July 24, 2002
Mmm, cloudscratcher, I love you.

Skyscraper or Wolkenkranzer, 'Cloudscratcher', parts of the world. Sort by pinnacle. By year. Pull out and you can see one firm's work, or any other. Or a man, a man's work. If it's ever really one man.

It's the grid of grids, and it fucking spooks me for this reason. Sorting the world by the infinite grid. Seeing the world by it. Building it out of pixels, pixel brasilia, but component form, like any dream. Like every dream too, they end, and sorting by 'destroyed' yields a broken and mad cross-section. Cross-section, scanning the rings of a sawed-up tree. In reverse.

Romans extended the grid everywhere they conquered, to suggest the forever extension of empire and so what do we suggest with it now, I wonder. Yes.

Posted by at July 24, 2002 08:56 PM

Awesome, awesome site/post. Thanks Kevin. How did you come across this?

I agree, the sorting by destroyed is rather incredible, but it's even more amazing than reading the rings of a tree, because of the crazy mixtures of structures both organic and manmade (the tree next to the WTC), it's more like sawing open a tree and seeing i-beams and concrete and fiberglass interspersed with tree-matter. Serious xylem/phloem shit.

Posted by: tmonkey on July 25, 2002 09:32 AM
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