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GeoBlogy: Solving the case of the Mercat Cross: conserving one of Edinburgh’s most important monuments... by Luis Albornoz
Edinburgh Council asked us to help with the Mercat Cross. Here is an interesting, multifaceted project, that involves geology, as well as chemistry, philosophy of conservation, history, sociology (public perception is definitely a big one nowadays, isn't it?) and of course, architecture – everything that has to be considered when dealing with such an important monument. However, to understand its problems, we need to know much more about the monument itself. I shall try to condense the essentials of a complex project and focus on the most interesting parts only...

First, geographical location: Edinburgh is a very rainy, cold city, which gets frosty winters. Its location in the Royal Mile means that as well as exposure to a lot of rain water, it also endures funnelled winds coming mainly from the West. It is in a very public pathway that sees hundreds of thousands of pedestrians around, so in winter there is a lot of salt gritting. In summer, many of those pedestrians stand and sit around it. Also, it is important to remember that Edinburgh was historically one of the most polluted ‘modern’ cities, as its nickname “Auld Reekie” (The Old Stinky) implies, and the blackened walls of non-cleaned old buildings still testify to this day. Acidic rain would have been common for most of the history of the cross, until recent years in which we breathe cleaner air. All this, as you can imagine, has important consequences. More on it, later.
edinburgh  history  architecture 
january 2019 by juliusbeezer
The 100 Most Influential Urbanists - Features | Planetizen
The results are in, and Planetizen readers have chosen the "Most Influential Urbanists" of all time.

And, yes, we mean all time. Names on the list date back as far as 498 BCE, but there's also no shortage of contemporary thinkers, activists, planners, and designers in the final list of 100.
urban  architecture  design 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
L’urbanisme totalitaire de Le Corbusier
Cette séparation fonctionnelle des quartiers est là aussi d’essence totalitaire. Dans un régime totalitaire, de type nazi, fasciste ou stalinien, la mixité est forcément dangereuse, elle est source d’échanges, y compris des idées. Par ailleurs, la mixité est plus difficilement surveillable et contrôlable, à la différence de quartiers mono-fonctionnels. C’est pourquoi, Marc Perelman parle « d’organisation carcérale » pour décrire l’urbanisme de Le Corbusier.
politics  urban  environment  architecture  français 
may 2015 by juliusbeezer
Brewer's CAP Theorem
you can only guarantee two of Consistency, Availability and Partition Tolerance is real and evidenced by the most successful websites on the planet (via erlang)
database  internet  tools  science  architecture 
february 2013 by juliusbeezer
BLDGBLOG: Critical Condition
takes issue with the lack of formal criticism in architecture blogging today, writing that “one tends not to find rigorous criticism of significant new buildings” on sites such as ... BLDGBLOG... a “like-minded” community of writers has arisen, “that prefers speculative musing and niche interests... as blogs become a more important part of the establishment, a more rigorous approach to architectural criticism online is urgently needed.” what I find deeply confusing about Kelly’s article is that, rather than read websites or blogs which do, in fact, offer “criticism of significant new buildings,” he focuses on websites that claim to do nothing of the sort (with perhaps one exception: Kieran Long’s Bad British Architecture). As such... a bit like listening to someone who’s just spent two weeks looking around the classical music section only to come out complaining that he couldn’t find any death metal. Well, no shit: you were in the wrong section, and it's your mistake not ours.
architecture  blog 
november 2010 by juliusbeezer

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