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Japanese design studio Nendo recreates the impossible world of M.C. Escher in an immersive exhibition at The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. (All photography by Eugene Hyland)

I have gathered a posy of other men’s flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.” — Michel de Montaigne

Since I started using Twitter, I have created a library of well over 20,000 blog posts, articles, talks, thoughts and ideas on subjects ranging from developmental psychology, social anthropology and cognitive science to architecture, art and philosophy. It is, in the words of the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, “a posy of other men’s flowers” with my curiosity as “the thread that binds them.” The myriad connections and combinations become explicit through my work with senior…


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Waterfront Clubhouse by Abin Design Studio is a concrete pavilion overlooking a lake in Adisaptagram, West Bengal, India — “The project is a search, from social existence to the dynamics of space and form, to the beauty of light and shadow to the striking a harmony with nature,” according to the website of the Kolkata-based architecture studio, founded in 2005 by Abin Chaudhuri. (Photograph by Edmund Sumner)

Reading notes is a weekly curation of my tweets. It is, as Michel de Montaigne so beautifully wrote, “a posy of other men’s flowers and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.”

In this week’s edition: Literature is a machine that accelerates the human brain; science is simply assumed to reign supreme; in the age of Wikipedia, is it better to study everything?; …


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Kuopio Museum in Kuopio, Finland, by Architects Davidsson Tarkela — The extension “rises between the lavish architecture of the early 20th century and the disciplined, structured architecture of the 1960s in this new cultural quarter.” (Photograph by Marko Huttunen)

Reading notes is a weekly curation of my tweets. It is, as Michel de Montaigne so beautifully wrote, “a posy of other men’s flowers and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.”

In this week’s edition: The only possible way to construct genuinely sustainable homes is by placing them in a constant conversation with their surroundings; extending human habitability to outer space requires learning to live more carefully and sensitively as a species interlocked with others; the pandemic has highlighted the cost of neglecting public investment, both in the welfare state and value creation; the social construction…


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“Only in 1997, when the Bilbao Guggenheim opened to worldwide acclaim, Gehry’s blend of energy and competence, and his ability to bring a unique architectural vision to reality were finally recognised. He was sixty-nine,” Philip Delves Broughton writes in How to Think Like an Entrepreneur. (Photograph: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 1997, by Frank Gehry. Courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

“If anyone can refute me — show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective — I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6:21 (translated by Gregory Hays, The Modern Library, New York)

Frank Gehry and moving between fields

Philip Delves Broughton’s How to Think Like an Entrepreneur (The School of Life/Pan Macmillan, 2016) contains a moving chapter, entitled The Old Man and the Fish, about the Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry.

Delves Broughton writes how Gehry, after graduating from…


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Kengo Kuma & Associates (KKAA) has completed a museum building in Taketa, a city in Japan’s Ōita prefecture. Sited next to a channel of water, the new building has been designed to appear as a long fence and comprises a white wall and a bamboo lattice, which extends inside the museum. (Photograph by Kawasumi・Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office)

Reading notes is a weekly curation of my tweets. It is, as Michel de Montaigne so beautifully wrote, “a posy of other men’s flowers and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.”

In this week’s edition: Beyond Heidegger’s discourse on technology; balancing the shift toward remote work with the value of the physical workplace; how you arrange the plot points of your life into a narrative can shape who you are; thinking to some purpose; life’s stories; a universe without comment is a universe without meaning; the act of worldmaking; the North Pole underwater; and, finally, Yo-Yo…


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Gallery House in Mithapukur More, just north of Kolkata (Calcutta), India, by Abin Design Studio — “Exposed brick masonry walls inlaid with ceramic blocks define the building character as a contemporary expression of [Bengal’s terracotta temples].” (Photograph by Edmund Sumner)

Reading notes is a weekly curation of my tweets. It is, as Michel de Montaigne so beautifully wrote, “a posy of other men’s flowers and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.”

In this week’s edition: We need things consumed, burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate (Victor Lebow, 1955); since the release of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock 50 years ago, we all want to know what’s coming next; inside the mind of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos; when worldviews collide; Horace’s lyrics of friendship; how should we relate to the work of ‘cancelled’ artists?; …


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Common Reader Bookstore in Hangzhou, China, by Atelier TAO+C is “a place advocating the renaissance of daily reading and poetry.” (Photograph by Wen Studio)

Reading notes is a weekly curation of my tweets. It is, as Michel de Montaigne so beautifully wrote, “a posy of other men’s flowers and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.”

In this week’s edition: Cognitive scientists and corporations alike see human minds as predictive machines. Right or wrong, they will change how we think; how we yearn for the real and fall for the fake; the antidote to fake news is to nourish our epistemic wellbeing; why so many people in free societies believe such damaging lies; how to de-center your smartphone; two kinds of…


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“Japanese studio FujiwaraMuro Architects designed ‘House’ as a series of offset boxes with gaps between them that allow light and air to enter the house, while maintaining the occupants’ privacy.” — ‘House’ in Toyonaka, Osaka, by FujiwaraMuro Architects (Photograph by Katsuya Taira / Studio Rem)

Reading notes is a weekly curation of my tweets. It is, as Michel de Montaigne so beautifully wrote, “a posy of other men’s flowers and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.”

In this week’s edition: How sensory deprivation has been subsumed and then extruded as a mirror image of itself, emptied of its original meaning; the internet didn’t kill counterculture — you just won’t find it on Instagram; environmentalism can’t succeed until it confronts the destructive nature of modern work; why we are losing the imaginative power to create and find meaning through metaphor; when is…


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“We believe that in using modern structural solutions and techniques, mapped against the historical records, that we’ve managed to pare the shrine back to its original form, to show it as it should be shown.” — ABOUT, a Japanese architecture firm led by Tadahiro Butsugan, has renovated a building that forms part of the Mekari Shrine (和布刈神社) in Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture (Photograph by Takumi Ota).

Reading notes is a weekly curation of my tweets. It is, as Michel de Montaigne so beautifully wrote, “a posy of other men’s flowers and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.”

In this week’s edition: Big Tech’s business model is doing irreparable harm to society, but we don’t need to destroy the tech giants; in 1995, a WIRED cofounder challenged a Luddite-loving doomsayer to a prescient wager on tech and civilization’s fate; how the internet tycoons used the ideology of flatness to hoover up value and no one seemed to care; to change the way you…


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David Chipperfield Architects’ renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie, one of the icons of twentieth-century architecture, nears completion — “The refurbishment does not represent a new interpretation, but rather a respectful repair of this landmark of the International Style,” explained the studio. (Photograph by Thomas Bruns)

Reading notes is a weekly curation of my tweets. It is, as Michel de Montaigne so beautifully wrote, “a posy of other men’s flowers and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.”

In the first edition of 2021: The phrase ‘adult beginner’ can sound patronising, but learning is not just for the young; as machine learning continues to develop, the intuition that thinking necessarily precedes learning should wane; how to forfeit unrealistic optimism about the future; talking out loud to yourself; how to channel boredom; the massive effect culture has on how we view ourselves and how…

Mark Storm

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