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Ed. Note: MNP was experiencing some technical difficulties on Monday, Nov. 30th. Our apologies.

Happy belated Thanksgiving! And for those of you who weren’t giving thanks for Europeans’ fairly ruthless conquering of the Americas this past week – happy Monday! AMNP is back after a week-long hiatus.

To really kick off your week, I advise you to go watch this video of interviews with people waiting in line for a Sarah Palin book signing [note to Palin fans: feel free to never visit AMNP again - I won't be offended]. Now, I don’t really mean to be insulting here, so all I’ll say is that it’s reminiscent of the Katie Couric interview – everyone in line loves Sarah, but nobody knows anything about her policies or political goals/agendas/whatever. She has apparently won them all over by being so spunky and mavericky.

Moving on to more relevant [I hope] things – here is AMNP’s weekly selection of archi-blogosphere linkage. As always, if you see anything on the web that you believe should be linked-to from AMNP [as part of Ninjas on the 'Net,? the news sidebar, or as a full post] feel free to drop me an email at architecture@myninjaplease.com.

Enjoy your week!

- holiday archi-book guide 2009 [Archidose: A Daily Dose of Architecture]

- the top 10 books of 2009 [Planetizen]

- a fellow blogger’s new home, and ‘monospace‘ [atelier a+d]

- Georgian mountainside cave dwellings, and a ‘plants without borders‘ interview [BLDGBLOG]

- Andels Hotel Lodz [The Cool Hunter]

- Aesop Store, Singapore [coolboom]

- Re:Vision Dallas: Entry 193: Forwarding Dallas [architecture lab]

- an optical illusion courtyard, possibly swallowing a tree [loud paper]

- bougie house boats [dornob]

- marking hazardous waste for the next 10,000+ years [mammoth]

- an Architectural Proposition for Sydney by (our ninja) Linda Bennett [archiCentral]

- an interview with Joseph Tainter, author of? The Collapse of Complex Societies [varnelis.net]

- concrete cloth [dezeen]

- lastly, don?t miss myninjaplease.com?s two newest features:A Dozen, and The Industry. Our ninja Kookiecrumbles has been hard at work interviewing artists and featuring their work as well as speaking to industry insider ? coming up with some great content that should not be slept on.

Posted: December 1st, 2009
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Ninjas on the ‘Net

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[image: Map of threatened or arrested bloggers around the world - via]

Monday, Monday – time for another trip through the archi-blogosphere. Speaking of which, has anyone else noticed that the recession seems to be killing of content / sites? I feel like there was a time when there were more architecture + design themed sites than I could keep up with – and now, not so much the case. Not so important, I guess – because the ninjas are still here.

Anyways, moving along – if you see anything on the web that you believe should be linked-to from AMNP [as part of Ninjas on the 'Net, or the news sidebar] feel free to drop me an email at architecture@myninjaplease.com.

- ‘sleep box‘, for napping anywhere [dezeen]

- ‘house on a slope‘ [CoolBoom]

- East Village penthouse + rooftop garden [A Daily Dose of Architecture]

- flooded NYC + Tokyo by Studio Lindfors [BLDGBLOG]

- new Nike store in Tokyo [COOL HUNTING]

- ‘The Wrong Way Forward‘ by Varnelis [Triple Canopy]

- interview with Bjarke Ingles [Archi-Ninja]

- ‘11Boxes‘ in Tokyo by Keiji Ashizawa Design [daily TONIC]

- Green Modular Malaysian Idea House [Jetson Green]

- Model House for I’Park City, UN Studio [+MOOD]

- Sou Fujimoto ‘House H‘ [designboom]

- interview with Bernard Plattner, of Renzo Piano Buildin Workshop [Trays]

- ‘A Defensive Architecture‘, awesome images [Interactive Architecture]

- ‘pixels of driftwood‘ by Bleu Nature [CONTEMPORIST]

- lastly, don’t miss myninjaplease.com’s two newest features:A Dozen, and The Industry. Our ninja Kookiecrumbles has been hard at work interviewing artists and featuring their work as well as speaking to industry insider – coming up with some great content that should not be slept on.

