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Scientific engravings from 1850

by John Philipps Emslie

(via the Wellcome Collection)

I move to give John Philipps Emslie his own posthumous Tumblr, like now.

I second the motion. 

Third’d

(via vistoporahifuera)

When does Sculpture become Architecture?

Photos from Flickr Gallery, Griffis Sculpture Park, East Otto, N.Y.  by Michael Muldoon

When does Sculpture become Architecture?

Photos from Flickr Gallery, Griffis Sculpture Park, East Otto, N.Y.  by Michael Muldoon

Abandoned stable becomes off-grid, luxurious family dream home

When Carlos Alonso and his sister Camino (partners at Madrid architecture firm Ábaton) were looking for a country home for their extended family, they stumbled upon an abandoned stable in rural Extremadura, Spain and recognized it as a special place.

High on a hill and far from city water or an electrical grid, the crumbling cow shed was far from the conventional image of luxury estate, but Carlos and Camino could envision a transformation.

This part of the province of Cáceres (near the Portuguese border) has been home to generations of cattle ranchers and the Alonsos recognized the wisdom those who came before them.

Building on the instinctual knowledge of the ranchers before them, the Alonsos preserved much of the old stable. The old watering trough became a fountain and interior patio where water now helps cool the home in summer. The hay loft above became bedrooms. The facade is still the original stone, though given the homes crumbling state, they were forced to add cement behind it.

Without access to the grid, the Alonsos added photovoltaics and hydro power and worked to ensure the home wouldn’t use much energy. The original position of the stable worked to their favor. The southern exposure allows for the sun to be the main source of heat during the winter.

The Alonsos also added large wooden shutters that slide closed like a second skin, covering the large windows at night to trap in most of the home’s daily solar heat gain.

The home was located far from city water, but perfectly positioned below two streams that flow year round. Since there is no one else above the home on the mountain, the water is pure and can be used for drinking and bathing (after a simple filter and rest period).

Greywater is purified and the water is put back to use on the property for watering the fields. On those fields, cattle still graze.

Even local rancher José Vicente Jiménez, whose family has worked this land for generations, is still here. His cattle graze the property and he clearly is pleased the Alonsos have rescued the old stable from certain ruin.

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/…

Raised Kitchen

Raised Kitchen

(Source: smallrooms, via trailerparksupervisor)

Champ

wherearchitectureisfun:

WAÏF: Where Architecture helps people

Shigeru Ban, Pritzker Prize 2014

Paper Partition System(\PPS

The evacuees of the great Japan Earthquake and Tsunami are currently taking shelter in evacuation facilities such as gymnasiums. They are forced to live in this situation for a few months, before temporary housings are deployed. They suffer from the lack of privacy and high density, which could cause damage both mentally and physically. We are currently making simple partitions made of paper tubes and canvas curtains to divide each families.
This disaster relief endeavor will be financed with donations from around the world.

Congrats!

Cory Ondrejka

Cory Ondrejka is vice president of engineering at Facebook. He also was the Chief Technology Officer of Linden Lab, makers of Second Life.

Before Linden LabBefore joining Linden Lab, Ondrejka served as Project Leader and Lead Programmer for Pacific Coast Power and Light, where he helped to develop Road Rash 64 and built a core technology team to deliver titles to the Nintendo 64 and Sony PlayStation consoles.[4] Prior to 2000, Ondrejka also worked for the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency.

Linden Lab (2000-2007)Ondrejka joined San Francisco-based Linden Lab in 2000 and was the fourth employee retained by the company.[5] During his tenure at Linden Lab (2000–2007), Ondrejka was chiefly responsible for the development of the Linden Scripting Language, and reportedly spearheaded Linden Lab’s initiatives in favor of user intellectual property rights and open source code.[6]  Ondrejka departed Linden Lab in 2007, a move initially rumoured in the virtual world blog Massively[7] and subsequently confirmed in CNET[8] and by numerous other sources following an official statement. Ondrejka’s departure, which former Linden Lab Chief Executive Officer Philip Rosedale characterized in a BBC interview as amicable “differences… about how to run the company and how best we organise ourselves as a company going forward”,[9] was a source of controversy and speculation in the media and blogosphere.[10]

