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Goodbye, and Hello (Ciao)


Our time at the Biennale is drawing to a close. It’s been a fascinating trip. You can piece together the fragments of our reporting here: twitterimages (and t_o_m_ on instagram) / sounds (here and here) / video / tumblr scrapbook and more (see pull down menu at top of page). You can also keep up to date with goings on from this point on via the venice takeaway more…

Teatro del Internet


Launch: Fri 31st August, 5.30pm, Near Naval Musuem.
This short-lived blog, based around the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale, but with a flexible approach to ‘reality’, is also about architecture and its relationship with the internet, which is to say, it could be pretty much anything. Coincidentally, and with zero planning on our part, Momus reported just the other day about the economics of attention, and what happens when physical stuff acquires this digital more…

Till death us do Part One


I’m not one to go about making rash claims to factual accuracy, but if I was going to, and I am going to*, I’d say that pretty much all the architects I know are either married to, or in relationships with, other architects. Anthropologists vary on the possible reasons for this, from not being allowed to marry yourself, to some sort of masochistic tendency tied to the unabaiting work ethic often witnessed in the profession. more…

Civilization Pt 1


The architects are here! But who are the architects? What are the architects? When are the architects? Todays mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find out. It’s also the day of the inauguration of the national Pavilions, and I aim to do an epic sprint to cover all of them, each in 140 characters or less. And the critics claim T.O.M. is dumbed-down Architecture for the hipster generation…
Image: Dunning Kruger



Follow the roving and the reporting here, and here (and t_o_m_ on instagram, if you prefer the biennale to look like its happening in the 1970’s). Detail, as a deliverable concept, to follow. The photo above has been the surprise instagram hit of the day (along with this video of the Ireland space at the Arsenale). The image features the completion, with hundreds of beautiful tiny trees, of

On the Type


We’re off early to the British Pavillion to meet with and speak to some of the Architects, who’ll be seeing the pavilion for the first time. Follow the twitter feed for more information. The Common Ground signage is in evidence everywhere you look round here, and this ‘homage’ is taken from the street signs near where we stay. Eye magazine recently featured a really good interview with the designer, John Morgan.

Architects, Waiting


With a day to go before the initial press openings, and the vernissage on the 27th and 28th, everyone is waiting. T.O.M. is wearing a Beachball of Death/Rainbow Umbrella meme, as suggested by JunkJet.

Note on the Project, on the Design


Can you tell us a bit about this project?
Yes, but lets start with the design first.


Moving, Out With Moving

Having passed through Schipol Airport yesterday, I found the lure of the moving walkway is still strong with me. While essentially just being an escalator that doesn’t escalate, they still carry something of this, or this. And possibly a bit of this.

Cache and Carry


A quick visual inventory of the stuff we’ve collected to take with us, being that we leave for Venice in 3 days. And yes, as you ask, this is broadly indicative of the type of post headline/title you can expect. A full breakdown can be found here. Feature film version now available here.

Hello Again

Welcome to Travelling, Out With Moving (TOM), a short-lived blog, (or Slog if you prefer, which you possibly do), that travels through and beyond the opening week of the Venice Architecture Biennale, and exists, as a living, breathing entity, from the 24th – 31st August 2012.

Hello World


While small test programs existed since the development of programmable computers, the tradition of using the phrase “Hello, world!” as a test message was influenced by an example program in the seminal book The C Programming Language.