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The Thermals: A Pillar of Salt

Link: http://www.thethermals.com/

The Thermals: A Pillar of Salt
I just discovered the Thermals, who are a band from 'home' aka Portland, Oregon. They have a great punk sound that's really catchy... This is one of those songs that I can put on repeat and happily build models into the wee hours of the night.
 

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architekt font

Link: http://kapitza.com/shop/fonts/architekt

architekt font
This is probably an unintentional product plug, but I can't help it. I ran across this 'font' today that is based off of 3-d spaces and cityscapes. What results is a figure|ground relationship between positive and negative, uppercase and lowercase [ie/neon green vs. black] and the mixing and matching between the two. I think it's a really cool idea, and could be fun to do with abstractions one's own design projects... and I'm betting it would work with my current project that questions the notion of 'play' in the city. This might give my presentation that sleek|cool look it's been lacking.
 

March
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Aurland Lookout

Link: http://www.saunders.no/pro_03_01.html

Aurland Lookout
A gut wrenching lookout near the small Norwegian town of Aurland. Approximately 100ft / 30m above a fjord, the only thing keeping you from walking over the edge is a glass partition [which leads me to wonder how they keep it so pristine and clean]. I will be sorely disappointed if I never get to experience this in my lifetime.
 

March
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A decent power point

Link: http://www.slideshare.net/mathowie/making-money-blogging

A decent power point
While I am not that interested in "making money blogging" I really like the format of this power point presentation. Going to school, it seems that professors, presenters, and students are all notorious for giving talks that have power points full of small text and lack graphics of any kind. This presentation style flips it. 1 thought per slide, placed over a related/witty graphic. It places an emphasis on the key thoughts of the presenter, rather than making him/her a narrator for what essentially becomes a 'digital hand out'. I'm sure this also helps with the "reading the power point" problem... Hopefully I can figure a way to relate this style to my own design presentations in the near future [read: next week].
 

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abito | intelligent living spaces

Link: http://www.abito.co.uk/index.php

abito | intelligent living spaces
As I am working on designs for modular & efficient living spaces for my studio project, I keep coming back to abito living spaces. I'm really into their idea of compact living that can be customized for each resident. The intention is to "...create an apartment for young professionals that embraces the needs of modern city living. This required us to perfect an apartment typology and use this to construct a building from the inside out, rather than starting with a building and then carving it up."
 

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The Rear Window

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047396/

The Rear Window
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite movies for multiple reasons. The story line is great, it's actually quite funny, and the set is amazing (it was 1 set built in its entirety, and one of the largest ever constructed!) The social analysis is really interesting... I couldn't imagine watching my neighbors for weeks at a time, naming them all, creating a history for each of them. Then again, it might be fun! "Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence."
 

March
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Zoomscape

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Zoomscape-Architecture-Motion-Mitchell-Schwarzer/

Zoomscape
I went to a lecture by Mitchell Schwarzer a few years back. He was my architectural history professor's mentor at Berkley, a very smart and interesting guy. So I picked up the book, for something to read in all my free time (haha.) It turned out to be a great read! It looks at our architectural experiences through different lenses: "... The perception of architecture has been fundamentally altered by the technologies of transportation and the camera -- we now look at buildings, neighborhoods, cities, and even entire continents as we ride in trains, cars, and planes, and/or as we view photographs, movies, and television."
 

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spokane map

spokane map
I have become fascinated with psychogeography, and the theory of the dérive for my studio project. This map is a result of my drifting through downtown Spokane with a map of Portland, Oregon.

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