- Producer26/11/2017Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part Three - Three Buildings that Make 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 that look like musical instruments. I was also intrigued by a sound installation by David Byrne of...
- Producer22/11/2017Bizarre Buildings Part Three - Fancy a Tune Anyone?Music inspires architecture in many ways, whether it be in the final form the building takes or more indirectly by influencing how the Architect approaches the project. I have a confession to make here - I either design in silence or to ear...
- 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...
Comments25/11/2017 #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!
- Producer20/11/2017Out and About - Part Two - Trying to Catch upWell the blog post (or two if I am trying to catch up) a day promise is not working out as well as I had hoped. The majority of my articles take about 3-4 hours to research, write and edit. (I admit it - this photo is rather old - however...
Comments22/11/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell#3 Thanks @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador - I am a busy lady! I think I am too busy, I've got a bunch of nascent projects (for example one that sells my plans online - which would be v. easy to run and let's face it money for jam!) - but right now I am the only person working for Blue Designs...
I did have an excellent draughtsman and wanna be architect - Fernando in the wings - but unfortunately he died a couple of years back. I also made a classic error when I hired a friend (and pretty much family member) to come and work with me and be a partner in the business. He had come out of re-hab and was stable and grounded. Anyway his wife insisted that he had a real glass of champagne with her on their wedding day a year later and things deteriorated from there.
I know I need a free-lancer to come and assist me, but so far everyone that has approached me has been too big for their boots!
- Producer05/11/2017The Ribbon Chapel - one of my favourite buildings - Part OneThe Ribbon Chapel designed by Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP is one of the many buildings on my list of places to go and see someday. It takes its name from the pair of timber clad staircases that wind around the exterior of the glazed wedding chapel.The...
Comments06/11/2017 #5 Claire L Cardwell#2 @Aleta Curry - At first I thought the staircases were mainly decorative, I didn't realise that they were a key structural element... I have seen some other buildings designed by Hiroshi Nakamura and his imagination and the beauty of his buildings do not fail to disappoint.
- Producer04/11/2017Bizarre Buildings Part Two - Space Age FantasyI am a Sci Fi fan. I also love weird and wacky architecture. Here are some of my favourite flying saucers and the bizarrely beautiful futuristic buildings :-So tell me - people - wouldn't you love to live somewhere like this? It's so great that...
Comments20/11/2017 #15 Claire L Cardwell@Jerry Fletcher - thank you! I think a blog post on John Lautner is well over due - I particularly like the Malibu House I included here. I think it's stunning. Right now the only Lautner house I could afford would be if Lego brought out a model building kit of one!05/11/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell#7 That would be awesome @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! The only place I can think of that might have a collection of space age buildings would be China - I did a piece a while back about their copy cat architecture - whole towns and villages have been built with certain themes in mind - for example Paris, Venice and London
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@claire-cardwell/copycat-architecture-is-booming-in-china05/11/2017 #7 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWow, so many designs! Some of the designs seemed too aesthetic, like Naomi's. Interesting but not something I'd want to spend any length of time in. Others, were so intriguing. So many talented architechs! I wish there was ONE place with prototypes of many designs we could visit. Sort of like a Disney World for Adults :)
- Producer04/11/2017Out and About Part One - The joys of dealing with Committees"Your Plans are crap," a jowly, florid man glared at me. His glasses twinkled in the light and I (no doubt sitting in his chair at the top of the table) smiled sweetly at him.Somehow or another I took a deep breath, smiled again and said, "you are...
Comments04/11/2017 #2 Cyndi wilkinsYou Know @Claire L Cardwell...As I sit here drumming my fingers in shared frustration for the obstacles being placed in your path, I keep getting the intuitive sense that they are coaxing you in another direction....Go with the offer to partner with the controlling architect...You've worked with her before and she obviously likes and respects your work...Even if it should not work out with her, it will open you up to new possibilities and partnerships...You go girl!...and grab the world by the balls;-)
- Producer03/11/2017Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part Two - The Nautilus House.The Nautilus House near Mexico City has to be one of my favourite weird and wonderful buildings. A real blend of Architecture and Modern Art. It was designed by Javier Senosiain of Architectura Organica. Senosian calls this style...
- 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?!?!
