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"There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting. Consider this utterly commonplace situation: a man is walking down the street. At a certain moment, he tries to recall something , but the recollection escapes him. Automatically he slows down. Meanwhile, a person who wants to forget a disagreeable incident he has just lived through starts unconsciously to speed up his pace, as if he were trying to distance himself from a thing still too close to him in time. In existential mathematics, that experience takes the form of two basic equations: the degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting."

Milan Kundera. Slowness 1995

Unearth Sydney

Get a rare glimpse behind the façades of Sydney, particularly inside the QVB dome which was saved from demotion for a multi-storey carpark in the 1970s.

Yes, we were that close.

Booking tour tickets:
http://www.broadsheet.com.au/sydney/art-and-design/article/unlocking-citys-secrets-sydney-open#gallery-1

Brief commentary history on QVB:
http://lynnwalsh.wordpress.com/tag/demolition-men/

Cannot find a seat on the Underground…

No problem

archatlas:

Long Museum (West Bund) Atelier Deshaus

"The new design adopts the cantilever structure featuring “vault-umbrella” with independent walls while the shear walls with free layout are embedded into the original basement so as to be concreted with the original framework structure. With the shear walls, the first underground floor of the original parking has been transformed to an exhibition space with the overground space highlighting multiple orientations because of the relative connection of the “vault-umbrella” at different directions; besides, the electrical & mechanical system has been integrated in the “vault-umbrella” structure. As to the overground space covered by the “vault-umbrella”, the walls and the ceiling feature as-cast-finish concrete surface so that their geometrical dividing line seems faint. Such structure cannot only shield the human body in conformation but visually echoes with the Coal-Hopper-Unloading-Bridge at the wharf. Moreover, the building’s internal space can also represent a kind of primordial and tameless charm while the spatial dimension, large or small, and the as-cast-finish concrete surface with the seam among moulding boards and the bolt holes bring a sense of reality as well. The directness and simplicity resulting from this “literal” structure, material and space plus the sense of force or lightness because of large-scale overhanging style enables the overall building’s continuation of the industrial property of the original site, not only in time but in space."

(via landscapearchitecture)

archatlas:

Long Museum (West Bund) Atelier Deshaus

"The new design adopts the cantilever structure featuring “vault-umbrella” with independent walls while the shear walls with free layout are embedded into the original basement so as to be concreted with the original framework structure. With the shear walls, the first underground floor of the original parking has been transformed to an exhibition space with the overground space highlighting multiple orientations because of the relative connection of the “vault-umbrella” at different directions; besides, the electrical & mechanical system has been integrated in the “vault-umbrella” structure. As to the overground space covered by the “vault-umbrella”, the walls and the ceiling feature as-cast-finish concrete surface so that their geometrical dividing line seems faint. Such structure cannot only shield the human body in conformation but visually echoes with the Coal-Hopper-Unloading-Bridge at the wharf. Moreover, the building’s internal space can also represent a kind of primordial and tameless charm while the spatial dimension, large or small, and the as-cast-finish concrete surface with the seam among moulding boards and the bolt holes bring a sense of reality as well. The directness and simplicity resulting from this “literal” structure, material and space plus the sense of force or lightness because of large-scale overhanging style enables the overall building’s continuation of the industrial property of the original site, not only in time but in space."

(via landscapearchitecture)

Equipopulation map

Interesting representation of world, would consider to contrast with displacement, economic or military spending.

Insights from Frank Jacon

(Source: bigthink.com)

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Complex issue as cyclists are relatively as highly mobile as pedestrians.

citymaus:

Why is there so much confusion about riding bicycles on the sidewalk?
"The surprising and murky truth in California: everyone is (partially) right. Bikes can be on the sidewalk. And bikes can’t be on the sidewalk. And sometimes both. And sometimes only kids on bikes. And sometimes there are no rules at all. The California Vehicle Code (CVC) specifically delegates local control to cities and counties for the operation of bicycles on the sidewalk…
California’s predicament is emblematic of the short shrift bicycles have received from transportation officials in previous decades, and how that lack of consideration hurts bicycling as a viable form of transportation to this day. Imagine if each city was given control over “no right turn on red” for drivers (currently permitted in California), but no signage to alert drivers to which law applied. It would be chaos on the streets.
Until a uniform approach is taken to bicycling on the sidewalk, we can expect confusion to reign amongst bicyclists, drivers, and pedestrians alike.”
read more: The Murky Truth Behind Sidewalk Bicycling Laws. altaplanning, 03.06.14.

Complex issue as cyclists are relatively as highly mobile as pedestrians.

citymaus:

Why is there so much confusion about riding bicycles on the sidewalk?

"The surprising and murky truth in California: everyone is (partially) right. Bikes can be on the sidewalk. And bikes can’t be on the sidewalk. And sometimes both. And sometimes only kids on bikes. And sometimes there are no rules at all. The California Vehicle Code (CVC) specifically delegates local control to cities and counties for the operation of bicycles on the sidewalk…

California’s predicament is emblematic of the short shrift bicycles have received from transportation officials in previous decades, and how that lack of consideration hurts bicycling as a viable form of transportation to this day. Imagine if each city was given control over “no right turn on red” for drivers (currently permitted in California), but no signage to alert drivers to which law applied. It would be chaos on the streets.

Until a uniform approach is taken to bicycling on the sidewalk, we can expect confusion to reign amongst bicyclists, drivers, and pedestrians alike.”

read more: The Murky Truth Behind Sidewalk Bicycling Lawsaltaplanning, 03.06.14.

Bloc Jam
Daily tous les jous

Vibrations from phones translated into colour patternations on the façade

…more information 

…echoes

This place unfurls into the sea, cupped in a unique edge condition,

where nature and urbane interrelate,

endemic and becoming of its people,

intangible to understand, but for experience.

Without a periphery your senses heighten,

absorbed by the flux of paean hymns,

nature reminds us its benevolence,

and waters patience and amplification.

Traditions of history and knowledge are echoed

as we learn to understand this place and eachother

and if we listen carefully we may hear ourselves…

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"Everything that happens in the universe has happened before and is destined to happen again, preceded and followed everyone by exactly the same events"

Daniel Birnbaum, Chronology p.11

decoarchitecture:

Böttcherstraße, Bremen, Germany
Photos by Wendy Darling

Knowing that Deco fans probably eager for me to move on to more modern stuff — and with a rather spectacular example to be found in this project — dumping a few pics at one. Here you see the main street (really more of an alley by modern standards), an arch (part of Robinson Crusoe House), buildings at the far end of the project, and a brick arch entrance to House of the Glockenspiel. 

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Harmonic cycle of reading an analogue clock.

Harmonic cycle of reading an analogue clock.

(Source: gizmodo.com.au)

Have your say Sydney

Plethora of entries in and anonymous urban renewal design competition, a few colleagues have submissions hopefully they are well received. Thanks to the City of Sydney for such an open opportunity for ideas, I hope the process continues for future developments.

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1:1 Newcastle - Reclaim

Pairing architects with architecture students to construct an installation for the public domain using reclaimed material in one day. Some clever bespoke furniture and undulating bike rack/seat/bench/bar of pallets.. plants included.

Valuable opportunity for students to collaborate with professionals on a low cost high impact event, further their hands on understanding and have fun along the way.

Organised by Sam Albion, representing SONA.

Installations currently both reside at The Edwards, Newcastle.

Images courtesy: EMAGN Newcastle

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