Posted: November 16th, 2009
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Ninjas on the ‘Net

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[image: map of US House of Representatives votes on healthcare plan, via]

We’re on the way to having a healthcare overhaul – possibly with a public option! Hells yeah! Maybe there’s a future in store for us where people can’t be denied coverage because they ‘decide’ to get sick – or where people are just straight denied coverage in the first place due to some condition/illness. Crazy.

What does this have to do with architecture? Well, that carpal tunnel syndrome you got from 12hrs of autocad a day for would be covered – no matter what!

Moving along – as always, if you see anything on the web that you believe should be linked-to from AMNP [as part of Ninjas on the 'Net, or the news sidebar] feel free to drop me an email at architecture@myninjaplease.com.

- a Q&A about how we’re smartening the grid [INFRASTRUCTURIST]

- is Architize the Facebook of architecture? [A Daily Dose of Architecture]

- Cite du Design: Solar Powered International Design Center [Inhabitat]

- Field Chapel by IIT students [daily TONIC]

- some job-search advice, scroll down to commenter ‘archie’ [Archinect]

- interview with author Joseph Tainter on collapse of societies [varnelis.net]

- a hipster’s tale of structural engineering [A456]

- control room of Hong Kong International Airport [Dezeen]

- …dressed in all black like the omen… FFAT House [+MOOD]

- remaking shrinking cities [Smart City radio]

- a colorful environmental monitoring station [BLDGBLOG]

- Tyson Street Home [design milk]

- lastly, don’t miss myninjaplease.com’s two newest features:A Dozen, and The Industry. Our ninja Kookiecrumbles has been hard at work interviewing artists and featuring their work as well as speaking to industry insider – coming up with some great content that should not be slept on.

Posted: November 9th, 2009
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Ninjas on the ‘Net

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[image: structure of the universe in Jain cosmology]

Monday, Monday… time for AMNP’s weekly archi-blogosphere link roundup. I’m going to start things off this week with a discussion taking place over at Archinect regarding David Chipperfield’s Des Moines Public Library. Apparently there’s been controversy over Chipperfield asking that the library to not allow photographs of the building to be taken – something about people being disruptive and profiting from his work. Not only does this reflect an insane amount of ego on DC’s part ["my building is so ill that photographers will be all over, disrupting the library's functions"] – but this is a public building, paid for with public money.

“Permission to photograph the library reading rooms and other public areas of the building may be granted by the library director or her designee. Photographs and videos may not include library signage or the library logo, and photographing may not disrupt library customers’ use of the library. Library employees on duty may not be photographed for political campaigns. Fees for commercial photographs of the library may be established by the library director, subject to the approval of the Board of the Trustees.”

I’m not really coming down on either side of this, as it seems as if they’ve pulled back on the policy and you can request an opportunity to take photos. But it does raise interesting questions about a designer’s rights to her/his completed work. Weigh-in on the topic with your opinion over at Archinect.

And as always, if you see anything on the web that you believe should be linked-to from AMNP -as part of Ninjas on the ‘Net, or the news sidebar – feel free to drop me an email at architecture@myninjaplease.com.

- Source flagship store in Beijing by HUGE architects [Coolboom]

- price of architectural criticism [Eikongraphia]

- ‘The Hand of the Architect‘, limited edition moleskin full of sketches by architects [archidose]

- Emogayu ceramics by Japanese artist Yuri Fukuda [Cool Hunting]

- incredible work of Margaret Bursa [BLDGBLOG]

- dope installation: Cercle et suite d’eclats [Swiss Miss]

- Green Scheme, seeding the city’s rooftops [loud paper]

- on battle suits and the technological future city [Varnelis]

- IFF Creative Center HQ by Konyk Architecture [Arch Daily]

- Audiochmura (Audiocloud) by mode:lina [+MOOD]

- photographs by Sven Hamann, ‘sharpening the eye for architecture‘ [Daily Tonic]

- ‘Spiral House‘ by Powerhouse Company [Dezeen]

- ’7 excellent examples of adaptive reuse‘ [Archi-Ninja]

- lastly, don’t miss myninjaplease.com’s two newest features:A Dozen, and The Industry. Our ninja Kookiecrumbles has been hard at work interviewing artists and featuring their work as well as speaking to industry insider – coming up with some great content that should not be slept on.

