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Adaptive Architecture (4): Current Adaptive Building Technology

Fri, 2008-11-28 12:20
We continue our serialization of Erich Hunting’s landmark essay on a ‘peer to peer’ adaptive architecture, adapted to contemporary needs, which we started publishing on the 25th. Warning, this part is very long, as it outlines the different types of adaptive architecture currently available. Eric Hunting: “Let us now explore some of the specific currently available/viable or anticipated adaptive building technologies. Sadly, as noted previously most of the modular buildings systems developed

Free Events This Weekend in Portland: November 28–30

Thu, 2008-11-27 23:09
Happy Thanksgiving, all! Admission is free for all events below. Have a great weekend! Friday, November 28 Macy’s Holiday Parade: The parade starts at 8:45 am at Lincoln High School (1600 SW Salmon St). Marching bands, costumed characters and inflatables will travel north on SW 14th Ave and then east on Alder St in downtown Portland. KGW has more information here. Tree Lighting Ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square: The big tree will be lit at 5:30 pm. Concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer

Eric Hunting on Adaptive Architecture (2): Types of Adaptive Architecture

Wed, 2008-11-26 12:09
We continue our serialization of Eric Hunting’s essay on the topic, which we started yesterday. Eric Hunting: “There are basically three ’schools’ of adaptive architecture; adaptive reuse, functionally generic architecture, and adaptive systems. These further break-down into more specific building systems and design approaches. Adaptive reuse is based on the repurposing of a ‘found’ structure -often a pre-existing piece of architecture that has become obsolete in its original purpose. This is

Mas noticias, articulos y posts meneados

Mon, 2008-11-24 20:02
- Si trabajas por dos, asciendes- ¿Cómo sería la distro ideal?- Toplaptop personaliza tu portatil- Canastas imposibles- Una sinagoga de Dallas invita a un musulmán a dar un sermón en su templo (ING)- Patente de Nokia sobre móviles controlados por gestos [Eng]- Selección de imágenes 3D animadas- Nuevos Torneos para bolsillos pequeños- UIQ, algo de Historia- Lanzamientos 7G - Servicios de Catalogos en linea :: Easy Brochure ::- Comerse los mocos fortalece el sistema inmunológico- Las feromonas per

To Counter The Force of Fundamentalist “christianity” In Our Politics, We Need To Use This. by Anthony McCarthy

Sun, 2008-11-23 18:37
Today is the feast of Christ the King* in Catholic churches. While I’m not, by definition, a Christian, the gospel reading for the day has a lot to be said in its favor. It’s always puzzled me why this particular passage is passed over in addressing right-wing “christian” fundamentalists. It completely undermines their political and ethical position. Here it is, from Matthew, 25:31-46 Jesus said, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the thr

News and More

Sat, 2008-11-22 16:00
Take a look at the opening paragraph of this great AFP article: It's taken more than a century, but Einstein's celebrated formula e=mc2 has finally been corroborated, thanks to a heroic computational effort by French, German and Hungarian physicists. I'm sorry, did I say great? I meant awful. That particular equation of Einstein's was demonstrated rather convincingly in a lot of boring experiments starting almost as soon as he wrote it down. A few years later it was demonstrated rather convinc

Designs on Portland: Designing Dreams/Engineering Desire

Thu, 2008-11-20 01:34
What role do design and technology play in how we imagine “the future?” How do designers strike a balance between the manufacture of desire and Buckminster Fuller’s “more with less” impulse to contribute to the global good? Join Portland Architecture’s Brian Libby and Tim DuRoche of PCS for a conversation with Sohrab Vossoughi, founder and president of ZIBA Design and Daniel H. Wilson, robotics engineer and author of Where’s My Jetpack? A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Nev

twitters after June 08

Wed, 2008-11-19 23:51
Speedy J has yet to benefit from substantial critical analysis 6 minutes ago from web Don DeLillo, responding to George Will: "being called a 'bad citizen' is a compliment to a novelist" 8 minutes ago from web future song titles: "Word Planet in Title," "Slocum" (thought of those walking around today) 14 minutes ago from web "Formal Ajax copyright 2008 by Charles Broskoski" isn't even AJAX, sez WIH. This merits elaboration but where? about 17 hours ago from web night of the hunter, night o

David Greene: The Big Nothing

Wed, 2008-11-19 23:42
Or: An Exit Strategy for Architecture; Or: Another Kind of Archigram This essay was first published in the excellent catalogue titled "L.A.W.U.N Project 19: The Disreputable Projects of David Greene" produced for David Greenes exhibition at the Architectural Association, (April - May 2008). Get it, if you can. Its a lovely thing! The history of architecture is a history of stuff. Or rather of stuff assembled - of trees cut down and joined together, of stone cut from the ground and piled up, o

YourOwnDemocracy.org

Wed, 2008-11-19 21:51
Our friends at techPresident have posted an abbreviated version of a very interesting submission to the 2008 Buckminster Fuller Challenge (a $100,000 prize to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems) dealing with fostering open government. This submission by Gong Szeto, a designer and inventor based in Sante Fe, N.M., is a Web-based application geared to empower citizens of any democracy in the world to e

