City of Sound is about cities, design, architecture, music, media, politics and more. Written by Dan Hill since 2001.


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Welcome Metafilter readers, and thank you. If you’re wondering where to start, here’s a fully subjective top 20. A list of starting points: popular, recent, favourite or otherwise.

Alternatively, check the Postopolis! category, for a series of reports from the architecture and urbanism-orientated event I helped organise earlier this year at New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture.

  1. Design. Architecture. Football
  2. Two possible Google Earth extensions: time and sound
  3. La Tonnara and the Chamber of Death; Arabian floating architecture in Sicily
  4. The Anti-Fun Palace: APEC Fence, Sydney lockdown
  5. In Every Dream Home A Heartache: The Great Australian Dream and its architecture
  6. Indiscreet music
  7. The Shock of the New World, with respect to the flora and fauna of Australia
  8. Punching holes in Ciutat Vella; adaptive urban form in Barcelona
  9. Suspended at a junction in time: Australia, Silent Running, The Drowned World and the University of Queensland
  10. Trenitalia, travel writing and total design
  11. The city as destructive system: wildfires, Dresden and the case against urban sprawl
  12. Movements in Modern Media
  13. Assessing the new Guardian, with brief nod to the avant-garde [aka Grazia, Heat and The Sun]
  14. Los Angeles: Grand Theft Reality
  15. Gangs Of New York, World-Building
  16. New Musical Experiences
  17. Architecture and interaction design, via adaptation and hackability
  18. "China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795", Royal Academy, London
  19. ‘Future City: Experiment and Utopia in Architecture 1956-2006’ exhibition
  20. ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’, by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno

There’s a fuller list here, should you have any bandwidth left.


One response to “Metafiltered”

  1. spacely_sprocket Avatar

    Thanks for the warm welcome, Mr. Hill. Though I have to admit I feel a bit like the lurker who’s been exposed to the flashlight beam, I do appreciate the primer. There’s nearly endless ground to cover here, so a bit of a map is handy to have. Thanks again.


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