Posted: November 2nd, 2009
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Ninjas on the ‘Net

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[image: Mo Money Mo Problems video, Puff Daddy Dancing with Mase in the black tunnel]

For starters, these images by Nick Hardeman are simply killin’ me – too too awesome. Yes, that’s a visualization of Biggie’s Mo Money Mo Problems music video. Here’s how:

The images shown here were generated by evaluating and interpreting the 1997 music video “Mo Money Mo Problems” from the first disc of the Notorious B.I.G. album, Life After Death. The algorithm detects edges in the image and attempts to trace motion from frame to frame, using the initial frame as their starting point. The output is rendered as a vector image, the curves represent the motion. The points represent the pixels detected in the edge, their size determined by the distance from their previous location, the further, the larger the circle. The color and location of the points are determined by the corresponding pixel in that frame. The bright colored track suits worn by Puff Daddy and Mase in the dark backgrounds make for good tracking and nice color combinations. The only imagery added manually is the background color.

Dope.

All that said – happy Monday! We’ve got some things going on here at AMNP this week – starting with a slight change in this Ninjas on the ‘Net feature. Rather than link all over the interwebs, willy-nilly, I’ll be using this Monday morning post to link exclusively to work on other blogs. All other links and news will now only appear in the sidebar. Earth-shattering, I know. Also – I’m happy to say that we’re kicking off our newest Ninja(s) of the Month feature this week, and are dropping a Solar Decathlon interview. SO be sure to check back throughout the week!

And as always, if you see anything on the web that you believe should be linked-to from AMNP -as part of Ninjas on the ‘Net, or the news sidebar – feel free to drop me an email at architecture@myninjaplease.com.

- House of Music by Coop Himmelb(l)au [ArchDaily]

- Barcelona flower market [atelier-a+d]

- new flagship restaurant Dogmatic Gourmet Sausage System [CoolBoom]

- Gold Coast Cultural and Civic Precinct Masterplan [Super Colossal]

- Junquillos Chapel by Claudio Baladron + Diego Grass [WHAT WE DO IS SECRET]

- awesome urban golf! [Pruned]

- an interview with Jonathan Richmond, director of a biosafety consulting firm [BLDGBLOG]

- aluminium tunnel connecting the London Underground to the Victoria + Albert Museum [archidose]

- paving stones by Erich Reusch [ROLU]

- Museum Yatenga by OVO Grabczewscy Architekci [+MOOD]

- Office Complex in Germany by J.MAYER H. Architects [dailyTONIC]

- Plastic Moon, house by Norisada Maeda Atelier [Spaceinvading]

- Uni-Diversity � Coexistence in Architecture [archiCentral]

- where’s the podium? [Utile's blog]

- IMAM, Madrid, by nodo17 Arquitectos [The Architectural Review]

- lastly, don’t miss myninjaplease.com’s two newest features:A Dozen, and The Industry. Our ninja Kookiecrumbles has been hard at work interviewing artists and featuring their work as well as speaking to industry insider – coming up with some great content that should not be slept on.

Posted: October 26th, 2009
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[Image: Slate Magazine's 'News Dots']

It’s Monday – and I definitely wasn’t planning on talking football here on AMNP. BUT – did you ninjas see the Pats Titans game yesterday? I thought Drew Brees rolling over the Giants was a crazy thing to see – until Tom Brady piled 5 touchdowns on the Titans in ONE QUARTER. Holy crap. I mean, I don’t think that this means the Pats “are back”, but it was pretty feckin’ nuts either way. 59-0, ouch.

Moving along, I’m looking to do a series of posts here on AMNP featuring various architecture photographers – and I’m looking for suggestions of who’s work to have on the site, etc. So if you know of some great archi-photogs, leave a comment, drop me an email, or hit me up on Twitter [@ArchitectureMNP].

And as always, if you see anything on the web that you believe should be linked-to from AMNP -as part of Ninjas on the ‘Net, or the sidebar – feel free to drop me an email at architecture@myninjaplease.com.

