The other big question that Burning Man asks is how the architect will pay for it all. Burning Man provides a $100,000 stipend for the structure, which as anyone who has built a backyard shed can attest, doesn’t go very far. Verbeck has budgeted the total cost closer to $320,000, and he has enlisted seven volunteers to help make up the rest—while launching a Kickstarter campaign for anyone who wants to chip in. … [Read more...] about Inside the insane architecture of Burning Man 2020
Humanitarian architecture 15 stories of architects working after disaster
He recalls a time when his employer restricted access to fax machines out of fear that it would make it too easy for staff to steal confidential documents. Holtz adds that he heard the same rationale for limiting access when email was introduced, and again most recently during the debate over social media access at work. “It’s something we’ve seen with virtually every new technology that’s been introduced into the workplace,” he says. … [Read more...] about Does blocking certain websites at work hurt employee productivity?
The product was challenging to create in part because it had to be versatile. UNICEF, as the UN agency that works on humanitarian relief for children after natural disasters or conflicts, including at refugee camps, doesn’t provide shelter, but procures thousands of large tents each year that can be used as everything from schools to distribution points and nutrition facilities. The tents are used in emergencies around the world. “They have to be erected by nontechnical people in pretty much all climates known to mankind,” says Sorensen. “We erect them in cold climates where we have snowstorms and subzero degrees, and very hot climates in deserts. The tent has to fit everywhere.” … [Read more...] about How UNICEF redesigned its tents to be ready for a changing world
It’s hard to get your head around what, exactly, to call Dror Benshetrit‘s latest brainstorm, the QuaDror. “Structural element” sounds too stodgy, something from the back shelves of the Architect’s Warehouse Supply store. ‘Ingenious Building Gizmo’ is closer, but lacks the gravitas to capture the many possible functions ? some philanthropic, some serious load-bearing, some fancy pants artistic — for which this invention is suitable. … [Read more...] about Dror’s Folding Concrete Block Could Change How We Build [Video]
9:20 a.m. I get really crazy, vivid dreams. When you open your eyes, you instantly start forgetting your dreams. It’s almost like you’re going through this weird amnesia. I’ve learned that if I have a crazy dream and keep my eyes closed, I don’t forget my dreams. I can still see it very vividly, and I take that time to reflect on my dreams. I try my best to remember all of my dreams—I’ll start either writing it down on a note or record a voice memo. After that, I’ll check my messages and emails and reply to anything that’s urgent. Social media for me is work; it’s not fun. So I’ll go on social media to check on all my work stuff. And then I’ll just go online and see if there’s anything interesting on the news. … [Read more...] about YouTube beauty star Michelle Phan wakes up without an alarm