The first realization in MVRDVa€™s home town Rotterdam will be a rooftop house extension. On top of an existing monumental house and atelier, the bedrooms are positioned as separate houses, optimizing the privacy of every member of the family. The houses are distributed in such a way that a series of plazas, streets and alleys appear as a mini-village on top of the building.
Parapet walls with windows surround the new village. Trees, tables, open-air showers and benches are added, optimizing the rooftop life. By finishing all elements with a blue poly-urethane coating a new a€oeheavena€A appears. It creates a crown on top of the monument.
The addition can be seen as a prototype for a further densification of the old and existing city. It adds a roof life to the city. It explores the costs for the beams, infrastructure, and extra finishes, and it ultimately aims to be lower than the equivalent ground price.
CookLounge is the real definition of modern furniture.A piece of furniture that can change his shape, and can be adapted to various environments and purposes.Today it can be your kitchen and tomorrow the living-room where you entertain your friends.To bad that the CookLounge is just a concept, and not a real piece of furniture yet.The only bad thing at this piece of furniture could be the smell produced by cooked food and small drops of oil that can jump all over the room.
Angola is sending 2500 of its feared paramilitary police to Zimbabwe, raising concerns of an escalation in violence against President Robert Mugabe’s opponents, it was reported today.
Zimbabwe’s Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi confirmed the imminent arrival of the Angolans, Britain’s The Times reported today.
He said 1000 Angolans were expected on April 1, with the rest to follow in groups of 500.
Angola is regarded as the most powerful military nation in Africa, after South Africa.
Mohadi said he had signed an agreement for the deployment of the Angolan paramilitaries with General Roberto Monteiro, the Interior Minister of Angola, last week, The Times reported.
"We signed a memorandum of cooperation last Thursday and it is meant to ensure public order and security for both our peoples and the whole southern African region," he said.
The police would be on "an exchange program", he said.
The paramilitaries, notorious for their violence and dubbed ninjas for their all black uniforms, form part of the presidential guard of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in power in Angola since 1979.
smh thanks to hat for the link
But AR is really interesting when ita€™s just a screen and a video feed, it becomes somehow magical: to see the same space represented twice: once in front of you, and once on screen with magical objects. I can imagine this working really well on mobile phones: the phone screen as magic lens to secret things.
You know what? I just don’t think Sunnyvale, California is the right base from which to save the world with Tech.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Architecture for Humanity have announced a $250,000 competition for the design of technology centers in the developing world.
Dan Shine, director of the AMD’s 50×15 Initiative, says "the creative designs developed in this competition will contribute to our ambitious goal of connecting 50 percent of the world’s population to the Internet by 2015."
Had the organisers spent more time in South Asia, or in Africa, they’d be aware that six million mobile phone accounts are being opened each month, just in India, right now, today, without the participation of a single "technology centre".
The explosion in cell phone usage is even more pronounced in Africa - from just one million in 1996 to 100 million users today, and rising exponentially.
AMD’s 50% figure is likely to be reached years before 2015 because of the smart ways poor people share devices and infrastructures.
Shine says that the prize will be for the design of a "sustainable technology facility and community center which incorporates a centralized building equipped with internet connectivity solutions designed to enable an entire community to access the transformative power of the Internet".
That’s two uses of the word "centre" in a single sentence. The words "old" "western" and "paradigm" spring to mind.
further reading at doorsofperception
The current era is one in which there has never been such stability at home and yet, paradoxically, such instability. The Old Inner Sphere archailects still rule over all as olympian deities, reigning over countless different races and clades. But some of the sapients of the inner sphere are worried that in the process of reorganising and assimiliating larger stretches of newly claimed space, and coming to terms with an increasing number of new emerging AI Gods, Ascends, and Transcends, in the Outer Volumes and along the periphery, the sephirotic AI gods may reorganise things and do some fancy ascensions or transcenisons that might just absorb a whole lot of sapients as a side-effect (ok they wouldn’t do that, but can one be sure?).
Terragen spacefaring history extends for more than ten thousand years, most of that being under the dominion of the archailects. But prior to the terragens, many earlier races and civilizations had already arisen and disappeared.
This is a growing period of instability. Two major conflicts occur , the Periphery war, in the outer Volumes, and the Oracle War, in the very heartland of the MPA. Casualties are high in both conflicts, but the increasing use of back-up technology means that a high percentage of the dead can be recovered in one form or another. The Oracle War in particular sends shockwaves through the Inner Sphere; if war can touch the innermost worlds of the Orion’s Arm civilisation, how long can the civilisation as a whole stave off chaos?