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Tomorrow is Park(ing) Day 2014 – Send us Photos of Pop-Up Parks Near You!

Inhabitat - 4 hours 42 min ago

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Tomorrow is Park(ing) Day, and we’d love to see your photos of the most spectacular pop-up parks near you! If you’ve never heard of Park(ing) Day before, it’s a global event where parking spaces are re-purposed into mini park spaces for people to enjoy. It’s an opportunity for people to take the streets back from gas-guzzling vehicles for a day, and interact with one another in fun and creative ways. In past years, we’ve seen little libraries, mini golf courses, yoga spaces, and even faux forests, and we’re looking forward to seeing what tomorrow will bring.

If you’re joining in on the Park(ing) Day festivities in your city, please send us your pics and we’ll publish them on Inhabitat! Tweet us your photos at @Inhabitat with the hashtag #ParkingDay, or email us at editor[at]inhabitat.com with “Parking Day” in the subject line. Don’t forget to tell us where you spotted your Park(ing) Day park so we can share your find with other readers!

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Categories: Building Green

The future of gay neighborhoods

Archinect - 5 hours 18 min ago

Historically, gay neighborhoods are spatial expressions of a specific form of oppression. If the form of oppression changes, so will the spatial expression. So we live in a moment of unprecedented societal acceptance of homosexuality, and as a result the meaning and the composition of these districts are in flux.



Amelia Abraham interviewed Amin Ghaziani, author of a new book titled There Goes the Gayborhood? The discussion touched on; the history of these neighborhoods, their four defining characteristics and their role in gentrification or urban revitalization.

Categories: Design Feeds

Access to Panic Hardware

I Dig Hardware - 5 hours 19 min ago
I'm sure you've seen panic hardware with some sort of guard or protection above, below, or around the panic. Should the codes define a certain area of free space around the panic hardware, ensuring that the actuating portion is obvious and readily available to someone using the exit? How much clear space is needed?
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Categories: Design Feeds

Are we building too many homes?

CNBC - 5 hours 24 min ago
With plenty of vacant homes, there’s just not enough demand to necessitate building more new homes. So why are they being built?

Bauhaus Archiv by Bertrand Benoit

 Bauhaus Archiv by Bertrand Benoit

Bertrand Benoit keeps on going with his series of reconstruction of existing architecture. After tackling Salle Labrouste in Paris, France – he went for the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin! As always, it is all modeled by him using 3dsmax and makes heavy use of iToo Software‘s Forest Pack PRO plugin for 3dsmax. Wonderful inspiration closing this week!

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Bertrand on this project technical aspects :

The modeling was done in 3ds Max 2014 and the project rendered in V-Ray 3. The scene makes heavy use of Itoo’s Forest Pro scattering plugin. The main challenge here was the unwrapping and texturing of the entire building while making sure it would still look good at close range. The asset has custom, hand-painted textures on three different UV coordinate sets, with some procedural details added. A very laborious process.

After some hesitation, I decided to go for a flat, overcast look, with only a tiny bit of directional sunlight. For this, I used a couple of HDR’s but the main ones were Peter Guthrie’s 1044 Overcast Sun and 1313 Cloudy. In some images, I added my own backplates. Others use the HDR itself as background.

Check out Bertrand’s forum thread and join the discussion at – Bauhaus Archiv

You can see all of them in his blog post about this project.

More about Bauhuas Archiv

Check out the Bauhaus Archiv Website to learn what it is all about.

Bauhaus Archiv by Bertrand Benoit is a post from Ronen Bekerman's 3D Architectural Visualization Blog

Categories: Rendering

Hard hit Tampa housing making some strides

CNBC - 6 hours 3 min ago
Crushed by the housing crash, Tampa is still seeing some weakness but is finally beginning to return to a normal market pace.

Architectural Rendering Techniques: How To Make Storyboards For Startups

Akers Architectural Rendering - 6 hours 23 min ago

The concept sketches below, created and shared in advance of a conference call, were used to get a team of engineers and executives in different states on the same page quickly. The style of the drawing is somewhat messy and loose--at least by the standards of the Keynotes and Powerpoints most startup employees deal in every day--but the human-drawn element helped promote a more...

Categories: Rendering

Canada’s Toxic “Dumpcano” Finally Extinguished After Four Months

Inhabitat - 6 hours 32 min ago

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A dump fire that has been burning for nearly four months in the remote northern Canadian city of Iqaluit has finally been extinguished. The “Dumpcano” as it has been known locally has been spewing toxic fumes into the town’s air, forcing residents indoors over the summer months due to the short- and long-term health risks of the smoke. The fire began when garbage in the four-story pile spontaneously combusted, forming a molten core that at times burned at temperatures of 500 degrees Celsius. The incident has highlighted the difficulties of managing waste materials in an environment that is frozen solid for around nine months of the year.

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Categories: Building Green

The truth about property developers: they are ruining our cities

Archinect - 6 hours 39 min ago

Conditions that have been agreed are relentlessly renegotiated at reserved matters stage. Good architects are employed to win outline planning, then ditched for a cheaper alternative; high-quality materials are substituted for flimsy plastic panels – all in the name of viability.



The song remains the same, and you know your favorite Pritzker Prize'rs are involved in them.

It is usually the floodgate scheme; 

“Once an outline permission is granted, it makes it very difficult for us to refuse a scheme further down the line,” says one officer. In Stratford City’s “International Quarter”, part of the promised spoils of the Olympic legacy, consented tower proposals have recently gained a substantial number of extra storeys. Similarly in Wandsworth, a proposed pair of towers have put on a growth spurt and lost their planned mix of uses, reverting entirely to high-end flats.

Next line of invasion is always, "we provide jobs."

Categories: Design Feeds

Parkour Architectural | Villa Savoye

Archinect - 6 hours 43 min ago

Discover the Villa Savoye as you've never seen it before, through the discipline of Parkour and the movements of traceurs !



Le Corbusier, the real grandfather of hip-hop, could also be the inspiration behind the parkour? 

Categories: Design Feeds

Morning News Roundup: Atlanta Braves Break Ground on Stadium

Architect: Most Recent News - 6 hours 52 min ago
0918-mr-braves1 The latest on the Cobb County stadium, a new ideas exchange space at the San Francisco International Airport, and more news for Thursday.

EyeTime 2014

Archinect - 6 hours 54 min ago
Categories: Design Feeds

Is Solar PV Finally Mainstream?

Architect: Most Recent News - 7 hours 8 min ago
As panels become more efficient and affordable, solar panels as a renewable energy source are gaining ground across the U.S.

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