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Mapdiva
Creative map design software for the Mac.
software  design  map 
4 days ago
A greenhouse is transformed into an experimental living space in Taiwan
Taipei-based design practice BIAS Architects recently completed “Greenhouse as a Home,” an experimental installation that reinterprets the living areas of a traditional house as five climatic zones. Created for the 2018 Taoyuan Green Expo, the project invited the public to experience the buildings with all five senses, from feeling the climatic differences to eating fresh vegetables hydroponically grown in the installation. Greenhouse as a Home consists of five independent yet interconnected steel grid structures with varying heights and climates ranging from 16 to 29 degrees Celsius (61 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit).
greenhouse  architecture 
4 days ago
How One Family Built America's Public Palaces
There, the exhibition Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces is an impressive display. Photographs, diagrams, drawings and scale models show the beauty and breadth of the work of the Guastavino family — some one-thousand vaults and domes and ceilings in 40 states.
urbanism  architecture  NPR 
4 days ago
Why US public transportation is so bad — and why Americans don’t care
How American mass transit measures up against the rest of the world’s.

While some cities do have impressive webs of efficient rail, for the most part, we are a car-dependent society because Americans largely don’t understand how transit should work and see no need to prioritize it.

Walker also says most American customers mistakenly prioritize reach over frequency; they want buses or trains everywhere, on every block, as opposed to a few trains that come all the time. “There is a distinctly American idea to have infrequent trains from the suburb into the city,” he says. “That’s an example where you put a line on map and people say, ‘Oh, [transit] exists,’ and someone who doesn’t understand frequency is going to think an area is being serviced when it is not.” Those who are more familiar with public transit understand that it’s better to have a few lines with frequent trains, rather than many lines that leave once every two hours.
urbanism  transit  US 
14 days ago
Urban Interventionism and Local Knowledge
Not only do government interventions tend to compromise the knowledge-utilizing properties of the price system, they also impinge directly and in important ways on local knowledge, or Hayek’s “knowledge of the particular circumstances of time and place.” This local knowledge includes norms and trust levels that promote impersonal market interactions and complement more familiar forms of production-related skills and
know-how. Thus, along with the well-known Hayekian lesson that the effective use of local knowledge depends on an extensively used and well-functioning price system, it is equally important to appreciate the reverse: i.e., the role of certain kinds of local knowledge in enabling the extensive use and smooth functioning of the price system to occur. In this way, interventionism can diminish the price system’s effectiveness not only by directly distorting relative prices, but also indirectly by undermining local knowledge. As is generally true of interventionism, these consequences tend to reinforce the interventionist propensities of public choosers
urbanism 
14 days ago
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, Market Square
William H. Whyte’s famous documentary on public space.
urbanism 
14 days ago
bell jar obect
The SkLO reinvention of the classic bell jar, rendered here in substantial handblown Czech glass, includes three different sizes and proportions rendered in four glass colors. The SkLO bell jar has an open neck with fire polished top edge, and an open bottom with ground and polished edges. These sophisticated modern updates on the classic work on their own as objects, or can be used to present other objects in the traditional bell jar presentation.
jars  furnishings  glass  objects  gumps 
20 days ago
Jane Jacons :: Urbanism
In 2005, in collaboration with Jane Jacobs, a small group of accomplished urbanists and activists founded The Center for the Living City to build on Ms. Jacobs’ work. The Center’s purpose is to expand the understanding of contemporary urban life and inspire civic engagement and creative responses for the urgent advancement of social, economic and environmental justice.
urbanism  janeJacobs 
20 days ago
Snowflake: Tutorial: JSON Basics
Machine data can be generated by a variety of devices, such as servers, cell phones, browsers, and so on. Messages sent from a device are called events. An event describes any single user action or occurrence that you want to track. Machines that collect large numbers of events may organize them into batches. A batch is a container that includes header information common to all of the events; e.g. source device and user information.

