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Fabergé Fractals - Tom Beddard

Laser physicist and web designer Tom Beddard has been working toward his opus - Fractal Lab - a 3D fractal renderer capable of producing complex fractals in real time. 

A year ago, Beddard released a video animation featuring a constantly shapeshifting form that transitions between different fractal designs. See it here: http://vimeo.com/18842873

His latest series: Fabergé Fractals features full colour designs of stunning complexity and gorgeous detail.

Images sourced from: Visual News

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Secret formula for a boost in cycling: infrastructure + a crappy drive
After reading this post about a sudden cycling surge in Copenhagen, I think Atlanta has a great chance at getting a boost in cycling activity. Why? Because it turns out that the formula for getting that boost = great cycling infrastructure + being a really crappy place to drive. 
We’ve already got one of those down pat! Now we just need to add the cycling infrastructure. Seriously, if we had an extensive network of protected bike lanes in Atlanta, it’s a cinch that masses of in-towners would gladly get out of the car traffic and start pedaling. 
AND SPEAK OF THE DEVIL…
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition points on on their website that we actually have a good opportunity in Atlanta right now to help “add up to 100 miles of comfortable and connected bikeways in Atlanta.” All we need is to get the city to devote 15% of a proposed $250 million infrastructure bond toward the construction of new bike lanes. 
ABC asks that you attend one of the following meetings on the bond to let your voice be heard:
July 8 from 6-8 pm: Atlanta City Hall Auditorium (Old Council Chambers) 68 Mitchell Street 
July 15 from 6-8 pm: Charles R Drew Charter School in East Lake/Kirkwood
July 16 from 6-8 pm: 1705 Commerce Drive Atlanta, GA 30314
Read more about it on the ABC website.
Photo of Atlanta cyclist from Tumbr user naoyawada

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Secret formula for a boost in cycling: infrastructure + a crappy drive

After reading this post about a sudden cycling surge in Copenhagen, I think Atlanta has a great chance at getting a boost in cycling activity. Why? Because it turns out that the formula for getting that boost = great cycling infrastructure + being a really crappy place to drive. 

We’ve already got one of those down pat! Now we just need to add the cycling infrastructure. Seriously, if we had an extensive network of protected bike lanes in Atlanta, it’s a cinch that masses of in-towners would gladly get out of the car traffic and start pedaling. 

AND SPEAK OF THE DEVIL…

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition points on on their website that we actually have a good opportunity in Atlanta right now to help “add up to 100 miles of comfortable and connected bikeways in Atlanta.” All we need is to get the city to devote 15% of a proposed $250 million infrastructure bond toward the construction of new bike lanes. 

ABC asks that you attend one of the following meetings on the bond to let your voice be heard:

  • July 8 from 6-8 pm: Atlanta City Hall Auditorium (Old Council Chambers) 68 Mitchell Street 
  • July 15 from 6-8 pm: Charles R Drew Charter School in East Lake/Kirkwood
  • July 16 from 6-8 pm: 1705 Commerce Drive Atlanta, GA 30314

Read more about it on the ABC website.

Photo of Atlanta cyclist from Tumbr user naoyawada

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The equity argument, very much de rigeur among planners these days, may be the most powerful. From San Francisco to New York to Paris, booming cities are staggeringly unaffordable. More attention to a diversity of housing types, and a little less concentration, may create places for average folk. “I don’t mean to sound all de Blasio,” he says, referring to New York’s equity-minded new mayor, “but there’s a little bit of that.”

-Why the ‘Garden City’ Is Making an Unlikely Comeback
[Image: Robert A.M. Stern]
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There should be no new developments based on these principles. There should be a lot of redevelopment and fixing car-dependable areas to these principles. Fix the existing before building anew.

The equity argument, very much de rigeur among planners these days, may be the most powerful. From San Francisco to New York to Paris, booming cities are staggeringly unaffordable. More attention to a diversity of housing types, and a little less concentration, may create places for average folk. “I don’t mean to sound all de Blasio,” he says, referring to New York’s equity-minded new mayor, “but there’s a little bit of that.”

-Why the ‘Garden City’ Is Making an Unlikely Comeback

[Image: Robert A.M. Stern]

via thisiscitylab:

There should be no new developments based on these principles. There should be a lot of redevelopment and fixing car-dependable areas to these principles. Fix the existing before building anew.

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One industry at a time, from health care to music, small companies are transforming how we discover and contract with professionals. Now Architizer is getting into the game. The site, best known for featuring architects’ portfolios, is betting that it can attract real estate developers and private owners with ground-up projects and match those buyers with its community of design talent.
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One industry at a time, from health care to music, small companies are transforming how we discover and contract with professionals. Now Architizer is getting into the game. The site, best known for featuring architects’ portfolios, is betting that it can attract real estate developers and private owners with ground-up projects and match those buyers with its community of design talent.

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Fractal scapes by batjorge
Title: Wikipedia

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HANOK XXI puts a modern face on a traditional Korean building. Reimagining buildings instead of tearing them down. 

more here

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Ingo Arndt Animal Architecture

Every day, all over the world, animals and insects set about the purposeful tasks of designing their homes, catching their prey, and attracting their mates. In the process they create gorgeous nests, shelters, and habitats. Capturing 120 of these wonders in all their beauty and complexity, Animal Architecture presents a visually arresting tribute to the intersection of nature, science, function, and design.”