Stage Raw: Broadway Cares

Wed, 2008-11-19 21:00
Stage Raw: Broadway Cares by Steven Leigh Morris November 19, 2008 12:00 PM BROADWAY CARES This Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 10 p.m., the cast of Spring Awakening (currently at the Ahmanson ) will perform a special show at L.A.'s Upright Cabaret with proceeds to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and other local charities here in the southland. Mark’s Restaurant, 861 N. LaCienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 652-5252 http://www.uprightcabaret.com/events THE 2008 OVATION RECIP

Emerald's amenities through the lens of a pro

Wed, 2008-11-19 15:52
Emerald's amenities through the lens of a pro Posted 11/19/2008 by Joseph Askins Architecture buffs should recognize the name Hedrich Blessing. Over the past eight decades, the Chicago-based company has served as the photography firm of record for buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Buckminster Fuller and many more. The folks at Senco Properties are good about sending their latest promotional materials our way, and one of the latest goodies we received in the

Bookmarks for November 10th through November 19th

Wed, 2008-11-19 15:05
Some links for November 10th through November 19th… Wii Energizer Power & Play Charging Station - a set on Flickr “Everyone who owns a Wii needs a battery solution. Something Nintendo should have included from the beginning IMHO.” Make Cake in a Mug - Wired How-To Wiki “You’re working at home and your mind starts to wander to snack possibilities…” DWR : Tepee “For next years surf/camping trips !!” Star Wars Storyboards - a set on Flickr “Early storyboards from 'The Star Wars'” The Wind B

Dinner and a show in Portland’s Pearl District

Wed, 2008-11-19 03:49
(Sunset) -- The old warehouses of Portland’s Pearl District are home to increasingly cool cultural diversions. Spend a weekend browsing the neighborhood’s art galleries, snack on a pumpkin-pie cupcake and enjoy dinner and a show. The Gerding Theater at the Armory has been transformed after its $36 million eco-renovation. Take it home If prices in the Pearl’s posh [...]Related stories:Thanksgiving 2008: 14 of the Best Web ResourcesHonoring tradition in troubled times

Who won L.A.'s Ovation Awards

Tue, 2008-11-18 19:45
Three local productions of contemporary Broadway musicals and a new play about morality won the most 2008 Ovation Awards, the LA Stage Alliance’s honors for the best in Southern California theater. The awards were presented earlier tonight at a ceremony at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. “Miss Saigon,” a production of Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, won four awards, including best musical at a large theater and best actress in a musical for Jennifer Paz. “The Quality

Winter Blast Blog Tour, Day Two: SDQ Interview with Kathleen Duey.

Tue, 2008-11-18 19:44
I decided that I really loved Facebook when I discovered that Kathleen Duey had a page.  And that love tripled when I read this update on October 25th: Kathleen :: Sacred Scars is off to the copyeditor. So..? A few days of real-world catch-up, then back to work. Since finishing Skin Hunger (last December!), I've been anxiously awaiting the sequel -- and through the magic of Facebook, I've been able to track Kathleen's progress.  Before I asked Kathleen to participate in the WBBT, I read

2008 Ovation Awards announced

Tue, 2008-11-18 19:03
The Ovation Awards have been announced. They’ve been around since 1989, and for better or worse, these peer-based judgements are the most high-profile theater prizes that L.A. has to offer. Orange County usually gets ignored, and this year was no exception. One puzzlement: why the copious kudos for Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks? The results follow the jump. It’s nice to see Jane Anderson’s poignant, tough and clear-eyed play, “The Quality of Life,” get its due. Congratulations to Gil

Daily Digest: A President Who Asks for Help

Tue, 2008-11-18 18:05
Obama Keeps Focus on Volunteerism: During the campaign, presidential hopeful Barack Obama put volunteerism front and center -- quite literally, dedicating valuable home page real estate to, for example, calls for help during Hurricane Gustav. The practice helped to define him as a compassionate "brother's keeper" candidate, and President-elect Obama seems intent on taking with him to the White House. Change.gov is today highlighting a plea for help with the fires now ravaging southern Califor

Daily Digest: A President Who Asks for Help

Tue, 2008-11-18 18:05
Obama Keeps Focus on Volunteerism: During the campaign, presidential hopeful Barack Obama put volunteerism front and center -- quite literally, dedicating valuable home page real estate to, for example, calls for help during Hurricane Gustav. The practice helped to define him as a compassionate "brother's keeper" candidate, and President-elect Obama seems intent on taking with him to the White House. Change.gov is today highlighting a plea for help with the fires now ravaging southern Califor

Recession: Driving Innovative Design

Tue, 2008-11-18 17:04
Despite rising unemployment and lack of cash-laden clients, the economic crisis may bring some unexpected inspiration to the creative industries. The Herald Tribune recently highlighted the creative boom that unfolded during previous times of financial instability: If you rewind through design history, many of the most exhilarating periods have been during economic downturns. Take the 1930s, when the modern movement flourished despite the depression. Or the late 1940s, when Italy emerged as on