It’s a sad way to start of the week – but I thought I’d mention that JG Ballard passed away yesterday [April 20th], after what the BBC describes as a long illness. To be honest, I was just put on to Ballard’s work about 2 years ago or so – but that was enough time to understand why he has such a devote following, and why his fans seem so heavily influenced by his work. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, I’d take his passing as a cue to get familiar – maybe start with this interview over at the Ballardian site.
Moving on to happier things – it’s Monday! We’ve survived another week without the world collapsing in on itself! Yay! I do want to link to this, as I’ve been trying to find a way to mention it without ranting. I think the world gets crazier every day – which seems counter-intuitive. I’m starting to think that we’ve peaked, and we’re on our way to the Middle Ages 2.0 [when it happens, remember you read the term here first].
On to this week’s links! And, as always, if you see anything on the interwebs that you think should be on AMNP, donâ€™t hesitate to give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 12 reasons not to render, a must read for intern-architects everywhere [via Young Architect]
- Our ninjas at Arch Daily feature coverage of POSTOPOLIS! LA
- Architects “the latest dominoes to fall“? I thought we were among the first…[via the Washington Post]
- What’s with new towers looking like a game of Jenga? [via Slate]
- Cameron Sinclair writes on the architecture of excess vs. an architecture of relevance [via the Huffington Post]
- misterbuckminster is a new [to me, anyways] blog about architectural history that you should check out
- Archiprix International 2009 announces winning projects [via Bustler]
- Renting the ‘American Dream’ [via the Wall Street Journal]
- City air pollution ‘shortens life’ [via the BBC]
- WNYC looks at why we fight the impulse to go ‘green’ [via PRI]
- A transforming, multi-functional shipping-container [via Treehugger]
- Power your cell phone with kinetic energy – oh, and fold the screen like a wallet [via Inhabitat]
- Google’s server design goes public [via cnet]
- Aviary, a free online Adobe Suite?
And that does it for this weekâ€™s Ninjas on the â€˜Net – donâ€™t forget, you should also be clicking those sidebar links + buttons and checking out all of our blogging ninjas out there – and be sure to check out AMNPâ€™s parent site, MyNinjaPlease.