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Celerity's Journal
Celerity's Journal
December 1, 2021

How four architects set the agenda for late 20th-century modernism on a quiet creek in Cornwall


To celebrate the recent release of Issue No.3 of The Modern House Magazine, we’re sharing a story from our series that celebrates the very best and most influential examples of British modernism, The Classics. For issue No.3, our Editor, Charlie Monaghan, and Lead Photographer, Elliot Sheppard, discovered how four ambitious young architects came together in the early-mid 1960s to design a house on a sleepy Cornish creek – setting their intention for redefining modernism in the latter half of the 20th century. Two members of the group would become some of the biggest names in architecture to this day, while one would build another house on the same creek that embodied their high-tech vision. To see this story and many more in print, pick up your set of issue No.2 and No.3 today.

Charlie: If you had big ambitions in architecture in the early 1960s, Yale University’s department of architecture was a good place to be. The faculty was chaired at the time by Paul Rudolph, a leading American modernist who had been taught by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius at Harvard. On the Yale campus were buildings by Eero Saarinen and Louis Kahn, the latter having joined the faculty in 1947 – a time in which his colleagues would’ve included Josef Albers and Philip Johnson, still making appearances at Yale in the 1960s. A new library by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was about to start construction. Serge Chermayeff and Vincent Scully were professors. The best architects in the world were teaching in buildings that represented the most experimental architecture of the time. In 1962, a group of Brits were just about to graduate. Their names were Norman Foster and Su and Richard Rogers.

They had arrived in 1961 from an austere postwar Britain that hadn’t embraced modernism in the way the United States, fuelled by economic prosperity, was doing with unfretted fervour. Richard had arrived in the US by sea, on the Queen Elizabeth. “It had towered over Southampton,” he later recalled. “In New York, it was dwarfed by the buildings.” America was big, bold and modern – a glamorous, energised contrast to war-scarred Europe. The trio were in their element, inspired and invigorated by the US architectural scene.

Penniless but eager, they relentlessly toured works by Frank Lloyd Wright, blagging or sneaking their way into buildings such as Fallingwater. They went to see Kahn talk in Philadelphia, forged close relationships with Chermayeff and Johnson, and drank martinis with James Stirling at Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building in New York. It was the experience of being immersed in architecture, as much as their education, that was formative for the ambitious trio.

December 1, 2021

Why Women Need Abortions After 15 Weeks

What Happens When It’s Too Late to Get an Abortion


On Dec. 1, the Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. If the court decides to uphold the Mississippi law — as it may well do — that would mean American abortion rights would no longer be protected up to the point of fetal viability, or about 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Replacing this viability standard, which has been in place since 1992, with some lower threshold is sometimes framed as a necessary compromise between people who oppose abortion rights and those who support them. The suggestion is that Americans should relinquish the right to abortion in the second trimester to preserve access in the first, which is when about 90 percent of abortions take place.

But before the Supreme Court agrees to compromise the rights of tens of thousands of people, Americans need to understand what that would mean for their lives and those of their families.

I led a scientific study designed to answer that question. The Turnaway Study included almost 1,000 women who sought abortions from 30 facilities across the country, including many women who got abortions later in their pregnancies. It is easy to demonize these people. The assumption is that they were irresponsible or simply waited too long to make up their minds.

December 1, 2021

Dr. Oz's Sick Journey From Political Joke to Senate Candidate

Critics have long called him a quack for hawking dubious treatments. Combine that with the modern Republican Party and a surging pandemic, and this could get ugly, fast.


December 1, 2021

Roaming peacocks plague California city: 'They're a nuisance, but they're beautiful'

Multiplying birds have become an issue in the city of Tracy, wailing loudly and unleashing poop ‘like soft serve’. Now residents want to relocate them


Dozens of feral peacocks and peahens are roaming the streets and leaping from the rooftops of Tracy, California. They claw at shingles and defecate on porches. Their calls, especially in mating season, echo through the community. They have no fear of pets nor people.

Errant peafowl have milled around the city’s Redbridge neighborhood for years – some believe they originally came from a now-defunct nearby dairy farm – but the numbers have increased as the birds keep multiplying. Now they’re everywhere, and ruffling some residents’ feathers.

“I’ll have like eight of them sitting on my porch railing pooping,” said Stephanie Voress, proprietor of the Redbridge General Store. “They’re a nuisance, but they’re beautiful.”

In recent weeks, some community members decided that something had to be done. The homeowners association of Redbridge, a gated community, has proposed to humanely relocate about 30 to 40 peafowl through a deal with the city and a contract with Bay Area Wildlife Services.


December 1, 2021

Magdalena Andersson has been elected the first female prime minister of Sweden. Again.

Andersson’s agenda


Who governs Sweden? The question that puzzled Swedes and foreign observers alike during the past few days has been settled: Magdalena Andersson is prime minister. Confusingly enough, she was elected already last week, but had to resign only hours after the applause rang out in the Riksdag, after the Green Party decided to leave the government when the red-green coalition failed to secure support for its budget in the chamber.

Sweden’s constitution does not require the prime minister to be positively endorsed by a majority in parliament. Instead, he—now she—only has to secure tolerance from the MPs, and the opposition was one vote short of the necessary 175, in the 349-seat parliament, to deny that.

At 10 o’clock in the morning of November 24th, 100 years after the introduction of universal suffrage for men and women, the glass ceiling finally broke—also in Sweden, young girls can now imagine themselves as prime minister. Four out of five Nordic countries now have a female premier: Sanna Marin in Finland, Mette Frederiksen in Denmark, Katrín Jakobsdóttir in Iceland … and Magdalena Andersson in Sweden.

Budget vote

Andersson was visibly moved when the vote came but she had little time to celebrate. While tolerance is enough to become head of the government, the procedure to pass the state budget is different. Here, the parliamentary rule is that the most well-supported budget proposal passes. Before Andersson was even formally installed as prime minister, in the vote on the budget later that day the Centre Party would support only its own proposal, withholding 31 votes decisive for the red-green budget to pass. This followed tough negotiations with the Left Party (27 seats) to secure its support.

December 1, 2021

Markus Fix - Voodoo Snake + Markus Fix - Cannibals EP

Label: Be Chosen – bech05, Be Chosen – bechosen05
Vinyl, 12", EP, 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM
Country: Germany
Released: 31 Jul 2008
Genre: Electronic
Style: Tech House, Minimal

Label: Cécille Records – CEC004-6
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM
Country: Germany
Released: 27 Feb 2008
Genre: Electronic
Style: House, Tech House

December 1, 2021

Marshall Jefferson vs Noosa Heads - Mushrooms (Martin Eyerer Mix) + (Meat vs Einzelkind Mix)

Label: Soap Records – SOAP 013.2
Vinyl, 12"
Country: Germany
Released: 3 Nov 2008
Genre: Electronic
Style: House, Tech House, Deep House

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