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A Hill On A House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates Architects: Yuko Nagayama & Associates Location: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan Area: 267.0 sqm Project Year: 2006 Photographs: Daici Ano From the architect. This is an urban house surrounded by tall buildings on all sides except for the northeast facing a street. The issue was how to bring light into the interior, to open the enclosed volume and to develop scenery within it while avoiding looks from the neighborhood. There rises a white illuminated “hill” in the house. Its slope tilting to the southwest receives and reflects sun light onto the interior. It is this place that induces another story in our mind beside the everyday life of our own.

The Expandable Mobile Mini House If the idea of spending days on the road in a tent or trailer doesn’t sound appealing, consider Stéphanie Bellanger‘s Mobile Mini House. The spacious yet compact concept home is inspired by John Lautner’s Chemosphere house and has an ingenious expanding floor plan that features a bathroom, living room, bedroom, kitchen, and office. Bellanger’s design also has ample storage space for clothing, books, and more. The Mobile Mini House’s walls and floors run on rails which allow them to easily fan out to a comfortable 252° radius. In case of rain, the home also features a sliding screen. We love the colorful rooms and spaciousness of the design, but wonder about its durability during long trips. + Stéphanie Bellanger Via My Modern Metropolis Eco-Dome: Moon Cocoon - Cal-Earth Building Designs The Eco-Dome is a small home design of approximately 400 square feet (40 sq. meters) interior space. It consists of a large central dome, surrounded by four smaller niches and a wind-scoop, in a clover leaf pattern. Learning and building an Eco-Dome is the next stage after building a small emergency shelter and provides hands-on learning experience in the essential aspects of Superadobe construction. It's small size of approximately 400 square feet (interior space), makes it a manageable structure for the first time owner builder. The finished "very small house" is self-contained and can become a small guest house, studio apartment, or be the first step in a clustered design for community use in an Eco-Village of vaults and domes. Built from local earth-filled Superadobe coils (earth stabilized with cement or lime).Tree free.Maximum use of space through alternative options. Note: The Eco-Dome plan is a part of the Cal-Earth educational and research program.

Rhino Grasshopper VS Generative Components (A canopy design created in Generative Components by Elif Erdine) This is the Second Guest post from Mark Loomis I would like to thank him for taking the time to share with us his findings regarding different generative design platforms,hope it serves to start an interesting conversation with our readers and followers. I’m Mark Loomis, a landscape architect who is guest posting on this blog. As promised in my previous post, I’m going to compare GenerativeComponents to Grasshopper. I also want to propose a way to explore them both by reading the book, ‘Elements of Parametric Design ’ by Robert Woodbury and using the GC and GH pattern tutorials websites that accompany the book. I’m not going to try to compare these products myself since I’m just now learning how to use them. There are two main differences between GC and GH: 1.

The World's Most Secret Garage Entrance Is Like A Tunnel To Tron *puts on investigator hat* Gentlemen, the game is afoot. We have a certain number of clues and we must review each one carefully. Next, this has to be somewhere that's got quite a lot of space. The third clue is somewhat obvious, this gentleman has quite a lot of money. Fourth, look at the color of the walls and asphalt. dark and somber with no interior lighting, only the lights of the vehicles as they pass by act as a source to see their surroundings. A British millionaire, living in a dark and somber town with a secret underground tunnel modified to his/her exact specifications such that supercars may pass through unheeded of the traffic above? There's only one town in the world. Gotham, Nottinghamshire. This man is Batman.

Cryptography When I wrote my first book, Fermat’s Last Theorem, I made a passing reference to the mathematics of cryptography. Although I did not know it at the time, this was the start of a major interest in the history and science of codes and code breaking, which has resulted in a 400-page book on the subject, an adaptation of the book for teenagers, a 5-part TV series, numerous talks and lectures, the purchase of an Enigma cipher machine and the development of an interactive crypto CD-ROM. In the Crypto Corner, you will find details about my book on cryptography (The Code Book), information about my TV series based on the book (The Science of Secrecy) and you can explore the Black Chamber, which is an interactive encryption and codebreaking section. You will also find a section about the Cipher Challenge, there are some cryptograms (coded messages) for you to try and crack, a free downloadable CD-ROM version of The Code Book, and a quick Q&A based on the questions I am most often asked.

