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mausolea, sepulchral cities and elysium
24 July 2010

sepulchral cities 
       and elysium

are some of the items that caught my imagination when reading the 2001 pamphlet publication joseph gandy and the shadow of the enlightenment, by brian lukacher. the soane annual lecture series produces these modest publications based on the talks given by esteemed guest speakers. this title was suggested to me by ian pollard, good friend [and futurist], who apparently understands my 'taste' in architecture.

"gandy's mind ran on obsequies"
- john summerson

the deep and hollow worlds of gandy's imagination incite fear in me. and i suppose i value this type of work; this painting, prose or built thing; capable of a cerebral engagement, where understanding is secondary to an emotional reconstruction.

some similar work of the same time is that of william blake - clearly not for style but for tone and perhaps symbolism and subject in his drawings. blake, like gandy, probably became interested in dante's 14th century epic the divine comedy, in particular dante's inferno. considering blake was relatively unknown while he was alive, i doubt he and gandy ever met. i would like to be a fly on the wall there!

  1. pandaemonium - satan's palace
  2. bank of england in ruins
  3. epic bank of england in ruins

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on bd website

on bd's website

while i was not selected to be a part of bd's class of 2010, on the bd website my [and my tutor's] statements have been given a page of their own. i reckon having some extra 'web presence' is better than nothing.

as a consequence of this webpage's creation, it seems that googling my name brings up my work as the 6th result from the top [at time of writing] - that in of itself is interesting to me as i am fascinated by this invisible algorithm which determines page rank on google's search results.

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city routes 002
22 July 2010

five point seven kilometres
route to barbican and serpentine pavilion
which has table tennis tables,
which seem exclusively occupied by architects/students
which is credit to you nouvel

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[ jean nouv serp pav ]

ten point five kilometres
on the bike this time
checking out a flat to live in
on return leg, watched aftobeats and opera signing at ply park
at the shoreditch festival
and a wee read of super-critical

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city routes 001
12 July 2010

city routes 001

eighth july twenty ten
ramble to architecture association summer exhibition.
eleven point three kilometres
first time to walk up euston road.

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nineth july twenty ten
ramble to regents park and notting hill.
eleven point one kilometres
london by bike seems increasingly attractive

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