- Producer26/11/2017Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part Three - Three Buildings that Make Music Forget buildings that look like musical instruments - how about buildings that make their own music? I came across the Dresden's "Court of Water" House in Dresden's Kunshof Passage Collective in my previous Bizarre Buildings post on buildings...
Comments27/11/2017 #3 Lada 🏡 PrkicAn excellent choice to present the theme, Claire. I like David Byrne's installation. It's unusual and even quirky, but nothing less expected of him. :)
I especially appreciate that you include the Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia (my homeland), on the list. It's a mesmerizing experience to hear the organ sound while sitting on the stone steps and looking at the sunset.27/11/2017 #2 Ken Boddie“Raindrops keep falling on my head”? Perhaps the Dresden guy has been out in the sun too long? Since the sound of running water is a well known stimulant for ..... well let's just say, Claire, I trust there’s an abundance of toilets in this building. 🤣 But, hey, I’m willing to go with the flow.
- Producer22/11/2017The Emperor May Be a Bot ... But He Still Has No ClothesSAY IT LOUDLY AND OFTEN ENOUGH AND PEOPLE MAY BELIEVE YOU...Autodesk, a long-standing developer of 2D and 3D drafting and design software, recently announced it plans to release a new version of its Autodesk Virtual Agent (AVA) avatar.The company...
Comments23/11/2017 #22 Phil FriedmanAll - this is an interesting conversation here, and I thank you for your participation. I think you should be aware of the fact that this article and my previous article on "Artificial Un-Intelligence"
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/artificial-un-intelligence View moreAll - this is an interesting conversation here, and I thank you for your participation. I think you should be aware of the fact that this article and my previous article on "Artificial Un-Intelligence"
were stimulated in part by an article by Geoff Hudson Searle:
Geoff responded in a very interesting way to a comment I made on his piece: "All respect @Phil Friedman and great to hear from you. My interaction with my client's robot is that their robot has developed feelings as a result of time spent with children, teenagers, adults and old age pensioners, behaviors, attitudes, and humor. The AI feeds of the interactions which make the robot hospitable, understanding and compassionate. I believe we live in interesting times and life will become even more interesting in the very near future! Cheers, Phil!"
To which my reply was, "Geoff, I have no doubt that humans can develop feelings and attachments to machines. What I take issue with is the idea that the reverse is true, notwithstanding some machines may be programmed to produce contextually correct responses that simulate "understanding and compassion". However, I am open to having the interactions you cite being demonstrated by way of videos. What I am not open is accepting, without direct demonstration, the claims of the Prophets (Profits?) of AI as to what their bots can do. To paraphrase a well-known movie title, "Show me the goods!" Cheers."
Feel free to continue the conversation. Cheers! Close23/11/2017 #21 Phil Friedman#20 Thank you, @Pamela 🐝 Williams, for reading and the kind words. I share your concern for our society if we continue to buy the BS being fomented by the Prophets and Profits of Artificial Intelligence. What we are seeing is a blatant propaganda campaign to convince us that not only can machine intelligence outperform human intelligence, but that machine intelligence will be "objective" and unaffected by the biases built into it, both intentionally and inadvertently, by programmers and engineers.
The situation is a mirror of what has happened with the explosion of "apps" to choose what we read, what music we listen to, what schools and cars and clothes and foods are best for us. As though these "smart" apps are neutral and without flaws or built-in biases. It's all a pile of crap. Which becomes evident if you have had any experience with a Customer Service Bot -- which takes at least five times as long to resolve your problem if indeed it ever resolves the problem at all. An intelligent human works are five times the speed of such Bots because the human exercises judgment and understands the objective.
The same is true of the programs that are supposed to allow a single customer service representative to talk to multiple customers at the same time. When you look closely you see the purported improvement in efficiency is a complete hoax. All these programs or bots do is slow down the rep-to-customer interaction by delaying the serial interchange. With the result that a five-minute conversation with a customer service representative (or bot) takes 20 to 30 minutes. But in the meantime, the profits for the software firms selling this bill of goods to other companies continue to pile up.23/11/2017 #20 Pamela 🐝 Williams#1 When my daughter was attending a local, well respected university, I was struck by something; They are focusing on technology that does the thinking for you and not actually teaching the fundamentals. It's terrifying to think what Engineering and Architectural students won't learn in the future as bots do the thinking for them and their only job will be to drive the software and enter basic specifications.
Anyone else was to drive across a bridge that was designed and built by AI? They will never recreate the human mind. .
Loving this new series @Phil Friedman, very interesting stuff!22/11/2017 #17 Phil Friedman#11 I agree, @Jerry Fletcher, Here are some questions I ask immediately upon being connected a customer "service" center or call desk. 1) Where are you? If the answer is in a country that is culturally widely divergent from min (the U.S.), I politely say goodbye and try another means, since my experience is that, in some cultures, the propagated "customer service" ethic is to protect the company and keep it from spending any money, all in preference to actually satisfying the customer. 2) Are you a real person or a computer? If a computer, again I hang up. Because the vast majority of my experience is that I am about to enter upon a 20 or 30-minute conversation that will end in my being told to call another number and speak to a representative. The pipe dream of Bots to solve customer problems remains just that, a pipe dream. And if you want to achieve peace in your life, that is one pipe you will not smoke. Cheers and thanks for joining the conversation.22/11/2017 #16 Phil Friedman#6 @Wayne Yoshida, the link you supplied is a great read. I recommend it to all who are interested in this topic.Thanks.