In a common data collection scenario, a scalable web endpoint collects POSTed data from different sources and writes them to a queuing system such as Amazon Kinesis, Apache Kafka, or RabbitMQ. An ingest service/utility then writes the data to a S3 bucket, from which you can load the data into Snowflake.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to partition JSON data batches in your S3 bucket, execute basic queries on loaded JSON data, and optionally flatten (removing the nesting from) repeated values. The actual data collection process is outside the scope of this tutorial.
javascript  json  tutorial 
20 days ago
koordinates
Discover Earth's Data. Publish open data, share private data, and build new geospatial applications—all on your own branded site.
mapping  software 
20 days ago
Can Spanish Sparkling Compete With Champagne?
OENOFILE // 5 Bottles That Raise Cava’s Cred
1. Dibon Brut Reserve Cava, $10 This dry sparkling wine from the Penedès-based Bodegas Pinord is made from the three classic Cava grapes: Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. It may not be complex, but it’s a pleasantly refreshing drink.

2. Mas Vida Brut Cava, $11 Citrus notes and a clean finish made this Cava a crowd favorite among our tasting panel, and at $11 a bottle, this wine is also an excellent buy. A perfect party sparkler, made from the classic Cava varieties.

3. Bohigas Brut Reserva Cava, $12 This is a dry Cava full of character from all estate-grown, organic fruit, a blend of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. Aged about two years on the lees, it has a rich, toasty note and represents remarkable quality for the price.

4. Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Brut Nature Cava, $17 This very dry, crisp wine commemorates 40 years of this bottling from the Juvé family, one of the most storied in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, center of Cava in the Penedès.

5. 2011 Gramona Imperial Brut Gran Reserva Cava, $30 The Gramona family produces what may well be called the Champagne of Cavas. This wine was aged almost six years before release, and the result is a full-bodied, complex, sumptuous wine with a soft finish.
cava  wine  champagne 
20 days ago
Why Buddhism Is True
Robert Wright on the wisdom of mindfulness meditation.
buddhism 
26 days ago
Arielle Gamble
Arielle Gamble is an artist and designer based in Sydney, Australia.
art  illustration  design  artists  designers 
5 weeks ago
Magazin
German home and accessories site.
accessories  design 
6 weeks ago
Congress for the New Urbanism
The Congress for the New Urbanism views disinvestment in central cities, the spread of placeless sprawl, increasing separation by race and income, environmental deterioration, loss of agricultural lands and wilderness, and the erosion of society’s built heritage as one interrelated community-building challenge.

We stand for the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions, the reconfiguration of sprawling suburbs into communities of real neighborhoods and diverse districts, the conservation of natural environments, and the preservation of our built legacy.

We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.

We recognize that physical solutions by themselves will not solve social and economic problems, but neither can economic vitality, community stability, and environmental health be sustained without a coherent and supportive physical framework.

We represent a broad-based citizenry, composed of public and private sector leaders, community activists, and multidisciplinary professionals. We are committed to reestablishing the relationship between the art of building and the making of community, through citizen-based participatory planning and design.

We dedicate ourselves to reclaiming our homes, blocks, streets, parks, neighborhoods, districts, towns, cities, regions, and environment.
urbanism 
8 weeks ago
MapChain the World
Spatial Consensus Driven Decentralized Map Economy of the World.

Hyperion aims to establish a global decentralized map economy for 7B people and 10B devices. Hyperion organically integrates innovations of three important dimensions, coined as the Hyperion Trinity of map technology, economy and society structures, to eventually achieve a sustainable and self-governed map economy of the world. People are empowered to build map technology, share economical return and govern map communities
mapChain  blockchain  mapping  maps 
8 weeks ago
Mona Caron: Muralist
Mona is a San Francisco-based artist focusing primarily on creating murals in public space.
sanFrancisco  muralist  arts 
july 2018
Anne Griswold Tyng: 1920–2011
Architect. One-time muse of Louis Kahn. Big on geometry. See "Anne Tyng: Inhabiting Geometry."
architect  geometry  patterns 
july 2018
Little Relish
“A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.”
— W.H. Auden
poetry 
july 2018
Stephanie Seal Brown Handwovens
Fresh and modern, these handwoven linen tape trims fill an open niche in the trim market for designers looking for clean and simple detailing. The strong graphic designs are relaxed by a simple linen weave and rich, stonewashed texture.

