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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS INSPIRED BY NATURE





 These biomimetic designs reflect the natural world.


bi·o·mi·met·ic 

adjective

BIOCHEMISTRY Relating to or denoting synthetic methods that mimic biochemical processes.




BEIJING NATIONAL STADIUM: BEIJING
 XIAOYANG LIU, GETTY IMAGES
Designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron for the 2008 Olympic Games, the locals nicknamed this stadium the “Bird’s Nest” before it was even completed. The bowl-shaped interior, roof, and staircases are integrated into the structure’s spatial grid-like formation, fashioned by overlapping steel trusses. The spaces between them are filled with a translucent membrane, just as birds stuff the empty spaces in their nests with materials. The stadium accommodates concerts and other special events, and will once again host the winter Olympics in 2022.

LOTUS TEMPLE: NEW DELHI
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According to Bahá'í scripture, all the religion’s houses of worship must include a nine-sided circular shape. All the others have achieved this with a dome, but this temple in the village of Bahapur in New Delhi looks quite different. Inspired by the shape of the lotus flower, architect Fariborz Sahba conceived of 27 freestanding marble "petals" arranged in groups of three to form nine sides. These materials come from Penteli mountain in Greece, the same source for the Parthenon in Athens. The temple’s nine doors officially opened to the public in 1986, and the central hall can accommodate up to 2,500 worshippers.

ATOMIUM: BRUSSELS
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Originally constructed for the 1958 World’s Fair, or Expo 58, this quirky building features nine interconnected spheres measuring 335-feet high. Engineer Andre Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak modeled it after an iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times to represent faith in scientific progress. Today the interior is home to a museum and several temporary exhibits. Although it’s located in the northern Heysel neighborhood outside of the center, its shiny, stainless steel exterior remains visible from several different viewing points around the Belgian capital.

HELIX BRIDGE: SINGAPORE
 TUUL & BRUNO MORANDI, GETTY IMAGES
An international team, assembled from Architects 61 in Singapore and Australia-based Cox Architecture and Arup, designed this footbridge stretching over Marina Bay, linking the famous hotel and shopping center with the ArtScience Museum and Gardens by the Bay. The inspiration comes from the double helix structure of a DNA molecule—tubular, stainless-steel struts connect the two different spirals to the bridge’s deck. Opened in 2010, the 919-foot long curved structure has five viewing platforms, giving pedestrians spectacular views of the skyline from across the waterfront.

SAGRADA FAMILIA: BARCELONA
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While Antoni Gaudi was motivated by his faith, nature inspired the design of this unfinished Roman Catholic church, which depicts the relationship between humanity, nature, and religion. Although the famous modernist architect took over the project in 1883, the central nave wasn’t completed until 2000. It’s modeled after tree trunks and their branching canopies, which support the 150-foot tall vault. Those who enter feel as though they’re walking into an enormous forest—just as Gaudi intended.


ALDAR HEADQUARTERS: ABU DHABI
IAIN MASTERTON, GETTY IMAGES
This circular skyscraper has glittered against the seafront desert landscape of Abu Dhabi since 2010. In tribute to the city’s maritime heritage, Marwan Zgheib and his Lebanon-based firm MZ Architects were inspired by the clam shell. They developed a diagrid (a diamond-shaped framework of diagonally intersecting steel ribs) to create the building’s striking curved glass skin. Standing at 360 feet (23 stories tall) on an elevated peninsula, the building boasts both city and waterfront views.


TAIPEI 101: TAIPEI
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Standing at 1,671 feet tall, this 101-story skyscraper was the tallest building in the world when it opened in Taipei's modern Xinyi District in 2004. Renowned architect C.Y. Lee modeled it after a bamboo stalk, and its repetitive sections are full of symbolism. There are a total of eight segments comprised of eight floors each—a lucky number in Chinese culture. They mimic both the segments of the plant as well as Asian pagodas, while tinted green glass walls add the finishing touch.