https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/the-uncanny-valley22/11/2017 #13 Lada 🏡 Prkic#12 Phil, I just like the idea of experiencing the interaction with an automaton. AutoCAD becomes more and more complicated, and its user-help database is not better or worse compared to other complex software. We can always have YouTube for additional instructions. :)22/11/2017 #12 Phil Friedman#6 I prefer the MS Paper Clip, @Wayne Yoshida. Oh, and by the way, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, Autodesk can put as much as it wants into the development of AVA, but that won't help a whit if they do not improve the quality of their user-help database and the explanations and instructions contained therein. Not to mention, if the user-help were more complete and useful, I wouldn't need AVA or anyone else. I can read pretty well. Don't you think? If so, AVA is a lot of investment for a parlor trick.22/11/2017 #11 Jerry FletcherPhil, I, too, am one of those humans that likes fast response speeds because I'm on my server rather than a cloud trying to reign over me. If you do video editing, ( as I do regularly) you could go crazy waiting for action over a DSL line! As to the visual aspect of a Chat bot...ARgggh! Chat alone is a pain where a pill will not reach. Granted one customer service rep can handle up to 3 enquiries at a time using chat which saves labor costs but the level of service is off by anywhere from 50 to 90% in my estimation. Customer service with real humans will, I believe, become the mark of better products and services with pricing that supports them. ( A couple of my clients have already proved this forecast!)22/11/2017 #10 Lada 🏡 PrkicAutoCAD is my main drawing "tool", but I very rarely ask explanations from the Autodesk's help service. I read the article about AVA and like the idea. I even think to give it a try and see how it would be to meet face-to-face with an automaton. As its designer said, AVA is not pretending to be anything other than a robot.
Phil, thanks for another stimulating post.22/11/2017 #8 Phil Friedman#4 Right on, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian.. Direct cloud-resident program work ell in specific circumstances and certain jobs. But you can’t truly run most businesses on non-local softeare in my experience.
Autodesk is looking to use AVA as a virtual user-support person in order to avoid msintsining huge call centers or vast contractor networks. The concept is brilliant. Replace unhelpful outsourced call centers with an unhelpful but infinitely polite and patient Bots. Cheers!22/11/2017 #7 Phil Friedman#4 Right on, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. Direct cloud-resident program work ell in specific circumstances and certain jobs. But you can’t truly rin most businesses on non-local softeare in my experience.
Autodesk is looking to use AVA as a virtual user-support person in order to avoid msintsining huge call centers or vast contractor netseorks. The concept is brilliant. Replace unhelpful outsourced call centers with an iunhelpgul but infinitely polite and patient Bot. Cheers!22/11/2017 #6 Wayne YoshidaArg! A trip into the Uncanny Valley*. But this has gone way beyond the irritating MicroSoft Paper Clip, eh?
*https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/the-uncanny-valley22/11/2017 #5 Robert CormackIt's interesting, @Phil Friedman, that when we create an avatar (or Siri, for that matter), of course they have to be beautiful and sultry and even a bit distant. Sounds like these are the same traits our latest batch of gropers were looking for when they took advantage of innocent women only interested improving their careers. How long before robots of similar gorgeous appearance rise up, accusing wealthy men of grabbing an inner thigh or pinching a butt cheek? So far, I haven't seen any truly ugly avatars (although blue isn't my colour). Why can't we have ugly bots who won't drive us crazy with their sultry looks and husky voices?22/11/2017 #4 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianBeasts like AutoCad are best used locally. I don't care how fast an internet connection is, it pales compared to local hard drive access.
I have no idea what AutoDesk is thinking. AutoCad has a tight, finely focused market of design professionals. They need AVA like they need a third (or first) testicle growing out of their foreheads. I would guess that you, @Phil Friedman, or you, @Claire L Cardwell, probably use keyboard short cuts more often than menu selections. What exactly do they think AVA will bring to the table?
Until AI reaches the "Blade Runner" degree of usefulness, I'll simply consider it marketing and be done.
Wep/Cloud applications are great. Don't blame the delivery truck for bad product packaging. 99% of mobile apps should be web-apps. 100% of major business software packages should be local.22/11/2017 #2 Phil Friedman#1 Claire, you are correct. The general shift from the supply of discrete software that resides locally in your computer to the "supply of service" via a real-time internet connection is put sh$t. I loved Adobe Acrobat 9 which resided on my computer for a decade. Adobe Acrobat DC is anti-intuitive, confusing, cumbersome, and craps out every time you lose the WiFi or internet connection. I use AutoCAD 7 happily for years. I hate AutoCAD Mobile. And Word 365 is not anywhere as quick as Word use to be when it resided entirely on my machine. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/not-all-clouds-have-a-silver-lining
- Producer21/11/2017Architects I admire - Part 4 - John LautnerI wrote a rather tongue in cheek piece recently called Bizarre Buildings Part Two - Space Age Fantasy where I picked out some of my favourite futuristic buildings from around the world. Four Architects I came across made a point of specialising in...
Comments27/11/2017 #13 Lada 🏡 Prkic#10 I do agree with your statement about designers keep rolling out variations of the same building. Even the most famous architects do that often.
Thanks for the link. Interesting article indeed. Round building doesn't mean to have round rooms. Rooms layout can be identical to a conventional house, but rooms can have a beautiful panoramic view, something I especially appreciate.25/11/2017 #12 Claire L Cardwell@Jerry Fletcher - I would love to live or at least hang out in one of John Lautner's houses! Two of my favourites are the Segal House and the Stevens House - both are in Malibu, but at prices of $15M and $11M each they are definitely beyond my budget! Good luck with the downsizing - it's a chore moving, but downsizing is a whole different matter!
