Monthly Archives: December 2013

The British Library releases 1000000 images into public domain for anyone to use, remix and re-purpose.

table for ghostly feasts

on the 12th of December the British Library announced:
“We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.”

more about the project here

view the entire collection here

This year’s RIBA President’s Medals have been announced.

Razna Begum, from Greenwich University won the Serjeant Drawing Award, you may remember her project for the Grunewald Athenaeum.


grunewald athenaeum

Another project you might recognise, is the New Lohachara project by Kirsty Badenich, from Aarhus School of Architecture, which we saw exhibited at Copenhagen Royal Academy of Fine Arts at the beginning of November.

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Finally I’d also like to draw your attention to an Island project, Kizhi Island,  by Ben Hayes, UCL, which won the silver medal and has worked across various media.

Kizhi Island 01 Kizhi Island 02

More on the projects can be found online here . They will be exhibited at the RIBA, 66 Portland Street, London, W1B 1AD until the end of January.

“Space is no longer what it was in the Dioptric, a network of relations between objects such as would be seen by a witness to my vision or by a geometer looking over it and reconstructing it from outside. It is, rather, a space reckoned starting from me as the zero point or degree zero of spatiality. I do not see it according to its exterior envelope; I live in it from the inside; I am immersed in it. After all, the world is all around me, not in front of me.”

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Eye and Mind, 1964 Trans. Carleton Dallery, in: James M. Edie (ed.), The Primacy of Perception and other Essays on Phenomenological Psychology, the Philosophy of Art, History and Politics, Northwestern University Press

Sir Thomas More, Utopia, 1901

“There are fifty-four cities in the island, all large and well built, the manners, customs, and laws of which are the same, and they are all contrived as near in the same manner as the ground on which they stand will allow.  The nearest lie at least twenty-four miles’ distance from one another, and the most remote are not so far distant but that a man can go on foot in one day from it to that which lies next it.  Every city sends three of their wisest senators once a year to Amaurot, to consult about their common concerns; for that is the chief town of the island, being situated near the centre of it, so that it is the most convenient place for their assemblies.  The jurisdiction of every city extends at least twenty miles, and, where the towns lie wider, they have much more ground.  No town desires to enlarge its bounds, for the people consider themselves rather as tenants than landlords.”

“He that knows one of their towns knows them all—they are so like one another, except where the situation makes some difference.”

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