Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Hang... The Drum

It is plain amazing! Two thumbs up :) Can't stop replaying it...





The most beautiful thing I have ever heard and you have the opportunity to hear Golshifteh play with me tomorrow-Jeudi 18 Juin, 20h Eglise St Roch!!(Goldshifteh Farahani on the Hang Drum)
Posted by Nadeah on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

چراغ سب کے بجھیں گے ہوا کسی کی نہیں


                                    ثبات وہم ہے یارو، بقا کسی کی نہیں 
چراغ سب کے بجھیں گے ہوا کسی کی نہیں 

کرو نہ گلشن ہستی تباہ اس کے لئے 
نہ ہاتھ آئے گی یارو ، صبا کسی کی نہیں 

زمانہ گزرا کہ دل پر ہوئی تھی اک دستک 
پھر اس کے بعد تو آئی صدا کسی کی نہیں 

تمام دنیا کے قصوں سے یہ ملا ہے سبق 
قصور سب ہے ہمارا خطا کسی کی نہیں 

وفا ، خلوص ، محبت ، گناہ ، مکر و فریب 
یہ لاعلاج ہیں سارے ، دوا کسی کی نہیں 

مجھے تو لگتا ہے جیسے یہ کائنات تمام
ہے باز گشت یقیناً صدا کسی کی نہیں 

بہت بھروسہ تھا ہمکو عدیل اپنوں کا 
ہمارے کام تو آئی وفا کسی کی نہیں 


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Music for the Ears :D



Hands up if this is the cutest thing you have seen all year...Tom Fletcher and his baby Buzz enjoying and exploring the outdoors together.
Posted by The Hits Radio on Saturday, April 25, 2015

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Life Lesson



Amazing life lesson: learn to live with what is necessary
José Mujica, nicknamed Pepe Mujica, was President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015. He advocates a philosophy of life focused on sobriety: learn to live with what is necessary and fairest.
Posted by Wali Zahid on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The power of a good idea!




New Technology by Samsung.
Posted by Arch2O.com on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Interesting

A project of the Rockwell Group and Ian Schrager Company, the New York EDITION's lobby bar revitalizes an historic skyscraper with an interior that glamorously fuses past and present. http://bit.ly/1K5ghqW


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Animals also have a right to live.

I absolutely adore this baby's reaction to cooked turkey. Her accent is adorable too.




This little girl will melt your heart <3
Posted by Best Video You Will Ever See on Friday, July 3, 2015

Office of the Future




We will soon become more aware of excessive sitting drawbacks. On our way to a non-physical/ virtual office, we might make a temporary stop-over for standing and various other posture supportive offices. Let's see...

Monday, 20 July 2015

An Architect's Review of Javed Chaudhry's Column "Masjidon se"

A dear friend pointed an article that I had never read before. The ideas given there just tickled me enough to get my pen running. No hard feelings, and no harm intended. You can find The original column here . It will be helpful to keep both compositions parallel on your screens.

And please do read the original column first to completely understand what I wrote. You can freely disagree to what I said. I apologize in advance if anyone finds anything hurtful in my review.

جاوید چوہدری صاحب نے اپنے مخصوص انداز میں ایک کالم تحریر کیا ھے۔ کالم کا عنوان ھے “مسجدوں سے“۔ 

کالم کا خلاصہ ملاحظہ کیجئے۔

مسجد گندی‘ لوگ گندے‘ مولوی صاحب سخت مزاج۔۔۔ لیکن جاوید صاحب چپ چاپ‘ نفیس اور وقت کے پابند۔ نمازیوں نے نماز کے بعد جوتوں سے فٹبال کھیلی‘ اور مخالف کھلاڑیوں کو کہنیاں بھی ماریں۔غالباً “قہقہہ“ جاوید صاھب کی تحریروں میں جزبات کا عروج ھے۔ فٹبال کھیلنے والوں نے “قہقہے“ بھی لگاےَ۔ یعنی حد ہی کر دی۔

اس منظر کشی کے بعد تاریخ اور جدت‘ دونوں کو مدِ نظر رکھتے ھوےَ مفید مشورے دیے ہیں۔ مخیر حضرات اپنی خیر منا لیں۔

جاوید صاھب کے مطابق‘ آج کے وضو خانوں اور استنجا خانوں کا ڈیزائن پانچ سو سال پرانا ھے‘ مجھے اِن سے اختلاف ھے‘ کیونکہ لگ بھگ ١٥٠٠ عیسوی میں پانی کی ترسیل اور نکاسی کا ایسا سلسلہ نہیں تھا‘ جیسا آج ھے۔ ماہرین میری اصلاح کر دیں‘ اگر میں غلط ھوں  تو۔

