utopia london

Coming soon…
#FutureTrends Exhibition Launch at the Africa Centre, London
6pm Tuesday 3rd October
Union, ARCH 29 Yard, Union Street, London SE1 0BL
#FutureTrends is a look into a utopian future where fashion and architecture from East Africa combine to create new desires. The exhibition showcases work from emerging urban cultures using fashion and styling to express new identities. Playing with gender, sexuality and new forms of social exchange, a future image of society is presented.

That time I blagged my way onto the roof of Cotton Gardens…

Got myself a new MacBook on Friday, so I’ve pretty much spent the entire weekend between the Dark Room at Ffotogallery and Lightroom with the comfort of tea. 

The three twenty three storey Towers were designed by the architect George Finch in 1968 and constructed by Wates using a pre-fabricated system.  The towers are named Ebenezer, Fairford and Hurley.  In the film ‘Utopia London’, George Finch reflected on his creation.  He pointed out that the use of engineered, pre-fabricated building systems tied the hands of architects.  The system involved the use of relatively standardized blocks so, as he put it, “.. you think to yourself, OK, let’s see what one can do with it.  I did with these blocks.  I pushed it as far as I could.”

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On this day in music history: June 15, 1981 - “Duran Duran”, the debut album by Duran Duran is released. Produced by Colin Thurston, it is recorded at Red Bus Studios, Abbey Road Studios, Utopia Studio in London, and Chipping Norton Recording Studios, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK from October - December 1980. The Birmingham, UK band are at the forefront of the New Romantic movement sweeping England at the time of its release. Boasting a wide variety of musical influences including David Bowie, The Sex Pistols and American R&B/dance music innovators Chic, Duran Duran marry these musical genres together, creating a unique hybrid and develop their own distinctive sound. The album is a huge success in their native country spinning off three singles including “Planet Earth” (#12 UK) and “Girls On Film” (#5 UK). It goes largely unnoticed in the US on its initial release, until it is reissued in April 1983 following their breakthrough success with their second album “Rio”. The original US release removes the original single version of “Planet Earth”, replacing it with the extended “Night Version” of the song. The track “To The Shore” included on the UK LP is not featured on either version of the US LP. Also, initial US pressings are issued with Harvest labels, with a subsequent re-pressing using maroon Capitol labels in 1982. The 1983 US reissue (w/ black rainbow colorband Capitol labels) is repackaged with redesigned cover art (cover photo taken by photographer Brian Aris), restoring the short version of “Planet Earth”, and adding the then new single “Is There Something I Should Know?” (#1 UK, #4 US Pop). The album is first remastered and reissued on CD in 2003, featuring the original UK LP track listing. It is remastered and reissued again in 2010 as a double CD + DVD special edition, with the first disc including the non-LP B-sides “Late Bar”, “Khanada”, “Fame” and “Faster Than Light”. The second disc includes fourteen bonus tracks including demo recordings, live BBC 1 radio performances, and the night versions and night mixes of “Planet Earth” and “Girls On Film”. The DVD includes the music videos for all of the singles, and television performances. “Duran Duran” peaks at number three on the UK album chart, number ten on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

What will London and LA look like in 2121? Environmental scientist illustrates the future of world's biggest cities | The Independent

“Fantasy is quite a powerful thing, it uncovers our desires, enlivens our hopes and energises us to see that things can be different, perhaps radically so,” he says. “In my case, the fantasies are more aligned to be ‘eco’ than ‘techno’, which is probably against the grain of most futuristic thinking.”

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