Here's a video of the Steven's House which was recently bought by Edward Norton :-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doDDJnus8Es25/11/2017 #11 Claire L Cardwell#9 Thank you @Lada 🏡 Prkic for the kind words! I do love John Lautner's futuristic style - I will do a follow up piece sometime soon on the 'googie' style he pretty much started. It did lead to him having a temporary loss in popularity, but fortunately he bounced back! I also really admire him for the fact that every house he designed was completely different from the previous one. Far too many architects/designers these days have a cookie cutter approach to design and keep rolling out variations of the same building.
I also love round buildings and have read that they are superior to conventional square/oblong shapes in terms of wind resistance - I am working on an idea in my head for wind resistant housing and of course a circular shape is superior.
There's an interesting article I've just come across :- https://www.huffingtonpost.com/eli-attia/squaring-the-circle_b_504592.html
"The earliest structures built by all civilizations were round. And for good reason: Round structures require the least amount of material, and provide the greatest structural strength of any other form.
Over time, as settlements’ densities increased, the circular geometry gave way to the rectangular (orthogonal) geometry, forgoing the circular floor plan’s advantages for the more compact arrangements (close packing) and easier manageability."22/11/2017 #9 Lada 🏡 Prkic#2 A beautifully crafted article, Claire. You put a lot of time and effort into it. I like your series about great architects you admire. Every one of them has his own, signature style. The Elrod Residence is a real gem. Round buildings are unique in many aspects and so close to Mother Nature. Look forward to the next instalment.21/11/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell#7 @Ken Boddie - drones with water blasters sounds more like it! In fact I really think you are onto a money spinner there Ken! All those city centres with skyscrapers covered in acres of glass... We could also look at job creation with the pixies and imps - some of them no doubt could fly the drones for us!
- Producer21/11/2017Q&A@beBee with Lada PrkicImage credit: steveoatesblog - WordPress.comWith Q@beBee, I ask some of the most interesting people on this network 7 questions. The result, unedited, is the most fascinating answers. Q@beBee is an ongoing series that gives us the opportunity to...
Comments22/11/2017 #17 David B. GrinbergThanks, Sara, for another excellent addition of this buzzing series. It's always great to learn more about our fellow bees and I feel as if I know @Lada 🏡 Prkic even better already. Moreover, your questions always elicit such interesting responses. I'm looking forward to the next installment!21/11/2017 #14 Tausif MundrawalaSince the day I have befriended you I have seen authenticity in your approach towards life rather than sugar-coating each and every statement. I agree with you that being a voracious reader I can't spell out the favourite book or an author because with every new discovery our benchmark of the best intrude us to read vast amounts of literary cornucopia available.
A special thanks to @Sara Jacobovici who allows us to know our friends in a more better way which we otherwise wouldn't have known. I wish you luck for your future endeavours, my friend @Lada 🏡 Prkic21/11/2017 #5 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez EscolarThese interviews I share in
https://www.bebee.com/group/bebee-entrevistas-y-bienvenidas View moreThese interviews I share in
It's great to know more about some bees, that I comment on sometimes, thank you for your work @Sara Jacobovici Close21/11/2017 #2 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeEnjoy the day both admirable ladies @Sara Jacobovici and @Lada 🏡 Prkic.
I tend to agree with you Lada and it is not odd for me to read your quote "It may sound odd, but I'm still in the process of discovering my passions". Passions are dynamic and they evolve. Not all passions are of equal intensity and if they are living they grow and evolve.
Great questions and answers
- Producer06/11/2017Taking the EziBuoy Challenge At the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017CHALLENGING MARINE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS TO DEFEAT THE EziBuoy MAGNETIC MOORING BUOY PICK-UP SYSTEM...November 5, 2017, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show ― EziBouy Pty. Ltd of Perth, Australia introduced its innovative magnetic mooring buoy...
Comments07/11/2017 #12 Phil Friedman#11 Thank you, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, for the good wishes. Yes, the "Challenge" was a really fun way to prove the point -- especially as I then got to buy everyone who participated a beer for being such a good sport. The campaign to introduce the EziBuoy system to the North American market has thus far been pretty successful.
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/content-copywriting-and-seo-a-quick-case-study06/11/2017 #6 Phil Friedman#5 Thank you, @Gert Scholtz, for the kind words and gesture. But the EziBuoy is the invention of Phil Golding of Perth, Australia and is manufactured by EziBuoy Pty Ltd, headed up by Phil and his wife Amanda Golding. I am sure, however, that there are some SA yachtsmen who keep their boats on a swinging mooring and who would find great benefit from the product. So if you run into any, please be sure to put them onto it. Cheers and thanks!
- Producer03/11/2017Building Green? How about a Rammed Earth Home? Building with Rammed earth (pise de terre) is an ancient method of building that has been dated back to around 7000 BC in Pakistan. In Egypt the grain stores of Ramasseum built in 1300 BC still exist and parts of the Great Wall of China have...
Comments06/11/2017 #16 Claire L Cardwell@Aleta Curry - I certainly did not know that parts of the Great Wall of China were built with rammed earth!
Most people I work for are still stuck on the brick and mortar or concrete and it's a bit of a battle to get them to even think about using alternative building techniques. Council is also an issue, the best way is to put the plans through twice, once with conventional brick or concrete and then again with the alternative as you are actually building...04/11/2017 #14 Claire L CardwellThanks @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee - this was supposed to be last saturday's post, but I got bogged down with it. I loved the concept of a rammed earth wall when I first heard about it, now I've seen them - I would love to design with one or even better own a rammed earth house!03/11/2017 #12 Cyndi wilkins#11 Yes...The Mother of us all certainly has a way of getting the attention of her misbehaving children doesn't she?!?! It's been a very active storm season here in the US as well with two category 5 hurricanes hitting back to back on the Southern coast of Florida and the Islands...Hurricane Harvey flooding much of Texas and a massive earthquake in Mexico to boot finally shook us out our complacency...and then there's poor Puerto Rico decimated in the aftermath left to essentially fend for themselves for a long while before any kind of help arrived...This Country for sure has been on the radar for a HUGE wake up call for a long time...Let us hope we don't pull the covers back over our heads and fall asleep at the wheel again...03/11/2017 #11 Claire L CardwellThat's for sure @Cyndi wilkins! We've been having scares here in Joburg for the last few years now, earthquakes (partly caused by allowing the mines to flood), no frosts in our highveld winters for the last 4 or 5 years now, decreased rainfall, hotter (much hotter) summers and people STILL deny that climate change is not a fairy story - it's happening, right here, right now!
