I know I go on about simplicity, clarity and speed but occasionally you come across sites that are simply strange and enigmatic. Design company Tomato, which can afford not to do the hard sell, has one which fits the bill: try, for example, its www.tokitoki.com. But you should also have a look at www.aeshorts.com. It's a site by designer Tom Elsner at Artificial Environments that is great and weirdly gripping, just right for whiling away the hours while the drainage details print out. Look, enjoy, but please don't try to emulate.Your knuckle-dragging client and the QS simply won't understand.
I swear there has to be a frustrated environmental impact study writer at http://architecture.about.com/library/weekly/aa022801a.htm. This is a site that provides a visual chronicle of the 'wacky roadside architecture' of that cult TV programme The Sopranos.There are plaster statues, ruined TV transmission towers, giant lumberjacks and exemplars of those fascinatingly schlocky US alternative architectural movements, Googie and Tiki, which this column has been delighted to highlight in the past. This is real, raw north New Jersey architecture so this is an ideal site for masterplanning theorists: they can get a whiff of the real thing of cities without having to actually go to them.
On a more sober note, German publisher Birkhauser has set up a website in honour of Louis Kahn's centenary. It claims to have information about everything to do with him and can be found at www.birkhauser.ch/ books/va2/index.html (No umlaut).As it is a Swiss site everything is in German.
But soon enough a black and white window pops up with the great man's name across it and an English tick box to the right.On clicking it firmly, there you are, launched into the whole thing in perfect English.Strictly speaking, this is a sub-site and, I have to say, is a bit confusingly designed: you get, or at least I got, a succession of quarter screen sized windows all over the place.