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construction  architecture  history 
6 weeks ago by kevan
The Eloquent Peasant » Blog Archive » Oldest papyri ever discovered document pyramid building, or More reasons why the aliens did not build the pyramids
"It took four days, using the Nile and connecting canals, to transport the blocks about 10km to the pyramid construction site, which was called the ‘Horizon of Khufu’. The logbook documents these activities for a period of more than three months."
history  paper  egypt  construction  via:adrian 
november 2014 by kevan
New Statesman | The bizarre secret of London’s buried diggers
"To construct a no-expense-spared new basement, the digger has to go so deep into the London earth that it is unable to drive out again. [...] The new method, now considered standard operating practice, is to cover the digger with “hardcore”, a mixture of sand and gravel. Then a layer of concrete is simply poured over the top."
london  underground  secrets  construction  via:newsmary 
june 2014 by kevan
Why sugar helped remove Victoria Line concrete flood - Telegraph
"At concentrations of more than one per cent in a cement mix, sucrose can delay complete hardening almost indefinitely. By stirring this into the hardening cement that had spilt into the room containing the signalling equipment for the Victoria Line, workers were able to delay it from hardening."
construction  food  tube  london 
january 2014 by kevan
How a high-rise craze is ruining London's skyline | Art and design | The Observer
"A decade ago, plans for buildings such as the Shard and the Gherkin were widely publicised, provoked debate and were the subject of public inquiries. Now, developers and architects hold modest public exhibitions in the immediate neighbourhood of their proposals and are not overanxious that they should be more widely known about."
london  cities  construction 
december 2012 by kevan
Filabot Personal Filament Maker for 3D Printers - Desktop Extruding System – Environmentally Friendly
"Filabot is a desktop extruding system, capable of grinding various types of plastics, to make spools of plastic filament for 3D printers. [...] The Filabot can process things such as: milk jugs, soda bottles, various other types of plastics, and bad prints, to make new filament for a future print."
plastic  construction  via:zarba 
april 2012 by kevan
Photos: Tetrapod beaches of Japan ~ Pink Tentacle
"By some estimates, more than 50% of Japan's 35,000-kilometer (22,000-mi) coastline has been altered with tetrapods and other forms of concrete."
construction  japan  water 
april 2012 by kevan
Industrial-Strength Fungus - TIME
"After the husks are cooked, sprayed with water and myco-vitamins and seeded with mushroom spores, the mixture is poured into a mold of the desired shape and left to grow in a dark warehouse. A week or two later, the finished product is popped out and the material rendered biologically inert."
architecture  fungi  construction  via:zarba 
february 2010 by kevan
Shapeways | 3D printing buildings: interview with Enrico Dini of D_Shape
"In 2004 he invented and patented a full scale 3D printing method that used epoxy to bind sand. Enrico could now 3D print buildings."
construction  architecture  stone  via:bateleur 
may 2009 by kevan
One Way Pendulum (1964)
A suburban 60s family divided into their own absurd pursuits, with a gawky Jonathan Miller teaching speak-your-weight machines to sing in the attic. A brisk, no-nonsense acceptance of the absurd, although it lingers a little too long on some of its ideas.
filmlog  4stars  law  construction  society  music 
may 2008 by kevan
Test Shared Vision - Community Bridge Project
A boring old inner-city concrete bridge repainted as brown-stone trompe l'oeil. "The illusion is so strong that art professionals sometimes stand next to the bridge and ask where the mural is."
architecture  art  illusions  construction  via:holly 
june 2006 by kevan
Armadillo Run
Elegant hybrid of Pontifex and The Incredible Machine. A good measure of a physics engine's realism is how *funny* it is, and this one's good.
games  download  science  construction  mammals  via:jay 
may 2006 by kevan
Wooster Collective: How to Make a Plastic Bag Eating Giraffe
"Plastic bags that fly around in the wind are a lot of fun to watch but once they become lodged in tree branches, they don't do much. With this in mind, I made some tape giraffes to eat this debris."
plastic  litter  art  mammals  construction 
march 2006 by kevan
Ireland's "Crack" Habit - Explaining the faux Irish pub revolution
"They reinvented the holiday at home to kick-start the tourist season. Now thousands of partiers head to Ireland for the 'St. Patrick's Day Season' as Guinness has called this time of year. (It used to be called 'March' or, for Irish Catholics, 'Lent.')"
