I first came across Pinboard during the great escape from Delicious which came about the time that Yahoo sold them off. I checked out a few other services, I even ran for a short time a tiddlywiki out of my Dropbox. Then I took the plunge paid my 9 dollars and signed up with Pinboard, that was in October 2011. It was just what I was looking for.
On the 4th of January last year I got an email from Maciej Ceglowski of Pinboard, giving me a year full archiving account. There had been a small glitch with a note I had saved the evening before, and by way of apology he upgraded my account to full archiving for a year. I had noticed something awry the night before but honestly had thought nothing of it so I was more than pleasantly surprised by his email.
Pinboard has kept slowly developing without changing character and now with a few recipies from ifttt I can tie many of the things I use day to day back to pinboard for easy archiving. For example all my items in pocket I’ve read and all my google reader starred items are automatically backed up to my pinboard account not to mention my tweets.
So while facebook goes from strength to strength and twitter mutates into a media company there are services like pinboard that provide proper proactive customer service. Unlike some others it doesn’t leverage your content, (which you signed away to them) because it provides you with a service you pay for yourself. So thank you Pinboard!
BACA Architects have just gained planning permission for building an Amphibious House.
An amphibious house is a building that rests on the ground on fixed foundations but, whenever a flood occurs, the entire building rises up in its dock and floats there, buoyed by the floodwater. The Local Authority and Environment Agency supported this proposal because it was a replacement dwelling so flood risk was reduced on this site. -BACA
The event itself, a week or so into the new year, will involve little fuss, simply a few households moving into refurbished flats. But the symbolism is momentous: a rebirth for one of Britain’s most infamous housing estates and a half-century of turbulent social history coming full circle. (the Guardian)
Urban splash have after eight years managed to renovate some of the Brutalist masterpiece Park Hill. It looks like the second incarnation won’t have the social baggage of the first and therefore has a much better chance of being successful.
6 Entries have now been chosen for Stage 2 of the Helsinki City Library competition.
Kiruna, the town in Northern Sweden that is slowly slipping into the ground has announced the closed competition list to redesign the city when it moves to it’s new location.
- Design AIM (Helsingborg) and Onix Sweden AB (Helsingborg) with advisor / sub-consultants Noema Culture & Place Mapping (London), Atkins (Malmö) and Farawaysoclose / Apocalypse Labotek (Malmö).
- Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen), Spacescape (Stockholm), Testbedstudio (Stockholm), Topotek 1 & Man Made Land (Berlin) and Resource Vision (Stockholm).
- BSK Architects AB (Stockholm), MVRDV (Rotterdam) and Grontmij in Sweden AB (Stockholm).
- COBE Aps (Copenhagen) with advisers Kragh & Berglund (Copenhagen and Stockholm), Moe & Bread Farm (Rodovre), Yngve Andren Konsult AB (Stockholm) and Boris Broman Jensen (Aarhus).
- Ecosistema Urban (Madrid), architect Kristine Jensen Tegnestue (Aarhus), 700N architecture AS (Tromsø), Lighting Architecture (Stockholm) and Atkins (Stockholm).
- KCAP Architect & Planners (Rotterdam) and Case Studio (Gothenburg).
- NorconsultByplan (Sandvika), Norconsult landscape architect (Sandvika), Fantastic Norway (Oslo) and the 0047 International AS (Oslo).
- Tham and Videgård Architects (Stockholm), Territorial Agency (London) and a_zero environmental architects (London).
- Tovatt Architects & Planners (Stockholm), Atelier Dreiseitl (Ueberlingen), Urban Think Tank Architects LLC (Zurich) and Wenanders (Stockholm).
- White Architects AB (Stockholm), Ghilardi + Hellsten (Oslo), Spacescape (Stockholm), Vectura Consulting AB (Solna) and Evidence BLW AB (Stockholm)
Expect the result in March 2013.
See my original write up of Kiruna here.
Ärsta Church by Johan Celsing Architects. Simple Beauty. With loadbearing brick the structure of the building is the same as it’s materials. A rare feature these days, speaking of an honesty of detailing and materiality.
There are three categories of things: Fragile things that break, like the financial system; robust things that don’t break easily but don’t improve, like the Brooklyn Bridge; and my new category, antifragile things that gain strength from stressors and get stronger from failure, like evolution. The fundamental problem in foreign policy is that people shoot for stability rather than antifragility. -Nassim Nicholas Taleb
A series of twitters from Dan lead me to the article and quote above. Only wondering about whether applying antifragile ideas to human built systems is a good idea given that Evolution the example stated above is the epitome of death, violence and extinction. Am eagerly awaiting his new book Antifragile to hear how things might fail well.
