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Pleasure principle

Klein Dytham Architecture is the youngish Tokyo-based practice whose interactive communication experience was featured in AR's April issue. The practice is, apart from the local staff, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. Eight years ago they took a three month break in Japan from the RCA See RCA connector and video/TV history.  architecture school and forgot to go back. The nine-strong practice s new site,, designed early this year by SuperFuture, is grey and white with a thick pale orange indent To align text some number of spaces to the right of the left margin. See hanging paragraph.  strap, black and grey sans serif Short horizontal lines added to the tops and bottoms of traditional typefaces, such as Times Roman. Contrast with sans-serif.

 text with changeable items in dark blue. It's simple, fast and effective. It's a big site covering a range of work from architecture, design, interiors, exhibition design plus some left-field stuff which includes a Pecha Kucha Pecha Kucha (ペチャクチャ  Night during which you can show and tell about a recent project, building, whatever. You have to show exactly 20 images and you get 20 seconds for each and you can do explanatory voiceovers. This is also the site which 'catches Western stars in Japan who would not be seen dead pushing pr oducts in their own country' such as Antonio Banderas, Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford (he does Kirin beer in a sauna)--and Meg Ryan endorsing the Mitsubishi Dingo The Mitsubishi Mirage Dingo is a mini MPV built by Mitsubishi Motors from 1998–2003, using a shortened version of the Mirage platform. The "Dingo" name is derived from Bingo and its connotations of good fortune, but with the B replaced by D to represent Mitsubishi's Diamond . A tad irritatingly you are asked to download Japanese text display support just about whenever you click on a new item. You don't because the menu says it's a 2.7MB, 23 minute download. When, perversely, I tried, I got a failure notice so I haven't bothered again because apart from the persistent download urging it seems to work sweetly anyway. This is not an especially marketing-orientated site but who cares, it's so full of seriously intriguing goodies (the architecture included) that you want to explore everything.

Celluloid factory

At a time when most of the old cinemas in Britain have been partitioned up into video projection booths, it's nice to see the Cinema Theatre Association (CTA An abbreviation for cum testamento annexo, Latin for "with the will annexed." ) has a site at www.cinema- uk. Its archive included downloads of such music as Lloyd Thomas Lloyd Thomas was born 10 March 1912 at Nelsonville, Ohio, United States. He graduated from Ohio University in June 1935, was appointed aviation cadet 4 October 1938, and commissioned ensign 26 October 1939.  playing Donkey Serenade serenade [Ital. sera=evening], term used to designate several types of musical composition. Opera and song literature yield numerous examples of the serenade sung or played by a lover at night beneath his beloved's window; outstanding is  on the Tooting For the crater on Mars, see .
Coordinates:  Tooting is a suburb in the London Borough of Wandsworth in south London. It is 5 miles (8.1 km) south south-west of Charing Cross.
 Granada Wurlitzer, recorded in MP3 format from the original Regal Zonophone 78. There's a members gallery and CTA archive. Selections from the latter include progress photos of cinemas being constructed--one of them culled from a 58 year old issue of this very organ. Supporting the CTA site is The Picture Palace at, an 'online source of information about cinema buildings and their architects'. This is an enthusiast site run by Louis Barfe and is, as yet a bit sparse--although it has exemplary colour photos of a number of London cinemas. Barfe's links are idiosyncratic id·i·o·syn·cra·sy  
n. pl. id·i·o·syn·cra·sies
1. A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.

2. A physiological or temperamental peculiarity.

 but worth checking out.

Come back Roget

I thought I would check out the Getty Foundation's online art and architecture thesaurus at the unpleasantly designed knicker-pink, dull orange, white and black site at research/tools/vocabulary/aat/index.html. Materiality happily produced no result but then neither did Ictinus or Callicrates. Maybe that's reasonable because these two are blokes' names rather than terms. So how about 'metope'? It produced semi-metopes and demimetopes, the latter apparently being the kind you need for corners. I'm not sure this is a lot of use to practising architects but it would be invaluable to academics short of a term or two--and repro re·pro  
n. pl. re·pros Informal
1. A reproduction proof.

2. A copy or duplicate; a reproduction.
 architects scamming up a bit of instant knowledge to impress the client. Mind you, try saying semidemimetopes with an entirely straight face. As to the effectiveness of the Getty thesaurus, it has evidently been designed by librarians with bewildering be·wil·der  
tr.v. be·wil·dered, be·wil·der·ing, be·wil·ders
1. To confuse or befuddle, especially with numerous conflicting situations, objects, or statements. See Synonyms at puzzle.

 and unexplained numbers and brackets and left and right arrows which all look very purposeful but are scary for innocent newco mers.

The rivals?

We've Browsed several times before. Associated with it is the online magazine, Architecture Week at which is financed largely by private subscriptions and some advertising. Given its relatively enormous size, the staff must be working for peanuts or voluntarily. The long list of regional contributors means that there is a good spread of stories--the issue I looked at had three major British reports--though they were not exactly the latest news. There's a free newsletter, access to Great Buildings, a library whose topics range from 'Daily Head lines' through 'Alternative Building' to 'Collected Quizzes' and 'Business Practices'. Don't sneer at the quiz. I bet you didn't know that double glazing double glazing

a window consisting of two layers of glass separated by a space, fitted to reduce heat loss

Noun 1. double glazing
 was invented in 1865. I suppose I shouldn't be noticing a rival to our own sister online weekly AJ Plus--at but the two are quite different--AJPlus, like its parent print version The Architects' Journal, maintains the old journalistic urge to have the late st stories out the day they happen--as well as providing a comprehensive technical resource and a terrific image bank.

Conservation corner

Take a look at site which owes, if only it knew it, a great deal to the Venturis' Ducks and Decorated Sheds. It's a site celebrating the 1949, 70ft high, 25ft diameter, 100 000 gallon capacity World's Largest Catsup Bottle on its 100ft tower in downtown Colliniville, Illinois. Restored in 1995 following a two-year conservation programme by the Catsup Bottle Preservation Group it surely has a place alongside the canonical Brown Derby--and the World's Largest Strawberry at Strawberry Point, Iowa Strawberry Point is a city in Clayton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,386 at the 2000 census. Strawberry Point is home to the world's largest strawberry (made of fiberglass). Backbone State Park, one of Iowa's oldest, is located a few miles from the town.  or the giant former Uniroyal Tire Gal, Peoria, which are also to be seen on the site along with others. There are probably important lessons here for the UK's official preserver of anything that doesn't move including ex-mining slag heaps, English Heritage English Heritage is a non-departmental public body of the United Kingdom government (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) with a broad remit of managing the historic environment of England. It was set up under the terms of the National Heritage Act 1983. .

Frozen music

When, in his 1905 Philosophie der Kunst, Friedrich von Schelling produced that subsequently much misused expression about architecture being frozen music, he can hardly have imagined the London Sinfonietta's web-based exercise in 3D music, All right, it's more surreal-objects-and-spaces as musique concrete. You'll need a broadband connection --even so I never did get the 'collect' box to glow red. No, you find out. You might also look at the London Sinfonietta's site at Nothing wrong with a bit of hot music while you work on the frozen variety.

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Date:May 1, 2003
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