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Turn-Only Lanes Are Anti-Pedestrian & Therefore Anti-Urban

A New York City MTA Bus almost ran me over this morning as I WALKED my bike in a crosswalk with a green light. Before he almost ran me over the driver honked at me, loudly, to tell me to get out of his way. And I repeat, I was walking in a crosswalk, with the walk light.

That’s what turn lanes and turn lights do. They give drivers the idea that they have a right to turn, without people getting in their way. And green turn lights and boldly marked turn lanes encourage drivers to go quickly and “take the lane,” because they are clearly in an environment set up for cars—just like in the suburbs. The bus was going at least 35 miles per hour, and so was a long stream of traffic behind him. If the bus had hit me while going 35 miles per hour, I would have almost certainly been dead. While walking with the light in a crosswalk, on an island where 80% of the people don’t own cars.

FACT: There is an inverse relationship between a traffic engineer’s or DOT’s Level of Service (LOS) and the degree of walkability. That’s why in our petition to the US DOT we proposed a Walkable Index Number (WIN) for towns and cities instead of an auto-based Level of Service. WIN versus LOS equals walkability versus drivability.

read more: streetsbook, 20.05.14.
sign the petition here! (nationwide, not only nyc)

what i really like about the dearborn separated bike lanes in Chicago (except for the narrow lane widths) is that they put in bike signals. drivers going straight have the same green time as the bike signals, but drivers who want to turn get a red turning light. so no drivers can turn and hit cyclists or people in the crosswalks. much safer walking across streets and biking across intersections.

so I don’t think turn lanes by themselves are anti-pedestrian. If there are regulations to stop turning vehicles from turning where there are people crossing, then no conflict.

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Within the frame of Ruhr.2010, modulorbeat proposed their personal concept of light installations.

Photos by: Werner Hannappel _ All rights reserved.

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IMAGINE CONCEPTS BECOME REALITY

As the editor and author of the imagine series we are proud to find concepts becoming reality. This time Archdaily reports that Arup just developed a knod that is following the path of the forces within the unit to make a lighter and more optimized load bearing elemement using additive manufactoring processes or as most of you are calling it: 3D printing.

Actually we thought it a bit further and bigger, but with the rapid development of the industry all around additive manufacoring we are blessed with bigger, faster “printers” that are able to build with nearly every material to imagine.

 

Have a look on our pages from 2007 and imagine what would be possible if the machines become big as houses. Check also the phd from Holger Strauss, who developed a facade corner cleat and a post and beam facade knod out of aluminium. 

We are proud and happy that our sometimes crazy ideas of the imagine book series become true, proofing also that there is a lot of potential in the concepts we have collected. Dont miss the no. 4 of our series Rapids thats the one about rapid prototyping.

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Hopefully many more ideas will come true

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No detail too small

In decorating the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, IN, there really was no detail too small - even down to the coloration of wood knots!

These two light and dark wood samples (2 x 8”) correspond to the inlaid wood chest designed by Richard (Dick) Russell and manufactured by Gordon Russell Ltd. The chest was placed against the fabric-covered panel in the Miller House entryway/living room. The Polaroid was taken in November 1975 for an appraisal of household effects prepared by Thomas Kruse of Bittners. At that time, the inlaid wood box was appraised at $400.

Sample, light wood with light wood “knot” inlay for firewood box (2 x 8”), Box 89, Folder 39, Miller House and Garden CollectionIMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVi_B089_F039_001)

Sample, dark wood with light wood “knot” inlay for firewood box (2 x 8”), Box 89, Folder 40, Miller House and Garden CollectionIMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVi_B089_F040_001)

Polaroid from page 7 of Thomas Kruse’s appraisal binder, November 1975, Box 32, Folder 375, Miller House and Garden CollectionIMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ic_B032_F375_007)

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NESTING STACKING
An efficient design for sure.
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NESTING STACKING

An efficient design for sure.

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Minecraft competition could be the smart solution for building new cities

Designs for a new smart city for Maroochydore in Queensland are being built brick by brick, but no mortar is necessary.
Queensland-based group The-Core is inviting anyone and everyone to use the popular videogame Minecraft to design a combination retail, residential, public open space, for a 60 hectare space recently earmarked for development by the Sunshine Coast Council.
“What we’re looking for is to engage the youth and get them involved,’’ he says.
“What better way than to get the kids involved and not just from around our area, but from around the world.
“Kids can come up with anything and everything, they’re not restricted in their thought.’’

Full Story: Startupsmart
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Minecraft competition could be the smart solution for building new cities

Designs for a new smart city for Maroochydore in Queensland are being built brick by brick, but no mortar is necessary.

Queensland-based group The-Core is inviting anyone and everyone to use the popular videogame Minecraft to design a combination retail, residential, public open space, for a 60 hectare space recently earmarked for development by the Sunshine Coast Council.

“What we’re looking for is to engage the youth and get them involved,’’ he says.

“What better way than to get the kids involved and not just from around our area, but from around the world.

“Kids can come up with anything and everything, they’re not restricted in their thought.’’

Full Story: Startupsmart

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