After Linden LabIn 2008, Ondrejka was recruited to join EMI with the title of senior vice-president of digital strategy. Digital business president Douglas Merrill commented on Ondrejka’s appointment that, Ondrejka’s experience in building virtual environments will be valuable to EMI in creating “new digital communities for fans and artists”, specifically with a view to enabling people to find and engage with musical content.In November 2010 Ondrejka was hired by Facebook, which also acquired the assets of a startup he cofounded in April 2010, Walletin. He got the title of engineering director. In 2011 he became the director of mobile engineering.

In Second LifeOndrejka was known in Second Life as “Cory Linden,” and created an avatar to appear in the 3D world as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. His activities in the world were characterized by Wagner James Au as “puckish” and playfully anarchic, often to the benefit of newbies.[11]

Via: Wikipedia
Facebook Buying Oculus Virtual-Reality Company for $2 Billion

The acquisition comes just weeks after Facebook announced it would purchase the messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion. Zuckerberg noted that he didn’t expect Facebook’s buying spree to continue, but that the company would open its wallet for companies that it thinks offer a unique value opportunity. “There are not that many companies that are building core technologies that can be the next major computing platform,” he said of Oculus.
Facebook does not yet have a business model for Oculus, but revenues won’t center around selling Oculus Rift headsets. Zuckerberg said he could envision people visiting virtual worlds where they can buy goods and are served advertisements.
The huge purchase shows that every major tech player is making a big bet on wearable devices. Google is continuing to develop its Google Glass hardware and just announced a version of its Android operating system tailored for smart watches. Samsung already has a line of smart watches. With Oculus, Facebook is making a remarkably bold bet that people in the future will want to be fully immersed in technology.“We feel like we should be looking ahead and thinking about what the next platforms are going to be,” Zuckerberg said. “We think vision is going to be the next really big platform.”
via:  http://time.com/37842/facebook-oculus-rift/
The race is on again,
Sony, Facebook, Rosedale.
Second Life Founder Philip Rosedale’s New Startup High Fidelity High Fidelity, the virtual world startup led by Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, had raised $2.4 million of a $3.4 million round, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, we didn’t know who had actually made the investment — until today. Tony Conrad of True Ventures just announced that his firm led High Fidelity’s Series A, and that Google Ventures and various angel investors also participated. The High Fidelity website now mentions Mitch Kapor and Linden Lab (the company behind Second Life) as investors too. In his blog post, Conrad praises Rosedale’s achievement in building virtual world Second Life. Then he offers this description of what the new company does:

Philip is truly a Founder of a movement—his passion for authenticity in our virtual interactions is unparalleled. So it stands to reason that his most recent company, High Fidelity, is building a next-generation virtual world enabling even richer avatar interactions, driven by sensor-equipped hardware, simulated and served by devices (phones, tablets and laptops/desktops) contributed by end-users. Together with Co-Founders Fred Heiberger and Ryan Karpf, the High Fidelity team is creating a version of the SETI system, but with computers powering a tiny piece of the virtual world rather than folding proteins or looking for aliens.

Cory Ondrejka

Cory Ondrejka is vice president of engineering at Facebook. He also was the Chief Technology Officer of Linden Lab, makers of Second Life.

Before Linden Lab
Before joining Linden Lab, Ondrejka served as Project Leader and Lead Programmer for Pacific Coast Power and Light, where he helped to develop Road Rash 64 and built a core technology team to deliver titles to the Nintendo 64 and Sony PlayStation consoles.[4] Prior to 2000, Ondrejka also worked for the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency.