انکے مطابق‘ پاکستان میں لاکھوں کی تعداد میں آرکیٹیکٹس موجود ہیں۔ جاوید صاحب !ایک لاکھ میں پانچ صفر ہوتے ھیں ‘ یا یوں کہہ لیں کہ ایک لاکھ میں ١٠٠ ھزار ھوتے ہیں۔ کبھی آئیں نا‘ آرکیٹیکٹس کی کاؤنسل۔۔۔

 تعمیر‘ دیکھ بھال‘ ملازم‘ بل‘ صفائ کی برقی مشینیں‘ سب مخیر حضرات سنبھالیں۔

ایک انتہائ دلچسپ تجویز دی ہے‘ اور وہ ہے۔۔۔ سمارٹ تولیےَ یا آٹومیٹک تولیےَ۔۔۔ یہ تولیےَ “مخیر حضرات“ فراہم کریں۔ عوام اپنے ہاتھ‘ منہ اور پاؤں۔۔۔ جی جی‘ دوبارہ پڑھ لیں‘ پاؤں بھی تولیےَ سے پونچھ لیں۔ شام کو تولیےَ نہانے چلے جائیں‘ صبح نہا کے خود ہی واپس آ جا
ئیں‘ اور تولیوں کے گرم حمام کا بِل “مخیر حضرات“ دے دیں۔

 ویسے میں بھی حیران ہوں یہ خیال “مخیر حضرات“ کو پہلے کیوں نہیں آیا؟ تولیوں پر باقاعدہ ریسرچ ہونی چاہیےَ۔ سمارٹ ڈیوائسز کا دور ہے‘ تو سمارٹ تولیےَ کیوں نہیں؟

ایک انتہائ سنجیدہ تجویز یہ دی ھے کہ‘ مستقل نمازی جوتوں کے لیے کپڑے کی چھوٹی سی تھیلی بنوا لیں۔ نا کیوں؟ اللہ “مخیر حضرات“ کو لمبی عمر صحت کے ساتھ عطا کرے‘ یہ کام بھی انھی کے ذمے لگا دیتے‘ کیا خیال ھے؟ مزید فرماتے ھیں کہ یہ تھیلی یا تو گاڑی میں رکھ لیں یا جیب میں‘ اور اس میں جوتے ڈال کر مسجد کی ریک میں رکھ دیں۔ آگے نہیں بتایا کہ نماز کے بعد تھیلی اور جوتوں کا کیا کرنا ھے‘ نیز یہ بھی نہیں بتایا کہ بڑے سائز کے جوتے چھوٹی سی تھیلی میں کیسے آئیں گے؟ 

مخیر حضرات صفائی  کے لیے باقاعدہ عملہ رکھیں‘ ایک درخواست ھے‘ کہ پاور سکٹر پر ہاتھ ہلکا رکھیں‘ بجلی کی مشینوں سے صفائی نہ کرائیں۔

صفوں تک پہنچنے‘ اور صفوں سے نکلنے‘ مسجد کے اندر آنے اور باہر جانے کے لیے الگ الگ راستے ہوں۔ جاوید صاحب! یونہی کبھی گراف پیپر پر اپنی پسند کا نقشہ اِن تمام تجویز کردہ راستوں پر تِیر کے نشان لگا کر بنا ڈالیں، اور “لاکھوں آرکیٹیکٹس“ کو شرمندہ کر دیں۔ کسی بھی محلے کی مسجد لے لیں‘ وہ جو جائداد کے جھگڑے ختم  کرنے کے لیے بنا دی جاتی ھیں۔

مخیر حضرات خوشبو والی موم بتیاں فراہم کریں‘ چٹائیاں اور باسی دریاں خود سمجھدار ہیں‘ آگ نہیں پکڑیں گی۔ دمے کے مریض سانس درست کرنے کے لیے ایر فرشنر کے کش لگا لیں۔

 نمازی منہ میں خوشبو والی گولی رکھ کر نماز پڑھیں۔ یہ گولی اسی چھوٹی سی تھیلی میں رکھنی ہے نا؟ یا اللہ! مجھےمعاف کرنا

