Archive for January, 2010


The Guardian


Star forts


Star forts
are amazing me today, built as a response to cannon and gun powder in fifteenth century Italty.This led to the rolling out of star shaped defences for whole cities (see Leonardo),

Florence was an early model of the new urban planning, which rearranged itself into a star-shaped layout adapted from the new star fort, designed to resist cannon fire. This model was widely imitated, reflecting the enormous cultural power of Florence in this age; “[t]he Renaissance was hypnotized by one city type which for a century and a half— from Filarete to Scamozzi— was impressed upon utopian schemes: this is the star-shaped city”.[7] Radial streets extend outward from a defined center of military, communal or spiritual power.


Somehow ended up reading this website about Canberra and its design competition of 1912.

Marcel Dzama

I’d love to find his Wild Things short online.

Attack on the city

Reading this piece by Iain Sinclair from the Guardian more than 2 years ago in the aftermath of the bombing reminded me of ideas of terrorist attacks as not only attacks on people but attacks on the city itself and what it represents.

See image below from the Guardian.