All tape is woven to order. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery. Customizable. Samples available. Strike offs are recommended for custom orders. Available only to the trade
linen  tape  custom 
july 2018
Chusquea sp.
Bamboo for handles. Loves the Bay Area.
bamboo 
july 2018
html5up.net/hyperspace
Just another fine responsive site template designed by HTML5 UP and released for free under the Creative Commons.
templates  html5 
july 2018
FEMA’s Outdated and Backward-Looking Flood Maps
FEMA is required to update flood maps every five years. If a map is not assessed within the five-year window, the level of flood risk is considered “unknown.” FEMA must reassess flood maps regularly because flood risks are not static. Flood risks change over time due to a variety of factors, like changing land use patterns.

FEMA’s flood mapping program is falling short in protecting people and property from flooding. According to a September 2017 report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, FEMA is unable to “provide members of the public with a reliable rendering of their true flood vulnerability or ensure that NFIP rates reflect the real risk of flooding.” Almost 2/3rds of FEMA’s flood maps have not been updated in the last 5 years. Numerous communities have not had a map update in more than 30 years. For example, many areas that flooded when Sandy struck in 2012 had maps that were last updated in 1983.
maps  FEMA 
june 2018
Ventusky: Weather Data Viz
We decided to take advantage of our knowledge and experience and create a top-quality application that clearly displays meteorological data from around the world and allows you to monitor weather development for any place on earth.
The Earth's weather functions as an interdependent system. For example, a hurricane in the Atlantic has the ability to influence the distribution of pressure formations in Europe. Occasionally, it may even make its way to Europe itself as a post-tropical storm. The Ventusky application allows for the illustration of the interdependence of the entire system, displaying the development of pressure, wind, cloud cover, precipitation, and temperature on the map.

For visualisation of wind data, we utilise current lines that are used to illustrate the movement of particles in liquids. Air and liquid have many similar physical properties, and, as published by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenber (Hint.fm, 2012), current lines are suitable for illustrating wind as well. Because of this, the map depicts wonderful formations illustrating pressure lows that draw in the air around them. We have created an entirely new system of displaying waves. Through the use of animated arcs, our visualisation clearly differentiates the direction of movement and height of both wind waves and swells. For the other meteorological elements, we chose colour scales that appropriately illustrate precipitation, air pressure, and temperature. The colours correspond with the feeling that the given weather phenomena evokes in us. For temperature, blue illustrates cool weather while dark red depicts hot desert air. For precipitation, we concentrated on the danger associated with it. Blue colours represent low precipitation totals that will not result in floods. Orange and red hues, on the other hand, are dangerous and may bring flooding.

The name itself, Ventusky, is a combination of two words. The first is the Latin word, Ventus, means wind, and the second is the English word, Sky.

The Ventusky application is accessible to anyone around the world, aimed at improving awareness about meteorological events in our atmosphere. Images from the application can be redistributed with source and thus help us achieve our goal.
dataViz  weather  mapping 
june 2018
New Sounds
New Sounds is New York Public Radio’s home for the musically curious. Free your listening from the limits of genre and algorithm.
sounds  music  publicRadio  WNYC 
june 2018
Candida Hofer
Interior space photography
interiors  architecture  opera 
june 2018
12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech
Tech is more important than ever, deeply affecting culture, politics and society. Given all the time we spend with our gadgets and apps, it’s essential to understand the principles that determine how tech affects our lives.
medium  articles  tech 
june 2018
Hebrews 12:11
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
bible  scripture 
june 2018
Explore the world of form with Morphology
What is the visual language of cartography? Let’s explore this question through the medium of drawing. After all, it is this abstract representation of place onto a surface of fewer dimensions that the act of cartography entails.

What is this act of drawing a map? Why do we create? What is the mark and its connection to place?

These are questions I like to think about. These are guiding questions which help me to discover, learn and think about what I do everyday as a cartographer.