مشورہ دے رہے ھیں کہ تمام ملک کی مساجد کے لیے ایک بورڈ بنے‘ عملہ بھرتی ہو‘ شاندار ڈیزائین بناےَ جائیں‘ غالباً یہ بھی “مخیر حضرات“ نے کرانا ہے۔  نقشے کی منظوری "علما" دیں گے۔ 
تو “لاکھوں آرکیٹیکٹس“ کا کیا کریں؟ فرض کریں تمام علما متحد ہو جائیں‘ بورڈ بن بھی جاےَ‘ تو مسجد کے نقشے پر اوبجکشن لگانے کے نتیجے میں پیدا ہونے والی جزباتی دشمنی سے تحفظ کس نے دینا ھے؟

اتنے مفید مشوروں کا شکریہ! بارش کا پہلا قطرہ آپ بنیں‘ بہت لوگ لبیک کہیں گے۔ آخر زید حامد صاحب نے بھی اپنے نظریے کے لیے عملی  قدم اٹھایا تھا۔

 نوٹ: یہ سب کچھ میں نے جاوید صاحب کے کالم میں املا کی غلطیوں کو نظر انداز کر کے لکھا ھے۔ “مخیر حضرات“ ایک پروف ریڈر کا بندوبست بھی کر دیں۔

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

New Horizons Spacecraft


Everything you need to know about the New Horizons spacecraft's three billion mile mission to Pluto - in 60 seconds.

Posted by The Telegraph on Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday, 22 June 2015

Humanity

Humanity... one important point I noted is the frequent giving away of vegetable soup, that year after year accumulated to getting him the gift of life.


Awesome video, must watch
Posted by DJ Reminise on Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Leadership of Muhammad (SAW): Lessons for CEOs

Leadership of Muhammad (SAW): Lessons for CEOs



This is Wali Zahid's much hard work in deciphering the winning traits of a CEO, one CEO whose communication was non-hierarchical.



A Step Towards Practicality (1 of 2)

I always felt the need for more interactive way of studies, specially at university. Studying architecture sometimes, the pressure to do good was so intense, that instead of learning, risking and experimenting, students would opt for tried and tested methods. No one could risk their grades or percentages because marks mattered more to us than learning, and finding fun in learning was a far cry... Once an architect, mentioning his student life said that, "You might not learn that much from your teachers, as you will learn by competition among each other." That sort of competition drains energy and gives much stress and diverts focus from learning and applying the knowledge. That is so sad.

Passive learning is an asset. Practicality is more valuable than any degree, or grades. In real life, clients are not interested in your degree, grades or medals if you cannot deliver their projects and business efficiently.
Found this very interesting video, the use of intelligent glass, gadgets, devices and above all... strong interaction within the studio, active involvement of the teacher, and a very strong link with the ones working in field helped the students create something they all can celebrate after the work is done and cherish the lovely memories later in life. They were not competing each other but doing their bit in completing the assignment!

Future of teaching & learning
keep sharing. SkillCity
Posted by SkillCity on Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Step Towards Practicality (2 of 2)

We just strive for better grades, without any focus on actual learning and fine tuning our personalities. That just ruins our precious time at the university. If there is strong interaction between our class fellows, juniors or seniors, a few years later we have brighter chances of a better business.

Here is another video, that speaks volumes about how impractical we are after more than a decade of "learning". I seriously urge the teachers and educationists, to design a practical syllabus, arrange activities outdoors, cooking, cleaning, building simple shelters, basic survival skill set, earning pocket money, reusing wasted materials, bringing down the costs of assignments by improvisation, practical knowledge of what's under the car hood, changing tyres, plastering a wall, shuttering, mowing a lawn, topiary, hitch hiking, self defense.... there is so much to do!!! Why can't we produce well rounded personalities? Cramming dates, tackling MCQs, filling in the missing words, short answers to theory questions really don't help in practical life. I am thinking of making my nieces learn how to build a low cost "jhuggi", a local tiny tensile structure, made of cloth, rope and shredded bamboo, that is seen in slums around the city :) I think, children of those slums are better able to deal with life, although they very underprivileged.



The truth about school in a 2-minute video
What is your opinion on the thoughts that are being expressed here? Agree? Disagree? A little bit of both?A video from: http://stormcloudsgathering.com/
Posted by Wali Zahid on Monday, June 8, 2015

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Pakistan!


Here's what I love about #Pakistan! #DrivenToExplore #GClass Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz G-Class NK_Film
Posted by Mike Horn on Thursday, June 11, 2015

Friday, 29 May 2015

Colors of Kalash Valley - Chitral - KPK - Pakistan


Ishpata!!!

Greetings!!!