Linden Lab (2000-2007)
Ondrejka joined San Francisco-based Linden Lab in 2000 and was the fourth employee retained by the company.[5] During his tenure at Linden Lab (2000–2007), Ondrejka was chiefly responsible for the development of the Linden Scripting Language, and reportedly spearheaded Linden Lab’s initiatives in favor of user intellectual property rights and open source code.[6]  Ondrejka departed Linden Lab in 2007, a move initially rumoured in the virtual world blog Massively[7] and subsequently confirmed in CNET[8] and by numerous other sources following an official statement. Ondrejka’s departure, which former Linden Lab Chief Executive Officer Philip Rosedale characterized in a BBC interview as amicable “differences… about how to run the company and how best we organise ourselves as a company going forward”,[9] was a source of controversy and speculation in the media and blogosphere.[10]

After Linden Lab
In 2008, Ondrejka was recruited to join EMI with the title of senior vice-president of digital strategy. Digital business president Douglas Merrill commented on Ondrejka’s appointment that, Ondrejka’s experience in building virtual environments will be valuable to EMI in creating “new digital communities for fans and artists”, specifically with a view to enabling people to find and engage with musical content.
In November 2010 Ondrejka was hired by Facebook, which also acquired the assets of a startup he cofounded in April 2010, Walletin. He got the title of engineering director. In 2011 he became the director of mobile engineering.

In Second Life
Ondrejka was known in Second Life as “Cory Linden,” and created an avatar to appear in the 3D world as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. His activities in the world were characterized by Wagner James Au as “puckish” and playfully anarchic, often to the benefit of newbies.[11]

Via: Wikipedia


Facebook Buying Oculus Virtual-Reality Company for $2 Billion


The acquisition comes just weeks after Facebook announced it would purchase the messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion. Zuckerberg noted that he didn’t expect Facebook’s buying spree to continue, but that the company would open its wallet for companies that it thinks offer a unique value opportunity. “There are not that many companies that are building core technologies that can be the next major computing platform,” he said of Oculus.

Facebook does not yet have a business model for Oculus, but revenues won’t center around selling Oculus Rift headsets. Zuckerberg said he could envision people visiting virtual worlds where they can buy goods and are served advertisements.

The huge purchase shows that every major tech player is making a big bet on wearable devices. Google is continuing to develop its Google Glass hardware and just announced a version of its Android operating system tailored for smart watches. Samsung already has a line of smart watches. With Oculus, Facebook is making a remarkably bold bet that people in the future will want to be fully immersed in technology.
“We feel like we should be looking ahead and thinking about what the next platforms are going to be,” Zuckerberg said. “We think vision is going to be the next really big platform.”

via:  http://time.com/37842/facebook-oculus-rift/

The race is on again,

Sony, Facebook, Rosedale.

Second Life Founder Philip Rosedale’s New Startup High Fidelity High Fidelity, the virtual world startup led by Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, had raised $2.4 million of a $3.4 million round, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, we didn’t know who had actually made the investment — until today. Tony Conrad of True Ventures just announced that his firm led High Fidelity’s Series A, and that Google Ventures and various angel investors also participated. The High Fidelity website now mentions Mitch Kapor and Linden Lab (the company behind Second Life) as investors too. In his blog post, Conrad praises Rosedale’s achievement in building virtual world Second Life. Then he offers this description of what the new company does:

Philip is truly a Founder of a movement—his passion for authenticity in our virtual interactions is unparalleled. So it stands to reason that his most recent company, High Fidelity, is building a next-generation virtual world enabling even richer avatar interactions, driven by sensor-equipped hardware, simulated and served by devices (phones, tablets and laptops/desktops) contributed by end-users. Together with Co-Founders Fred Heiberger and Ryan Karpf, the High Fidelity team is creating a version of the SETI system, but with computers powering a tiny piece of the virtual world rather than folding proteins or looking for aliens.

