern traced the genealogy of the American hardware store to the earlier, general store and explains How the hardware store orders things, neighborhoods, and material worlds.
“This is a vision of the hardware store as episteme. It holds (and organizes) the tools, values, and knowledges that bind a community and define a worldview. There’s a material and social sensibility embodied in the store, its stuff, and its service, and reflected in the diverse clientele. That might sound a bit lofty for a commercial establishment that sells sharp objects and toxic chemicals…Here, amidst the nuts and bolts, we cultivate the potential to order things, places, communities, politics, and values — we might even say, to build and repair worlds.“
I have previously seen less flattering angles and discussions regarding the concrete patterning and overall black, fortress-like, visage of this building.
However, this angle/view, makes me reconsider, that perhaps it is rather Excellent!
More decorative, faceted than I realized.
via Bruce Sterling