Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ghost Roads / Astroturf Proving Grounds / Dead Railways

Trying to take a shortcut from housing estate to industrial estate in Gateshead on my way to walk the abandoned Leamside railway line from Follingsby and end up walking down a dead end path that only leads to a fence … Continue reading

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No Voice from the Hall

Erddig is an opulent country house nestled in the rolling countryside just outside of Wrexham in Wales. The 17th century stately home has the honour of being one of Britain’s best according to readers of Radio Times and regularly wins … Continue reading

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Basic Forms

German husband and wife team Bernd and Hilla Becher pioneered the documentary photography of industrial structures. Their oeuvre comprises thousands of “anonymous sculptures” documenting a panoramic range of forms—water towers, gasometers, winding towers, coke works, grain elevators, blast furnaces and … Continue reading

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Ordnance Survey History in the Walls of Newcastle

Chiseled into the walls of buildings around the UK are marks which might seem strange—even mysterious—if you’re not familiar with their purpose. [1] The symbols comprise a horizontal line with three lines pointing toward it to create an arrow. Although … Continue reading

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Secret Architecture of the Tyne & Wear Metro

I was fascinated when I first read Geoff Manaugh’s post about New York City’s fake house. 58 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn has all of the appearances of a Greek revival townhouse but is in fact an elaborate façade for a … Continue reading

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Cartography of the Tyne & Wear Metro

There’s a very strong relationship between a transit system’s cartographic representation and its user efficiency. Henry Beck’s iconic London Underground map was an instant success with the public precisely because it showed a ‘clear and consistent visual of the lines, … Continue reading

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Missing Buildings

Missing Buildings by Thom and Beth Atkinson. It takes many years, but if you spend enough time looking at buildings you hone your ability to spot one that’s missing. Sometimes it’s easy. You train your eye to look for unusual … Continue reading

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