The 2015 extension/addition project at France’s Charlie Chaplin School Complex (of course, named after the legendary classic film actor) involved not only getting a new cafeteria and rec center (while converting the old cafeteria into 4 classrooms), but also a new covered walkway and a courtyard renovation. The design firm SAM architecture, with Boris Schneider and Aurélien Clovis acting as the architects-in-charge, took a rational approach by using basic geometric forms that follow the existing site (in relation to the street, party wall and neighboring building facades) in visually “completing” the complex’s architectural design. Continue reading The Charlie Chaplin School Complex in La Courneuve, France gets an Extension
Pat McAfee, who recently retired from the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts at the age of 30 as their punter, had become a favorite of many sports fans for his on-field antics — like his awesomely long celebration after a great punt against the Jets where he went all Razor Ramon on ’em — and amazing social media presence — particularly after the firing of the polarizing former Colts general manager. For the next phase of his life, he’s developed a blossoming stand-up career, and he even built himself a wrestling ring, and has recently taken some advisory meetings with Rip Rogers, a veteran wrestler and head trainer of former WWE and TNA development promotion, Ohio Valley Wrestling. Continue reading Retired Colts Punter Pat McAfee Is Starting His Journey in Pro Wrestling…
It’s uncommon nowadays to find any of those classic little red schoolhouses from the likes of Little House on the Prairie or Lassie (assuming it was red; I only remember the reruns being in black-and-white), but it seems that they are trying to make a comeback. Kinda of, sort of; with a modern twist. Also, it’s not used as a schoolhouse, but rather as a youth center in Rosklide, Denmark. Continue reading When Classic Schoolhouses Meet Modern Art: The Little Red Schoolhouse
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
Sorry fellow nerds, but no “The Great Gatsby” hat-trick/triple crown today. However, I think this will do just fine.
Hockey and horse-racing terms aside, when it comes to education in America, we certainly can do better; we are declining in science and math, and many of our citizens are unable to even point out familiar states, provinces and countries on a map. One could assume that this decline could in fact be the first step to a probable zombie apocalpse, and if so, thank goodness for educator David Hunter. Hunter, a fan of geography AND zombies, developed a full middle school geography curriculum taught in the context of a Zombie Apocalypse. His project combines textbooks, teaching plans, and creative role-playing simulation to engage learning. Teachers and students will be able to learn real world geographic concepts by learning and applying their knowledge to survive in a world flooded by zombies with help of the curriculum’s books and learning materials.
Skyscrappers are a signature piece and building type in the realm of architecture. Created with the spirit of being able to build so high and touch the sky (no so different from the goal of the European cathedrals), and now it seems that every architectural firm is trying to make their name as designing and building the world’s tallest new skyscraper (with the currently record leader still not being built yet).
Inga Saffron is the architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in her speech for the “TEDxPhilly” series, she lays out a challenge to cities to shift their focus to improving and creating amenities that would create better urban living environments, and away from, as she puts it, “skyscraper fantasies and dreams of increased tourism”. Saffron makes a very agreeable point that public spaces need to become a top priority, suggesting that cities focus on upgrading public transit services, adding bike lanes along major roads, promote walking as a transportation method, and creating/maintaining city parks and public plazas. She feels that since many (if not all) major cities can benefit from a variety of densities, and that this new focus would allow for greater flexibility. I feel this definitely deserves AT LEAST a +1 on Google+.
Now, who is this Inga Saffron and why all the hoopla? Well, Saffron is a 2011-12 Leob Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, researching how cities can keep their identities as viable living places in this huge, globalized world. She has been an architectural critic for over 10 years, writing about urban design issues and reviewing many memorable new projects and buildings, yet Saffron’s main interest are the lesser-mentioned and oft-ignored places that people typically look past, yet encounter in their everyday lives and routines.
Above is the final 8:30 minutes of the “I Quit” Steel Cage Match at NWA Starrcade 1985 between Tully Blanchard (Champion; accompanied by Baby Doll) and Magnum T.A. (Challenger) for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. This match (in its entirety, anyway) embodies my opinions of the best types of wrestling matches: it depended more on telling the story of the match to the audience through the flow of the match, rather than depend on a series of disjointed short spots like most wrestling matches today do. Continue reading Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. ("I Quit" Cage Match at Starrcade 1985)