ireland  drinks  illusions  construction  lies 
march 2006 by kevan
Turris Babel
"This model illustrates Kircher's proof that Nimrod's ambition was intrinsically flawed: in order to reach the nearest heavenly body; the Moon, the tower would have to be 178,672 miles high, comprised of over three million tons of matter."
religion  architecture  construction  space  via:jon 
march 2006 by kevan - Furnished home found in storm drain
"Having turned a storm drain into a two-bedroom apartment, they had erected a waist-high barrier of masonry and concrete to stop water from flowing through their makeshift home."
underground  secrets  construction  via:arbroath 
february 2006 by kevan
HeatedDriveway.Com - Stop Shoveling! Stop Snowblowing! Stop Plowing!
Thinking it'd be an amusing idea, and it actually existing; concrete with embedded hot-water pipes, for thousands of dollars. "Imagine, no shoveling, no loud snow plow, no recruiting neighbor kids to work on a cold day."
ice  weather  fire  transport  construction  lunacy 
december 2005 by kevan
Travaux (2005)
Parisian lawyer having her flat rebuilt by immigrant workers, at the mercy of an overenthusiastic architect and vague romantic-comedy cliche, all made a bit more bearable for being French.
filmlog  2stars  france  law  architecture  construction 
december 2005 by kevan
Facade and dummy houses at 23-24 Leinster Gardens
"The route of the line between Paddington and Bayswater necessitated the demolition of 23 and 24 Leinster Gardens [and] it was decided to build a 5ft-thick facade which matched the houses either side of the break."
london  architecture  secrets  illusions  construction 
november 2005 by kevan
Yahoo News: Cardboard Box Added to Toy Hall of Fame
"Spaceship, castle, haven to daydream in, the cardboard box was enshrined Friday in the National Toy Hall of Fame along with Jack-in-the-Box and Candy Land."
toys  children  construction  via:arbroath 
november 2005 by kevan
The Observer | The city that ate the world
The growth of Beijing. "The second ring road that marked the city limits until the Eighties has been followed by the building of a third, fourth and fifth ring. The sixth is under construction."
architecture  china  cities  future  construction  metal  via:jones 
october 2005 by kevan
we make money not art: Amphibious houses
"A foam core is encased in concrete, with steel cables securing it against the currents. Individual pontoons can be joined to one another like Lego blocks. [...] If anything should happen to the foundation, the whole thing can be taken to the dockyard."
architecture  water  construction  lego  via:jones 
october 2005 by kevan
The Rake: The Life-Giving Secret of Bees
"We know the bees use propolis to seal cracks in the hives, and for other purposes—like embalming invaders [but] they don't collect very much of it, and not all of them are that interested in it." Might be good for rustproofing barbecues.
bees  pestilence  construction  science 
september 2005 by kevan
Hands On: Smart Hives - Tanzania
"The Kenya top-bar hive [...] has side walls that slope inward towards the bottom so the bees will build less comb attachment to the walls. The bees treat the walls as a floor and attach far less comb, making the comb easy to remove."
bees  emergence  design  construction 
august 2005 by kevan
Big Loader Teaching Toy
"Because Big Loader operates sequentially, it can be considered a real-world computer program. [...] Looping becomes very graphic with Big Loader." Excellent. I used to have one of these, hadn't thought what it might have taught me.
nostalgia  toys  education  programming  construction  plastic  via:jon 
july 2005 by kevan - poster child mario question blocks!
