For completely screwing-over the entire planet. Brilliant! A writer for the Guardian, who was in the room for a number of the Copenhagen talks, explains how China blocked all the major iniatives – and how Obama isn’t [really] to blame. “I am certain that had the Chinese not been in the room, we would have left Copenhagen with a deal that had environmentalists popping champagne corks in every corner of the world.”
Autodesk, makers of AutoCAD and Revit [among other software] have created an online videogame to build awareness about the importance of green building. My ninjas, PLEASE…
Are LED traffic signals too efficient for cold climates? Apparently they don’t necessarily give off [read: waste] enough heat to melt snow – which can then pile up enough to block the signals from the view of drivers.
What did the famous architect say about his most recent birthday? “Turning 102 is crap, and there is nothing to commemorate.”
Can abandoned ‘big box’ retail be converted to suburban farming? It would certainly put these spaces in the ‘burbs to good use – and would [I imagine] be more cost efective than vertical farming in our cities. Something to think about…
Boston-based architecture firm Cubellis Associates, Inc. is closing shop. The 24 year old firm had recently opened a number of offices around the country, and employed roughly 400 people. Clients are being transitioned to start-ups created by employees Cubellis has recently let-go.
What is going on with Gwathmey Siegel & Associates’ U.N. Mission project? If they were going for secure, why not put everyone in an actual bunker then?
“The concrete-paneled pillar opens grudgingly as it rises, transitioning from a blank wall to perforations just wide enough for an archer, to vast executive windows near the top. The structure embodies the latest in security doctrine and technology, but it has a stark, medieval look, as if it were meant to defend against catapults and trebuchets. Welcome to your friendly federal government’s new diplomatic presence on the Manhattan skyline.”
Minarets are now banned in Switzerland, in a move that is so absurdly ignorant that all I can do is laugh. Consider this: what is a minaret but a different word for something that is essentially the same as a common feature in Christian churches/cathedrals? Bell towers and tall steeples? My ninjas, please – same exact thing. Shit, bell towers even serve the same purpose as a minaret. Why not just build giant signs that read “hey, all you Muslims – we’d prefer it if you got the hell out of here”. This is why in a true democracy [so nowhere] you don’t have popular votes on these kinds of issues – because people in large groups are all too often biased, small minded, clique-orientated, bigots. Last time I checked popular demand wasn’t a solid reason for the government allowing the many to mistreat the few…
[note: a ninja will be dispatched to use anyone who leaves a comment mentioning 'terrorism', 'fundamentalists', etc, as a practice dummy]
This, I think, is a really cool / interesting story: “It all started when Google’s Tom Wyman and Chris Cronin started getting enthusiastic calls and e-mails from architects who had children on the spectrum. Their kids, the parents reported, had discovered the software program and loved it. All they needed was their creativity and a computer mouse and they could design entire neighborhoods.”
TIME reflects on the importance and impact of the Bauhaus, which only lasted 14 years but redefined design for the 20th century.