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 Stretching and Squeezing the Agora
picture picture picture 2 Dec 2008 @ 22:48, by feecor. Housing, Building, Architecture
A Forum, Market/Mall, Museum, Bauhütte, Bürgerturm or Extraterritorial Space in Borderland ?

Stretching and Squeezing the Agora – The castle-forum in Berlin, a new shopping mall behind old facades?  More >

 Roofs and Ceilings9 comments
13 Jun 2006 @ 10:37, by swanny. Housing, Building, Architecture
June 13, 2006

Roofs and Ceilings

Above has mostly been somewhat perplexing to me. What goes above. Is it strong main beams to shelter from the watchers eye or a "see thru" ceiling to gaze and receive the starlit nights and the daylight light from above. Or still is it art that belongs there like in the Cistine Chapel and Michaelanglos wonderous though fading creations.
I did my first ceiling painting at the age of about 16 or so. One of my older brothers chohurts, Earl, I believe commisioned and actually paid me to paint now what was it? a cross or a church or geez I can't rightly recall on his bedroom ceiling. It turned out pretty good it seems for all concerned.
Have you ever slept outside on a beach in summer and dozed under the stars not to mention being eatin alive by the skeeters. There is a sense of awe and freedom to it. Having a natural roof and perhaps the dappaling of a canopy of the leaves of the trees. Tis a comfort to the soul and a joining with the heavens and cosmos of sorts. You should try it. In the raw with no "glass" to obscure the gentle or not so gentle breezes that come with such.
I used to spend my summers as a teen sleeping in the tent trailor we had out back on the patio. Geez it was awful cold at times but the cold sort of made the experience more real and more "learning" and in a way more restful, maybe it was the fresh air.
Once as a child I was sleeping in a tent at the old house and a group of the "enemies" as we used to call the ruffians of the neighbour came at about 5 am in the morning and collapsed our abode and scurried away unseen. Well I suspect it was them but by the time we awoke the culprit or culprits were gone.
When I had my birds it was somewhat odd. They would fly
around my apartment oblivious of the "ceiling" as if inately they could not conceive a restriction on above. They would bump it as they flew until they sort of surrendered to this new concept or limiation on the freedom of flight.
Oh and then there was the time at the old house when I was sleeping on the top bunk of the bunk bed in the basement and suddenly or so something broke or moved and it came crashing down on my older brother who was sleeping below. He was not amused nor the household that awoke in an uproar or was it during the day? Hmmmm gettin old.
Ah ceilings... perhaps I am waxing as per so and so's take but I am truly curious as whats to be done with above. I think art is good though not very enduring and I do have a perchance for skylights though they are problematic of the elements ie: rain and such and to many angles or flatness on the roof seems to have plagued the likes of none the less than F. L. Wright and D. Cardinal so maybe a sculpted roof of some sort of waterproof medium.

Well whatever and good morning and polite thoughts on the subject or dome would be appreciated.

ed  More >

 American Architecture4 comments
16 May 2006 @ 10:35, by swanny. Housing, Building, Architecture
May 16, 2006

American Architecture

It seems we are born into a process these days,
rather than a state. In that sense architecture becomes somewhat moot. Yet how did this "process" of affairs arise.
People came to America with little but dreams and perhaps memories of unfufilled passions. And what was built, not a state but a process. The embodiment of American Architecture is the process of "mass production" and I suppose "standarization". Standards are good though somewhat boring and not terribly creative or Natural? I suppose nature has its standards and or orders to and if violated change ensues.
So then it seems the fundemental and shaper of Traditional American Architecture was the practicality of Standardization and Mass production.
How much thought went into that and what was the underlying principle of mass production? Was it simple Profit and economy or is there more to it?

Here is a link to global architectural development to date.

Arch Link = [link]

Just debating though whether it is time to have a closer look
at the foundation and see perhaps whats next.
Is the model of mass production not enough or detrimental towards the earth perhaps?

