Archive for the ‘sidenote’ Category

Thanks China!

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.”

.:full story->The Guardian

Posted: December 23rd, 2009
at 11:23am by orangemenace


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Green Gaming

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…

.:full story->via triplepundit

Posted: December 22nd, 2009
at 1:25pm by orangemenace


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Too Efficient?

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.

.:full story->Endgadget

Posted: December 17th, 2009
at 4:40pm by AMNP


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Niemeyer Turns 102

What did the famous architect say about his most recent birthday? “Turning 102 is crap, and there is nothing to commemorate.”

.:full story->via AFP

Posted: December 16th, 2009
at 1:26pm by orangemenace


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Suburban Farming?

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…

.:full story->via Civil Eats

Posted: December 16th, 2009
at 10:42am by orangemenace


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Cubellis Closing

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.

.:full story->Boston Business Journal

Posted: December 2nd, 2009
at 11:01am by orangemenace


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Medieval U.N.

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.”

.:full story->via NY Mag

Posted: December 2nd, 2009
at 8:47am by orangemenace


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Swiss Bigots

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…

.:full story->Telegraph

[note: a ninja will be dispatched to use anyone who leaves a comment mentioning ‘terrorism’, ‘fundamentalists’, etc, as a practice dummy]

Posted: December 1st, 2009
at 2:34pm by orangemenace


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SketchUp + Autism

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.

.:full story->via Newsweek

Posted: November 18th, 2009
at 6:11am by orangemenace


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Impact of Bauhaus

TIME reflects on the importance and impact of the Bauhaus, which only lasted 14 years but redefined design for the 20th century.

.:full article->via TIME

Posted: November 17th, 2009
at 6:16pm by orangemenace


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