Mega City Dun

mega-city-2-judge-dredd Thanks to everyone at the Dundee Literary Festival and those who came for a great event. There’s been an avalanche of things happening recently, which I’m still digging my way through, and tomorrow may finally be the first day I’ve had any kind of stability in five years, but if you get a chance I did an interview with Rhys Tranter about books and cities that may interest – excerpt below,

“The writers I’ve loved since, from Montaigne to Borges to Solnit have that same sense of roaming, of proving “why not?” when stepping over frequently-artificial boundaries. It’s not for everyone but I love literature that contains this tendency to roam. It goes beyond even literature I suppose. There’s a colossal amount of be gained from learning from people in other artforms, cine-essayists like Chris Marker or musicians like Brian Eno. I’m not really interested in literature that just speaks to itself. I’d rather literature be a dense and messy city than an ordered monastery.”

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Art Brut

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‘The origins of Brutalism have made it a fascinating subject for those interested in space, Continue reading

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Imaginary Cities – U.S. edition

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Delighted to announce University of Chicago Press will be publishing Imaginary Cities in the U.S. in April. Continue reading

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Ramblin’

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A huge thank you to everyone who came to my recent talks at the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I enjoyed both immensely. Thanks especially to everyone at the German Pavilion, Alastair Donald at the British Council, Adrien Verschuere, Christoph Grafe and Bart Decroos in Venice, and James Crawford (author of the essential Fallen Glory), Stuart Kelly and everyone at the Edinburgh Book Festival for their kindness and hospitality. Thanks also to the Israeli students who took me on a fun and exhilarating speedboat journey through the Venetian Lagoon, which I’ll never forget, having somehow mercifully survived.

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I’m giving a talk in Melbourne next week for those interested in cities, architecture and unbuilt visions of the past and future (with an emphasis on Australian buildings and projects). It’s taking place courtesy of the Robin Boyd Foundation at the magnificent Walsh St House (see below), South Yarra, Thursday (15th) at 6pm. Ticket details can be found on their site.

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Imagining the Future

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Excited to be giving a keynote talk at the Venice Biennale on the 25th of this month on cities, architecture and Utopia (thanks to the British Council and the Flanders Architecture Institute especially for their support). Continue reading

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Exit Flatland

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My first games/architecture column for Kill Screen is online here as a glimpse of the print magazine, which I recommend subscribing to. Continue reading

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Melody (Slight Return)

Forgot to mention this at the time but 33 1/3 had a concert in Rough Trade NYC and Ava Luna performed Histoire de Melody Nelson beautifully. Carlos Hernandez, of the band, handed out a zine he made in response to the album and my book. There was a piece in the Village Voice about it. Good excuse, if any were needed, to give the record another spin and check out the band.

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