How to Begin a New Life
A room full of individuals will not create a community. Learning to work together, to define yourselves as a group is the key to finding your identity as community. To be successful as a community, you will need to be able to make decisions, to work together effectively, and to speak with one voice. You will have to create an image of steady confidence.
In between there are those on their way to becoming insiders or temporary insiders and they are necessary to give the city new blood. But it is important to appreciate that they are committed to the city by living there. They give something back by providing their ideas and labour. Yet cities become a stage set when the balance is wrong and the outsider overwhelms. Think of the French Quarter in New Orleans, old Venice or even the strong city of Barcelona with Las Ramblas and new city beach. Tourism has recently opened in China and already the beautiful Lijiang is complaining about losing its identity. A city with too many tourists is like a home that receives too many guests there is little time to be yourself and get on with your life. Experimental tourism cannot, by its very nature, become a growth industry. However, its ethos is not to be sniffed at. At present, much tourism represents a tired rehearsal of a song we do not understand the words to. We...
During the restoration and reconstruction, students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of typical construction activities that are important to all areas of CEE . The Project is being supported by the Vermont DOT, the MHD and is being coordinated with the UMass Office of Planning to develop locations to site the bridges . Most of the bridges will be reconfigured from their original design width to pedestrian width, while still preserving the original form and components to be historically accurate. Figure 11 . 15 shows the trial assembly of Bridge No. 2 which will be reconstruction at its final location in July of 2008. At the present, the Project is working with several groups to obtain three additional bridges The project will save these bridges from destruction and will give them a new life for the next century
Theodoric the Great (493-526) revived some previous laws, and was praised by contemporaries for giving new life to the empire. He was particularly concerned about architecture, considering maintenance, repair, and restoration of ancient buildings as valuable as the construction of new. He appointed a curator statuarum to take care of statues, and an architectus publicorum to oversee ancient monuments in Rome. The architect, named Aloisio, was reminded of the glorious history and importance of the monuments, as well as of the duty to restore all structures that could be of use, such as palaces, aqueducts, and baths. Theodoric wrote to the Prefect of Rome, introducing the architect and emphasizing his desire to conserve and respect ancient buildings and works of art (Cassiodorus, Variae Milizia, 1785 75ff). This order was followed by restoration of the Aurelian Walls, aqueducts, the Colosseum, and Castel Sant'Angelo. Other municipalities were also ordered not to mourn for past glory,...
The most modern and Rational criteria It is the first example in an Italian colony, of what the French and other foreigners have been doing for twenty years already, in Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco, giving new life to the old Arab residences, with modernity of intentions and views.30
In Germany, Frei Otto - his first name meaning free and seemingly no coincidence - experimented with soap suds and bellows to detect the secret of the structures of thin bubbles. In 1964, he founded the Institute for Lightweight Plane Load-bearing Structures (IL) at the Technical University at Stuttgart, whose prototype became the model for the German pavilion at the World Fair in Montreal. All these people researching and designing on an experimental level were bound by the idea of creating new life styles and forms of society as well as by an irrepressible confidence in the future. America was competing for the moon outer space was everywhere, in home movies, residential design and in the children's' rooms. What was this strange syndrome that afflicted us 50 years ago, and that no longer exists
We first came to the everyday from the furthest shores of architecture. Conceived of as an island, this architecture concerns itself with internalised notions of form and style. Aesthetics and technology enter into an unholy alliance which allows the self-contained and self-referential language of architecture . . . Occasionally boats arrive at this island, bringing with them fresh supplies of theory, geometry and technique which inject the flagging body of architecture with new life. It is not surprising that the architecture which is thereby created is obsessed with notions of the iconic, the one-off, the monumental. It privileges the final produce over the process, the perfected moment of completion over the imperfections of occupation.
Building conversion is usually stimulated by the need to ensure that properties have a continuing use. It is essentially a response to accommodate changes in the type or style of occupancy demand for a property. The intention to keep it in beneficial use is critical in such cases. Bringing new life to an old building threatened with disuse and eventual demolition is the ultimate positive objective of conversion.
We sometimes find ourselves living fast, - unprofitably and coarsely even, - as we catch ourselves eating our meals in unaccountable haste. But in one sense we cannot live too leisurely. Let me not live as if time was short. Catch the pace of the seasons have leisure to attend to every phenomenon of nature, and to entertain every thought that comes to you. Let your life be a leisurely progress through the realms of nature, even in guest-quarters.
Finally, back to my home country, Britain, where the Joseph Rowntree Foundation revealed that 70 per cent of Britain's poorest children are concentrated in just four conurbations London, Greater Manchester, Merseyside (which includes Liverpool) and Glasgow.80 The Rowntree report points out 'the huge damage caused by the persistence of poverty and disadvantage in a generally prosperous country'. The poor areas in these cities, like Harpurhey in Manchester, Everton in Liverpool, Tower Hamlets in London or Easterhouse in Glasgow, can feel like desolated places, but here, as elsewhere, civic leadership can produce innovative ideas. For example, in Easterhouse a new Cultural Campus, appropriately called the Bridge, has opened, incorporating a library, a lifelong learning centre, a flexible auditorium, rehearsal, photography and multimedia studios, a flexible exhibition and performance space, and an education centre, the John Wheatley College. This large, multifunctional building also...
