Sherlock Holmes in Manchester

January 4th, 2010


Manchester Town Hall appears uncredited in the new film, playing the Houses of Parliament. Under this very ceiling Holmes struggles with Moriarty. Continuity in Architecture will never mistake Waterhouse for Barry even if they can believe Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law are Holmes and Watson.

Notes from New York City #3

October 19th, 2009


8. Sacred Space
Guard with dog keeps people off space in front of Seagram Building, Fifth Avenue.
Get too close to Mies and you will be bitten.


9. Gimp Car
Clothes for your automobile.


10. $25,000 for a lampshade
Previous owner JFK Airport, seen in junkshop in NYC.

Notes from New York City #2

October 6th, 2009


4. The hardest thing about cars is getting rid of them.
Multi-storey car park, NY style, approx. $20 per hour.


5. Hi-Line
Disused elevated railway turned into urban park. Tribeca NY.


6. Did it really happen?
Dutchman buys Manhattan for $26 and some beads.
Statue, gift of Netherlands to NY, closer to Staten Island Ferry terminus.


7. Last horse in NY, Hell’s Kitchen, 2009.

Notes from New York City #1

September 14th, 2009


Architect’s home life.
Italian chromed steel electric fan by Enzio Pirali 1953. Donated to MOMA by Philip Johnson 1956.



New Cooper Union Campus Third Ave E7th St by Thomas Mayne of Morphosis opening this week, September 2009.

Mayne’s design, conceived with the belief that space can inspire learning, embodies Cooper Union’s intention to create an academic building that will have the same impact that the Foundation Building had on higher education in 1859 and that our Chrysler Building had on New York architecture in the 1930s George Campbell, President

We don’t have to take this seriously but it does make a great skate board ramp.



Skyscrapers horizontal and vertical
Williamsburg bridge & random NY building.


Notes from Belgrade #3

June 25th, 2009


7. World’s first radio controlled boat. By Nikola Tesla, c.1900.


8. Wallpaper outside. Leaf wallpaper on windows to modern apartments, Belgrade.


9. Belgrade School of Architecture, staircase, you can imagine what the studios were like.

Notes from Belgrade #2

May 31st, 2009


4. Block 23 from Block 22: Picturesque brutalism, a city in the sky. Twenty floors up ivy grows and pigeon loft has been built. (Novi Beograd: Architects: Jankovic, Karadzic, Stjepanovic, 1975).


5. Weightlifter: Meaty Doric column on Belgrade Post Office.


6. Key Target: One of many elegant metal doors from Twentieth century Belgrade.

Notes from Belgrade #1

May 18th, 2009

Some sights from a recent trip to Belgrade (Beograd):


1. Bill Clinton and Urban Design: Nikola Dobrovic, Architect, 1963, Ministry of Defence, Belgrade, in two parts, whose stepped forms matched each other across a major street, forming an image of a particular steep valley where Yugoslav partisans scored an important victory in WWII. Bombed, both halves, very accurately 1999. Many in Belgrade want the ruins preserved. A fine building, oddly moving in its present state.


2. Ashes of Nikola Tesla: In a sphere on a column, like Emperor Augustus. Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade.


3. New Orthodox: From the Milosevic era, a new concrete Orthodox church, which can be seen from all over Belgrade, in progress. Outside a blue pinnacle and marble dressings are ready to be put in place.


Leaning Tower of Plečnik

May 11th, 2009

St Antun* Catholic Church, Belgrade. 1936-63. Architect: Jože Plečnik


A circular church with a circular tower that is now leaning slightly as can be seen in the gap between it and the neighbouring block.


Monolithic columns in the porch have capitals unlike any I have ever seen, what are they? Due to the crowded site this building is very hard to photograph.


Architect’s drawings as reproduced in Ferlenga & Polano (authors) Jože Plečnik, Progetti e città. Electa, Milano 1990*St Anthony of Padua

The Measure of the Man

April 13th, 2009


Giant Slide Rule for disbelievers.

Uncle Monty’s place

April 8th, 2009


Threshold of Sleddale Hall, one of the most remote houses in England, Uncle Monty’s Cottage in the film Withnail and I, has graffiti in the form of lines from the film.


More Mont-de-Huisnes

February 3rd, 2009


Door handle at Mont-de-Huisnes German war cemetery, Normandy (built 1967).

Mont-de-Huisnes, Normandy

January 13th, 2009


This German war cemetery, Mont-de-Huisnes, Normandy, 1967, is very beautifully detailed. From the grass roof one has a view of Mont-Saint-Michel rising like a mystic city from the sea.

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge

(Peoples Association for the Care of German War Graves)