Monday, September 25, 2017

Reserve between Bradford St, Warralong Crescent and Wiluna St, Coolbinia, Western Australia

This is the northernmost of the internal reserves in Hope and Klem's Menora Estate, which was developed later than most of the estate (to the same basic plan) and named Coolbinia. More to follow.

 Evidence of permeable fences. 
Entrance from Wiluna St. 

It's on google maps here.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hill Crystals and Rosary Crystals, Boerne, Texas

This project, by Marion Mahony Griffin commissioned by Lola Lloyd, was not built.

'The drawing "Hill Crystals and its Suburb Rosary Crystals" is dated January 1943. There are 118 residential sites distributed according to modified Radburn and Garden City planning principle, with common nature reserves joining them... At the centre of each is a circle with a building and in the residential area a nature reserve similar to those in Castlecrag.' Anna Rubbo, 'Marion Mahony's Return to the United States; War, Women and "Magic"' in David Van Zanten (ed) Marion Mahony Reconsidered University of Chicago Press, Chicago 2011, pp. 134-5

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Unnamed IR, Rue de l'Angouleme, Annecy, France

It's here. Why was I sniffing around Annecy on google maps? 

Because the 2012-15 French supernatural series Les Revenants (remade in the US as The Returned) is set in a modernist village in regional France (and filmed largely in Annecy). In the second episode of the second season, Claire S├ęguret – the mother of two ‘returned’ (undead) girls – wanders, disoriented, down a treelined path into a cultivated park space where, suddenly, a host of her zombielike former neighbours appear around her. There is no retreat possible; clearly, there is only one way in and one way out of this park. We do not see what happens to Claire, but we do see her come to consciousness, bruised but alive, in the same small park.

I can't tell whether this is the park in question, although the pathway to the park Claire finds herself in is similarly tree-lined. But google maps being road-based as it understandably is, there's no way of seeing inside the space itself (just a very hazy aerial view). 

By the way a small point: just wanted to say I'm trying very hard to get the accents right on Angouleme but blogger keeps cleaning the word up!