000off_A Palimpsest of secured Entry

If you Google ‘Secured Privacy’ you are presented with a list of IT firewall software sites but little in the way of: keys, front door, stalker, CCTV, gate… what is privacy without a layering of doors?



P R E S S  R E L E A S E  W O W  N O W  LO N D O N ‘An International exhibition articulating the friction between Outsider, Street & Fine Artvia subversive portraiture’ Featuring:ALEX DAW ( UK ), ZTY 82 ( Germany ), BEN WELLER ( UK ),STEPHEN TOMKINS ( USA ), PERFEKT WORLD ( Austria ),SID ONE ( U K ), PAUL BUSK ( Austria ), NOMAD ( Germany ),TED RIEDERER ( USA ), JAMES JESSOP ( UK ). Private View / June 1st /Exhibition Open June 2nd – 9th Shoreditch Underground is delighted to announce the former station come gallery’s first ever Group Show ‘Wow Now’.In the dark depths of a former London Underground station, emerging International Artists collaborate to create an alternate debut exhibition. Referencing roots of the subway graffiti culture of old, against the backdrop of East Londons’ former Shoreditch Tube Station; these young makers challenge themselves and the space with a pop explosionthat pulsates with punk tendencies. Regardless of Environment, location or personal circumstance this group share a desire to document contemporary living and society in all its twisted glory.Inspired by Art history painting, Fashion, Comic books,Graffiti to Cartoons, Drugs & Music; these displaced Artists are constantly rewriting their own history with often Machiavellian results. Amalgamations of sculpted paint, glue,collage, photography and everyday ephemera are fused to form a momentary attempt to survey modern society.This cutting edge exhibition will at once introduce multiple reflections of ‘now’, whilst allowing art enthusiasts an opportunity to see some of the most exciting Artists working throughout the globe under and above the radar today.Post Wow Now London, the exhibition will travel to other European Capitals throughout the year. This show promises to be a truly special, one off experience, one definitely not to be missed. To receive an invitation to the exclusive Private View on June 1st please contact info@nowtspecial.co.uk

128art_a dance tax!? An economic model.

Can we find a win-win situation? The image looks bleak (a grave rave) unless the designers can find a way for one side (the Local Authority Planners, the Police, the local residents) to be socially and commercially reconciled with the other (ravers, developers, architects, banks, urinoirs…)> at worst, a dance tax… at best, a social upgrade! In a bid to learn more, we tried a Google search of <dance tax> which only produced a taxing dance: the jitterbug (above) at  http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Tax_(dance). This means the taxation of dance music to produce income to service local areas is a novel concept. In searching for guidance, raising social income through dance music to profit from costs, it dawns we are breaking ground… that’s exciting. What can we do to garner a win-win situation? Let’s consider the spatial-economics. A dance/rave/art installation/D1 class use can generate around £25,000 in a day: that’s around £10K from the door and £15K from the bar. So how do you cut the pie? Agree costs. Music (DJs), alcohol (bar), population (door), toilets (inside, outside), fun/hassle (balance)? At what point does a rave become valuable to society? When it generates: £5K? £10K? £50K? £100? £1M? A urinal? a house? a hospital? There’s always a price to pay. To receive.

000off_Metropolitan University visit

They said: “Visiting this practice has been very inspiring for us. From the minute that we walked into the office a friendly and welcoming spirit was evident through the team’s efforts. The atmosphere around the office seemed very fun and relaxed, even though we could see very clearly that alot of hard work has been put into the overflowing work that’s creatively used to decorate the place. Overall, it has all been a thought provoking and visually stimulating experience, mainly because of the team’s free and expressive use of colour and texture in their displayed work, aswell as their ambitious choice in creating such a unique working environment.” Reza said: “http://hiddenprofile.wordpress.com/smlxl/small/specification/

128art_Mirage Building

The station is undergoing a transformation. In a bid to elevate this former public building from its currently underutilised status, could the station become as significant as Buckingham Palace or are such delusions merely castles in the air? indeed, should the aspirations of all buildings be architecture?

128art_Reflected Ceiling

Ceiling Collage



The rotating gallery is based upon the railway turntable and offers changing relationships between interior and exterior.


The number of public toilets in London dropped 40 percent from 2000 to 2005, leaving 415 loos to serve a population of 7.5 million (or 1 lav per 18,000 inhabitants), government figures show. That’s not including the 28 million people who visit the U.K. capital each year. Compare this with Beijing, where the average salary is a 10th of London’s, there are 7,700 toilets, or one for every 2,000 people (9x more). The shortage belies London’s history as an exemplary provider of public toilets. Its first public lavatory was built in the 12th century at the site of what is now the Royal Bank of Canada’s offices. During the Victorian era, public bathrooms multiplied, and often boasted mosaic tiling and copper pipes. Such facilities have sometimes fallen afoul of new laws. The Disability Act, which came into force in 2004, requires that public toilets be accessible to wheelchair users or have suitable alternatives nearby. Rather than invest in ramps and elevators, some authorities have shut or sold older restrooms. talloway@bloomberg.net Performing urban acupuncture, could architecture’s most modest space – the WC – save the city? The redeeming feature of this site is, as the Metropolitan Police remind us – Urination!