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180,000-Year-Old Candlelit Ali Barbour Cave Offers Unparalleled Fine Dining in Kenya | Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
We were delighted to discover the otherworldly Ali Barbour Cave Restaurant during our recent stay in Diani Beach, Kenya. Thought to be up to 180,000 years old, the multi-chambered coral cave reaches depths of up to 10 meters below ground - and it's been converted into a world-renowned fine dining establishment.
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november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Skyscraper Squatters: Lessons from Ad Hoc Vertical Slums
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Take abandoned office towers without occupants, on the one hand, while people all around sleeping on the streets, on the other. One deserted structure in downtown Caracas provides a fascinating case study in this recipe for spontaneous urban reuse, its 45 floors now inhabited by over 3000 people.

The architects of Urban-Think Tank and photographer Iwan Bann joined forces to explore and document the Torre David office building that survived structurally (but not programmatically) the economic collapse of the mid 1990s in Venezuela.

There is some controversy about their exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale - critics claim it legitimizes local government misbehavior, or implies that the best example of regional architecture is a glorified ruin.

While there is some truth to these critiques, this occupation is also an example of a larger phenomenon worth studying around the world. There are good and bad lessons to be found in such instances of informal and impromptu architectural adaptations, about how buildings learn from the people that occupy them.

Basketball courts, workout rooms, production facilities, worship areas and community spaces and living areas all manage to fit in organically, dictated by the natural process of human needs and the communal negotiations around these.  There is, of course, a dark side to all of this too: a lack of safety and security both structurally and socially – it is necessary to look beyond the colorful pictures to see the grayscale reality of the situation.



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Vertical Strip Tease: Upside-Down Las Vegas Skyscraper
Vegas is a strange and sometimes-seedy speck of civilization with virtually nothing nearby of note ... save perhaps the massive Hoover Dam and its associated geology, that is.
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Tower with a Twist: Very Top-Heavy Vancouver Skyscraper
This is what creative design is all about: taking a familiar typology and turning (or twisting) it around ... not merely to show off something new and unique.
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Architecture  Cities_&_Urbanism  building  city  downtown  inhabit  office  reuse  slum  tower  Urban_Everything  vertical  from google
september 2012 by eason256
Skyscraper Squatters: Lessons from Ad Hoc Vertical Slums
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]



Take abandoned office towers without occupants, on the one hand, while people all around sleeping on the streets, on the other. One deserted structure in downtown Caracas provides a fascinating case study in this recipe for spontaneous urban reuse, its 45 floors now inhabited by over 3000 people.

The architects of Urban-Think Tank and photographer Iwan Bann joined forces to explore and document the Torre David office building that survived structurally (but not programmatically) the economic collapse of the mid 1990s in Venezuela.

There is some controversy about their exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale - critics claim it legitimizes local government misbehavior, or implies that the best example of regional architecture is a glorified ruin.

While there is some truth to these critiques, this occupation is also an example of a larger phenomenon worth studying around the world. There are good and bad lessons to be found in such instances of informal and impromptu architectural adaptations, about how buildings learn from the people that occupy them.

Basketball courts, workout rooms, production facilities, worship areas and community spaces and living areas all manage to fit in organically, dictated by the natural process of human needs and the communal negotiations around these.  There is, of course, a dark side to all of this too: a lack of safety and security both structurally and socially – it is necessary to look beyond the colorful pictures to see the grayscale reality of the situation.



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Vertical Strip Tease: Upside-Down Las Vegas Skyscraper
Vegas is a strange and sometimes-seedy speck of civilization with virtually nothing nearby of note ... save perhaps the massive Hoover Dam and its associated geology, that is.
1 Comment - Click Here to Read More
»»








Tower with a Twist: Very Top-Heavy Vancouver Skyscraper
This is what creative design is all about: taking a familiar typology and turning (or twisting) it around ... not merely to show off something new and unique.
2 Comments - Click Here to Read More »»

















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Architecture  Cities_&_Urbanism  building  city  downtown  inhabit  office  reuse  slum  tower  Urban_Everything  vertical  from google
september 2012 by Cabble
Nick’s Picks
Every week, we sit down with in-house style expert and all-around dapper gent Nick Wooster to take a look at what’s on the horizon and call out a few favorites. Here, his take on the cream of the crop for the days ahead.

Clearance Day — Monday, 12/26, noon ET
“At Gilt we scour the marketplace to find the best brands, items, and deals, and bring them together in a well edited, cohesive way. On Monday, we’re taking that to a whole other level with our clearance sales. It’s a chance to clean up on everything from outerwear, to accessories, to tailored clothing. And because things are segmented out, you have the opportunity to zero in and get the very best deal of the year on exactly what you want.”

Michael Bastian x Randolph Engineering Sunglasses — Monday, 12/26, noon ET
“I’m a huge fan of all things authentic and utilitarian, and Michael Bastian was clever enough to team up with Randolph Engineering—who make all the eyewear for the US armed forces—for this collection. His take on iconic military styles is exactly the kind of thing that I’m always on the lookout for in sunglasses, because at the end of the day, every guy looks great in a pair of aviators.”

Vintage Shoe Company — Tuesday, 12/27, noon ET
“A lot of the street style bloggers have focused on my pairing of a vintage looking shoe with a tailored suit. That’s kind of my style credo: I don’t want everything too perfect. Plus, a distressed boot is the easiest way to brave the elements and look stylish at the same time. These guys still craft everything by hand in the US, and the variety of both boots and shoes in this sale means there’s something that will speak to every style, whether you wear it with a suit or not.”

Belvest — Wednesday, 12/28, noon ET
“Belvest crafts what’s considered one of the finest handmade suits in Italy, and both Prada and Hermès have had their tailored clothing produced by them at various times. This is a really great opportunity to find something beautifully put together — the kind of heirloom quality jacket that you could hand down to your son.”

Inhabit — Friday, 12/30, noon ET
“Inhabit makes perfectly understated cashmere sweaters in neutral, masculine colors and with trim, tailored fits. It’s simple, but the overall effect is exactly what you want from a piece of great knitwear.”

Cold Weather Essentials — Friday, 12/30, noon ET
“I know that you won’t believe this right now, but it really is going to get cold at some point. And there’s nothing worse than that first day where the thermometer reads 18° and you don’t have the right gloves, scarf, or hat. This sale is the perfect way to make sure that doesn’t happen this season.”
Blog  accessories  Boots  cashmere  clearance  cold_weather  distressed_leather  hats  Hermés  Inhabit  Nick_Wooster  Nick's_Picks  outerwear  Prada  scarves  shoes  Street_Style  suiting  suits  sunglasses  sweaters  tailored_clothing  vintage  from google
december 2011 by boonerang

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