(Source: chutesdimages)

RVs Today
This Tumblr blog was started many years ago, not just to cut and paste pretty pictures, but as a personal scrapbook & log of research about alternatives to the typical 2400 sf American home.In the course of this research I have concentrated on smaller homes and during this period tiny homes became all the rage.  If you think about it, they were very similar in size, use and requirements of an RV. 
Oh yes they did a much better job of blending into an urban or suburban backyard and avoiding the eye of the zoning officials, and wrath of neighbors.  They also were like a craft project and many are stunning for their charm and personality if not their engineering.
But we should not overlook that ugly RV, which has technologically evolved to now have better R values then most tiny homes and are fully equipped with all the features now needed for this type of home like hookups, power systems, and slide out walls to increase space beyond the 8’0 limit.  RVs are now very sophisticated and looking at the price comparable to that of a Tiny home per square foot if you consider labor costs.
They may still be ugly, but this is no reason not to look at them and see just how they do it.  Over the next few posts I will cover, pulling a large trailer, 5th wheel hitches, examples of the state of the art of RV construction and their cost.
Imagine Your Tiny house with theses features
        Aluminum Framed Laminated Floor & Roof        Hydraulic Slide System        Wood Blinds        R-38 floor, R-35 Roof, R11 walls        Universal Docking Center        Patent Pending 88 Degree Turning Radius Front Cap        16” Aluminum Rims        Molded Rear Fiberglass Cap        ABS Hitch Cover        Oversize LCD HDTV        Extended Gutter Spouts        Roof Ladder        One Piece Fiberglass Shower        Spare Tire and Carrier        ELECTRIC Single Touch Awning        20 Gallon ph Gas/Electric DSI Water Heater        Sofa w/ Bed        Courtesy Light        Ceiling Fan w/Light        Washer/Dryer Prep        Fantastic Fan w/Rain Sensor        Outside Speakers        Fold-Away Entry Handle        Black Tank Flush        Porcelain Toilet        EZ Lube Dexter Axles        Extended Hitch Pin        22” Oven        EZ Flex Suspension        Shocks        Battery Disconnect        Upgraded Interior Lighting        Insulated Slide Floors        50 amp        Dual Satellite Prep        TV Antenna w/Booster        2 Rocker/Recliners (where applicable)        Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink and Appliances        Electric Rear Jacks    Pearl Edition        Pearl Gloss Sidewalls        Hydraulic Front Jacks        Wireless Remote Control System w/ Key Fob        Upgraded Front and Rear Cap Paint Package        Full Body Graphics        Bordeaux Interior Cherry Cabinets        Bordeaux Cherry Versa Table Free-Standing Dinette w/ 4 Chairs        Upgraded Window Treatments    Option - Correct Track Align System    Option - Broyhill Furniture    Option - 32” Bedroom TV    Option - Solid Surface Countertops    Option - Queen Bed    Option - 22.6 Residential Refrigerator w/Stainless Steel Appliances    Option - Dyson Rechargeable Vacuum    Option - MCD Roller Shades IPO Standard Shades    Option - Artistic Beam Ceiling    Option - Second 13.5 A/C    Option - Electric Fireplace    Option - Frameless Bonded Windows    RVIA Sealplus    12V Deep Cycle Battery - Free!    Propane in Tanks - Free!    Dealer Prep - Free!    North American Service Network - Free!

RVs Today

This Tumblr blog was started many years ago, not just to cut and paste pretty pictures, but as a personal scrapbook & log of research about alternatives to the typical 2400 sf American home.In the course of this research I have concentrated on smaller homes and during this period tiny homes became all the rage.  If you think about it, they were very similar in size, use and requirements of an RV. 

Oh yes they did a much better job of blending into an urban or suburban backyard and avoiding the eye of the zoning officials, and wrath of neighbors.  They also were like a craft project and many are stunning for their charm and personality if not their engineering.

But we should not overlook that ugly RV, which has technologically evolved to now have better R values then most tiny homes and are fully equipped with all the features now needed for this type of home like hookups, power systems, and slide out walls to increase space beyond the 8’0 limit.  RVs are now very sophisticated and looking at the price comparable to that of a Tiny home per square foot if you consider labor costs.

They may still be ugly, but this is no reason not to look at them and see just how they do it.  Over the next few posts I will cover, pulling a large trailer, 5th wheel hitches, examples of the state of the art of RV construction and their cost.