About 3 weeks ago we had a major cloud burst, flash floods, hail and a tornado here in Joburg... I was driving home at the time praying that my little car would not stall - the water was over my wheel arches and that the hail would not break the windscreen. We are definitely not geared up for unusual weather up here!
https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-10-10-storm-pummels-joburg/03/11/2017 #10 Cyndi wilkins#8 Agreed...That is exactly what I meant by having a 'community mindset' and doing what we can in our own spheres of influence to help right the ship here and make a significant enough impact to correct some the damage already done by changing our ways and paying more attention to the natural order of things...We have tried to control the environment to the point of depletion...and perhaps our own extinction if we don't smarten up. Now Mother Nature is taking her life back...and it doesn't matter how much money you have if you are in the direct path of her 'cleaning house.' ...You know what they say...Hell hath no fury;-)03/11/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell#6 Absolutely @Cyndi wilkins - and most of us aren't even slightly organised or forward thinking when it comes to climate change.
How many times are we told to switch off lights in unoccupied rooms, not leave electrical equipment on standby? How many governments are making it easy to invest in alternative energy or even let's face it to grow your own fruit and vegetables? Do we really need to run that A/C 24/7?
Why do people who live in areas that consistently flood not build houses on stilts? Why aren't round houses being considered an option in areas prone to high winds?
Even though the powers that be - in what seems to be most countries in the world - are like Nero fiddling whilst Rome burnt ; we all have to take responsibility for our future and do our bit. The optimist in me used to say 'it's not too late' but we will all start really feeling the consequences of global warming soon - that is if we haven't noticed already. I am hoping that if we all take more responsibility we could at least slow climate change down or at least halt its progress.03/11/2017 #6 Cyndi wilkinsThat Grand Mosque of Djenne is the coolest sand castle I've ever seen! Thank you for this fascinating post @Claire L Cardwell...It would seem to me, at the rate we are exhausting our natural resources and destroying vital forests crucial to our own survival, (not to mention killing ourselves with chemicals) this would be a fabulous 'alternative therapy' with respect for Mother Nature and all she has provided...Imagine how cool the world would be if we were all living modestly and cultivating our own little corner of the world living a simple yet prosperous life with the community mindset of these ancient civilizations...
The lost city of Atlantis was said to be an extremely advanced civilization that as it grew in power, began to lose sight of it's ethics...Sound familiar??? As Mother Natures punishment...the earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions ensued and the island disappeared into the sea...What goes around comes around...right?!?!
- Producer25/10/2017Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part One - The Dynamic TowerImagine watching the sunrise and then the sunset from the comfort of your hotel room.... Architect David Fisher has designed a 420 metre (1,378ft), 80 floor revolving skyscraper due to be built in Dubai - which will be known as the Dynamic Tower or...
Comments27/10/2017 #21 Lisa Vanderburg#20 Hadn't thought of basically EVERYTHING that would be effected by magnets...lol. Anyway, it would spoil a perfectly amazing building, that I'm sure Martians would wanna park on :)
You're son rocks @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA View more#20 Hadn't thought of basically EVERYTHING that would be effected by magnets...lol. Anyway, it would spoil a perfectly amazing building, that I'm sure Martians would wanna park on :)
You're son rocks @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA!! Close27/10/2017 #20 Claire L Cardwell#15 @Lisa Vanderburg - I am not sure what a magnetised outer wall would do... I don't think magnets are very good for cellphones or complicated electronics... I must admit to being a bit of a 'clutter bug' and despite having yearly clean ups it doesn't take long for the mess (and missing keys etc.) to start creeping back....27/10/2017 #17 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA#13 Glad you liked these @Claire L Cardwell. The Torch is the hotel within Aspire Tower....we stay 5 min away from it.There is an annual staircase run up Aspire Tower..all 51 floors and 1100 steps.My son won the u18 section last year in 8 min 30 secs!26/10/2017 #16 Claire L Cardwell#14 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador - I've also been in a rooftop restaurant that revolved (this was in Singapore - my folks lived there for a few years in the 80's). Like your Pier 66 Hotel the views were amazing and as a child I really enjoyed the novelty. I would love to see the Dynamic Tower in action and to find out how they managed to solve the structural issues that have dogged this project before it began.26/10/2017 #15 Lisa VanderburgThis is magnificence! I love engineering and architecture @Claire L Cardwell - I am smitten! The details you have offered us are just a tease...I want more!
If it weren't for my husband who has metal in his brain and chest, I want one with magnets on the outer wall...can't lose stuff then :) What would a magnetized outer wall DO to such a building, just for curiosities sake?
