Exploring the Post Office Railway
Wow. And I thought my visit to Aldwych abandoned station was impressive… these guys from Silent UK (an urban exploration blog) managed to access and explore the entirety of the ‘Mail Rail’ – an underground railway built beneath London to transport post from East to West, and abandoned since 2003.
Amazing pictures and words here.
Simple Present / Bert Danckaert, 2011
Great images from global cities by Belgian photographer Bert Danckaert. Such a great sense of colour & composition.
Aldwych station / photographs, 2012
New photography on my Flickr page – exploring the now disused Aldwych tube station (more info here)
Shoreditch / Tudor Prisacariu, 2012
Tudor from Sennep has just produced this great series of landscape shots documenting Shoreditch in East London.
Borrow Build Abandon / Jamie McGregor Smith, 2012
Now that London 2012 is in full swing, I think more or less everyone has agreed that we’ve built some bloody beautiful buildings for the Games. What will prove to be the real test though, in terms of ‘successful’ architecture, is what happens in the years to come.
The planners and architects for London 2012 were determined that we wouldn’t be saddled with useless buildings for years, so many structures will come down completely, whereas others, like the main stadium and aquatic centre, will be ‘deconstructed’ into smaller versions.
Greece, however, did not plan so well. Photographer Jamie McGregor Smith has been documenting the mess that resulted from the Athens games in 2004. Only 3 of the 22 purpose-built structures remain in use, the others costing $100 million a year in upkeep costs. Ouch!
An exhibition of Jamie’s photographs opens in September.
Bridge Studio & Squish Studio / Fogo Island Arts Corporation, 2012
Absolutely stunning artists’ studios in the wilderness of Canada’s Fogo Island, for the Fogo Island Arts Corporation.
Architecture by Saunders.
OK, this is a pretty astonishing resource for people interested in London’s modern architecture. Mark Osborne has so far catalogued over 250 buildings on his site, each plotted on a map, and shown with photographs, info, and in some cases, floorplans.
Back in 2009 I posted about my attempt to start a Google Map of all my favourite buildings in London. I thought I was doing well (see the current state of the map here), but my efforts absolutely pail in comparison with this guy! Nice one Mark!
This Is Not A House / Edgar Martins, 2009
An exhibition of Martins’ project exploring the US housing crisis is opening at The Wapping Project this week. Can’t wait to see some of these stunning images up-close. See my previous post about Martins here.
Stupidly awesome photography from Cristoffer Rudquist. I like his Japan series especially — really makes me want to fly to Tokyo with a camera.
Allandale House / William O’Brien Jr, 2011
Beautiful renderings for a residence in the wilderness, by William O’Brien Jr.
Via Cabin Porn