- Richard Rogers wins Stirling Prize for Maggie’s Centre [Architects' Journal]

- Ouroussoff on Dallas’ arts district [NY Times]

- Ouroussoff on reimagining the Barnes Collection [NY Times]

- does the new Barnes Collection measure up? [Slate]

- can the profession survive public spending cuts? [BD Online]

- University Library UBU Utrecht [Archinect]

- JDS proposes we experience Guggenheim void [Archinect]

- sensacell, interactive LED array [Transmaterial]

- who’s going to pay for ‘smart-grid’ technology? [Business Week]

- building a second sun in the South of France [New Scientist]

- Visionary Cities, 12 reasons for claiming the future of our cities [NAi Publishers]

- towards urban systems design [Adam Greenfield's Speedbird]

- developing the ‘open city’ [Planetizen]

- our ninja John over at Archidose gets a book deal [Archidose]

- lastly, don’t miss myninjaplease.com’s two newest features:A Dozen, and The Industry. Our ninja Kookiecrumbles has been hard at work interviewing artists and featuring their work as well as speaking to industry insider – coming up with some great content that should not be slept on.

Posted: October 19th, 2009
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Ninjas on the ‘Net

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And we’ve come to yet another Monday, which means another [altho brief] installment of AMNP’s Ninjas on the ‘Net – a collection of links to keep you informed and preoccupied throughout your day. Sure, I’m a little late with my posting today – but I guarantee all the links are still good.

As I’ve been mentioning for the past couple weeks, I’m looking to increase the amount of unique projects and work featured here – and would like to have some more student work, in particular, here on AMNP. With that in mind, if you come across anything that you think may interest ninjas – or if you yourself have produced something – then you should drop me an email! I’m also actively seeking new Ninja(s) of the Month – so if there is a designer or firm that you know of which you think would make for an interesting series of posts, let me know.

And as always, if you see anything on the web that you believe should be linked-to from AMNP -as part of Ninjas on the ‘Net, or the sidebar – feel free to drop me an email at architecture@myninjaplease.com.

Linkage:

- Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman [Documentary]

- Ouroussoff criticizes a new rail station in Stuttgart, Germany [NY Times]

- LA science museum to be designed by Morphosis [Arch Record]

- Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s lecture-series as podcasts [iTune University]

- DC psychiatric hospital to become Homeland Security HQ (wow…that’s almost too much to handle) [Architect's Newspaper]

- Phantom City: an iPhone app that shows you the New York that could have been [BLDGBLOG]

- Architecture Fanzines [Abitaire]

- Cities learning about themselves by comparing carbon footprint to others’ [Economist]

- Storytelling in architecture, editorial [Volume]

- Farming for apartment dwellers [Next American City]

- Brad Pitt honored by USGBC [Bustler]

- Newark Visitor Center competition encounters a number of issues [Architects' Journal]

- lastly, don’t miss myninjaplease.com’s two newest features:A Dozen, and?The Industry. Our ninja Kookiecrumbles has been hard at work interviewing artists and featuring their work as well as speaking to industry insider – coming up with some great content that should not be slept on.

Posted: October 5th, 2009
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Ninjas on the ‘Net

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[image: AMNP as a graph, via]

Its Monday – which means its time for AMNP’s weekly link roundup.

If you come across [or produce] anything on the web that you�d like to see featured or linked-to here on AMNP, feel free to drop me an email at architecture@myninjaplease.com. And have a great day off today [I hope]! On to the links:

- are smaller firms better suited to survive a recession? [bd online]

- contemporary furniture, alive and well in the US [Metropolis]

- at the Julius Shulman memorial [LA Times Culture Monster]

- architecture meets fashion [Architects' Journal]

- Meier’s Brooklyn tower has plenty of open units [NY Times]

- is the cubicle the new loft space? [NY Magazine]

- teach planning to the youth! [Planetizen]

- 224 storey tower would be tallest, and thus most absurd, in world [LA Times]

- the future architecture of the moon [Guardian]

- largest green wall in North America [Jetson Green]

- lastly, myninjaplease.com has recently started two new features:A Dozen, and The Industry. Our ninja Kookiecrumbles has been hard at work interviewing artists and featuring their work as well as speaking to industry insiders.

Posted: September 28th, 2009
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Ninjas on the ‘Net

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[Image: LA singles mapped by age/numbers. Gguys 25-34, don't move to LA! There's already too many of you.]

Monday – another start to yet another week. This past weekend, however, was the opening of football season – which is pretty awesome. Between office fantasy leagues, and arguing with co-workers about your favorite team [I used to work with a Jets fans...], football season always promises to add some entertainment value to your daily grind. Plus, it marks a kind of unofficial start to fall – which in my opinion is an often underrated season.

