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Sam Jacob

Dan Graham

Emancipation by design

When Sam Jacob hears the word ‘culture’ he reaches for his candy dispenser gun

Charles is right... but that doesn't mean the architects are wrong

Beyond the Prince Charles debate lie brave new ideologies, argues Sam Jacob

Just what do designers believe in?

Sam Jacob has never been to the Milan Furniture Fair - but he suspects it’s an exhibition of glorious failures

Farnsworth House

Clean lines

Sam Jacob on why dirt is so ‘real’ for rock and rollers – and architects

Piranesi's surreal architectural engravings inspired De Quincey's opiated dreams

The architecture of the drug trade

Sam Jacob forays into marijuana grow houses and the landscapes of drug use

Sony filled the Miami streets with foam for an advert

Foam and the end of materiality

Sam Jacob digests the aerated structure of his Starbucks latte and Thatcherite ice cream

Wile E and Road Runner

What we can learn from Acme Corp's flawed anvils

Design died in Wile E Coyote’s vast cartoon desert of the un-won West, thinks Sam Jacob

The Popemobile is a detachable piece of 'symbolic infrastructure'

What His Holiness can teach us about blue-screen thinking

Phantom lighthouses and domestic detritus

Sam Jacob finds nothing poetic about mass-storage facilities

Why your Christmases will always be white

Sam Jacob on the fabricated landscape of a dying season

Parametric Urbanism

Parametricism? How quaint

Parametric architecture’s abstract hubris lies in ruins, but Sam Jacob finds it all rather picturesque

The flooding of Mies' Farnsworth House should agitate us

Seeing Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, up to its neck in floodwater is enough to bring out obsessive-compulsive symptoms in even the most relaxed of us.

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