Burn, Warehouse, Burn
I.T on J.G Ballard and Iain Sinclair's threat to blow up Bluewater being taken rather more seriously when delivered by a (shock-horror) Muslim - who nonetheless had the impression that Bluewater was in Exeter, but that's being let pass. Two quick points here: one, I was faintly intrigued to find that the threatener in question was not only from Southampton, but from the Flower Estate (so why he didn't want to blow up West Quay is beyond me); and two, it makes this interview with the designer of Bluewater and its ilk (via) even more grimly compelling. The gist: Bluewater is what people want, when an industrial site is cleared - shops, lots of them, 'contextual' architecture, and many many parking spaces. If there's a despot locally who can help the process along then that's good too. In fact, Bluewater seen like this is reminiscent of 'Most Wanted Paintings' the Sots Art prank where the votes of a given area for what they most wanted to see in a painting get totted up, with the results appropriately ridiculous.