30 ST MARY AXE: LONDON
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Renowned architect Norman Foster wasn’t inspired by a pickle when he designed this building better known as the Gherkin. The building’s surface, made from adhered layers of diamond-shaped glass arranged in a lattice design, is actually modeled after the Venus’ flower basket sea sponge. Instead of filtering water through its surface, the building filters air to reduce the need for air conditioning. The 590-foot neo-futuristic building contrasts dramatically with the famous Georgian houses of London, but has become an iconic feature of the city’s skyline.
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Happy Halloween!!



Re the candy you/your kids get/give away trick or treating tonight: When it comes to candy bars, the term fun-sized is misleading. There is nothing fun about your candy bar not being the size of a regular bar. You should call them what they are... “Disappointment-sized.”----fishducky


 




Monday, October 30, 2017

TOMORROW WE WILL HAVE WEATHER, FOLLOWED BY MORE WEATHER

I don’t know if it’s just here in the L.A. area or not, but I’ve noticed that the 
female weather reporters on the local stations are getting sexier.  
They are certainly dressing sexier.  
My husband & I now refer to them as the “Weather Sluts”. 

Here are some others (including some non-sexy men) 
from worldlifestyle.com for your perusal: 

Promising Weather Report

Don’t be too quick to judge – this weather woman definitely knows how to keep her audience glued to their screens. Unfortunately, many commuters were complaining later that evening that this route home wasn’t the fastest one.

Keep Your Cool

A professional newscaster would never let background noise or painful accidents affect the broadcast – after all, the only thing that’s important is delivering news to the public. I feel bad for the guy in the back, though.

Camel Toeing In The North

I'm guessing that since the forecast didn’t look promising that morning, the weather woman decided to distract the viewers with something else. Who’s paying attention to the screen in the background after this?

Dogsitting

Looks like this weather man’s dogsitter was on vacation, or it was “bring your dog to the office” day. Either way, I can’t deny that this little mishap made the news a little nicer to watch.

Am I In The Shot?

Ah, what would we regular people not do to appear on live television! The only problem is that while we sneak up on news reporters and think its innocent fun and games, the consequences could be… tragic. I hope this lady recovered fast!!

Well, That’s A Little Awkward

You know that feeling when you’re live on television and suddenly your dress almost goes over your head? Yeah, I don’t either, but apparently everything is possible when the whole world is watching. A tad awkward, but a little humorous.

Are We Live?

Corporate life is never easy, especially when they don’t tell you in advance that there is going to be a live broadcast happening right in the middle of the office that afternoon! Thanks, Melanie, now I’m on live television.


It’s Hailing!!
Whether the meteorologist is very excited or upset is hard to tell, but the audience that day must have been exceptionally happy. Who cares that it’s only 11 degrees in the south-east when you’re about to get the ratings of your life?

Where Were You Friday Night, Theodore?

How awkward is it to be reporting disturbing news like this and realize you might be a suspect in a crime? I hope I’ll never have to find out, but Theodore here knows firsthand. Let’s hope it was a prank.

But was this a prank?

We can't tell if she stood there accidentally or if 
the film crew asked her to move over a step or two.


Free Friday Hugs

I’d have absolutely no questions if this news broadcast was live from New York; it seems like the kind of place where people would walk around giving out free hugs. Or maybe this lady just really wanted to be on live TV.

News Slip-Up

This blouse revealed a little more than the audience bargained for, but hey, you can’t really complain. The news anchor has some important news to deliver, please don’t get too distracted!!

Button Popped

I'm not sure what kind of news this lady is reporting, but… they might not be that serious at all. Let’s cut her some slack; maybe this was her first day and no one told her about the office dress code.


You Had One Job!!
Looks like a winter storm doesn’t affect everyone the same way. The good news is I will never question this man’s reflexes again, and he is officially my favorite weather report guy.