Thank goodness January is coming to an end. A great song from the past to celebrate. (I have this album on vinyl)
Coffee Break visualization, just playing around.
I was in a hurry with this one so the light is not quite right in the final image. Got the image from Wikipedia and modified it in sketchup and Gimp.
A quick photo exchange with some odd bridge in England….
Hey Trimble when are you going to start sponsoring this blog!
The first video shows you how to make a component that can cut openings in two planes, not something Sketchup likes to do…The second video was my quick attempt at making a Eco-House in Sketchup in less than 30 minutes. (Dies a bit at the end, sigh..)
I wanted to see if I could upload a video from my phone.
A quick bridge concept, the Extendo-Arm Bridge concept. Sure it sucks but coffee break!
Hey it is good to have the Happy Pontist back from where he or she went for the last month. Go to his site and check out his latest review of a modern pedestrian bridge.
I always look at the proposed bridges with an eye towards immortality. Will the new bridge become an icon for the ages or will it slowly sink into obscurity? (Hopefully it doesn’t literally sink or it will become famous as a bridge disaster. )
With the amount if money involved it better be the former. ….
And now onto to the Bridge Concept rewind. With all the new wave bridges being built I thought I would post my spoon bridge from two years ago.
Go to the Happy Pontist and then come back and say my idea is unreasonable……. All I need is a crazy Mayor with deep pockets.
I’m not a fan of the proposed bridge.
For those who like to keep track of bridge terminology, the current Tappan Zee is a cantilever truss bridge; the new bridge will be a “cable stay” bridge: Cables anchored by midriver towers will support the weight of the roadway rather than cables anchored to land on both ends.
Let’s talk about manufacturing. You say a country that stops doing mass manufacturing falls apart. Why?
In every society, manufacturing builds the lower middle class. If you give up manufacturing, you end up with haves and have-nots and you get social polarization. The whole lower middle class sinks.
But Apple is supposed to be a giant innovator.
Apple! Boy, what a story. No taxes paid, everything made abroad—yet everyone worships them. This new iPhone, there’s nothing new in it. Just a golden color. What the hell, right? When people start playing with color, you know they’re played out.
Make a window component that will cut through two wall planes on a house model. Or how to cut through a thick wall with a window in Sketchup.
My wife training her horse. (Double click horse)
Calatrava’s bridge in Venice May be the subject of a lawsuit (hattip David)
From the Independent, link.
Italians – and Venetians –have never shown much gratitude, however. After endless criticism over its aesthetic, its durability and even its accessibility for the disabled, the “starchitect” now faces legal action as a result of alleged deficiencies in the construction.
In the latest development, it’s emerged that the city council is suing him for the €463,000 (£384,000) that the controversial structure has already cost it in necessary repairs and improvements since the original plans were presented.
Here is a news story about the pod added to the bridge.
The pod, which for years has sat idle, was inaugurated without fanfare, similar to when the bridge itself was unveiled in 2008. At the time, the bridge was opened in the dead of night after the city council canceled its official inauguration over protests from local politicians.
According to Dr. Belbin, teams should have different personalities on them to make them work. I think this is a good idea but labeling my role on a team might be a step too far?
Belbin suggests that, by understanding your role within a particular team, you can develop your strengths and manage your weaknesses as a team member, and so improve how you contribute to the team.
Team leaders and team development practitioners often use the Belbin model to help create more balanced teams.
Teams can become unbalanced if all team members have similar styles of behavior or team roles. If team members have similar weakness, the team as a whole may tend to have that weakness. If team members have similar team-work strengths, they may tend to compete (rather than co-operate) for the team tasks and responsibilities that best suit their natural styles.
Knowing this, you can use the model with your team to help ensure that necessary team roles are covered, and that potential behavioral tensions or weaknesses among the team member are addressed.
I want to be a “Plant”!
Frank Lloyd Wright, the US architect who designed one of the most famous buildings in America, Fallingwater, similarly believed appropriate architecture would save the US from corruption and turn people back to wholesome endeavours.
British author and thinker Ebenezer Howard believed companies would be more efficient if their employees lived in village-like garden communities.
Swiss-born French architect Le Corbusier made claims about how his Villa Savoye building in France would heal the sick – and when it did just the opposite, he only avoided court because of the commencement of the second world war.
Just because it is -15F here and I need something to warm up the house.
TED talks come under fire. Link guardian
I have to admit, the talks make a number of good points but do they actually change anything?
Instead of our designers prototyping the same “change agent for good” projects over and over again, and then wondering why they don’t get implemented at scale, perhaps we should resolve that design is not some magic answer. Design matters a lot, but for very different reasons. It’s easy to get enthusiastic about design because, like talking about the future, it is more polite than referring to white elephants in the room.