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What were they thinking of?

Dr Sutherland Lyall

The AR’s pick from the world wide web

Some of the best design and architecture websites go by names which in ordinary circumstances could be expected to induce severe ho-huming and embarrassed shuffling of the feet. Marcus Fairs’ Dezeen, and the US-based Materialicious are cases in point. And Edward Lifson’s Hello Beautiful!, sight of which in my inbox once evoked a shout of accusation from a sharp-eyed spouse. Try it here and you’ll see that it’s ‘beautiful’ in the eye-of-the-architectural-beholder sense rather than return messages from persons in the profession just slightly older than your own.

So too Eric Morehouse’s Eyecandy which ably but quite innocently chronicles the work of middle rank practices rather than more frivolous matters. And then there’s just silly. I mean, A Daily Dose of Architecture. And Birgit Lohmann’s designboom. ‘Boom’ seems to mean ‘tree’ in Dutch which may or may not be Lohmann’s native tongue but you imagine that growth, networking and herbiage is the underlying idea. Or exploding buildings. Whatever, this is one site to whose daily newsletter you can’t not subscribe. You want to ask are the originators of these otherwise terrific sites simply geekish purveyors of dim word-jokes or is this cringe-making tendency a consequence of all the ‘architecture’ and ‘design’ site names having been already bought up by would-be emulators of that bloke to whom the RIBA paid squillions for the unimpeachable url

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