Links for 2012-12-10

  • A map of Dublin from 1686

    via Come Here To Me — ‘The whole population of the county at the time was under 60,000. Ringsend, Merrion, Monkstown, Bullock and Dalkey on the Southside and Ballybough, Clontarf, Sutton and Hoath/Howth on the Northside are marked. Taken from the book Dublin: through space and time (2001).’

    Massive tracts of land were reclaimed since then, clearly — the North bay comes all the way in to Ballybough!

    (tags: via:chtm maps dublin ireland history)

  • Back-up Tut and other decoy spatial antiquities

    I like this idea — a complete facsimile of King Tut’s burial chamber. Bldgblog comments:

    “On the 90th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, an “authorized facsimile of the burial chamber” has been created, complete “with sarcophagus, sarcophagus lid and the missing fragment from the south wall.” The resulting duplicate, created with the help of high-res cameras and lasers, is “an exact facsimile of the burial chamber,” one that is now “being sent to Cairo by The Ministry of Tourism of Egypt.” [...]

    ‘Interestingly, we read that this was “done under a licence to the University of Basel,” which implies the very real possibility that unlicensed duplicate rooms might also someday be produced—that is, pirate interiors ripped or printed from the original data set, like building-scale “physibles,” a kind of infringed architecture of object torrents taking shape as inhabitable rooms.’ [...]

    ‘In their book Anachronic Renaissance, for instance, Alexander Nagel and Christopher Wood write of what they call a long “chain of effective substitutions” or “effective surrogates for lost originals” that nonetheless reached the value and status of an icon in medieval Europe. “[O]ne might know that [these objects] were fabricated in the present or in the recent past,” Nagel and Wood write, “but at the same time value them and use them as if they were very old things.” They call this seeing in “substitutional terms”.’

    (tags: via:new-aesthetic bldgblog archaeology facsimiles copying king-tut egypt history 3d-printing physibles)

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