Monthly Archives: May 2011

You too can now actively experience the assasination of OBL: download this Counterstrike map (rated 8.6/10!) and blast away with your friends from the internet! Or – for those who are not that much into CS – alternatively, try Kuma\war’s attempt at semi-tasteless digital fun, which looks worse and thus better. Whether you can play the terrorists in either of the games is not quite clear.

Furthermore, structural engineers might like this article, featuring the actual plans of the compound (or here). Please note the final quote by the villa’s architect, turning deficiency into defense: “We are more interested in making money rather than the individual.” If only all architects were this honest…

For some reason, this all feels weirdly familiar though.

Pretty self-explanatory, right? Starting around january 2012 (precise dates and locations to be confirmed), the Blame the Architect lecture series – more info here – will be held again at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture. Enrollment for the series (a 3 ECTS Msc2 course open to students from all master tracks) has started yesterday and closes may 27th. 6 lectures, 3 ECTS, 1 video assignment, lots of violence, lots of in-depth riot analysis. Electives have never been as much fun. We promise.

Like last year, all lectures will be open for all – you too are hereby cordially invited to attend. Crude, lo-fi recordings of last years’ lectures can be found on our Youtube Channel, by the way.

Little design, lots of politics: Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi has recently declared his state is going to boldly go where no one has gone before: into the future. All 180,000 Samoans will, very soon, be skipping an entire day, effectively traveling through time. Probably, there will be no December 31st 2011 in Samoa. Ever. Twenty-four hours. Gone.

Strangely disappointing though, the underlying reasons are quite mundane (synchronizing with Australia and New Zealand will improve trade) and, admittedly, Samoa did celebrate the 4th of July twice a few decades ago so the country does have a day to spare anyway.  Back to the future it is, indeed.

This, by the way, is not the first time the PM-with-the-unpronounceable-name (who also is Samoa’s second-best archer) has proposed bold moves to improve Samoa’s trade position: in 2009, he moved traffic from the right side of the road to the left, a decision which spawned a new political party against the change, and the countries’ largest public protests ever. A brave move, indeed – one no country had made for the past 40 years.

Terrorists should definitely stick to destroying buildings rather than designing them: that’s one really ugly villa. More ugliness, via ABC News (which will undoubtedly spin the story for another few weeks),  here  - annoying commercial alert – and here (in PDF format). Post-mission-reconnaissance or morphological analyses can be done through Google Earth, and please do check Boston.com’s semi-interactive feature if you’re interested in web 2.0-ishness and 3D models. The 2005 and 2011 satellite images makes one wonder: was Osama just as afraid of urban sprawl as, for instance, these Canadians? Did he tremble too, like so many urbanists, watching suburbia slowly crawling towards his once so quiet mansion?

They completely stole Design as Politics’ ideas on that 3D model by the way.