BTW, thanks for the share, I return because I adore this!!26/10/2017 #14 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorTruly fascinating, @Claire L Cardwell. I'm not too sure I would like some of the movement, even though I have been in a building where the top floor revolved but it wasn't nearly as tall as these buildings. No doubt, the views are breathtaking. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/tourism/fl-hyatt-pier-66-hotel-for-sale-20160203-story.html.26/10/2017 #13 Claire L Cardwell#11 Wow @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA - I have just checked out these buildings and they are amazing - Tornado Tower definitely is a top contender for my Weird and Wonderful Buildings series. I love the exo-skeleton effect on the outside and the Navigation Tower reminds me of a very elongated ships prow.. The Aspire Tower (or The Torch) is also an incredible building!26/10/2017 #11 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SAI get dizzy just thinking about it @Claire L Cardwell! On a side note we have some architectually interesting buildings here in Doha too..not sure if you are aware of some of them. Zig Zag apartments; Tornado Tower, Navigation Tower (my office) etc.26/10/2017 #10 Claire L Cardwell#9 Thanks @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA - I don't think the building is moving fast enough to make the average human feel dizzy, but if you are incapacitated in some way then no doubt it could! As I said earlier to Susan Rooks, the main issue I have is getting off a lift (which obviously has a stationary floor) onto the moving floor - especially with luggage / furniture... would you have to step onto some sort of ramp/walkway that would 'catch up' with the rest of the building?25/10/2017 #7 Claire L Cardwell#4 Thanks @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee ! It is a bit scary I have to admit.... currently the cost of construction is estimated at $350 million dollars, however I think the usual thumb suck add 15% onto the building costs and hope for the best is not going to apply with a building like this! So we shall see if it ever gets built....25/10/2017 #5 Claire L Cardwell#2 Thanks @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess - apparently one of the main problems is with the plumbing! I think the stairwells and elevator shafts would be in the central core, but my mind has started boggling with the idea of getting off a stationary lift / stairwell floor onto a moving floor... I know it's not going to be moving that fast, but even so....
- Producer18/10/2017Looking Back at Previous Work - IDESIGNED AND BUILT BACK IN THE 1980s, THIS STOUT 41-FOOT STEEL-BUILT SAILING YACHT WAS PART OF MY KODIAK CRUISER SERIES...Each year, as the opening of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) approaches, I find myself scanning back...
Comments19/10/2017 #14 Phil Friedman#12 Thank you, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, for the share and the kind words. I too am concerned about the effect of the new restriction on sharing to hives. I don't understand why notifications cannot be restricted to Producer posts, while the hives remain open to short buzzes of the kind you prefer to do. That way, interesting and timely information could be flowed to beBee users via their membership in their hives of choice, while the direct connection between Producer authors and their followers could be sustained. Cheers!19/10/2017 #12 Lada 🏡 PrkicCongrats, Phil. It looks like it was built recently and not 30-ish years ago.
I shared this post in the Interesting Engineering ... hive.
It's the first one I found suitable for the mentioned hive after recently introduced changes regarding quick buzzes. In all the industry-oriented hives of which I am a member, there are no new contents related to the intended hive topics.18/10/2017 #8 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#6 LOL, no danger of that. My wife has vetoed the last two items, building a boat from a bare hull and building a kit car. Both require an extended appropriation of the garage or the rental of a workspace.
The Bucket List is as complete as it's gonna get.
On another note, I plan to be in your neck of the woods in May. If your schedule allows for it, I'd love to buy you a coffee. What do you say, me, you, @Candice 🐝 Galek and whoever will be in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area?18/10/2017 #7 Phil Friedman#5 Me too, Harvey. But although I've built boats with my own hands "Alchemy" was not one of them. You can see the Kodiak Cruiser I built by and for myself at:
Thanks for reading and commenting... and for the kind words. Cheers!18/10/2017 #4 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianNice! A well-built, well-maintained boat will outlive its owner.
I often envy you, @Phil Friedman. Yacht design was my first choice of career. If I had zigged instead of zagged 42 years ago, who knows, we may have worked together.
Building a yacht is one of the two things left on my Bucket List
- Producer08/10/2017Quick Buzz Becoming the Producer Post ► Concrete from Wood!According to the new changes on the beBee platform, a short buzz or a Quick Buzz, as named, will be distributed only to followers and won’t be shared in any hive. If you want to share a link or a picture into a specific hive, you need to write...
Comments10/10/2017 #45 Phil Friedman#42 Ah, Lada, now I understand even better. The WCC is not a significant structural contributor, but essential a surfacing layer and fire-spread resistant barrier. The high admisture of wood sawdust not only lightens the material but probably helps to minimize differential in coefficients of thermal expansion re the GLULAM and surfacing later.
BTW, my share of your buzz on LinkedIn has already racked up nearly 1,400 views and significant engagement. Not bad at all in comparison to the reaction here -- especially when you factor in, what I call, the Reality Conversion Coefficient. Cheers!10/10/2017 #43 Lada 🏡 Prkic#28 Sorry for the late response. I'm in the process of relocation. My office is moving to a different location in the city, and there is a lot of work to do.
Phil, all such research activities are focused on the ecological aspects and finding alternatives to concrete. This method significantly reduces the quantity of concrete.
The image in the post shows the testing process of the specimen consisting of glulam beams on the bottom and the WCC layer over.
Also, very interesting is how two different materials are connected together to ensure distribution of loads but also a solid connection between WCC and timber.
Placing WCC as the secondary (non-structural) layer met all requirements for fire resistance, acoustic and thermal insulation.
As for the lack of the interest, I have nothing more to say. If I had a time, I'd share this myself with my community on LI. Thanks for doing so.09/10/2017 #37 Tausif MundrawalaThis technique should be transported to all the city dwellers in the world. It pains me to read and encounter incidents where a rear part or the entire building collapses due to the dilapidated condition of the structure. It would be of great use here in our city as well as maximum number of people gets killed by huge beams and concrete. Looking at this technology it would be of great help to be placed in dwellings which only uses mortar, concrete and iron beams. Even during any untoward incident people would be safe enough to escape with their lives intact.