Build your own cardboard question-mark bonus blocks, to hang from bits of scenery in the real world.
games  construction  trees  secrets  art  via:riana 
june 2005 by kevan
Oddities - A Beast of Prey
The book's profile-of-a-spider chapter: "Rosalind began by letting the wind fix an original base thread, pretty much by accident. As soon as she was satisfied with the lie of this, she formed a few others about it irregularly in a rough pentagon."
spiders  books  construction 
may 2005 by kevan
Why Buildings Fall Down - Matthys Levy, Mario Salvadori
The mechanics of collapse, layered with sufficient detail and insight and faint humour (it opens with the Tower of Babel) to support the heavy science. Includes a 2002-edition extra chapter on the factors of terrorism.
booklog  construction  architecture  science  dereliction  terrorism 
april 2005 by kevan
New Scientist: Killer tree-ants snare prey in gruesome traps
"The ants are always hiding just under the holes, waiting with their mandibles open. When an insect arrives they immediately grab the legs and antennae [...] stretching it out as though being tortured on a mediaeval rack."
ants  death  construction  plants  insects  via:holly 
april 2005 by kevan
Binishells in NSW Schools
Brochure from a school using Binishell domes for its classrooms - concrete domes built by covering a canvas balloon with wet concrete, and inflating it, before cutting doors and windows out.
construction  education  air 
april 2005 by kevan
Solitary Bee Posts
Effortless alternative to bamboo bee boxes; just drill some holes into a wooden post. "In nature such holes are formed by beetles that live in the wood as larvae, then tunnel out as adults."
bees  wood  construction  todo 
april 2005 by kevan
The New York Times > The Munchies
Artist eats a gallery wall, over two months. "One of the main components of drywall is calcium sulfite, she noted, a mineral that can be found in tofu, canned potatoes and some baked goods."
food  construction  art 
february 2005 by kevan
Follies Home Page, follies and folly towers
Postcode-searchable map of follies within the UK. "The great point of this tower, is that it will be entirely useless."
architecture  pointless  construction 
february 2005 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Beavers Make Dam Out of Stolen Money
"A bag of bills stolen from a casino was snapped up by beavers who wove thousands of dollars in soggy currency into the sticks and brush of their dam on a creek in eastern Louisiana."
construction  mammals  money  police  water 
november 2004 by kevan
Building improbably rigid lattice structures from playing cards.
cards  construction 
november 2004 by kevan
Epping Forest Hedgehog Rescue - Hedgehog Housing Plans
Hedgehog-house construction plans. "Various plastic dolls houses can be adapted."
architecture  construction  mammals  todo 
november 2004 by kevan
Houses of the Future - The Cardboard House
Life imitates Armando Iannucci. "The introduction of innovative bonding, cutting and structural techniques has provided the opportunity to consider this lightweight and recyclable material in a more creative fashion."
architecture  construction  paper 
october 2004 by kevan
The Twentieth Century Society - Sound Mirrors, Greatstone, Kent
Giant, curved concrete walls, designed to focus and amplify the sound of approaching enemy aircraft in the 20s.
construction  dereliction  history  mirrors  sound  war 
october 2004 by kevan | Tourism - Computer browsers
The Swiss government are tinkering with landscape simulations to see where swarms of virtual tourists go; "inserting a cable car to a particular plateau and seeing whether the agents take advantage of it in large numbers".
construction  simulation  society 
september 2004 by kevan
Radio Prague: The Cesky Sen Hypermarket
Students create a fake shopping centre: "What from afar looked like the wall of the Cesky sen hypermarket painted in the bright colours of the advertisements was, actually, just a long billboard."
construction  illusions  psychology  shops 
august 2004 by kevan
Mori Urban Institute for the Future | Model Making
How to make a scale model of a city, by glueing printed photos of building faces onto cut styrofoam.
art  cities  construction  paper  photos 
august 2004 by kevan
"However you spell this concoction, it is the mixture which makes up many of the structural walls of Brighton and is responsible for much structural instability, dry rot, dampness, and probably plague and pestilence as well."
architecture  brighton  cheating  construction  pestilence 
july 2004 by kevan Peculiar 'bumblebees' may be carpenter bees, drilling tunnels
"Sometimes you can actually hear the burrowing sounds from within the wood. You may also find yellow, coarse sawdust near the entry hole."
bees  construction  wood 
june 2004 by kevan
Lubic Kits
Strange plastic-Meccano, intended for building "either a computer case or anything that is not computer related".
construction  plastic 
june 2004 by kevan
Lego Turing Machine
"The stack is a small hollow tower in which the symbols can fall horizontally."
construction  lego  programming 
may 2004 by kevan
How to Make a Bee Box
Nicely casual construction instructions for a nesting-box apartment block, for solitary bees.
bees  construction  todo 
may 2004 by kevan

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