The Elements of the House, revisited – e-flux Architecture

“It had rained earlier, and the fragmented, light-filled clouds worked off each other.” —Teju Cole1 What makes one housing building better than another? The common answers may include the quality of spaces, natural lightning, accessibility, size of the rooms, and so forth. Rarely we would think on the word “rain.” But what would happen if the rain was let inside? Of course it could be a total mess, but at the same time, different types of stories, other forms of life can emerge. 110 Rooms by MAIO Architects, a twenty-two-unit housing block in Barcelona from 2016, is evidence of the potential for relating to and living with architecture otherwise, and not just because the first thing one perceives when walking into the building could be either bright sunlight or heavy rain dancing among a field of colorful, sculptural forms, depending on the conditions outside. Not even Raimund Abraham mentioned “rain” in his 1972 poem “The elements of the house,” where he states that a house is the junction of elements, including dreams, illusions, conflicts, absurdity, earth, flames, clouds, rivers, the wind, the sun, the stars, transparencies, transcendence, among many others. 110 Rooms not on...

You’ll Soon Be Able to Rent a 3D-Printed Dwelling Designed for Mars

“Sustainable architecture” – whether it be in its choice of materials, site, construction, energy use, or combination of all of these considerations – deigns to mitigate the negative environmental impacts associated with building any structure on Earth. But what does sustainable architecture mean if your building wasn’t intended for Earth, but for the habitat of Mars? The TERA is a luxe Martian eco-home for Earth applying Martian tech to terra architecture. The architectural progeny of the habitat prototype, MARSHA, the 2-story, hive shaped TERA-1 was developed by AI SpaceFactory with an exterior 3D printed shell covering a wooden structurally independent interior and intended to “land” on a remote and currently undeveloped plot along the Hudson River in Upstate New York. The intent is to build it and rent it out as a most unique eco-habitat. The vertical TERA maximizes livable square footage while minimizing its physical footprint on the land. AI SpaceFactory intends to transport a 3D printing robot to the site to build TERA following a laser scan of the site’s topography, eliminating the need to level the ground/foundation. And when the structure begins to show the signs of br...

Whether you missed out on Black Friday or you still have a few items left on

Whether you missed out on Black Friday or you still have a few items left on your wish list, Cyber Monday 2019 deals are now live, and they won’t disappoint. Now is the best time to get ahead of your holiday shopping, or treat yourself to the clever tech gadget, handy kitchen tool, or basic wardrobe staple you’ve been eyeing. The Mic editors have assessed all the Cyber Monday offerings on Amazon and rounded up the best ones right here. The only thing is, you have to act fast if you see something you like — the best deals often run out the quickest. A favorite amongst more than 2,000 Amazon reviewers, this Champion hoodie is made of cotton and polyester blend that’s soft, durable, and machine-washable. These popular hoodies are just $15 during Cyber Monday. This beard trimming kit has everything you need: a cordless hair clipper that’s fully washable, two combs, and a Gillette ProGlide razor. Th sharp stainless steel blades give you an impressively smooth shave, and the clipper lasts for up to 60 minutes on one eight-hour charge. Get it for less than $20 on Cyber Monday. This compact Echo dot with Alexa lets you use voice commands to play music, make calls...

Michigan ports closed for business? Two case studies CrainsDetroitNameplate2019RedWhite_horizontal-2 CrainsDetroitNameplate2019RedWhite_horizontal-2

In May, the University of Michigan released a report on the impact on Michigan ports in general and the Port of Monroe in particular of contradictory policies by two regional offices of U.S. Customs and Border Protection on what can be shipped in and out. The Chicago CBP office has far more lenient policies on how shipping containers and crated cargo should be examined before entering or leaving ports than the Detroit office does. Since the Chicago office regulates Ohio ports, cargo can go in and out of Cleveland and Toledo that can’t come in or out of Michigan’s 40 ports, which means a substantial loss of jobs and revenue here. “The study was the product of a partnership between the Port of Monroe and The Ford School in which we provide a platform for masters students to study real world public policy challenges,” said Paul LaMarre, director of the Port of Monroe. “We have an understanding that the Port can only provide facts and that we have no influence on the outcome whatsoever. The Port does not provide any type of compensation to the university nor students. Our goal is to promote educational opportunities in hopes that young professionals bec...