- Producer27/10/2017Bizarre Buildings Part 1 - Animal CrackersAnimal shaped buildings are nothing new - take the Sphinx for example. I come across new zoomorphic architecture (buildings made to look like animals) regularly and decided to put together a list of my favourites. Lucy the Elephant is a six...
Comments29/10/2017 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorIncluding the link to my comment https://www.curbed.com/2016/9/13/12903914/longaberger-basket-company-building-headquarters-sale28/10/2017 #12 Claire L Cardwell#9 Thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - glad you enjoyed it! I actually can't quite decide which one is my favourite, or where I would like to go first. I would however love to see the floating buildings that Waterstudio NL have designed - and hopefully get an inside scoop on how they did it! I think there's a whole post on floating buildings in itself.28/10/2017 #11 Claire L Cardwell#8 @Ken Boddie - I am going to check out those giant buildings @Ken Boddie, I am particularly intrigued by the idea of a Giant Prawn! I just googled 'giant buildings in texas' and was delighted to find Bruco a giant caterpillar - http://www.monolithic.org/commercial/bruco-a-very-busy-caterpillar @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher you might like him too.... Looks like my list is definitely going to get longer!28/10/2017 #8 Ken BoddieWe have so many of these giant something or other buildings in Oz, Claire, but most that I have visited house tourist trap shops. A few that come to mind are the Big Merino (ram) in Goulburn, the Big Oyster in Taree, and the Big Prawn in Ballina. Then there are huge statues of various things like the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour and the Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth. But there again I’m sure there are bigger and better things elsewhere. Just ask any Texan. 🤣
- Producer26/10/2017Is our behaviour the Catch 22 in Energy Efficiency?Behavioural Energy Efficiency is a term I have heard bandied about a lot recently. Experts describe how homeowners use Energy as "behavioural energy use". We've all heard and heard again how measures such as not having electrical equipment on...
Comments03/11/2017 #2 Claire L Cardwell#1 @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee - it's a habit we all have to get into - my Dad is anal about unplugging the TV. I must also admit to generally turning everything off so that 'red light' is not glowing, but I don't generally bother to power down my PC....
- 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....
- Producer24/10/2017The Taj Mahal - under Environmental and Political Threat.I have wanted to visit the Taj Mahal for a long time now, my father has been fortunate in that he has been five times! I am not going to go into an exhaustive recounting of the history and the architecture of the Taj Mahal, more on the current...
Comments03/11/2017 #12 Claire L Cardwell#9 I understand how you feel Ravi Ranjan, however most people search online for information before they travel or visit a building like the Taj Mahal. The articles pointing out the environmental and political dangers to the Taj Mahal were all on the front page, and unfortunately people are starting to stay away in droves.
Now the Taj Mahal has been left out of the official tourism book for Uttah Pradesh and illegal building work is taking place all around the monument and decreasing water levels and increasing pollution is destroying it.
I simply did not feel that another piece extolling it's beauty and brushing over the fact that this building is not going to stay the distance was right...03/11/2017 #11 Claire L Cardwell#8 Thank you @🐝 Fatima G. Williams - it's not only India that is enforcing the 'divide and rule' policy - it's here too...
Yes perhaps some monuments are upsetting to certain people here, but to re-write history and burn down libraries is a dangerous trend.
A quick drive through downtown Johannesburg reveals many stunning buildings - a lot of them in the art deco style. Unfortunately many of them are in a poor state or repair, derelict or hijacked.
You might argue, what does a building matter when people are starving/homeless? They are conveniently forgetting the boon the tourists bring when they visit iconic monuments such as the Taj Mahal.
The abandoned buildings in town (and indeed in many inner city centres) could be converted into shops, small businesses, skills training schools, gyms and accommodation.
Instead it's easier to re-build and ignore existing building's potential, whether it is a work or art, or something with a more practical purpose.25/10/2017 #8 🐝 Fatima G. Williams#4 @Ravi Ranjan I don't think Claire's title is negative. I love the title"The Taj Mahal - under Environmental and Political Threat - A man-made wonder destroyed by the man-made disasters.