Now, I don’t want to get politricky here on a Monday morning – BUT if you’re down to help support a boycott of advertising on Glenn Beck’s show on FOX, you should follow this link to Color of Change. Look, we here at MyNinjaPlease are obviously not Republicans, but that isn’t the issue here. Dude is a racist, and he’s fueling increased racial tensions in this country with his nonsense – which is exactly what we don’t need, since race was going to become a more divisive issue the moment people started losing jobs.

Sorry for that. Now, moving along – here are this week’s links for our Ninjas on the ‘Net feature [which is a little scarce this week, I know]. As always, if you see anything on the web that you think we should be talking about on AMNP, or simply linking to, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at architecture@myninjaplease.com. Enjoy your week!

- toxic waters in the US [NY Times]

- essay on JG Ballard, ‘Poet of Desolate Landscapes’ [NY Times Sunday Book Review]

- the fight over billboards [NY Times]

- more subways should look like this [NY Times]

- pouching the US government to take on the 2030 Challenge [Architect's Newspaper]

- a review of Le Corbusier’s La Tourette, from 1960 archives [Architects Journal]

- Prince Chuckles’ foundation being investigated for its role as his ‘private lobbying firm‘ [bd online]

- the ‘Bay Line’, preserving the Bay Bridge as urban park [BLDGBLOG]

- economic slump saving historic Moscow? [CS Monitor]

- school on old Ambassador Hotel site, LA [LA Times]

- interview with David Schalliol + images of his ‘Isolated Buildings’ series of photographs [Arch Daily]

- lastly, myninjaplease.com has recently started two new features:A Dozen, and The Industry. Our ninja Kookiecrumbles has been hard at work interviewing artists and featuring their work as well as speaking to industry insiders.

Posted: September 14th, 2009
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Ninjas on the ‘Net

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[image: US map of McDonald's, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Wendy's, KFC, Jack in the Box, Hardee's, Carl's Jr, and In-N-Out, via]

It’s Monday – which means another installment of our link roundup, Ninjas on the ‘Net, here at AMNP. More than that, it’s Labor Day! Which means that for those of you reading this its probably already Tuesday – since I know that as ninjas, AMNP readers know that their web surfing should be done primarily at work.

I hope that you enjoyed the long weekend – as I hear it may be your last Labor Day! I’m not sure if you’re aware, but Labor Day is based on Neo-Facist, Nouveau-Socialist ideals – with just a hint of Maoist Communism thrown in there. It isn’t yet official, but word on the street is that Glenn Beck will soon be launching an all-out attack on this free day off at the end of Summer – right after he’s done convincing everyone that universal healthcare is essentially the same as Hitler’s gad chambers [so, in about 2 weeks]. Because if you go to the beach in September, the terrorists win.

[Sorry, I've been consuming too much news lately. Worst part - what I just wrote there isn't even that crazy, by current standards.]

Moving along – if you come across [or produce] anything on the web that you’d like to see featured or linked-to here on AMNP, feel free to drop me an email at architecture@myninjaplease.com. And have a great day off today [I hope]! On to the links:

- Japan invests $21 Billion in space-based solar power [Treehugger]

- Michael Sorkin talks Dubai, labor, urbanism, sustainability, and the education of architects [Arch Record]

- Is there Bauhaus in IKEA? [Design Observer]

- What more can I do to get a job? [Guardian]

- ‘The Interlace‘ residential development in Singapore, by OMA [Archinect]

- Boston’s Hancock Tower: a sign of things to come? [Slate]

- Ciudad de la Cultura de Galicia video [Archidose]

- the work of Johan Hybschmann [BLDGBLOG]

- let’s try fixing the rail we have, first [bd online]

- a Q&A with Tadao Ando [Architect's Newspaper]

- catching on to Florida’s economic ‘Ponzi Scheme’ [NPR]

- new images of the surface of Mars [Gizmodo]

- lastly, myninjaplease.com has recently started two new features: A Dozen, and The Industry. Our ninja Kookiecrumbles has been hard at work interviewing artists and featuring their work – as well as speaking to industry insiders. Check out the most recent installment of A Dozen, featuring the work of Henrique Oliveira.

Posted: September 7th, 2009
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