Why DIY friendship bracelets are the best form of meditation

When I was seven, a camp counselor at the Warwick, Rhode Island YMCA taught me how to make a friendship bracelet. She gave me three different colored strings, and demonstrated the “four” pattern I had to follow to tie each individual knot. My first foray into crafting my own was total crap, but I triple-knotted that thing within an inch of its life and wore it until it was so faded and frayed that my mom made me cut it off because it was embarrassing her. (And also, it smelled.) But man oh man, did I love it… and the hundreds of other friendship bracelets I made from the years of 1999 to 2006. So this summer, when I saw everyone on Instagram shelling out over 40 bucks a pop to stack their arms with the multicolored string bracelets in the latest nostalgia-centric style trend, I thought, “pshht, I could do better than that” and ordered myself a 13 dollar kit of string and beads on Amazon. When it arrived, I posted up on my couch in complete silence, tied six pieces of string around my toe—the way my counselor taught me to—and got to work on a chevron pattern. By the time I looked up, three hours had passed. I hadn’t checked my phone once (no small feat for someone who averages 19...

30 years of above-average temperatures means the climate has changed

If you’re younger than 30, you’ve never experienced a month in which the average surface temperature of the Earth was below average. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-1449240174198-2′); }); Each month, the US National Climatic Data Center calculates Earth’s average surface temperature using temperature measurements that cover the Earth’s surface. Then, another average is calculated for each month of the year for the twentieth century, 1901-2000. For each month, this gives one number representative of the entire century. Subtract this overall 1900s monthly average – which for February is 53.9F (12.1C) – from each individual month’s temperature and you’ve got the anomaly: that is, the difference from the average. The last month that was at or below that 1900s average was February 1985. Ronald Reagan had just started his second presidential term and Foreigner had the number one single with “I want to know what love is.” These temperature observations make it clear the new normal will be systematically rising temperatures, not the stability of the last 100 years. The traditional definition of cli...

We’ve all seen cheap welders for sale from the usual online sources, small inverter stick welders

We’ve all seen cheap welders for sale from the usual online sources, small inverter stick welders for a very tempting price. But are they any good? When my local supermarket had one in its offers aisle, I took the plunge and placed it in my cart alongside the usual week’s supply of Marmite. That was some time around the start of the year. What I’d bought from my local Aldi was a Workzone WWIW-80, an 80 A unit that had cost me somewhere just over £60 (about $75), and came with welding leads and a rather poor quality face shield. The German discount supermarket chains specialise in periodic offers on all kinds of interesting things, so a very similar unit has also been for sale with a Parkside brand from their competitor Lidl. These small inverter welders are fairly generic, so they can be found with a variety of brands and specifications at a lower price online if you don’t mind forgoing the generous Aldi 3 year guarantee. The cheapest I’ve seen was about £35, or $44, but that price included only the inverter, without welding leads. As a working blacksmith my dad has had a high-quality inverter welder since the 1990s, so my frame of reference is based upon that. He tried one of t...

The Global Oil & Gas Drill Bits Market, 2019: Competition, Forecast & Opportunities, 2014-2024

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Global Oil and Gas Drill Bits Market By Material (Steel, Diamond & Tungsten Carbide), By Type (Fixed Cutter Bits & Roller Cone Bits), By Application (Offshore & Onshore), By Region, Competition, Forecast & Opportunities, 2024″ report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The global oil and gas drill bits market stood at 3.3 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.8% during 2019-2024 to reach $ 5.5 billion by 2024, owing to increasing shale gas exploration activities and rising demand for customized drilling bits that can handle unconventional rock formation. These drill bits are widely used during shale gas exploration. With increasing shale gas exploration, the demand for these drill bits is also growing. The drill bits industry is changing rapidly with new manufacturing technology and increasing use of new materials in drill bits production process. Based on application, the global oil and gas drill bits market has been categorized into onshore drilling and offshore drilling. The onshore drilling application is expected to account for the largest market share in coming year...