Celebrating 30 Years of Material Innovation This year marks both the 30th anniversary of Interiors & Sources, and the 4th anniversary of our revolutionary Materials Pavilion (#ISMatPav or #materialspavilion) at the annual NeoCon show in Chicago, and to celebrate, we’re making it bigger and better than ever! If you’re not familiar with our Materials Pavilion (and you should be!), it’s the perfect place to discover a broad and exciting selection of decorative materials and finishes all in one convenient location. The Pavilion’s emphasis is on experience and education. Also be sure to stop by on Tuesday afternoon to meet the Interiors & Sources 2014 I Like Design student internship contest winner! The following pages feature just a small sampling of the decorative materials and finishes you will find this year.

McDonald's Outside of America Looks Way More Awesome Facts About Hockey Pucks To succeed as a hockey player, you need to develop a specific set of skills and possess a broad range of physical abilities. You need speed, strength, endurance, elusiveness and, most of all, balance. The process of getting into hockey playing shape usually involves acquiring or reacquiring all these attributes prior to the beginning of the season. For best results, your workouts should begin at least two months before your team’s first practice, but if you don’t have that much time, any training and development will be beneficial heading into competitive or recreational play. Skating is the foundation of a hockey player’s game, and skating practice will be a major factor in helping you get into shape. Hockey requires you to have the ability to transfer power between your upper and lower body while maintaining balance and momentum. Diet is sometimes neglected as aspect of sports training, but it’s crucial for getting you into shape for hockey.

Kinetic Tessellated Skin To Filter Saudi Sunlight When sunlight hits human skin, the epidermis reacts by producing melanin to protect the tissues underneath from radiation. This simple principle comes to mind when viewing the new design for a pair of planned ultra-luxury spas in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which will employ a kinetic metal skin that can shift depending on the angle and intensity of the sun. Known as the Portal Spas, the two crystalline structures will become the newest crown jewels of the swank King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and will contain some of the most lavish spa amenities on the planet. Image via WorksBureau The skin will consist of panels of titanium that are perforated with thousands of irregularly shaped openings to let in varying amounts of sunlight. The design of the skin is based on the Tessellate Adaptive Façade System, developed by Chuck Hoberman (inventor of the famous Hoberman sphere) and the A. Image of Zahner’s demonstration Tessellate panels via WorksBureau

Workplace Wonderland Davison International Inc., a 285-employee company that designs and creates kitchen gadgets, toys and other consumer products, relocated in 2006 to a 61,000-square-foot building in Pittsburgh, Pa. Its interior, which followed a year-long, $5 million renovation, is intended to encourage creativity and a positive attitude among staff. One third of its inventions are its own creations. The remainder are commissioned by third parties. Inventalot Courtesy Davison This castle, Inventalot, has a round table for meetings. Pirate Ship Courtesy Davison Stationed aboard the pirate ship are a handful of product designers who specialize in children's toys. Giant Shoe This giant shoe is a work space intended to inspire ideas for new baby products. Animal House The blue house is where Davison staff researches and designs pet products like the Hydro Bone -- a rubber toy that releases water as the dog chews, and which sells for around $10. Continued Kitchen products are conceptualized in this house.

Craft Training School in Nairobi | DETAIL inspiration Project description Young people who grow up in Mathare, a slum district in the north of Nairobi, have little chance of obtaining professional training. To provide them with an opportunity to learn a trade, the German institution Promoting Africa, in collaboration with the Kenyan organization Youth Support Kenya, planned a new craft training school. Students of the Univer-sity of Technology in Munich drew up architectural schemes in the context of their term work. One of these designs was selected for further development, and working drawings were prepared by six students for the first of three construction stages. The complex consists of four buildings that define various outdoor spaces. Project details

Adapted to a Challenging Terrain: Villa Midgård in Stockholm Villa Midgård was designed by Stockholm-based studio DAPstockholm and is a three-level modern residence located in Stockholm, Sweden. The client’s brief required a home with a maintenance‐free facade, tall rooms and openness towards the surrounding natural landscape. The result is a building with no less than seven facades. Here is a description from the architects:”Cutouts in the mountain give space for the outdoor seating areas. The second floor is suspended above the entrance floor to shadow and protect the yard.

I agree. As long as we don't mess up the environment, our future cities could be nice to live in. by parelboom Apr 3

wow! this is spacial... incredibly beautiful!! by pbg Apr 3