Lexicon of Curiosities


http://weburbanist.com/2008/10/13/10-historic-secret-rooms-and-hidden-passages/

1. For all of humankind’s history, we’ve been fascinated with hidden places. Before they were a fun architectural addition to new homes, hidden rooms and secret passages served a purpose. Most often, that purpose was to allow someone to hide or escape from some kind of danger. At other times, though, they have served a much more sinister purpose. Here are ten notable hidden chambers, secret rooms, and concealed passages from throughout history from priest holes to royal escape routes.

My interest- The reasons why such places exist. Also, that there can be these extensions to a environment we are unaware of.

http://weburbanist.com/2008/09/30/6-abandoned-railroads-subways-and-train-stations-from-around-the-world/

2. Across most of the developed world, railroad was once king. The installation of train tracks across America was a momentous occasion that made wide commercial trade possible from one coast to the other. Today, railroads have fallen from their previous glory days. They’re still used, but not anywhere near as much as they were once. As a result, it’s not difficult to find the ruins of our former railroad culture scattered all across the country, including trains lines, tunnels and even entire stations.

My interest- We build for necessity, then abandon vast towns or infrastructure. These are spaces without people, like ghost towns, but no longer serving the purpose they were constructed for. How can these spaces be revitalised?

http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/1517516

3. Ian and Stuart Paton are twins who have succeeded in growing the heaviest pumpkin on British record. It weighs 1457 pounds beating the previous British record of 1341 pounds established just last month by a father and son farming duo. It also beat out the European record of 1357 pounds held by Belgians.

My interest- Abnormalities in natural structures.

http://www.traveltowork.net/index.php/2008/10/11/take-a-guided-tour-beneath-the-city-streets/

4. Walking or driving on a city road, have you ever thought what is beneath your feet? It’s not a very nice place to travel to, still, it’s good to know what’s there.

My interest-Relating to item one, there is more activity within our local environment or space than we are aware of. Can this be visualized?

http://www.dyers.org/blog/beards/beard-types/

5. Guy growing every type of listed facial hair type with pictures as proof.

My interest- How a different fascia instinctively conveys a different meaning, even if the content is the same.

http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/16-10/ff_walker?currentPage=all

6. Nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of Jay Walker’s library. You exit the austere parlor of his New England home and pass through a hallway into the bibliographic equivalent of a Disney ride.

My interest- The collection of information within a space, and how it warps it.

http://www.madarchitect.org/green-buildings/green-tower-coming-to-siberia/

7. Far away in the cold, in Khanty Mansyisck, Siberia, began the construction of an extraordinary green tower which was designed by Foster&Partners. This eco-tower resembles the entertainment center in Kazakhstan and it’s based on visionary green technologies for buildings.

My interest- Structures and spaces which work with their environment.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/the-worlds-rubbish-dump-a-garbage-tip-that-stretches-from-hawaii-to-japan-778016.html

8. A “plastic soup” of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.

My interest- How human waste is creating land masses we cannot see, and the effects of our waste causing problems we cannot even comprehend.

http://www.lukesurl.com/comics/2008-07-10-chessboards.gif

9. Redefining Chess based on social trends over the years.

My interest- How an object can be transformed, if only slightly, to convey a very different meaning.


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