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Big Pink: Mexican architects imagine Trump's wall as Luis Barragán homage

The Estudio 314 architectural practice has unveiled its pastel pink plans to realize the Republican candidate’s border proposal in ‘all its gorgeous perversity’

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Estudio 314, rendering from Prison Wall Project (2016). Photograph: Renderings by Agustin I Avalo/Estudio Pi S.C and Hassanaly Ladha


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Post by Addie » Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:46 am

Why?

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This L.A. office building is crazier than it looks: Its steel bands are an exoskelton

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Near the border of South Los Angeles and Culver City, developers Frederick and Laurie Samitaur Smith plan on making a statement.

The couple, who helped transform the surrounding area into a hub for unique architecture, envisions yet another cutting-edge structure: an eccentric 17-story office tower with steel ribbons wrapped around floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

“I believe it will be a demonstrative statement of innovation,” said Frederick Samitaur Smith. ”There is a lot of innovation, hope and aspiration in that one building.”

The unique features are many.

They include steel bands that will cover the buildings exterior like a spider-web. And the structures — not interior columns — will support the tower, serving as an exoskeleton. Floors will have varying heights and the elevator will be attached to the side of the building so not to waste space in the tower’s center.


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Post by Whatever4 » Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:30 am

Because they hate their tenants?


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Post by MN-Skeptic » Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:44 am

Change the steel constrictive bands to pretty colored, festive ribbons and it could be an interesting structure.



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Post by esseff44 » Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:30 pm

It makes me think of a hostage tied up by a complete mad man in a frenzy.



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Post by RoadScholar » Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:15 pm

"Brutalist" architecture. It's a thing, and not a good one.


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Post by SueDB » Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:01 pm

RoadScholar wrote:"Brutalist" architecture. It's a thing, and not a good one.
Is this going to be the large slide or water chute for a planned amusement park?


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Post by Notorial Dissent » Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:21 pm

Whatever4 wrote:Because they hate their tenants?
And anyone who has to look at it, not to mention polluting the visual environment with incredible ugly!!!!


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SueDB wrote:
RoadScholar wrote:"Brutalist" architecture. It's a thing, and not a good one.
Is this going to be the large slide or water chute for a planned amusement park?
Nah, just a quick way to discharge the row of CEOs without a Golden Parachute :lol:



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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:38 pm

I actually like it. The architect, Eric Owen Moss, has a whole section of Culver City with his buildings in it, and this one is far from the "weirdest" one. The area is called Hayden Tract and it's very interesting what they are doing with it. Revamping the old industrial buildings, keeping elements of the original while building out with modern design, makes my heart sing.



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Post by MN-Skeptic » Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:49 pm

It looks like a bondage thing. Whips not included.



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Post by RoadScholar » Sat Nov 26, 2016 7:18 pm

It's challenging trying to understand an aesthetic which incorporates an element of intentional ugliness. On the other hand, Moss' design is (to me) aggressively haphazard at a distance, but seems more thought-out and graceful when viewed up close.


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Post by Addie » Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:02 am

Innovative 400 years ago and still at it.

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Why houses in Bermuda have white stepped roofs

The North Atlantic island of Bermuda has no fresh-water springs, rivers or lakes. So how did humans ever settle there? The secret is in the design of their houses, and particularly the white stepped roof which is still in use 400 years after it was first introduced. ...

But white roofs? With steps? Where did they come from? It turns out they are designed this way to harvest rain. The steps slow down heavy rainfall helping the gutters to collect the water and store it in a tank under the house.

Thanks partly to an annual rainfall that far exceeds that of England and Wales, and is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, the tanks are regularly topped up. Each home is self-sufficient. There is no mains water - and no water rates.

This system was forced on the early settlers, because of the lack of easily available fresh water - there are no permanent streams and the lakes are brackish. Later it became enforced in house-building regulations - for each square foot of roof space, all houses must have eight gallons of tank space.

The design of the roof has multiple benefits. Made of limestone it is heavy and not easily shifted by hurricanes and in the past it was covered in a lime mortar, which had anti-bacterial properties. Now the mortar has been replaced by paint. It's still white, because this reflects ultra-violet light from the sun, which also helps to purify the water.
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This system can purify 2000 liters of water per day with solar thermal energy

A startup out of Sacramento, California, recently hit its crowdfunding goal for a unique renewable energy system system that will initially be used for water purification in places such as Asia and Africa, but which can also be used to produce power for other applications as well. Tenkiv's larger goal is to democratize "sustainable water and energy access" with its modular system, which can not only produce enough power from the heat of the sun (solar thermal technology) to purify water at an affordable cost, but which can also be used to store, distribute, and convert solar thermal energy for use in a number of other ways, especially in areas where infrastructure is poor or nonexistent.