Thanks for this quick buzz of yours, my friend @Lada 🏡 Prkic09/10/2017 #35 Lada 🏡 Prkic#33 Although a timber floor slab is claimed to provide a better feel underfoot than concrete floor slab, I never felt the difference on my joints. I've been living whole my life in houses with reinforced concrete slabs and wood floors over. For six years now, I've been working in a 100-years old building with timber floor slabs and what I sometimes feel are vibrations.
To prevent stress on joints, perhaps you can install sleepers subfloor over a concrete slab.09/10/2017 #33 Phil Friedman#32 Joanne, to answer your questions -- 1) epoxy polymers generally do better than polyesters re flammability, smoke generation, and toxic gasses. You are correct, however, that reaction to fire is of concern where polymers (plastics) are involved. Significant improvements can be made by adding inorganic materials to the resins, and in this regard, epoxies are much more tolerant of such additions as to potential modifications of their mechanical properties, which are in general much higher (by 10x on average) than those of polyesters. 2) If a slab floor is to be a "work floor" with people walking constantly upon it, the best way to deal with that is, in my experience, to add a resilient "top floor" over the slab. That can be as simple as rubber or vinyl matting or as sophisticated as a floating "gymnasium" style over-floor. Eh, @Lada 🏡 Prkic?09/10/2017 #32 Joanne Gardocki#27 #28 #30 @Phil Friedman thank you for expanding on the engineering perspective. "Finally, I continue to wonder if a better approach might not be a completely engineered wood member, surfaced with abrasion and fire resistant aggregates held in an epoxy polymer-based matrix?" Wouldn't the epoxy polimer make toxic fumes burning in a building fire? I would also think the profile under heat stress would be unstable and unpredictable in a fire situation, too. Finding your ideas very interesting.
@Gerald Hecht shared a buzz back in July about a prototype for floating islands made of triangular web. I wonder if the floating wood cement mix blocks would make a good material for building on top? The article talks about the webs being able to withstand 50-foot waves. At the time, I couldn't imagine anything on top of the web being able to withstand those same 50-foot waves.
Another question Phil, would you say the wood composit structual floor slabs would have more "give" and be easier on joints for people living and working on the floors? Just one day of standing on concrete floors has me stiff and sore. I can't imagine living in a home that put that kind of stress on my joints yet many housing units are made with concrete floors.
Please tag me in the LinkedIn conversations when you share, Phil. I would love to listen while the topic is kicked around. Again, thank you for enriching the conversation.08/10/2017 #30 Phil FriedmanPS- @Lada 🏡 Prkic, I do believe that the described WCC would be a great material for casting the blocks for the ubiquitous (to NorthAmerica) concrete block building construction. If lightweight blocks could be cast in WCC with self-aligning and self-locking tabs (like giant Legos), the reduced weight might make shipping from centralized manufacturing plants cost-feasible. Resulting in faster, higher-quality assembly on-site by lower-cost, lesser skilled labor. I like that idea a lot, especially in the area of affordable housing. Cheers!08/10/2017 #28 Phil Friedman#23 @Lada 🏡 Prkic, I've now looked at the additional articles listed at the end of the news piece and one of the things I see is that WCC is being used in composite members with engineered wood (GLULAM) in slab applications, for example as the structural floor slabs in a multi-storied warehouse.
In such a case the GLULAM component is used on the bottom where flexure loading (beam bending) puts the GLULAM in tension, while the upper WCC component is placed in compression. This makes sense to me, as it takes the best advantage of the mechanical properties of the materials involved, including the better abrasion and fire resistance of the WCC vs wood.
However, I still wonder why WCC instead of traditional reinforced concrete? Does the reduced structural weight allow a higher live-load bearing for the slab? Even though the upper WCC component will have a lower compressive strength vs reinforced concrete? Or could it be that the WCC component is a better match with the GLULAM component in terms of coefficient of thermal expansion?
Finally, I continue to wonder if a better approach might not be a completely engineered wood member, surfaced with abrasion and fire resistant aggregates held in an epoxy polymer-based matrix?
The issues and questions are quite fascinating and I don't understand why so little interest is shown on beBee by the engineering community which appears to be large. I am going to share this to LinkedIn where I know from experience there are engineers who would love to kick around these questions and the research you point to. Cheers!
- Producer30/09/2017Engineering Talks No. 1The purpose of this new series of posts is to bring attention to posts about Engineering with emphasis on Civil Engineering which is my field of interest. My profession is exciting because you can see how the result of your work grows daily, whether...
- 27/09/2017When it comes to status updates on LinkedIn, my experience is that there are no rules for boosting visibility. It's all about content.
Comments30/09/2017 #19 Lada 🏡 Prkic#18 Thanks, Proma. There is a slight difference between relocating a house and tree. :-) A house detaches from the foundation before moving to a new location, and a tree is relocating with the roots.
Here is the link to a video where you can see the process of relocating a historic house, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmVIKKjj0HE28/09/2017 #18 Proma 🐝 NautiyalWow, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, this is impressive. Both, the number of views and the building on wheels. I was wondering how do they manage to uproot an entire building given the foundation of buildings are pretty strong and deep-rooted. Won't it be like uprooting an entire tree, or rather 15-20 trees?!27/09/2017 #6 Phil Friedman@Lada 🏡 Prkic, all other factors held equal, it's always about content. But if you hold the quality and appeal of the content constant, then it becomes about other factors. In your case, seeing your name and face are enough for me because I know the piece will be interesting and worth reading. And that if I'm moved to comment, the response will be open, intelligent, and interesting as well. So, I guess it's fair to say it's also always about the person posting the update. Cheers! :-)
- Producer21/09/2017What is digital signage?There are hundreds of notice boards in offices, community centres, cinemas, doctors surgeries, hospitals, schools, and other places, on a whole host of topics, covering Health & Safety, menus, opening times and other information.What is digital...