A. Jonas  More >

 The Wearable Home13 comments
31 Jan 2006 @ 13:08, by ming. Housing, Building, Architecture
Dave Pollard has a proposal
I have written several times about the idea of a 'wearable home' -- a self-contained environment that would allow the 'wearer/resident' to live comfortably 'outdoors' anywhere on Earth. The standard human solution to the problem of inhospitable climate is an extravagant invention called the 'single family home', which contains as many as a dozen different single-purpose unconfigurable 'rooms', must be abandoned in favour of another model when the occupant's lifestyle changes, and consumes huge amounts of fossil fuels to keep the entire structure at a comfortable temperature, even when the occupant is away from it.

There are several more economical solutions in widespread use. The most enduring of these is the deer-and-harehide suit of the aboriginal peoples of the Arctic, which allows the hunter-gatherer tribes to travel long distances comfortably, and requires the construction of only a simple, inexpensive and temporary dwelling for the few activities that cannot be carried out comfortably out-of-doors. These natural suits are, for the Ihalmiut, the perfect house.

In areas more hospitable to us naked humans (the tropics), the few gatherer-hunter peoples that have not been exterminated by Agricultural Man build only temporary structures and abandon them as their communities migrate across their hunting and gathering range. They lead the most leisurely lives of any humans on the planet, spending most of their lives 'outside' and hoarding nothing.
Actually, the proposal comes here:
So I'd like to propose a collaboration: Let's create, together, the Wearable Home. The three steps in doing so are:
  1. 1. Develop a complete specification for the Wearable Home -- what it would have to be able to do.
  2. Research current and evolving technologies that meet these specifications.
  3. Design it.

Here's a very incomplete start to the specification:
  • It would have to be comfortable and allow full freedom of movement in any weather conditions
  • It would have to be, if not fashionable, at least not ridiculous-looking
  • It would have to incorporate the portable communication, information and entertainment technologies that we now take for granted, built-in, without having to carry around bulky or heavy 'peripherals'
  • It would have to allow us to see and function in the dark, using either built-in lighting or some other optical technology
  • It would have to be either easy to clean or keep clean, or self-cleaning
  • It would have to be comfortable enough to sleep in, ideally without the need for bedding
  • It would have to be customizable both stylistically (we don't all want to look the same) and functionally (e.g. temperature could be regulated to personal preferences)
  • It would not replace the need for a place to store and cook food, but would obviate the need for every other room in the modern 'single family home' except the kitchen and (probably) the bathroom
I like it. Of course that should exist. It should be an option at least. A typical single-family home weighs around 150 tons. Seems a little excessive that that's the default way of living. Not to mention that it isn't mobile, so I'll be out of my shell when I'm everywhere else.

Imagine that - a suit that would allow me to live comfortably outside anywhere on Earth, from the arctic to the tropics. Of course I'd expect some fancy technology to be involved. It would need to keep me warm, or cool me down. It would need to be wired for communication. It would need to store power for these things.

It would be nice if one could feel free to explore the world without having to have scheduled a $100 hotel room every night, and without always having to get "back" to somewhere.

I have a hard time imagining having no other home, but I'd like to have it as an option at least.  More >

 Buy an underground city11 comments
1 Nov 2005 @ 15:52, by ming. Housing, Building, Architecture
A previously secret underground installation is for sale in England.
WELCOME to Cold War City (population: 4). It covers 240 acres and has 60 miles of roads and its own railway station. It even includes a pub called the Rose and Crown.

The most underpopulated town in Britain is being put on the market. But there will be no estate agent’s blurb extolling the marvellous views of the town for sale: true, it has a Wiltshire address, but it is 120ft underground.

The subterranean complex that was built in the 1950s to house the Conservative prime minister Harold Macmillan’s cabinet and 4,000 civil servants in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack is being thrown open to commercial use. Just four maintenance men are left.

Property developers looking for the ultimate place to get away from it all need not apply. The site has a notional value of £5m but there is a catch. It is available only as part of a private finance initiative that involves investing in the military base on the surface above.