In each of these cases, a particular dynamic of socio-political forces have come into play that have made the project successful While the technical and engineering solutions to preserving old bridges are often relatively easy and straightforward, the politics of preservation is often more complicated . Yet it is the essential ingredient in a successful preservation program . By far the easiest course for the owner of most old bridges be it a town, county or state highway department (or a railroad company) is to remove them when no longer able to carry modern traffic The tougher decision is to preserve them which may involve safety and liability issues as well as pressure to modernize The following are the stories of some old bridges that have successfully dodged extinction and have found new life
The Miller Hull Partnership's spirit of openness propels this Seattle firm to excellence. 186 Two synagogues gain new life by Mildred F. Schmertz, FAIA* The restoration of two synagogues in Poland preserves their histories while serving new congregants. 194 The Panama Canal by Charles Linn, FAIA*
If you decide that a straw bale home is what you want, then plunge in and do it. While you may feel like an isolated nut case at first, you will be opening doors to a whole new and lively community that will spring up around your efforts. Friends you didn't know you had will emerge to help out, and connections will be fostered with other like-minded people, both in your immediate area and around the world. Once you're set- 5 tied into your house, these people g will continue to make your life
Your body is not as good an electrical path as a wire, even though it is about 90 percent water and water can be a good conductor. Your skin thickness, muscle, and other body traits make you a poor path for electrical current. Even so, your body is very vulnerable to electrical shocks. This is because shocks kill by stopping your heart. A steadily beating heart relies on tiny electrochemical nerve pulses that carry a current in the range of 0.001 A. Even a charge as small as 0.006 A can shatter the heart's microcircuitry and disrupt its beating rhythm. Often the nerves can't stabilize quickly enough to restore the circuitry and save your life.
So what will you, and other members of the new breed do Perhaps you could be nice to the humans. Even though they are intellectually inferior, and you do not respect them, possibly you might let them make all the important decisions. But that seems extremely unlikely. Indeed why should you be nice at all to these humans Given half a chance they will probably try to end your life. Realistically it is dangerous to give humans any power at all, as they could easily use it against the new breed.
Try what is called needs satisfaction selling. It is generally accepted that in the sale of a product or service a person buys something to satisfy a need. It may be a basic need, such as shelter. It may also be a psychological need, such as the need to feel good about yourself, or to improve the qualify of your life.
Fuksas says that he needs more projects because he suffers from the anxiety of never having enough, the fear of concentrating all of his attention on only one project, which risks becoming 'the project of your life this is a disaster because you fill it with all of your dreams, desires.' Dedicating too much attention to a single project means rendering it classical, too 'soft', devoid of energy and a strong focus. This can lead to a finished work that, while it may be interesting in anthropological terms, is 'of little interest as a place of emotions'. What may appear as discontinuity to some inattentive critic is, instead, a constant interest in diversity every circumstance requires a different technique - drawing, material and form - in order to avoid the tired trap of linguistic repetition.
People celebrate the festival of Pongal marking both the withdrawal of the rain and also the harvest. These festivities are spread over several days and are linked with major house cleaning and burning of junk, symbolizing the destruction of evil. The family gets rid of all the useless things by throwing them into a bonfire that is lit before sunrise to symbolize a new beginning, getting rid of the old. The women and young girls trace decora-
A spirit of modernity which continues to our day, with a vitality which we did not imagine. Many forms that were once thought to have been the product of new life needs and foreign influences, or ones that came after the Latin, turn out instead to be claimed by Roman architecture for the most common modern housing we now see a direct heritage from the Latin house through the Renaissance.55
How you view the city varies according to who you are, where you come from, your culture, your status, your life stage and your interests. Yet some experiences of the city are the same for everyone. The city announces itself a long way off through the senses sight, sound and smell.
During the 1910s the sex market in Times Square was driven into hiding, largely through the efforts of crusading citizens' organizations that bypassed corrupt politicians (Buckley 1991 288). But sex soon worked its way back into the economy of Times Square, where it remained for much of the twentieth century. During the Depression, burlesque shows breathed new life into failing Broadway theaters. After Reform Mayor Fiorella LaGuardia rid the city of burlesque in the early 1940s, those seeking erotic entertainment in Times Square might take in a sex education exhibit at a dime museum, or select from the sun-bathing magazines or marriage manuals offered in area bookstores (Buder 1978). World War II brought soldiers and sailors to Times Square and revived the market for prostitution, now often served by male hustlers (Chauncey 1991) whose presence defined the area as a homosexual space well into the 1990s. Following the greater legal and social permissiveness of the 1960s, Times Square...
The Renaissance blossomed and became a powerful artistic force, restating the significance of the module and rules of proportion, and giving new life to the classical orders. It was essentially the decorative language of antiquity that the Renaissance took as its model (Figures 1.39 and 1.40). The Renaissance produced a number of notable theoreticians, including Alberti,Serlio,Vignola and Palladio, all of whom pursued the mathematical structure of beauty by arithmetical, geometrical, and harmonic means. It was partially through their writings that the Renaissance style rapidly spread throughout Europe, while undergoing various modifications due to cultural and other differences. In France it became le style classique, whereas Italy and Germany gradually transformed it into the movement known as Baroque.
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