Comments22/09/2017 #2 Linda Adams#1 You are very welcome Jerry. I try to add a variety of topical articles. More here if you're interested (read on line) http://www.teachingtechnology.co.uk/corporate/teaching-technology-corporate.html
- 21/09/2017Having attended a short course at a local university, meeting other businesses, I was amazed that only 1 participant knew what digital signage was. Yet there are display screens advertising, informing and entertaining in public areas, from schools, libraries, shopping malls, high street stores, airports, outdoor theme parks etc. This course promoted me to write a feature titled, What is digital signage?What is digital signage?www.bebee.com There are hundreds of notice boards in offices, community centres, cinemas, doctors surgeries, hospitals, schools, and other places, on a whole...
- 19/09/2017What is an ATC?
#airports #infrastructure #iata #faa #icaoAir traffic control - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org
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- Producer15/09/2017Omega Speedmaster Professional: The Moon Watch1957 – 2017 The story behind the legend The origins The Speedmaster was born in 1957 as an evolution of the Seamaster cronos. As a novelty, it is...
Comments19/09/2017 #30 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#29 thank you!19/09/2017 #29 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis#26 #27 Thank you so much @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc..... You are incredible... Thanks a lot19/09/2017 #27 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.art in time19/09/2017 #26 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww this should become a book, love it @Fran 🐝 Brizzolis. This reads wonderful: "What made it possible to transform the watch from a simple superlative chronograph to the ultimate astronauts' clock was the web of a scriptwriter's dreams - a mixture of conventional procedures of technical acquisition, happy chance and luck."16/09/2017 #16 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis#13 Thank you very much @Lada 🏡 Prkic You are right, the writing of an article of these characteristics requires a great effort, both to be objective and rigorous with the data, and to express them in a way that the public can easily understand. It is a pride for me that you are welcoming my article and my work, and this encourages me to continue looking for interesting topics to write about... I think you could even make a film about this watch and its history...
In any case, it has been a pleasure to be able to write it, and I sincerely believe that beBee and its bees deserve no less.... I only hope and desire, that you have liked it very much, and I hope that it has also taught you something.16/09/2017 #15 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis#14 Como ya he dicho en alguna ocasión... Esa era la idea, hablar un poco de toda la historia de este reloj, que es justamente lo que lo hace grande y lo diferencia del resto... Pero desde luego, la creación de un reloj mecánico, con este nivel de precisión y excelencia, es hoy en día, en estos tiempos de tecnología, robótica, e inteligencia artificial, sin duda uno de los trabajos más difíciles que podamos imaginar... Y los astronautas de la NASA siguen utilizando este reloj, como uno de sus equipamientos vitales e imprescindibles... El control y la medición del tiempo es vital en el espacio... Y los aparatos electrónicos, son mucho más vulnerables, de lo que podamos pensar, a la exposicion a eventos inesperados que pudieran ocurrir en elespacio exterior.
#14 As I have already said on occasion... That was the idea, to talk a little bit about the whole history of this watch, which is precisely what makes it great and differentiates it from the rest.... But of course, the creation of a mechanical watch, with this level of precision and excellence, is nowadays, in these times of technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence, undoubtedly one of the most difficult works we can imagine... And NASA astronauts continue to use this watch, as one of their vital and essential equipment.... The control and measurement of time is vital in space... And electronic devices are much more vulnerable than we might think, to exposure to unexpected events that may occur in outer space.16/09/2017 #14 Francisco Jose 🐝 Paredes Pérez Global Brand Ambassador@Fran 🐝 Brizzolis de nuevo impresionante trabajo. Gracias por enseñarme esto, que no tenía ni idea. Enhorabuena16/09/2017 #13 Lada 🏡 PrkicFran, I have to commend the enormous effort you put into making this serious and beautifully crafted article. It required a lot of time and research to bring all the data together. I'm familiar with writing such articles.
The topic itself is more than interesting. The article is worth time for reading and rereading.15/09/2017 #11 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis#5 #6 #7 #8 #9 Forgive me all for English, it's been a long time since I've practiced it, and I have something rusty.... The translation of the "special vocabulary used in watchmaking" is probably not correct.
My apologies for the "responsive" that has moved part of the text and photos on smarphones or tablets...
beBee is already correcting it for the new version, I ask for a little patience.
Thank you very much for the welcome you are giving to this article, I think it is undoubtedly an important part of space history, and the history of Omega.
I hope you like it very much, and you can enjoy reading it.
- Producer14/09/2017Geometry Meets Music: The Philips PavilionGeometry is not cold and dry. It is fascinating and inspiring. The famous Philips Pavilion was a temporary structure designed for Expo '58 in Brussels. The design was done by Le Corbusier in collaboration with Iannis Xenakis, an architect,...
Comments16/09/2017 #14 Lada 🏡 Prkic#9 Jerry, I thank both of you for taking the time to read the post. This structure fascinates me in many ways. The butterfly form of a hyperbolic paraboloid had been used with such ingenuity. And the construction process is amazing.
Using sand hills as moulds for precast concrete slabs is another ingenious Xenakis's solution.15/09/2017 #13 Lada 🏡 Prkic#8 Good comment, Ken. I read that the reactions of the visitors to what they experienced inside the pavilion ranged from fear to awe. In 1958 no one had ever seen anything like this. The whole concept could also be seen through the post-war era pink lenses.
