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. Continue reading “A Proper Memorial for the PSP – WIRed #122”
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 … Continue reading The Tiantai #2 Primary School…WITH A TRACK ON THE ROOF!
Video games are an excellent form of entertainment, and has been since becoming popular in the country in the 1970’s. However, like most forms of entertainment, video games have been scrutinized for violence, mature adult themes, and — possibly my favorite — being nothing more than just a “dangerous time sink”, which is fancy talk for “time-wasting”. Alan Henry of Lifehacker posted this article on how video games can be treated as something more than just an “entertaining waste of time” back in February of last year, and was one of the best things I’ve read regarding video games truly being more than meets the eye. I recently came across the article again, and felt the need to share it on how video games can relieve anxiety, teach players new skills, and keep players motivated to complete tasks. Continue reading “Defending Video Games As Much More Than Entertainment”
Let’s see, you have an older existing building and you don’t want to just let it stand abandoned or knock it down. What to do? While you could perform an interior repurposing/retrofit of that structure, why stop there? SHINE Architects and TAarquitectura didn’t stop there; in fact, they designed an addition that envelops an old building’s exterior at the Tec de Monterrey’s, Leon, Mexico Campus, as well. In doing so, they revitalized this underutilized space into a 12701 square-foot art/design studio workshop for the students. The space serves as a blank slate for the students to interact freely, without classrooms or lecture hall, existing solely as an 24/7 artistic communal space. Continue reading “The Habitat ITESM Leon Gets Updated, Inside & Out”
Classic adventure game icon Carmen Sandiego is prime and ready to steal the bright lights of Hollywood (you know, like how she stole the sign back in 1985). Walden Media is in the process of adapting the classic educational series to the big screen, with Jennifer Lopez producing and possibly starring (please don’t, please don’t). The movie’s script is being written by Darren Lemke, who wrote the films Shrek Forever After and the upcoming Jack the Giant Killer. Based on those films, it is likely that the Carmen Sandiego project may in fact be a family-friendly flick and not some run-of-the-mill dark, edgy reinterpretation of the titular master thief (please look up the word “titular” before complaining). Continue reading “Carmen Sandiego is going to Hollywood; may steal the iconic sign again…”