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News ● Olympic Orbit Tower unveiled

The Olympic Orbit tower which stands high over London’s Olympic Stadium is being officially unveiled on Friday.

The completed steel sculpture, known as ArcelorMittal Orbit stands at the heart of the Olympic Park.

It was designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond.

via BBC (+)

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Retrofitting the American Dream

Enjoy few images from this interesting project. The main reason I decided to post it was the physical models made during the process. Its been a long time since we posted actual models made by students. Although they are not really “study” models as entitled by the author they still super cool.!

  • Retrofitting The American Dream
    Student: Artur Nesterenko. Instructor: Berenika Boberska. Woodbury University
  •  “The 2007 market crash forced a relocation of suburban housing into a high-density, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of the center city and inner suburbs. This created a profound structural shift – a reversal of what took place in the 1950s, when drivable suburbs boomed and flourished as center cities emptied and withered. The fact that the land under the house has no value and the houses are worth less than they would cost to be replaced, creates a big possibility that many fringe suburbs will turn into waste lands, with abandoned houses and a rising crime rate.

    This crash once again gives tremendous opportunity and draws the attention of the architects into the suburbs. It reminds us that we should no longer be worrying about how we are going to design communities in the future, but what we are going to do with the communities that we are left with. Instead of demolishing an abandoned neighborhood, I am proposing to deconstruct and re-purpose the remains of abandoned houses into a new construction tool according to the client’s needs and interests. The idea is to use the fabric of a failed neighborhood as a form work to construct a new type of housing with injected shared spaces and public structures. The rafters of single detached houses, the floor joists, the studs, pipes, details and the house itself with all of the structural elements will be re-used as form work to retrofit the American Dream. 

    I decided to create imaginary clients with different professions that would be interested in buying  abandoned houses to deconstruct and redesign to create new houses according to client needs. “

    Clients:
    Inventor
    Baker
    Astronomer

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Weather Weapon // Make the Sky bomb us

Lets mix up our game [az uzual] and throw out there some cool knowledge that most of you think it has nothing to do with what you came here for.

Bombing the Atmosphere

“Just weeks before the beginning of WWI, two weeks before the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, followed quickly by a cascade of war declarations a few days after that, came this rather footloose idea for bombing the atmosphere

J.M. Cordray came up with and patented this notion–a barrage of balloons, heavily armed balloons, sent aloft with dangerous cargo to be exploded in the atmosphere, which was supposed to initiate a chain-reaction of some sort which would end in supplying rain for the rest of us. Theoretically, anyway. The unspecified number of balloons would be sent aloft, laden with large amounts of crushed bone and concentrated sulfuric acid (to be combined to produce nitrogen), potash, water, and large amounts of crude oil for the fire’s fuel.  And a candle to light it all.”

via Longstreet (+) // take a look at their archive. [uber.cool stuff to be found]

* BONUS *

“The May 25, 1958, issue of The American Weekly ran an article by Frances Leighton using information from Captain Howard T. Orville. The article, in no uncertain terms, described a race to see who would control the earth’s thermometers. The illustration that ran with the piece pictured an ominous looking satellite which could “focus sunlight to melt the ice in frozen harbors or thaw frosted crops — or scorch enemy cities.”

^^
le bonus via Smithsonian
“Weather Control as Cold War Weapon”
(Link)

To Go Greenhouse // Failz

Its getting late here in Paris so lets throw something “lighter” to you mi readerz. Somehow I saw this project floating around the web and started laughing. Lolz.

It was first introduced as part of the Milan Design Week (u know peepol with moleskinz and starbucks everywhere)

To be completely honest I wasn’t that shocked with the actual design result rather the famous “text description” that accompanies any piece of design. Lolz

Le Text :
“From the most primitive needs to the most evolve transformations, plants have always been key element in human development. Oxygen, food, cloth, color, medecine: at the core of civilization remain our relation with vegetales and the tools and crafts which result of it. On a foreign planet plant could witness for us if this land could be a new garden of eden. Therefore one of our luggage must insure the preservation of this precious resource if we want to be sure to make home on another terra.” 

…wait i will make it clear for you minions..

Our friend here is saying that probably this guy :

or even better these peepol :

are now CELEBRATING !!
since this innovation (almost discovery I could add here) took place.

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sceptic urban photography \\ Think while Pacing

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never forget- beliefs come first, the explanation of those follows

SCEPTIC URBAN PHOTOGRAPHY