Catch up with highlights from this week’s digital travels

Capturing Paris’ failed future

Laurent Kronental Souvenir d'un futur
Photography: Laurent Kronental

Laurent Kronental’s photos in his Souvenir d’un Futur (‘Memory of a Future’) project could easily be snapshots of a dystopian world in a sci-fi film. They’re actually portraits of post-war public housing projects in Paris and its suburbs, many of which – now considered failed experiments – are slated for demolition. Head to artnet for more of these modernist concrete landscapes.

The town in India where you can’t come a’knocking…

Indian town homes without doors
Photography: Shashank Bengali
Credit: LA Times

When you’ve got a Hindu deity watching your back, you don’t need to worry about little things like crime. That’s the belief in Shani Shinganapur, a town of 15,000 in Western India, where none of the houses and businesses have locks – and most don’t even have doors. The LA Times has more.

‘Southwark, we have a problem’

Studio 44's panned rocket tower
Credit: The Architects’ Journal

A rocket-shaped tower, proposed for a site in Southwark, failed to take off as council planners poured scorn on the plans drawn up by Studio 44. ‘The rocket reference is completely alien to the character and identity of Southwark, and indeed London as a whole,’ said the planning committee. The Architects’ Journal has more.

Own the house that calculus built

House built with calculus
Credit: Sotheby’s International Realty

Professor James Stewart really loved maths. So much so, he designed his dream home around one of its concepts. Stewart – dubbed ‘the rockstar of the calculus world’ – was the best-selling author of calculus books and he built ‘Integral House’ in Toronto as a shrine to his subject. Read more about the property, now on the market for a cool £11.4m, via Gizmodo.

Your weekly dose of modernist homes

Shigeru Ban Paper House Minimal Architecture
Shigeru Ban’s Paper House
Credit: Minimal Architecture

Web designer by day, architecture illustrator by night – Grégory Buron has combined the two with his Minimal Architecture website. Each week, the Frenchman creates a cross-section drawing of a real-life modernist home, illustrated in simple fashion. Past subjects include Richard Meier’s Neugebauer House and Shigeru Ban’s Paper House. Thanks Fubiz, for the tip.



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