A great article in Domus about Architectural publishing.
The digital revolution has spawned a new generation of small, agile and hyperactive publishers who, over the last decade, have profoundly transformed how architecture and design are broadcast, both in print and online.
I remember having a disagreement about what blogging and the internet meant to Architectural publishers with a no longer writing blogger a few years back. He thought basically that there would be no Architectural journals at all and a lot less published work full stop. I was extremely sceptical. For sure the landscape will change drastically but TV didn’t kill Radio and the Internet won’t kill the book or the journal. This article shows that a new very interesting scene is emerging, and I think personally there will be a lot more to change in this space over the next few years, again from the Domus article,
What one finds today, therefore, is not that online formats seek to replace or supersede printed formats. Instead, the poly-vocal, movable and interactive capacity that is most amplified in online production is actually part of a wider change affecting both print publishing and architectural production itself.
I found a nice list of record shops in Helsinki and a map to go with it.
Pompeii by Mary Beard (amazon .uk .com)
I’m not going to write a long review but just a brief overview of this book with a few online references for following up by myself and anyone else interested.
Pompeii starts with the falling pumice stone on the city of Pompeii on the 25th August 79CE. What book on Pompeii could start in any other way than to take you via the people trapped, and forced to witness forever to us this human tragedy 2000 years ago? Their frozen bodies at once connect us to this city in a way the buried city buildings never will. But after the introduction Mary Beard leaves the statues of the dead respectfully behind to give anyone interested a run down on the city, and what it can and can’t tell us.
Miss Beard has a good way of writing, she can summarise complicated points well and make them easily digestible, and she tries not to get too carried away, but let the actual evidence contain her assumptions.
It’s wonderful to follow the speculation forinstance about the possible one way road system or try to imagine the stench of the street / open sewer system of the town. How many people could read? How many citizens and slaves? How did the local elections work? The architecture, paintings, everything is gone over in the search for information about Pompeii and the Roman world, and through it I found myself building up a much more detailed picture than I previously had before.
The sections on making a visit and further reading make this book more than a vivid capturing of the city into the first book you should read if you are going to visit the city.
Mary Beard since writing this has produced with the BBC quite a few films including one on Pompeii, it’s below with a few other links.
The Kamppi Chapel of Silence by K2S Architects sits newly built on the corner of Narinkka square outside the Kamppi shopping center. It is the newest, busiest and usually liveliest square and thoroughfare in the city, and until now remorselessly commercial. Meant as a place of contemplation it is a single room made of alder wood planks.
The first time I went I really liked the chapel from the inside, the outside shape I loved but wondered whether the cladding was a little too orange and wondered why the building was not bisymmetrical, the back bow of the building is flatter than the front and I thought this was a little odd.
However passing it by a few times since I have decided I love the shape from all angles and the orange should both weather better in time and do better in the dark winter to come. Definitely one to visit.
A few years back I wrote about Nicola Tesla and his Wardenclyffe Tower building. That site is now for sale and Matthew Inman is trying to raise the money to buy the site and to start a museum dedicated to Tesla. If there is one thing you need to do today that is donate to this fund!
To see why this is such a good idea go to the article written by Matthew. Then go donate.
Update: As of a few days ago they reached their target to buy the site but there are still some days to go and they need all the money they can get to get the museum up and running. (via)
The temporary pavilion erected as a hub for Helsinki’s World Design Capital activities is a lovely way to engage people in the design life of the city. The building sits in the car park between the design and architecture museums which sit back to back facing away from each other. It complements them well and brings them, under a canopy, together.
Cafe and space for lectures, films, performances take up most of the space with a reading corner overflow. There are no walls to speak of only curtains and visiting on a beautiful sunny hot summer day I liked the way the spaces bleed out to the street. Maybe a pavilion here as a center for design related activities in the city could become an annual or biannual thing as the museums themselves don’t have good gathering spaces and this provides a very public realm with great flexibility.
The building is birch ply, steel plates and polycarbonate roofing. It succeeds well in providing a spacious and dynamic feeling space.
See my other photos of the pavilion on flickr.
The design team:
Markus Heinonen, Architecture Department
Marko Hämäläinen, Structures
Pyry Kantonen, Architecture Department
Janne Kivelä, Architecture Department
Wilhelmiina Kosonen, Interior Design Department
Inka Saini, Interior Design Department
Pekka Heikkinen,Ransu Helenius, Risto Huttunen, Mikko Paakkanen, Karola Sahi