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Take a Whiff of This!

But please, only in moderation. Inhaling too deeply at a new London bar may leave you, well….drunk. 2 Ganton Street, once an unused storefront, has reopened as a self-contained, walk-in gin and tonic. Imbibers at Alcoholic Architecture simply slip into provided plastic jumpsuits, breathe, and enjoy the buzz. The creators of the bar, Bompas and Parr, have effectively revolutionized the bar experience by removing the traditional, and oh so painstakingly boring, order and sip protocol.

Self-proclaimed as operating “in the space between food and architecture,” Bompas and Parr are allowing lucky ticket holders, the event is now sold out, up to 40 booze breathing minutes in the space. Alcoholic Architecture is continuously filled with a steady mist of both gin and tonic by industrial strength humidifiers engineered by JS Humidifiers.  And of course the drink is served with a twist: The crucial hint of lime comes in the form of a small green light. All safety concerns have been taken into account and there is an ambulance on standby, just in case. Don’t worry about work the next day either; so far the only reported hangover has been overly greasy hair and ringing ears from the booming music. Bompas & Par have previously gained notoriety for their artistic endeavors into the world of jelly. As they see it, “jelly is the perfect site for an examination of food and architecture due to its uniquely plastic form and the historic role it has played in exploring notions of taste.” You can check out more of their work here.
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He Sure Knew How To Say Goodbye

When Jan Kaplicky passed away last week, we couldn't help but think that there was some odd symmetry to what it seemed would be his final work, an Oscar Mayer-inspired London Routemaster. After all, it was to England that Kaplicky fled when he left Communist Czechoslavakia, and he practice there all his life. But AJ reports today that Kaplicky's real, final, realized work, will be in his nation of origin. For the Czech town of České Budějovice, Kaplicky has designed one last work of swooping, languid genius. And best of all, as AJ points out, "Unlike his controversial library in Prague, which looks set to remain on the drawing board, the two-theatre 'stingray-shaped' building for the South Society of Friends of Music is due to start construction in 2010 and could open in 2013." Here's hoping it becomes a reality. (h/t Archinect)
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Bus Stopped

Architects don’t have a great track record designing vehicles that make it to the marketplace. LeCorbusier, Gropius, Zaha, and, of course, Buckminster Fuller have all tried "streamlining" their buildings and putting wheels on them but their efforts never made it past the prototype stage. Now you can add Future Systems to the list of those who have tried and failed.

Last month, we featured the winning entry from Lord Norman Foster and Capoco Design, as well as some of the runners up. Given that there were over 700 entries, some never caught the attention of the wider public, even if they should have. Case in point: Future Systems' out-of-this-world proposal. More UFO than bus, it turned up today on BD. And while Transport for London might not have liked FS's design, it certainly is exemplary of their other blobtacular work. Maybe London's loss can be New York's gain: Start petitioning City Sights immediately.

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London Sees Red

Two blue chippers Aston Martin and Foster + Partners raked in a not-much-needed  $38,000 (£25,000) and a first-prize award along with Capoco Design for re-jiggering London’s famous double decker bus, the Routemaster. Sharing the award with Capoco Design, who specializes in bus and truck designs, Foster went the bulbous route without going too retro-Airstream as did many of the other 700 entries into the competition put on by Transport for London.  Runners-up (but no more cash prizes) included Héctor Serrano Studio from the UK, Miñarro García, Javier Esteban from Spain, and Jamie Martin, from London.  Of the Aston Martin/Foster design, Judges said they “particularly liked the overall styling package, especially the rear end” and such throwback detailing as wood flooring; LED ads and solar panels on the roof add a little more latter-day relevancy. A prototype is due by 2011.
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California to New York to London and Back

In a rare east/west AN meet-up, our California editor, Sam Lubell, was in New York last night for a launch for his new book London 2000+. The book, from the Monacelli Press, surveys recent architecture in the British capital, from well-known works like Foster + Partner’s “Gherkin” to the Gazzano House by Amin Taha Architects. Sam gave a quick overview of the projects, which together show a city where historic buildings and contemporary design sit side by side quite comfortably. On Monday, November 17 at 6:00 pm, he will be reading from the book at the Harvard COOP Bookstore, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. Cheerio, Sam!