This year, I was lucky to visit the land of fairy tales, the land of colors and peace - Kalash, a beautiful valley near Chitral. Chitral can be accessed by road or by air from Islamabad, then its a 3 hours adventure drive to this peaceful and scenic valley.


Glaciers start melting in spring, as the temperature rises in the day and provide chilled water to river Chitral and fresh water springs and water falls in the surrounding areas.



The festival of "Chilum Josh" or "Yushi Mubarak" is celebrated in May, to welcome spring and happiness in life. The mourning for the deceased ends and new relations and friendships are found. "Shimmon" or the religious elder leads the rituals. The celebration of spring begins, with vibrant music and songs sung by all locals.  Men gather in the middle with traditional drums and women with their hands on each others shoulders hymn, sing and dance around them. 


Their multicolor unique dresses, explicit head gears and colorful accessories breathe life into the celebrations. I was so absorbed in witnessing this beautiful and happening event, that sometimes I forgot to take photographs. This ancient tribe is said to be the descendent of Alexander The Great.


Its a festival of color, of laughter, happiness and music :)




 


 The people of this tribe, until quite recently, were very camera shy and felt offended if photographed. Now trends have changed. Its not considered offensive. Some even posed for cameras. Still there were girls who shied away from camera. Trying to be as subtle as possible and without offending anyone, I could capture a few images, not as many as I wanted.



 Bamboreit- Kalash
Chilum Josh / Yushi Mubarak Festival
15-16 May 2015

The Children of Kalash are so beautiful... you just can't walk past them without giving them a smile and praising nature who made them so perfect.


 

Monday, 25 May 2015

The Angry Architect

He says it all... the freaking rendering period... the ability and the inability to do magic :D

Friday, 1 May 2015

Living In and Out by SAK Designs

Living In and Out by SAK Designs

Came across this design, and couldn't help but share. I really liked the neat and bold volumes in which the residence is designed. Intimate, sensitive and subtle invitation of outdoor spaces inside the covered volumes is exquisite. 

 I loved the straight and clean lines in this kitchen. The counter top and stools are adorable :)


 I have chosen this picture because of the volumes one gets in one glimpse. The variety in colors brought by bright colored rugs on neutral colored tiles is really refreshing.


 The texture on the wall having the headboard is evergreen.


 The way in which the eye moves up to explore this beautiful volume is very sophisticated.


 This amazing space, tucked in carefully provides the most intimate outdoor space one would like to have. Dramatically lit at night, the whole ambiance will be entirely different and uplifting. Bravo!

250 Things an Architect should know




Architects newspaper posted a comment of Michael Sorkin, who is an American architectural critic and author of several hundred articles in a wide range of both professional and general publications. Also, a former professor at numerous schools of architecture including the Architectural Association, the Aarhus School of Architecture, and Cooper Union. The comment contains two hundred and fifty things an architect should know. Although its a long list, but we feel its very interesting to share it with you! At the very least, it might help you know what you are getting yourself into, or what you still need to know as an architect.
Do you thing something else is missing ?? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.