Fiat Chrysler challenges Italy tax agency over value of U.S. business

Italy says it believes the automaker underestimated by $5.7B the value of its U.S. business in Chrysler acquisition Welcome to our new and improved comments, which are for subscribers only. This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you. You do not need a Facebook profile to participate. You will need to register before adding a comment. Typed comments will be lost if you are not logged in. Please be polite. It’s OK to disagree with someone’s ideas, but personal attacks, insults, threats, hate speech, advocating violence and other violations can result in a ban. If you see comments in violation of our community guidelines, please report them. Milan, Italy — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has challenged a claim by Italy’s tax authorities over the valuing of its U.S. Chrysler business that could leave it with an unwanted tax bill just days ahead of an expected key merger agreement with Peugeot owner PSA. On Wednesday, a source close to the matter said the Italian tax agency believed Fiat Chrysler had underestimated the value of its U.S. business, after its phased acquisition of Chrysler by 5.1 billion euros ($5.7 billion). The tax audit comes at ...

All 2,493 items targeted by China’s tariffs in US trade war — Quartz

China’s latest tariff retaliation, announced today, will hit some $60 billion in US exports, including hundreds of agricultural, mining, and manufactured products, threatening jobs and profits at companies around the United States.  Before the trade war starts in earnest, China bought about 17% of US agricultural exports and was a major market for other goods, from Maine lobster to Boeing aircraft. It has been the largest market for Apple iPhones since 2016. Since the escalation of tariffs, though, China has stopped buying soybeans and lobsters, and Apple warned it would miss its expected Christmas holiday sales figures because of trade tensions. In addition to the 25% tariffs below, Beijing also added 20% tariffs on 1,078 US products, 10% tariffs on 974 US products, and 5% tariffs on 595 US products (all links in Chinese). The list was translated from China’s ministry of finance press release using Google translate, and may be inexact in spots. Quartz also rearranged some items on the list to group them into categories, and they may not be in the order of their “harmonized tariff schedule” codes.  Automatic Tape Dispenser, Automatic Label Dispenser, Harness Taping Machine R...

İŞKUR 1488 açık iş ilanı ile Çağrı merkezi Müşteri Temsilcisi Arıyor!

İŞKUR resmi internet sitesinde yer alan personel talepleri incelendiğinde  1488 açık iş ilanı ile Çağrı merkezi Müşteri Temsilcisinin işverenler tarafından talep edildiği görülmektedir. Ülkemizde faaliyet göstermekte olan özel sektör firmaları açık pozisyonları için İŞKUR üzerinden memur ve personel alımları yapmaya devam ediyor. Buna göre İŞKUR tarafından yayımlanan ilanlar incelendiğinde ; İlk 20 meslek ve talep edilen personel sayısı yukarıda görüldüğü üzere karşımıza çıkmaktadır. İlanların detaylarına İŞKUR resmi internet sitesi üzerinden şifre ile kullanıcı girişi yapıp ulaşabilirsiniz. Şifre ile kullanıcı girişi yapmadan ilan detaylarına ulaşılamamaktadır. Ahırcı (Hayvan Bakan Ve Ahırları Temizleyen) -Karma Çiftçilik (Bitkisel Üretim Ve Hayvan Yetiştiriciliği) Çocuk Gelişimcisi/Çocuk Gelişim Uzmanı(Özel Eğitim Kurumları/Rehberlik ve Araştırma Merkezleri) 3 Axis Woodworking Machine Wood Router, Cnc Router, Cnc Machine, Wood Cutting Machine – Jinan Quick,http://www.quickcncmachine.com/

All lanes of SR 99 Aurora bridge in Seattle open early

SEATTLE – All lanes of the State Route 99 Aurora bridge are scheduled to reopen in time for the Wednesday morning commute, as workers completed an emergency repair to a damaged support beam under the southbound lanes. On Thursday night, Oct. 31, the Washington State Department of Transportation reduced the bridge to two lanes in each direction to give contractor crews room to fix the beam, also known as a stringer, which had corroded and dropped about half an inch. A stringer is a steel piece that runs lengthwise under a bridge deck. It is riveted or bolted to beams with steel plates to carry the weight of the deck. WSDOT structural engineers discovered the damaged stringer under the far right southbound lane on Oct. 27 during a scheduled inspection. “This was a complicated repair because the contractor was working with a stringer that was still holding a section of bridge deck,” said WSDOT Assistant Regional Administrator Messay Shiferaw. “We needed to lift the closed part the deck with additional steel to alleviate pressure from the stringer, repair the connecting steel and bolt it all back into place while still supporting the concrete deck.” 150mm Cable Tray Suppli...

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