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On his bike

'I think architecture is a ride, a physical ride...a fascinating journey toward the unexpected.'

Hear the words of one Antoine Predock prefacing a piece by Rob Forbes on the Studio Forbes site at It's actually a design site, a 'more careful and discerning look at the things we live among.' But hey, we like any sites which say nice things about the mother art. Especially this bit of slightly obscure perspicacity: 'if architecture is frozen music, wine is architecture made drinkable.' This was admittedly written in the middle of a winetasting tour in Palladio's old stamping ground, Vicenza.

A reader told me about the site and pointed to a recent Forbes piece with the nifty title, 'Das Bike Bahn. Design that Rides Circles around Mies Van Der Rohe.' A dramatic rather than accurate title, the story under it is about hiring a pushbike in Berlin and circumnavigating Mies's 'classic' Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. There are other pieces about Niemeyer, Renzo, the above-mentioned Predock. Hold it. Who is this Predock guy? To find out, I've just signed up for a regular newsletter. I'm also looking forward to reading 'Does Fidel Castro have an Email address.' which I think is a fascinating journey amongst the architecture of Havana.

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