Let’s think of drawing a map as an extension of the human experience of the external world onto a two-dimensional surface of paper or pixel display. The drawing is a visual experience.
maps  software  programming 
june 2018
Morphology: Earth
Morphology is a drawing/map/tool created for the study of forms in cartography. It is an exploration of form through the medium of lines. Morphology is created by Geraldine Sarmiento.
maps  morphology  software 
june 2018
Angled glazing frames range of views from Ghent house
Angled glazing frames range of views from Ghent house by Miass Architecture and Steven Vandenborre
architecture  windows 
june 2018
Some Bright Elegance
The Nod
by Kayo Chingonyi

When we’re strangers that pass each other in the street, it will come down to this tilt of the head — acknowledging another version of events set in a new-build years from now, a mess of a place filled with books and records, our kids thick as thieves redefining all notions of mischief.

Perhaps our paths will cross in a city of seven hills as the light draws your face out from the bliss of anonymity. Maybe you’ll be stroking the goose-down nape of a small child with eyes the exact shade of those I met across a room at the start of this pain-in-the-heart, this febrile dance.
poetry  kayoChingonyi 
april 2018
NYT: Brown-Butter Mochi
½ cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pans
1 13.66-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
2 cups (15 ounces) dark brown sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 ¾ cups (21 ounces) mochiko (glutinous-rice) flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon fine sea salt

Step 1.
Adjust oven racks to upper and lower-middle positions. Preheat oven to 350.

Step 2.
Generously grease two cupcake tins with butter, including the outer rims of each mold (this will ensure the cakes release after baking). Set aside.

Step 3. Place butter in a medium saucepan, and set over medium heat. Cook, swirling, until the foam subsides and the butter turns golden brown and begins to smell nutty, about 4 minutes. Turn off heat, and add coconut and evaporated milks and sugar. Whisk until sugar and coconut milk melt. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl. Add eggs and vanilla, and whisk until smooth. Set aside.

Step 4. In a large bowl, whisk together mochiko flour, baking powder and salt. Pour milk mixture into dry mixture, and whisk until smooth. Scoop a scant 1/2 cup of batter into each cupcake mold (enough to fill each mold just under the brim). Gently drop filled pans onto countertop from a height of 3 inches to release any air bubbles.

Step 5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, rotating pans and switching their positions after 30 minutes or so to ensure even baking (decrease baking time by 10 minutes if using a nonstick dark metal tin). The mochi are done when they are butterscotch brown on top and an inserted skewer comes out mostly, but not completely, clean.

Step 6. Lightly run a butter knife along the sides of each mold, then invert tins to release mochi, and cool on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t worry if the cakes feel soft or underbaked when you pick them up — it’s just the nature of mochi.

Step 7. Store leftover mochi in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
mochi  baking  dessert 
march 2018
Tissot T-Navigator Automatic
T-Navigator Automatic Black Dial Men's Watch T062430170570 :: $220
tissot  diversWatch  watches 
march 2018
DuFa Regulator
Wow. Curved minute hand. Comes in black and white. $500
duFa  watches  diversWatch 
march 2018
Observational Eros: Jenny Odell
"This love of one’s subject is something I’m provisionally calling the observational eros. The observational eros is an emotional fascination with one’s subject that is so strong it overpowers the desire to make anything new. It’s pretty well summed up in the introduction of Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, where he describes the patience and care involved in close observation of one’s specimens:

When you collect marine animals there are certain flat worms so delicate that they are almost impossible to capture whole, for they break and tatter under the touch. You must let them ooze and crawl of their own will onto a knife blade and then lift them gently into your bottle of sea water. And perhaps that might be the way to write this book — to open the page and let the stories crawl in by themselves.

The subject of observation is so precious and fragile that it risks breaking under even the weight of observation. As an artist, I fear the breaking and tattering of my specimens under my touch, and so with everything I’ve ever “made,” without even thinking about it, I’ve tried to keep a very light touch.”
march 2018
Tradesy: Luxury Pre-owned
21356918, 22933265, 22513340 scarves.
hermes  luxury  preOwned 
march 2018
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