I also wonder would people queuing for hours today to experience the Poème Électroniqe.15/09/2017 #8 Ken BoddieAs a child of the 1950s I can only imagine how visitors must have reacted to this Poème Électroniqe, with its walk through time, it's stark reality of potential destruction and its occasional glimpses of hope, in a post war world where minds were still numbed by man's inhumanity to man. I can't help but wonder how this would be portrayed today and how visitors would react.
- Producer12/09/2017Unusual Cleaning Projects From Around The WorldWashing dishes, washing clothes, cleaning windows - we are often overwhelmed by our own household cleaning regimes. However, imagine being responsible for the cleanliness of tourist sights and public places - unimaginable! I am, frankly, amazed by...
- 09/09/2017Incredible Algae Dome absorbs sun and CO2 to produce superfood and oxygen
Industrial agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions – but what if there was a way to sustainably produce food while solving some of the world’s toughest environmental problems? That’s what the folks at SPACE10, a Copenhagen-based future-living lab, tackled with the futuristic Algae Dome, a four-meter-tall food-producing building that pumps out oxygen in a closed-loop system. Powered by solar energy, the Algae Dome is a sustainable and hyper-local food system that can pop up almost anywhere with minimal impact on the environment.
- Producer08/09/2017World's Tallest SandcastlesThe Guinness World Record for the World's Tallest Sandcastle record has just been beaten. The Sandcastle is in Duisburg, Germany and was commissioned by Schaunisland-Reisen a German Tour Company. It is 16.58m (54.72ft) beating the previous record...
Comments09/09/2017 #16 Claire L Cardwell#13 Thank you @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. - glad you enjoyed it! A bit of Friday fun!09/09/2017 #14 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.beating records = continuous improvement09/09/2017 #13 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.it is stunning what people can create, beautiful post!
- 08/09/2017ROTUNDA IN SHANGAI
This circular intersection has a pedestrian bridge in the form of another, raised rotunda (roundabout). It's a smart engineering solution. The bridge is 5.5 meter high and can fit 15 people walking side by side.
Where else than in China. :-)
Comments09/09/2017 #6 Ken BoddieIt's a small world, Lada. My wife and I stayed only a short distance from this elevated pedestrian people-way, when we kicked off our tour of China a couple of years back in Shanghai. I must admit that it looks even more impressive in this aerial shot, after you remove the traffic fumes and general noise at ground level.
- 30/08/2017Smart Surface Technologies Could Save DC $5 Billion.
A recent study says that smart surface technologies could save Washington, D.C. $5 billion over 40 years. The report, Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington, D.C., authored by Capital E, documents and quantifies the large-scale environmental, health and economic benefits that smart surface technologies could provide.
“How cities manage the sunlight and rain that falls on them has a huge impact on inhabitants’ health and quality of life,” the report begins. “But city leaders and planners generally do not manage or even think about their city’s rain and sun in a systematic way and, as a result, mismanage or undermanage these two great natural gifts. This mismanagement costs cities billions of dollars in unnecessary health, energy-, and stormwater-related costs, degrades city comfort, livability and resilience, and contributes to climate change.”
Smart surface technologies include the use of green roofs, cool roofs, photovoltaics, and porous pavements.
Comments02/09/2017 #1 Lada 🏡 PrkicClaire, besides the green roof technology that is my favourite, I see permeable concrete or pervious concrete used for pavements as an important application for groundwater recharging.
As for green roofs and rooftops solar panels that are environmentally friendly and offer so many benefits, they also can create the potential fire risks.
- Producer25/08/2017Artificial Sun LightCan we have an artificial source of light like the Sun? Most probably not. It may not be possible. But we can think of an artificial light source with Sun light like colors. It is very much possible that the spectral emission of a light source may...
Comments26/08/2017 #1 David B. GrinbergNice reading your writing here, Debesh. Thanks for a buzzing blog post filled with interesting information. And remember: LinkedIn vs. beBee is NOT an either/or proposition. Rather, it just makes good sense to leverage both platforms for social marketing to expand your audience and amplify your message. I think you would agree that blogging on LinkedIn is not what it used to BEE. However, engagement and user satisfaction, especially for blogging, are higher here. That's something to shine a light on!
Have you experimented with creating a hive here? Why not have "The Unfluencers" buzzing at beBee too? Thanks for considering this, kind sir, and please keep buzzing on beBee!
cc: @Javier 🐝 beBee @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian @John White, MBA @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
- Producer24/08/2017The City of Tomorrow: Technology and Digital Services For The ClimateWith 75% of the world's population estimated to be living in cities in 2050, our metropolis environments are more than ever at the heart of the evolution of society ... The sophistication of technologies, the growing control of digital data...
- 23/08/2017First designed for Burning Man, foldable Shiftpods now shelter refugees around the world.
The 70,000 people that venture each year to Burning Man in Black Rock Desert, Nevada need shelters that will protect them from the elements – and refugees worldwide need them even more. Christian Weber, who has been going to the desert festival for over 20 years, decided there had to be a better way than the fragile old hexayurts that were hard to assemble. So he designed foldable Shiftpods that provide warmth and safety for displaced people all over the world.
Weber designed a shelter that can fold up into one piece. Shiftpods are insulated and tall enough for most people to stand up inside. It also stands up to wind – in a recent test at John Brown University the shelter didn’t blow away until winds from a giant fan placed by the Shiftpod reached 109 miles per hour. ASSI recently started offering their Shiftpod 2.0, which weighs 64 pounds. When it’s popped open, it offers 12.5 feet by 12.5 feet by six feet and ten inches of space. Folded up, it’s 76 by 13 by 13 inches. It costs $1,499.99.
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