1. Barbican Face - Entrance 16 - Everyday Luxury

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    from Adriana Valdez Young / Added

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    This Rolls Royce, complete with attentive chauffeur, waited immediately in a self-made VIP parking space outside the main entrance to the Barbican Centre. Silk Street also has connotations of refinement and luxury, so it only seems appropriate that the Rolls Royce park here, as opposed to some of the less glamorous and less obvious entrances to the Barbican. Its presence also exacerbates a condition we had observed, which is that the language of the pavement seemed to speak to cars and not people. The immediate interior of the public entrance to the Barbican Centre is quiet austere and lacking in warmth, feeling much like an airport or hospital in tone, texture and lighting. Why does the Barbican save all of its warm reds and oranges, brass and wood for the belly of the theater? Could it entice the public with just a little warmth from the entrance? We think that this entrances needs a lot of help.

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    • Barbican Fingers - Entrance 16.5 - Hidden Spaces

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      from Adriana Valdez Young / Added

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      A self-made subtle, subterranean passageway - intended for cars, used by people! We had no indication from our map that there was a pedestrian entrance via the parking lot, but we saw several savvy people briskly emerge from and disappear into the Barbican via a set of stairs set back in this parking garage that leads up into a ground level interior plaza. The flashing 'Spaces' sign indicate available parking, but also inadvertently showed us that that space for individual space-making and tactical travel were possible. This space excites us as a potential for further study and perhaps intervention.

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      • Barbican Finger - Entrance 14 - Ramp to a Happier Place

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        from Adriana Valdez Young / Added

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        We were ECSTATIC upon departing this mildly desolated ramp and following the school sounds across the street and into Fortune Street Park. We were relieved to have a temporary escape from the weight of the brick and concrete oatmeal facades and were were back in "London" - the "London" we know and are enchanted by. In Fortune Street Park, there was a very friendly and effective new media installation that you jump start with a hand crank and are rewarded with an audio introduction to the park created by local art students. The park features a variety of birds, a community garden, and Giddy Up, the most adorable pop-up coffee and pastry shop run by two people serving slices of teacake and hot drinks to a line of park-goers and passersby. Traversing the park, we then encountered a major, lively shopping district in front of us and to the left: a Waitrose with a plaza occupied by an outdoor market selling clothing, fabric, books and more, and the the Whitecross street food market. Also, the corridor from the Park to the street led to an intimate mix of programming - doors to a restaurant and private apartments that seemed cozily content to be such tight proximity. Immediately to the right was a small minimalist upscale hairdresser, Whites, wearing the skin of an old-fashioned barbershop. It offered the public two green chairs to perhaps enjoy their Giddy Up coffee while gazing at shoppers. In sum, the deviation from this ramp led us to a much happier place - a place that we have found no trace of on the immediate edges or inside of the Barbican.

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        • Barbican Finger - Entrance 13.5 - Unglamorous Ramp with Some Fun nearby.

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          from Adriana Valdez Young / Added

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          While this utilitarian ramp had little remarkable characteristics, some of its immediate surroundings were quite exciting. There was a nearby creche that was populated by children and mothers and decorated with a panoply of colourful, shiny plastic streamers hung from the trees and fence and stocked with bright swings, slides, picnic tables and other furniture to maximize the fun potential in a small outdoor contained area. There was an adjacent office that we could see people at their desks and attached to the Barbican there was a below ground area for trash compactors.

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          • Barbican Fingers - Entrance 4.5 - Ramp to Desertion then Tube

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            from Adriana Valdez Young / Added

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            Located inside the southeast arm of the Barbican, this ramp links the street level with a median plaza of an unused, abandoned-seeming office complex. Pedestrians get deposited in a plaza that is anchored by a small pub with a few outdoor cafe tables and otherwise no signs of healthy public life. There is a poorly aging signage cube that directs visitors within the Barbican, a northern corner of cigarette butts, coffee cups and crisps bags where the wind compiles refuse. It is a windy passage that pedestrians seem to only want to pass through as they enter or exit the Moorgate Tube entrance. In general, the plaza made us all very sad.

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            • Barbian Fingers - Entrance 1 - Public/Private Poutpourri

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              from Adriana Valdez Young / Added

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              Sample of activity at the entrance to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. This entrance offers a mix of public, private and semi-private access routes to the Barbican. If you are facing the Barbican, to the right is the school entrance and to the left is a private residential entrance marked by a red concierge box at the beginning of a layered parking garage. The entrance to the school is semi-private, as it is limited to students, employees and others involved in the school. There is also a public staircase embedded into the parking garage structure for pedestrians to access the higher podiums that are linked to ramps that circulate the perimeter of the Barbican. This entrance, although public, is not very obvious.

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              • Interview: Rem Koolhaas at OMA/Progress at the Barbican

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                from Dezeen / Added

                In the first of a series of movies filmed by Dezeen at the opening of OMA/Progress at the Barbican in London earlier this week, OMA co-founder Rem Koolhaas gives us a private tour of the show. Curated by Belgian collective Rotor, the exhibition documents the work of Rotterdam-based architecture firm OMA and its research arm AMO.

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                • Serious Follies

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                  Told by an Idiot's residency project 'Serious Follies', which ran alongside their 2011 tour AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON.

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                  • In Conversation - Lucinda Childs

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                    Part of Dance Umbrella 2011, IN CONVERSATION is new series of discussions between festival artists, broadcast online in the lead up to, and during, the festival. This year Richard Alston and Ben Duke share their insights about some of the events taking place. In this clip, the revival of Lucinda Child's DANCE (1979) is discussed. Alston talks about his longstanding and intimate relationship with the work from his first encounter with Childs as part of the Judson Dance Theater movement in New York to 'getting high' night after night watching the work on tour in Holland. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/danceumbrellauk Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/DanceUmbrella http://www.danceumbrella.co.uk

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                    • video portrait 12

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                      an elderly man remembers the highs and lows of his life in this short film from Jojo.

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