250 things an architect should know
Michael Sorkin, City College of New York
1.    The feel of cool marble under bare feet.
2.    How to live in a small room with five strangers for six months.
3.    With the same strangers in a lifeboat for one week.
4.    The modulus of rupture.
5.    The distance a shout carries in the city.
6.    The distance of a whisper.
7.    Everything possible about Hatshepsut’s temple (try not to see it as ‘modernist’ avant la lettre).
8.    The number of people with rent subsidies in New York City.
9.    In your town (include the rich).
10.    The flowering season for azaleas.
11.    The insulating properties of glass.
12.    The history of its production and use.
13.    And of its meaning.
14.    How to lay bricks.
15.    What Victor Hugo really meant by ‘this will kill that.’
16.    The rate at which the seas are rising.
17.    Building information modeling (BIM).
18.    How to unclog a rapidograph.
19.    The Gini coefficient.
20.    A comfortable tread-to-riser ratio for a six-year-old.
21.    In a wheelchair.
22.    The energy embodied in aluminum.
23.    How to turn a corner.
24.    How to design a corner.
25.    How to sit in a corner.
26.    How Antoni Gaudí modeled the Sagrada Família and calculated its structure.
27.    The proportioning system for the Villa Rotonda.
28.    The rate at which that carpet you specified off-gasses.
29.    The relevant sections of the Code of Hammurabi.
30.    The migratory patterns of warblers and other seasonal travellers.
31.    The basics of mud construction.
32.    The direction of prevailing winds.
33.    Hydrology is destiny.
34.    Jane Jacobs in and out.
35.    Something about feng shui.
36.    Something about Vastu Shilpa.
37.    Elementary ergonomics.
38.    The color wheel.
39.    What the client wants.
40.    What the client thinks it wants.
41.    What the client needs.
42.    What the client can afford.
43.    What the planet can afford.
44.    The theoretical bases for modernity and a great deal about its factions and inflections.
45.    What post-Fordism means for the mode of production of building.
46.    Another language.
47.    What the brick really wants.
48.    The difference between Winchester Cathedral and a bicycle shed.
49.    What went wrong in Fatehpur Sikri.
50.    What went wrong in Pruitt-Igoe.
51.    What went wrong with the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
52.    Where the CCTV cameras are.
53.    Why Mies really left Germany.
54.    How people lived in Çatal Hüyük.
55.    The structural properties of tufa.
56.    How to calculate the dimensions of brise-soleil.
57.    The kilowatt costs of photovoltaic cells.
58.    Vitruvius.
59.    Walter Benjamin.
60.    Marshall Berman.
61.    The secrets of the success of Robert Moses.
62.    How the dome on the Duomo in Florence was built.
63.    The reciprocal influences of Chinese and Japanese building.
64.    The cycle of the Ise Shrine.
65.    Entasis.
66.    The history of Soweto.
67.    What it’s like to walk down the Ramblas.
68.    Back-up.
69.    The proper proportions of a gin martini.
70.    Shear and moment.
71.    Shakespeare, etc.
72.    How the crow flies.
73.    The difference between a ghetto and a neighborhood.
74.    How the pyramids were built.
75.    Why.
76.    The pleasures of the suburbs.
77.    The horrors.
78.    The quality of light passing through ice.
79.    The meaninglessness of borders.
80.    The reasons for their tenacity.
81.    The creativity of the ecotone.
82.    The need for freaks.
83.    Accidents must happen.
84.    It is possible to begin designing anywhere.
85.    The smell of concrete after rain.
86.    The angle of the sun at the equinox.
87.    How to ride a bicycle.
88.    The depth of the aquifer beneath you.
89.    The slope of a handicapped ramp.
90.    The wages of construction workers.
91.    Perspective by hand.
92.    Sentence structure.
93.    The pleasure of a spritz at sunset at a table by the Grand Canal.
94.    The thrill of the ride.
95.    Where materials come from.
96.    How to get lost.
97.    The pattern of artificial light at night, seen from space.
98.    What human differences are defensible in practice.
99.    Creation is a patient search.
100.    The debate between Otto Wagner and Camillo Sitte.
101.    The reasons for the split between architecture and engineering.
102.    Many ideas about what constitutes utopia.
103.    The social and formal organization of the villages of the Dogon.
104.    Brutalism, Bowellism, and the Baroque.
105.    How to derive.
106.    Woodshop safety.
107.    A great deal about the Gothic.
108.    The architectural impact of colonialism on the cities of North Africa.
109.    A distaste for imperialism.
110.    The history of Beijing.
111.    Dutch domestic architecture in the 17th century.
112.    Aristotle’s Politics.
113.    His Poetics.
114.    The basics of wattle and daub.
115.    The origins of the balloon frame.
116.    The rate at which copper acquires its patina.
117.    The levels of particulates in the air of Tianjin.
118.    The capacity of white pine trees to sequester carbon.
119.    Where else to sink it.
120.    The fire code.
121.    The seismic code.
122.    The health code.
123.    The Romantics, throughout the arts and philosophy.
124.    How to listen closely.
125.    That there is a big danger in working in a single medium. The logjam you don’t even know you’re stuck in will be broken by a shift in representation.
126.    The exquisite corpse.
127.    Scissors, stone, paper.
128.    Good Bordeaux.
129.    Good beer.