I don't have 5 million pounds to spare, but I'd really like an underground city.  More >

 New Orleans Arcology13 comments
picture 25 Oct 2005 @ 23:03, by ming. Housing, Building, Architecture
Good old Doctress Neutopia is proposing that New Orleans should be turned into the world's first arcology. If you don't know what an arcology is, see here. It is basically building a sustainable city in one big unit, one huge building, instead of letting it spread haphazardly. And if you don't know who Doctress Neutopia is, her name is also Libby Hubbard. She was an Internet celebrity in the early 90s attracting quite a following, and an anti-following too. Her vision of the "lovolution" and her fiery temper made her a tempting target for a bunch of folks who called themselves the Monster Truck Neutopians, celebrating everything that she was against, and hanging out and irritating her at every chance they had. But she's pretty unstoppable. She was also hanging out in NCN for a couple of years. I haven't spoken with her for several years. Anyway, I don't know how practical the New Orleans Arcology thing is, but it is a valiant endavor. What I found most interesting on her site there is the story of the Yaquii Village she adopted, and the description there of old examples of arcology-like buildings in the American south-west.
"To think in terms of building a sustainable village, like the Anasazi dwellings, we have to think of designing not a house, but a village. We can not longer afford to think in terms of single family dwellings, but think about what is good for the entire community. When one thinks of all the refugees throughout the world as well as the one's who became refugees through environmental disasters like what happened to New Orleans or the millions of homeless people in the United States, we need to think in terms of building villages within villages, an arcology for millions of people.

What I am visualizing is a mass exodus occurring from our dying civilization to a more evolved, holistic developmental pattern that allows us to have individual freedom along side of the responsibility of the collective. I'm seeing the labor force of the world turning around and moving in a new direction that brings us back in balance with nature by building a network of arcologies.

I'm excited with the idea of arcology as a center of culture, a place where arts are not on the side lines of civilization but are the life blood of the people. Such a vision gives the children of the world a future of human dignity, a future where they can enjoy the revival of now-threatened plant and animal species, and have the time and resources to pursue the adventures of the mind and heart, producing great art, advancing miraculous science, and living with the beauty of star light forever."
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 9/11 whistleblower fired14 comments
picture 17 Nov 2004 @ 23:30, by ming. Housing, Building, Architecture
Until two days ago Kevin Ryan was head of the Environmental Health Laboratory Div. of Underwriter's Laboratory. That is the lab that originally had certified the steel that the World Trade Center was built with. He had recently written a memo to Frank Gayle of the National Institute of Standards and Technology questioning that the steel had failed in the WTC 1 and WTC 2 collapses due to the burning jet fuel. I'll include his memo below. He simply points out that the information doesn't match what his lab knew about the steel, and that the official reports are based on ideas that have nothing to do with the known laws of physics. I.e. the possible temperatures of burning fuel and the temperatures at which steel might possibly be softened. That has been mentioned before, of course, but experts in the right positions have stayed strangely quiet. So I guess this guy needed to be shut up too. Doesn't sound like he'll be very quiet, though.

Various comments and info here and an article here  More >

 ideas please16 comments
15 Apr 2003 @ 04:07, by newdawn. Housing, Building, Architecture
does anyone out there in cyber~land have ideas and sites I can visit in regards to building an affordable energy efficient house suitable for a cool, dry climate in the southern hemisphere?  More >

 Transparent concrete1 comment
29 Jan 2002 @ 12:52, by ming. Housing, Building, Architecture
Some people are working on translucent or transparent concrete. See story. It is not as crazy as it sounds. If it is glass or plastic being mixed, rather than stones and gravel, and if the cement holding it together is translucent too, then it can work.  More >

 Underground Living10 comments
picture6 Oct 2001 @ 05:02, by ming. Housing, Building, Architecture
An auction just ended at eBay of an old ICBM missile silo, re-fitted into a rather unique luxury home. Sounds like a lot of fun. Who wouldn't want a 47 ton garage door for one thing. I always dreamt of living underground. Anyway, it sold for $1.5million, and there are a whole lot more of these in Kansas.  More >