Night White Skies

c1u-6zvweaahtiyI recently had the pleasure of speaking to Sean Lally for his excellent Night White Skies podcast series, on architecture, cities, the politics of space, virtual reality & the imagination. Hope you enjoy ( and listen to the full series, if you get a chance- it’s a treasure trove).

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Hibernating in the woods at the minute and thought I’d do some kind of best of 2016 but it’d likely just consist of a burning tumbril barrelling down a cobbled lane towards a gunpowder store. Instead I thought I’d just mention some recent things I’ve been doing, between drinking and foraging, before the year sinks into the hell from whence it came.

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I have an autobiographical essay on how Belfast put the psycho in psychogeography in the gorgeous Irish journal Winter Papers (edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith).

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I had the pleasure of recently interviewing Lauren Elkin (author of the excellent Flâneuse) for The Irish Times, and I was interviewed about Imaginary Cities and the forthcoming Tidewrack for the Italian magazine Burrasca and the Austrian newspaper Der Standard.

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I have a piece on Augmented Reality in Wired at the minute (love the Tom Gauld illustration for it) and my latest column in Kill Screen is on End Boss interiors (interior decor from the days of Streets of Rage etc).

Thanks to the University of Glasgow and everyone who came to my recent talk on the Politics of Space there, to The Atlantic for recommending my twitter bullshitery, and especially to Jenni Fagan for choosing Imaginary Cities as her favourite read of the year in The Herald. The latter is especially appreciated as I’m a big fan of her writing and The Sunlight Pilgrims, The Panopticon, and all of her poetry are essential reading in my mind.

There are some really cool projects coming in the New Year, if the lousy old Earth continues to turn. In the meantime, have a good one folks and keep the deaths to a minimum.

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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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