Between Mission Statement and Parametric Model A crisis in architectural education is brewing. I refer to the increasingly contentious divide between that cadre of junior faculty who espouse the gee-whiz form-making made possible by speculative parametric modeling and an -influenced student body demanding design studios that prioritize social relevance and environmental stewardship.  The inherent tension between these cultural positions has not yet been fully registered by design faculties nor acted upon with specific curricular reform — yet it’s hard to miss. On the one hand, the situation is generating strange, hybridized manifestations in design studios — notably the ubiquitous son-of-the-Yokohama Port Terminal proposal: an undulating green roofscape blanketing habitable space below.  On the other hand, many schools and departments are busy reforming their programs to better integrate sustainability criteria into studio exercises, often at the expense of other aspects of design thinking. So where are we?
Thunder, Flush and Thomas Crapper: INDEX- Chapters: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W Y Z From the Preface to Adam's book: A few years ago I presented on television a short piece about Thomas Crapper. I enjoyed making it, but what amazed me was how much interest it generated; people are fascinated by lavatories. A friend, half jokingly, said I should write a book about them, and I began to do some research. Again I was amazed, both by the sheer amount of fascinating material out there, and by people's enthusiasm. Blogs: BMJ Open A debilitating syndrome that causes an excessively rapid heartbeat on standing up, predominantly affects young well educated women, and blights their lives, because it is so poorly understood and inconsistently treated, reveals a small study published in the online journal BMJ Open. Postural tachycardia syndrome, or PoTS for short, is a by-product of orthostatic intolerance – a disorder of the autonomic nervous system in which the circulatory and nervous system responses needed to compensate for the stress put on the body on standing upright, don’t work properly. PoTS is associated with an excessively rapid heartbeat, or tachycardia. Symptoms include dizziness, fainting, nausea, poor concentration, excessive fatigue and trembling, and can be so severe as to make routine activities, such as eating and bathing, very difficult to do. In the US, PoTS is thought to affect around 170 per 100,000 of the population, one in four of whom is disabled and unable to work.
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Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications About the Course Abortion is a common experience for reproductive-aged women around the world. In the US, half of all pregnancies are unintended and half of these end in abortion. (Finer 2013) Around the world, 43.8 million abortions were done in 2008 representing one fifth of all pregnancies. (Sedgh 2012) Abortion is safe and has lower morbidity and mortality than childbirth when carried out by trained practitioners in sanitary conditions (Raymond 2012), but nearly half of the abortions done in the world are unsafe, according to the WHO definition.
dave stasiuk Archive Project: Distortion Project: Distortion was an intensive, international design/build collaboration between faculty and students at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York. Over the course of the Spring 2010 semester, the team designed and build a mobile pavilion intended to operate as a social and spatial nexus for the Distortion Festival, an active celebration of rave music and culture held annually in Copenhagen. Although I participated actively in the conceptual design phase of the project, along with all of the other students on both sides of the Atlantic, my primary role in the project emerged during the the build phase. For this I specifically applied parametric tools for, arraying and documenting the initial configuration and then for solving the geometric inputs for the customized structural system for the final configuration. projectDistortion_setup Korsgadehallen / Copenhagen from CITA on Vimeo.