130.    How to escape a maze.
131.    QWERTY.
132.    Fear.
133.    Finding your way around Prague, Fez, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Kyoto, Rio, Mexico, Solo, Benares, Bangkok, Leningrad, Isfahan.
134.    The proper way to behave with interns.
135.    Maya, Revit, Catia, whatever.
136.    The history of big machines, including those that can fly.
137.    How to calculate ecological footprints.
138.    Three good lunch spots within walking distance.
139.    The value of human life.
140.    Who pays.
141.    Who profits.
142.    The Venturi effect.
143.    How people pee.
144.    What to refuse to do, even for the money.
145.    The fine print in the contract.
146.    A smattering of naval architecture.
147.    The idea of too far.
148.    The idea of too close.
149.    Burial practices in a wide range of cultures.
150.    The density needed to support a pharmacy.
151.    The density needed to support a subway.
152.    The effect of the design of your city on food miles for fresh produce.
153.    Lewis Mumford and Patrick Geddes.
154.    Capability Brown, André Le Nôtre, Frederick Law Olmsted, Muso Soseki, Ji Cheng, and Roberto Burle Marx.
155.    Constructivism, in and out.
156.    Sinan.
157.    Squatter settlements via visits and conversations with residents.
158.    The history and techniques of architectural representation across cultures.
159.    Several other artistic media.
160.    A bit of chemistry and physics.
161.    Geodesics.
162.    Geodetics.
163.    Geomorphology.
164.    Geography.
165.    The Law of the Andes.
166.    Cappadocia first-hand.
167.    The importance of the Amazon.
168.    How to patch leaks.
169.    What makes you happy.
170.    The components of a comfortable environment for sleep.
171.    The view from the Acropolis.
172.    The way to Santa Fe.
173.    The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
174.    Where to eat in Brooklyn.
175.    Half as much as a London cabbie.
176.    The Nolli Plan.
177.    The Cerdà Plan.
178.    The Haussmann Plan.
179.    Slope analysis.
180.    Darkroom procedures and Photoshop.
181.    Dawn breaking after a bender.
182.    Styles of genealogy and taxonomy.
183.    Betty Friedan.
184.    Guy Debord.
185.    Ant Farm.
186.    Archigram.
187.    Club Med.
188.    Crepuscule in Dharamshala.
189.    Solid geometry.
190.    Strengths of materials (if only intuitively).
191.    Ha Long Bay.
192.    What’s been accomplished in Medellín.
193.    In Rio.
194.    In Calcutta.
195.    In Curitiba.
196.    In Mumbai.
197.    Who practices? (It is your duty to secure this space for all who want to.)
198.    Why you think architecture does any good.
199.    The depreciation cycle.
200.    What rusts.
201.    Good model-making techniques in wood and cardboard.
202.    How to play a musical instrument.
203.    Which way the wind blows.
204.    The acoustical properties of trees and shrubs.
205.    How to guard a house from floods.
206.    The connection between the Suprematists and Zaha.
207.    The connection between Oscar Niemeyer and Zaha.
208.    Where north (or south) is.
209.    How to give directions, efficiently and courteously.
210.    Stadtluft macht frei.
211.    Underneath the pavement the beach.
212.    Underneath the beach the pavement.
213.    The germ theory of disease.
214.    The importance of vitamin D.
215.    How close is too close.
216.    The capacity of a bioswale to recharge the aquifer.
217.    The draught of ferries.
218.    Bicycle safety and etiquette.
219.    The difference between gabions and riprap.
220.    The acoustic performance of Boston Symphony Hall.
221.    How to open the window.
222.    The diameter of the earth.
223.    The number of gallons of water used in a shower.
224.    The distance at which you can recognize faces.
225.    How and when to bribe public officials (for the greater good).
226.    Concrete finishes.
227.    Brick bonds.
228.    The Housing Question by Friedrich Engels.
229.    The prismatic charms of Greek island towns.
230.    The energy potential of the wind.
231.    The cooling potential of the wind, including the use of chimneys and the stack effect.
232.    Paestum.
233.    Straw-bale building technology.
234.    Rachel Carson.
235.    Freud.
236.    The excellence of Michel de Klerk.
237.    Of Alvar Aalto.
238.    Of Lina Bo Bardi.
239.    The non-pharmacological components of a good club.
240.    Mesa Verde National Park.
241.    Chichen Itza.
242.    Your neighbors.
243.    The dimensions and proper orientation of sports fields.
244.    The remediation capacity of wetlands.
245.    The capacity of wetlands to attenuate storm surges.
246.    How to cut a truly elegant section.
247.    The depths of desire.
248.    The heights of folly.
249.    Low tide.
250.    The Golden and other ratios.

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Outdoor Showers and Baths... Experience Nature :)

Came across these beautifully designed outdoor showers and baths, though for some I believe that the bleachers are missing ;) yet some are really serene and cool!



















Including Nature In Design


Including nature in architectural design always helps uplift the spirit of design. Inviting outdoors and framing views for the indoors increases depth of view and adds interest, color and texture in the design. I found these images online and think that these are pretty interesting. I do believe that maintaining a water feature e.g. a fountain or a pond, is both expensive and difficult, but pays off in terms of serene views and calming the nerves. :)