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A Proper Memorial for the PSP – WIRed #122

It’s time for Episode 122 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses China’s vertical, space-saving school, Windows 95 on Android Wear, a gamer’s PSP memorial, and Disney princesses head to the squared-circle! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Read the rest of this entry

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What’s Messed Up About ATM Fees…

What If Disney Princesses Were In The WWE…

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Princess Aurora as Ultimate Warrior

You know what’s awesome? Professional Wrestling! You what also pretty darn awesome? Walt Disney animated movies (The Lion King FOR THE WIN)! But do you truly know what’s really, super-freaking awesome. A mash-up of professional wrestling AND Walt Disney characters; namely the Disney princesses. That would a little extra interest in women’s wrestling outside of attending a Hoodslam event.
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An Efficient Way to Apply Makeup…

A Moment of Silence for this Gamer’s PSP…

A Dignified Death For A Beloved Gaming System

What would you do when a video game console you have cherished memories of bit the dust? Throw to away? Harvest it for spare parts? Donate or sell it for said use of spare parts? Well, when Redditor tommyboy601’s PSP encountered an incident involving a contained explosion of the system’s internal battery, he decided his time with the Sony portable was at an end, so he created a fitting memorial to an old friend.

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Now THAT’S A Funny Birthday Card…

If You EVER Wanted Windows 95 on Your Smartwatch…

…then, well, here you go, I guess…

Back when Windows 95 came out, it was an excellent operating system for a varied amount of task, though mine centered around typing reports for school and playing PC games (like the awesome Torin’s Passage). However, as time passed by, we now use Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and await the arrival of Windows 10, as Windows 95 has now become just a memory. Or at least it did until this interesting hack with Android wearable tech.
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The Tiantai #2 Primary School…WITH A TRACK ON THE ROOF!

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To me, it’s always great seeing new schools popping up.  A new school usually means a beautiful environment that cultivates knowledge, culture, physical fitness, art and ethics for its students.  This is the TianTai No.2 Primary School, which strives for a unique design that will serve as a model school for elementary school children. The project also solves China’s key problem with building new, large structures; a shortage of land in an old city. Kudos to LYCS Architecture!

© Shengliang Su

Besides the embedded parking garage, the most visible element that demonstrates the space-saving design strategy of the school, is the 200m running track placed on the roof level, that would have used roughly 40% of the land if it was simply placed on the ground as your average playground — thus creating a very cramped campus. Simultaneously, the design ensures that the students still have a playground at the same level, as this design provides an additional 3000+ square meters of usable ground area and the oval shape of the main school building.  That same oval design creates a sense of inwardness, inclusion, community and security for the vast number of students.

© Yu Xu

The running track’s location on the roof allows for a height total of 4 floors in the building rather than the 5 levels that were originally intended and required.  This decrease in the number of levels allows the school building to create a more harmonious visual relationship between itself and the surrounding and existing urban context. The school’s site design — in which the building is rotated approximately 15 degrees — also allows for a more available green courtyard spaces by creating smaller pockets of space between the site wall and the exterior building envelope.

Back to the school’s main feature; the rooftop track has 3-layered custom safety guardrails creation installed to protect the students (you know, because they’re elementary children, notorious for their curiosity). the guardrails consist of an exterior layer of 1.8m high tempered glass wall, a middle layer of 50cm wide green belt, and an interior layer of 1.2m high stainless steel guardrail. In order to resolve and noise issues, a spring cushions is placed at every 50x 50cm point under the plastic track, resulting in the reduction of additional kinetic noise through a double-layer structure.

© Shengliang Su

[Thanks ArchDaily]

Death Green Museums vs The World – WIRed #121

It’s time for Episode 121 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses the design & engineering of the Death Star, the Rockefeller’s move to green energy, the Videogame History Museum in Frisco, Texas, and how WCW took on the WORLD…in a video game! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Read the rest of this entry


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