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16:26 UK time, Wednesday, 2 December 2009

A celebration of the riches of the web.

Today in Web Monitor: what architecture can learn from rap, wedded bliss and when you're not allowed to die.

Ice Cube• Architects should learn from hip hop and display more angst and protest, according to Owen Hatherley at the architecture website Building Design. He's taken a particular liking to the rapper Ice Cube who himself studied architectural drafting:

"Architects might benefit from playing Amerikkka's Most Wanted in their offices rather than trying to fade into the background -- but should bear in mind Ice Cube himself opined: 'If you want me to draw you up a house I can draw you up a house; I don't know if it's gonna be liveable.'"

• Here's part of the e-mail sent to Lisa Katayama at Boing Boing from a recent Japanese groom:

"Now that the ceremony is over, I feel like I've been able to achieve a major milestone in my life. Some people have expressed doubts about my actions, but at the end of the day, this is really just about us as husband and wife."
Nothing unusual there. Until it turns out he's married a computer game character. Fittingly, the ceremony was broadcast live on the internet.

Ivica Miskovic at World Around Us charts the places around the world where it's been made illegal to die. Miskovic says it's often a satirical protest against the cost of overcrowded cemeteries and looks at the current efforts to prohibit death in Biritiba-Mirim, Brazil:

"...the town's mayor has filed a bill, specifically a public bill, to make it illegal for the people living in the town to die. Though no specific punishments have been presented, the mayor intends to target relatives of people who die with fines and even jail if necessary to get more space for tombstones."

Owen Hatherley | The Architects' Website | Where is the Ice Cube of architecture?
Lisa Katayama | Boing Boing | Video game wedding: A letter and photos from the bride and groom
Ivica Miskovic | World Around Us | Prohibition of death: There are really some places where death is illegal

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