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Making the Problem Go Away

Making the Problem Go Away
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Method 1: Restore to the original In many unwanted or unforeseen situations, the ideal solution is to return the status of something to how it was before the problem existed. Let’s not b talking about geopolitics or the state of the planet. Let’s think small. Laser treatment can be used to remove a tattoo that’s […]

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Man and Machine

Man and Machine
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Excavators are like musical instruments in that they remain inanimate objects unless there’s someone who can access their potential. However, unlike most musical instruments, excavators have engines to move the vehicle and operate the hydraulics to enable a number of tasks. the core one of which is excavating – the shifting of soil or rock from […]

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Full House

Full House
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It’s only recent history but, before the use of image datasets became commonplace, architects used language prompts to tell an AI system what they wanted. The problem was that computers and people don’t speak the same language. If you say to an AI system “Design me a beautiful building!” it won’t know what you mean […]

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1970s French Furniture Design

1970s French Furniture Design
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The Architect Statement Chair Chairs designed by architects are notoriously uncomfortable – a statement probably first uttered with respect to chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was probably his Origami Chair they were referring too, but the clinical chair for Price Tower is discomforting to even look at. FLW’s low cost designs for his Usonian […]

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Nature Trail

Nature Trail
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The Dynamics of Delight: Architecture and AestheticsPeter F. Smith, Routeledge, London 2003 Last week I was looking for an article on that 1990s phenomenon, design coding in order to add something to a post with the working title of Pattern. I didn’t find it but, in folders within folders I did discover a stash of […]

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Inhabitation

Inhabitation
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For some time now I’ve been fascinated by buildings and spaces not being used the way they were designed to be used. 1979, December (Kyoto, Japan) The first instance I can remember is from 1979. I’d only just arrived in Japan a couple of months earlier and though I was attending a language school in […]

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Featurism

Featurism
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This introduction follows on last week’s post and segues into this one because I continued to think about why that particular treatment of old buildings so disturbed me. If you remember, I preferred the treatment given to these buildings. I think it has something to do with setting rather than context even though both can […]

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Split Systems

Split Systems
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Now, when energy is either scarce or expensive, it’s worth remembering that air conditioning accounts for one fifth of all electricity used by buildings. It’s also worth remembering that air conditioning really only means heating air or cooling air because, if you want your air filtered, purified, humidified or dehumidified, then what you need is […]

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The Art Extension

The Art Extension
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Buildings around the world are being extended all the time but the challenges are more visible with art museums and any deficiencies less forgivable. Art museum extensions are over-represented in the media landscape. This could be because art museums are usually prestigious commissions to begin within so art museum extensions must be too. Or, art […]