It's just hard for some to accept that our government is a big failure just like any other government in stepping up to save such an iconic building. In a time where our Human lives are given a price where does a building stand? Forget it being a political argument or as a monument built by a religious guy but if they look at it just as art and a symbol of, To what extent one can go to in order to symbolize/showcase his love for one. In an age where men looked down on women, this guy had the guts to show his love and validate it for years to come after his death. When women are held in such high esteem there are alots of arguments raised we can count on our fingers, the number of women in any political system.
There are alot of reasons to forget the purpose for what the monument was raised in the first place. All the hardwork and lives of the men lost during the process.
Hats off to Claire for doing so much of research on this very sensitive important issue. Indian political system is filled up like a can of worms. These worms are eating up all the essence of what this nation was built on. They are infact playing the divide and rule policy to suck out the blood of the people who place their trust on them. The politicians are like leeches painlessly sucking the life, energy, unity, and harmony that the nation was born of.25/10/2017 #7 Claire L Cardwell#5 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador as I said to Ravi Ranjan just now, I didn't start out to tell a negative story about this amazing monument to love. I just hope that UNESCO and the Indian Government step in more to save India's most iconic landmark.25/10/2017 #6 Claire L Cardwell#4 Ravi Ranjan - I started this article as a homage to the Taj Mahal, but on doing some more research was horrified to find out how it has declined.... The original title was something along the lines of 'Buildings on my Bucket List' Part One The Taj Mahal...I do want to visit it very much - and will go there in any case to see such an iconic building means a lot to me!24/10/2017 #4 Ravi RanjanIf you forget Environmental and Political Threat, Taj Mahal is no doubt the best in India and the world to visit and see the architect and design. personally, i think if you want to visit Taj Mahal do come without any negative thinking which you have mentioned in the title.Though, glad you want to be here. Good Luck!
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Comments24/10/2017 #15 Claire L Cardwell#14 Thank you so much for the share and kind words @Cyndi wilkins! Your words bring to mind @Puneet Srivastava 's article on how meditation feels like you have just had a shower and all the reports I have heard over the years about how some of the greatest ideas have been germinated whilst under running water. Meditation I find helps me gain more inspiration - far deeper than that morning ritual under my own private waterfall!23/10/2017 #14 Cyndi wilkinsMeditation is an essential practice for anyone seeking to regain the wings of their own consciousness...just like watering your house plants, it is essential for nourishing the mind;-) Great tips to share @Claire L Cardwell View moreMeditation is an essential practice for anyone seeking to regain the wings of their own consciousness...just like watering your house plants, it is essential for nourishing the mind;-) Great tips to share @Claire L Cardwell...and it is important to remember there is no wrong way of doing this...the simple 'act' of doing it activates a link to your unconscious mind...a very fertile ground for the creative mind! Originality thrives in this sacred space...it is where the greatest ideas are born;-) Close23/10/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell#5 Thanks @Praveen Raj Gullepalli - it's all too easy I find to slip out of the practice of meditation - I've just joined a regular class on Sundays which is really helping me with my daily practice. I do however need to make a new meditation space that is a bit further away from my honourary family's morning scramble to work/school. (That of course means a bit of a spring clean!)
The important part is to be consistent, it doesn't actually really take much to get up half an hour earlier or switch off the TV / computer an hour before you go to bed.....23/10/2017 #5 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#1 Thanks Claire for the mention and the information! Yes, there is nothing religious about meditation or even Yoga for that matter. In fact the set of exercises that are part of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) in Yoga, so much akin to the progressive exercises or physical movements steps in the worship ritual (Namaz) of moslem brothers, are meant both to keep the body flexible and toned, and the mind honed; on the divine we thank and worship. (Anyone who sticks to the prescribed routine in flow and frequency, will never have orthopaedic issues associated with age...not to mention other ailments!) Elders have always sought to teach the younger through mysterious ways so that we remain sound in mind and body! :)
Meditation space is always sacred. be it a prayer hall or a small niche - uncluttered, airy and spare. Aroma / incense adds to the feeling of calmness that is a pre-requisite to focusing the mind inwards and then spreading the consciousness outwards! From inside we bloom, in spirit. Like a flower, spreading fragrance and receiving the light of grace. (Oh! Here comes a bee for the honey ;)...Ahh! But how hard it is to find that moment, even if we do find the space! I hope more and more of us find it going forward.
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