Instead of focusing on photovoltaic technology, which is what many solar energy systems use, and which can convert the sun's light into electricity (although at a higher cost and manufacturing complexity), Tenkiv has chosen to build its system around the use of the sun's heat as an energy source. And according to the company, its technology can "power anything for 1/13th the cost of existing solar panels and 1/5th the cost of fossil fuels without any subsidies," which could be a key factor for scaling up the systems to meet the needs of the estimated 1 billion people without regular access to clean water.

One of the arguments that Tenkiv makes in favor of using solar thermal instead of solar photovoltaic technology is the lack of a need to convert the heat energy collected by the system into other forms, such as electricity, which leads to conversion losses along the way.
"Tenkiv Solar Collectors can quickly and efficiently distribute thermal energy harnessed from the sun. It doesn’t matter if you’re heating water for a bath, a cup of tea, or a pack of ramen noodles— all of these tasks require energy. The energy used in most modern systems is sourced from a complex and inefficient daisy chain where it takes power to make power. With the Tenkiv Nexus, we collect the heat directly from the sun without consuming any finite resources. There is no needless conversion between you and your energy." - Tenkiv


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Architect Wants To Turn Old Subway Cars Into Housing For Homeless ...

When a famed Washington, D.C., architect learned of the city’s plan to scrap several fleets of old subway cars, he thought up a better use for the retired models. If Arthur Cotton Moore has his way, some of the outdated Metro cars could be turned into houses for homeless people.

“I thought it was just a terrible waste ― sending all these cars to the junkyard,” Moore, 81, told The Huffington Post.

The city plans to ax three of its old fleets ― several hundred cars in total ― and replace them with newer ones. It has already begun sending some to a junkyard in Baltimore, but it will take years to complete the deliveries, according to The Washington Post.

Moore wants to save 86 cars from one of the decommissioned fleets. He told HuffPost that the cars are made from optimal materials to withstand harsh weather and would require relatively little retrofitting.

The work that the tiny homes would need ― which includes installing prefabricated bathrooms and kitchens ― wouldn’t actually cost that much, Moore insists. He hopes to pitch his idea to the D.C. City Council and thinks it would be a far cheaper homeless program than what’s been offered so far.




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Post by Notorial Dissent » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:58 am

It is an interesting idea. I've seen it done with old railway carriages and streetcars, and while they are quaint and cute to look at they are miserable to live in. They have NO insulation, and to be livable, particularly in a climate like DC they would require considerable expensive insulation and retrofitting to make them habitable other than during a short period of the year


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Post by TollandRCR » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:31 pm

That really IS a high rise: Sci-fi plan to hang a wandering skyscraper from asteroid orbiting Earth is unveiled
http://nesaranews.blogspot.com/2017/03/ ... an-to.html
Radical skyscraper design from a New York City firm will be built from the sky down, instead of the ground up
Analemma Tower is set to be suspended from an orbiting asteroid 31,068 miles (50,000 km) above the Earth
Tower will move in a figure eight pattern between the northern and southern hemispheres each day
Solar panels will generate power and water will be collected from cloud condensation and rain water
Building will be broken up into sections, such as business, worship, dining, shopping and entertainment

A New York architecture firm has unveiled designs for a skyscraper that is out of this world.

Deemed the ‘world’s tallest building ever’, Analemma Tower will be suspended from an orbiting asteroid 31,068 miles (50,000 km) above the Earth– and the only way to leave is by parachute.
That trip down by parachute. Have the architects thought about such things as oxygen, heating, and avoidance of space junk? And how will our Reptilian Overlords react?


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:17 pm

TollandRCR wrote:That really IS a high rise: Sci-fi plan to hang a wandering skyscraper from asteroid orbiting Earth is unveiled
http://nesaranews.blogspot.com/2017/03/ ... an-to.html
Radical skyscraper design from a New York City firm will be built from the sky down, instead of the ground up
Analemma Tower is set to be suspended from an orbiting asteroid 31,068 miles (50,000 km) above the Earth
Tower will move in a figure eight pattern between the northern and southern hemispheres each day
Solar panels will generate power and water will be collected from cloud condensation and rain water
Building will be broken up into sections, such as business, worship, dining, shopping and entertainment

A New York architecture firm has unveiled designs for a skyscraper that is out of this world.

