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Daily Archives: March 23rd, 2009

Lawmakers in Michigan are considering plans to build a high-speed, hydrogen-powered maglev rail line that would carry people between Detroit and Lansing using specially built cars, buses, and trucks. The project would be funded entirely by the private sector, and according to the company that designed it, provide a variety of economic and environmental benefits to the state. Supports of the program say it’s a chance for Michigan to take a leadership role in an emerging industry, while critics argue it is an expensive distraction


The question is:  who wants to go to Detroit and/or Lansing?

Morphosis Architects’ US Federal Building in San Francisco uses concrete’s thermal mass and natural ventilation as part of its strategy to cut carbon emissions while creating a comfortable office environment

The United States Federal Building in San Francisco is one of the first major US office buildings for more than 70 years to be naturally ventilated.

Above the fifth floor this building, completed in 2007 by Morphosis Architects for the General Services Administration, is naturally ventilated, providing high-quality workspaces that require only modest quantities of primary energy to create comfortable conditions.

The exposed internal concrete structure is a vital component in achieving comfort because it provides accessible thermal mass that can store energy on a diurnal basis.





a 2007 project by artists Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings in which they reimagined the city of San Francisco as a city of roller coasters, wildlife preserves, underground libraries and health clubs installed inside BART cars, and, of course, zip lines across the San Francisco Bay

Watch the video link.  Its brilliant!

Urban Camouflage deals with the question how to camouflage oneself and one’s identity in the urban space. Our costumes are inspired by the «ghillie suits», the military camouflage suit. It was an adventure to wear the suit in the stores because of the conflicts with the employees, the reaction of the customers and also to see the pretty well camouflage effect in a real situation.”

An example of urban camouflage,  taking place in IKEA. 


An architectural thesis from Rice University:

This border region is “a dynamic, hybridized, and rapidly growing regional zone,” Gelles writes, “known as ‘Amexica’ or the ‘third space.'”
He continues, outlining the broader political intentions of the project:

    The emergence and potential of this “third space” as an economic engine and potential immigration buffer has been jeopardized by US policies towards Mexico such as the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which insists on understanding the border as a line, rather than its reality as a blurred zone of transition. This project proposes building a thickened, connective infrastructural corridor landscape to unite the sister cities (in place of the divisive 700 miles of fence currently under construction by the US government) and generate the resources and conditions for an independent, neutral border nation to emerge.

This is bad bad bad.   



These tattoos use a special black-light ink and can only be seen under ultraviolet light.   You can be straight during the day and deviant at night.   Has anyone seen one of these in person?


A prototype bathing unit by Ron Arad for Tueco.


This would be even better as an architectural model !