Imagine Your Tiny house with theses features

        Aluminum Framed Laminated Floor & Roof
        Hydraulic Slide System
        Wood Blinds
        R-38 floor, R-35 Roof, R11 walls
        Universal Docking Center
        Patent Pending 88 Degree Turning Radius Front Cap
        16” Aluminum Rims
        Molded Rear Fiberglass Cap
        ABS Hitch Cover
        Oversize LCD HDTV
        Extended Gutter Spouts
        Roof Ladder
        One Piece Fiberglass Shower
        Spare Tire and Carrier
        ELECTRIC Single Touch Awning
        20 Gallon ph Gas/Electric DSI Water Heater
        Sofa w/ Bed
        Courtesy Light
        Ceiling Fan w/Light
        Washer/Dryer Prep
        Fantastic Fan w/Rain Sensor
        Outside Speakers
        Fold-Away Entry Handle
        Black Tank Flush
        Porcelain Toilet
        EZ Lube Dexter Axles
        Extended Hitch Pin
        22” Oven
        EZ Flex Suspension
        Shocks
        Battery Disconnect
        Upgraded Interior Lighting
        Insulated Slide Floors
        50 amp
        Dual Satellite Prep
        TV Antenna w/Booster
        2 Rocker/Recliners (where applicable)
        Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink and Appliances
        Electric Rear Jacks
    Pearl Edition
        Pearl Gloss Sidewalls
        Hydraulic Front Jacks
        Wireless Remote Control System w/ Key Fob
        Upgraded Front and Rear Cap Paint Package
        Full Body Graphics
        Bordeaux Interior Cherry Cabinets
        Bordeaux Cherry Versa Table Free-Standing Dinette w/ 4 Chairs
        Upgraded Window Treatments
    Option - Correct Track Align System
    Option - Broyhill Furniture
    Option - 32” Bedroom TV
    Option - Solid Surface Countertops
    Option - Queen Bed
    Option - 22.6 Residential Refrigerator w/Stainless Steel Appliances
    Option - Dyson Rechargeable Vacuum
    Option - MCD Roller Shades IPO Standard Shades
    Option - Artistic Beam Ceiling
    Option - Second 13.5 A/C
    Option - Electric Fireplace
    Option - Frameless Bonded Windows
    RVIA Seal
plus
    12V Deep Cycle Battery - Free!
    Propane in Tanks - Free!
    Dealer Prep - Free!
    North American Service Network - Free!

Floating Sauna in Seattle
see: http://www.designboom.com/architecture/gocstudio-envisions-floating-wa_sauna-in-union-bay-seattle-02-05-2014//

Tags: Architecture

kISS: Keep it simple stupid:


Pump House – a basic but idyllic weekend retreat designed by Australian firm Branch Studio Architects (BSA). It was built with a modest budget, and boasts the advantage of operating off-the-grid. Pump House was actually built by one of the clients, who is a carpenter by trade, using affordable materials such as plywood, corrugated sheeting, and rough-sawn timber to help keep the construction budget low. Running costs should be relatively minor too, as the property relies solely on off-grid options like solar power, rainwater tanks, and a wood-burning stove for all its energy and fuel needs.

kISS: Keep it simple stupid:

Pump House – a basic but idyllic weekend retreat designed by Australian firm Branch Studio Architects (BSA). It was built with a modest budget, and boasts the advantage of operating off-the-grid. Pump House was actually built by one of the clients, who is a carpenter by trade, using affordable materials such as plywood, corrugated sheeting, and rough-sawn timber to help keep the construction budget low. Running costs should be relatively minor too, as the property relies solely on off-grid options like solar power, rainwater tanks, and a wood-burning stove for all its energy and fuel needs.

3D Print Canal House

The 3D Print Canal House is an exhibition, research- and building site for 3D Printing Architecture. A unique project where an international team of partners collaborates in ‘research & doing’ linking science, culture, construction and city, by 3D printing a canal house at an expo-site in the very heart of Amsterdam.

Drop by when you’re in Amsterdam!
Opening hours: Tuesday until Friday from 11 am until 5 pm.

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 Chromatic Typewriter Prints

Tyree Callahan has recycled (or upcycled, perhaps) a classic 1937 Underwood typewriter by replacing letters with sponges soaked across the spectrum with bright yellows, reds, blues and combinations thereof.

(Source: weburbanist.com)