Deemed the ‘world’s tallest building ever’, Analemma Tower will be suspended from an orbiting asteroid 31,068 miles (50,000 km) above the Earth– and the only way to leave is by parachute.
That trip down by parachute. Have the architects thought about such things as oxygen, heating, and avoidance of space junk? And how will our Reptilian Overlords react?
I'll start paying attention once they have moved the asteroid into place. ;)


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Post by Notorial Dissent » Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:43 pm

I want to know what they are going to build it out of to deal with little things like space dust, radiation, heat, cold, little things. But yeah, getting it in position first would be a good start.


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Post by Estiveo » Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:20 pm

Elsewhere we've talked about the building housing the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which was innovative in 1905. Here, from Curbed, San Francisco, is an interesting article (with pictures) on the history of the building.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: a brief history of the Beaux-Arts gem in SoMa

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Post by Addie » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:38 pm

Would you like to be a tree? I would love to be a tree. :daydream:

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Bios Urn: the startup that lets you grow a tree from human ashes ...

Junker buried his father in a Bios Urn, a biodegradable urn designed to grow trees from ashes. Since 2012, brothers Roger and Gerard Moliné have sold 100,000 Bios Urns to people looking to turn the ashes of loved ones or pets into trees all over the world from their head office in Barcelona, Spain.

The urn arrives in the post as a cardboard tube made of two separate cones, one for holding ashes and another containing a soil mix and the seed of choice, whether that is a maple, oak, pine or any other tree or bush. The buyer then decants the ashes into the bottom cone and buries the two parts together. That’s easy for people like Junker, who has 200 acres of family-owned land in Vermont. He dreams of one day planting all his family and pets in the same field so he can always spend time with them.

Many people don’t have any land to return family members to after death. So the Moliné brothers have been working on a digital plant pot for the urn, which allows families to keep the plant near them and monitor its progress using an app.

The Bios Incube, advertised as “the world’s first incubator for the afterlife”, was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising €73,671 (£65,890) in March 2016. The 356 backers each get a tree planted in their honour (ashes not included). More than 50 of them contributed €350 or more to get an early bird Bios Incube at a special price (they retail from €450).


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Post by Addie » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:56 am

Here we have one plug-ugly building.
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America's Passive-Aggressive New Embassy Arrives in London



London’s new U.S. embassy first opened its doors to architecture critics this week, rising from the riverside ten minutes walk upstream from Britain’s parliament and next to the city’s 1970s wholesale produce market.

It’s surrounded by a glittering moat and a maze of bushes. The embassy’s central cube is partially clad in glittering sail-like panels that both mask the building and catch the light, giving it a delicate quality more reminiscent of a resort hotel than some diplomatic fortress.

That seems to be the intention, at least. In reality, the Kieran Timberlake-designed complex is, despite its softened edges and embellishments, a miserable barrack. Locked behind high walls and a flooded ditch, it tries but fails to dissemble its defensive intent. The screen of fiddly sails attached to its sombre cube come across like a piece of tatty 1970s costume jewellery attached to the sleeve of a storm trooper’s tunic. While there is some access to an embassy garden, the building floats unreal and detached above its surroundings looking every bit the gun-protected sanctum it is.

Despite the humane intent behind this attempt at masquerade, the result ends up being rather sinister, like being mugged by someone wearing a smiley face mask. This begs the question of whether it is actually a good idea to try to soften the look of a building that is inherently defensive. Why not let bunkers be bunkers?
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WaPo: The new U.S. embassy in London: A crystalline ‘sugar cube’ worth a billion dollars



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Post by AndyinPA » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:24 pm

I've seen many "embassy rows" in capitol cities around the world. Often, they are in the best parts of the city. They are usually charming and impressive. That building is neither.



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Post by Notorial Dissent » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:53 pm

Spectacularly ugly and tasteless to my way of thinking.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:10 pm

Addie wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:56 am
Here we have one plug-ugly building.
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America's Passive-Aggressive New Embassy Arrives in London
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Does it match up to the monstrosity of the Baghdad compund?



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