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T38 Studio: Beyond the Boundary

Architect: Architect Articles - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:16
AlfonsoMedina_T38Studio_NextProgressives_HERO.jpg With his firm, Alfonso Medina is helping to change the face of housing in Tijuana, Mexico, with his practice that melds real estate, construction, and architecture.

Safeway shareholders call for GMO labeling

Greener Buildings - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:15

The supermarket chain could join the companies that already label GMOs, including Chipotle, Whole Foods and Ben & Jerry's.

Safeway shareholders call for GMO labeling
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Real Estate Buzz: Robert Hardy making a big leap with mixed-use development on First Hill

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:00
Hardy says he has flipped or built more than 700 houses and condos, redeveloped retail centers and constructed apartment complexes.

Port OKs projects at Sea-Tac that will cost almost $1B

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:00
Nearly $1 billion worth of projects are preparing for take off at Sea-Tac International Airport.

Lowe pays $30M for North Creek complex

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:00
Lowe Enterprises Investors said on Wednesday that it has acquired the 264-unit North Creek apartment complex in a joint venture with an investment client.

How to fight graffiti? Just keep on painting

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:00
If you hear the clunky rattle of a can of spray paint followed by a soft hiss, it's too late. You've been tagged.

Tukwila Village breaks ground, finally

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:00
Crews broke ground last week on Tukwila Village, a long-planned mixed-use project on a six-acre parcel at Tukwila International Boulevard and South 144th Street.

Apollo logs 5 million hours without an accident

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:00
The company says worker safety comes first — no matter the cost or schedule implications.

Chefchaouen, Morocco

I Dig Hardware - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 23:44
I have to get on the road early today, so I only have time to post a teeny preview...I will post more tonight!
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Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Inhabitat - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 22:00

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Controversial artist Damien Hirst has turned his focus from diamond skulls to green building, announcing plans to design an eco-friendly town near Ilfracombe north of Devon, England. Hirst’s Southern Extension includes plans for 750 sustainable and energy-efficient homes, and it’s envisioned as a model for other parts of the United Kingdom. The town also features a school, playground, offices, retail space, and a health center – and it will be powered largely by wind turbines and photovoltaic solar panels.

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Worshipping the Crash

BLDG BLOG - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 18:20
[Image: Photo by BLDGBLOG].

There's a roadside shrine in Rajasthan where the remains of a crashed motorcycle have been transformed into a temple: a traffic accident from the 1980s now permanently frozen in time and architecturally framed as a site of pilgrimage for spiritually minded passers-by.

I was traveling around the region a while back when our driver suddenly pulled over, saying he needed to see something. When we asked him what was happening, he simply said it was a shrine built from the remains of a crashed motorbike—and I was excited, because I had actually read about this place.

[Image: Photo by BLDGBLOG].

Any fan of J.G. Ballard would want to visit a site like this, due to its strange backstory and its even more amazing contemporary presentation: it's basically the motorcycle from a fatal road collision in the 1980s that's now been transformed into a literal shrine, a vernacular place of worship, meditation, and prayer.

The handlebars are draped with flowers, and believers walk ritual circuits around the motorbike all day, transforming it into a kind of supernatural fulcrum.

A beautiful tree, wrapped in colorful threads and ornamented from its trunk to its branches with dyed strips of fabric, is the most immediately obvious marker along the cargo-heavy road that passes close by; as it happens, this tree played a central role in the events that would give this site its otherworldly significance.

[Image: Photo by BLDGBLOG].

As the Lonely Planet Guide to Rajasthan described the place, it is "one of the strangest temples in all India," a "garland-decked Enfield Bullet motorcycle, known as Bullet Baba."
The story goes that local villager Om Bana died at this spot in the 1980s when his motorbike skidded into a tree. The bike was taken to the local police station, but then mysteriously twice made its own way back to the tree, and travelers along the road started seeing visions of Om Bana—inevitably leading to the machine's deification. Any time of day or night people can be seen at the open-air shrine here, praying for safe journeys and making offerings of liquor.
We didn't stay long, unfortunately, but it felt like a scene from some black-market rewrite of Crash, rewritten for Indian readers in which holy accidents on various roads throughout the country are visited by over-enthusiastic tourists of the afterlife, intent on receiving ill-defined bursts of supernatural energy from celebrity collisions such as these.

The U.S. might have its James Dean Crash Site & Memorial, and France might have the Pont de l'Alma Tunnel, but this machine-deification in the deserts of northern India showed what a rural folk tradition could do with the morbid significance of fatal crash sites and the often deeply unglamorous vehicles that enable them.
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Peak season for fireflies, the meaning of the word ‘slash’ and architecture made of paper tubes

TED Blog - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 18:10
By Olivia Cucinotta Below, a look at some members of the TED community with news to share this week: Sara Lewis confirms to a local paper that there are in fact more fireflies this summer, and that we are in midst of peak firefly season. Hurry—it ends mid-August! (Watch Sara’s TED Talk, “The loves and []
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