Dog and Deco.
My name is Pickles McConchie. I’m a 15 year old Art Deco and camera loving Terrier from Scotland. I like to travel the country with my bitch and pose in front of art deco factories and industrial buildings from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, as well as other twentieth century architectural gems.
Controversy has erupted in Britain after it emerged that Prince Charles used his personal influence with Qatari royalty to sack modernist architect Richard Rogers
from a development in London. Charles has been an outspoken critic of modern architecture
and advocate of neo-traditionalist styles, and even created a model village to showcase his ideas about "proper" architecture
. Charles' preferred replacement for Rogers is Quinlan Terry, known for his neo-classicist leanings. [more inside]
Prince Charles has been a notable critic of architecture over the years
. Now he's had a go himself, designing a fire station in the village of Poundbury
. Whilst the reception
to the Prince's efforts has not been overwhelmingly positive at least the commentators at the Daily Mail
, pilot of the future, scourge of the Venusian Mekon
menace, and modernist architectural inspiration
The monstrous fauna of the cathedrals...
although less polished than the prev. mentioned A Love of Monsters
, this collection of gargoyle photographs - largely from British churches - more than makes amends with its enthusiasm for its subject.
City of London Churches
'The ‘Square Mile’ that constitutes The City of London is a world financial centre where 300,000 people work and nearly 500 foreign banks have an office. Less well known is that amongst the largely uninspired office blocks are hidden around 50 current or former churches and other places of worship, either complete, converted into offices, or in ruins. Once there were nearly 100 parish churches within the City boundaries but the Great Fire of London, the migration of residents to the suburbs, and Hitler’s bombs have done most to reduce that figure. Many of the surviving churches are, famously, Wren churches. After the Great Fire he had the unique opportunity of designing over 50 churches, and he gave full rein to his imagination ... '
A guide to 55 churches in London's financial district; best seen on a weekend, when the City is virtually deserted. Whilst the majority are Wren churches, there are some exceptions - St Bartholomew the Great
, which dates back to Norman times; the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue
, the oldest surviving synagogue in Great Britain; and the Dutch Church
, which was drawn by van Gogh
and important to the Huguenot community. Particularly worth a visit is St. Bride's
, the journalists' church; the design of the wedding cake is based on the shape of its spire.