Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008


Found this thru a friend.

"A block to joy and love can be unresolved sadness from the past.

In the past, we told ourselves many things to deny the pain: It doesn't hurt that much.... Maybe if I just wait, things will change.... It's no big deal. I can get through this.... Maybe if I try to change the other person, I won't have to change myself.

We denied that it hurt because we didn't want to feel the pain.

Unfinished business doesn't go away. It keeps repeating itself, until it gets our attention, until we feel it, deal with it, and heal. That's one lesson we are learning in recovery from codependency and adult children issues.

Many of us didn't have the tools, support, or safety we needed to acknowledge and accept pain in our past. It's okay. We're safe now. Slowly, carefully, we can begin to open ourselves up to our feelings. We can begin the process of feeling what we have denied so long - not to blame, not to shame, but to heal ourselves in preparation for a better life. It's okay to cry when we need to cry and feel the sadness many of us have stored within for so long. We can feel and release these feelings.

Grief is a cleansing process. It's an acceptance process. It moves us fromour past, into today, and into a better future - a future free of sabotaging behaviors, a future that holds more options than our past.

God, as I move through this day, let me be open to my feelings Today, help me know that I don't have to either force or repress the healing available to me in recovery. Help me trust that if I am open and available, the healing will happen naturally, in a manageable way.

You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go.
Melody Beattie ©1990, Hazelden Foundation. "

Hope she can finally understand what I tried to put across to her.

Friday, December 26, 2008












Still Loving You


One of my Fav Band!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

nice renderings

Braided Urbanism, a group project carried out by Renata Paim Tourinho Dantas from Brazil, Anna Papachristoforou from Cyprus, Irene Guerra from Spain and Julia Cano from Colombia.

Understanding urbanism as the convergence of multiple, interconnected and simultaneous layers of circulation, activities, flows of people and of information, this proposal for a braided form of urbanism embeds the organizational and geometrical logics of lacing in a range of systems in which strands can be organized to obtain varied yet controllable outcomes.

Patterns emerge out of the iteration of simple twisting and knotting procedures, where local changes are able to reconfigure the overall coherence of system, as a way of organizing the city, generating of new circulatory, programmatic and spatial combinations and variations at different scales.

These tools enable the emergence of topological surfaces rich in spatial variation used to manipulate and control the complexity of interrelated systems.

The proposal consists of a continuous urban interior that hosts Shanghai Expo 2010, dissolving the boundaries between oppositional notions of interior/exterior, private/public, and setting the context for future vertical expansion of the site with the distribution of a field of continuously interwoven vertical and horizontal structures with movement circuits.

If you ask me, I think readers need to dig really hard to find the truth in the above text. Guys, we need to stop producing forms for the sake of doing it. Credits for the nice renderings anyway.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

City Zoo

via http://www.tomorrowsthoughtstoday.com/

Contemporary cities are no longer just accidental homes for animals that have been displaced from their natural habitat. They can now be seen as hotbeds of evolutionary change, shaping the adaptations of their resident fauna and providing an ideal theatre in which to see behaviour evolving at a pace rarely seen in the wild.

As we begin to view our cities as worthwhile ecosystems this project investigates the possibilities of a symbiotic relationship between two different systems of organization- technology and nature.

Resisting the tabula rasa conventions of current urban tower design the project proposes a parasitic second skin to the existing city. Made from a lightweight mix of peat moss and cement the skin is sprayed around the latent 3 dimensional spaces of its host buildings and streets. Aggregating on existing service cores and structural frames, and additional inflatable bladders, the infrastructure of the city becomes an artificial reef. The porous material functions as a water reservoir encouraging plant life and forming a new habitat for songbirds, bats, inscets and other small animals.

No longer is the natural world something portioned off in national parks and reserves. The inert and polluting city is now an agent in its own rebirth.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Lewis Tsurumaki


Stockholm’s Revitalized Green City Center

via inhabitat

A joint project between the Swedes at Nod Landscape Architects and Danes at BIG Architects is set to transform Slussen, Stockholm’s city center, with a massive pedestrian-friendly makeover. Currently Slussen is an interwoven mess of roads with no room for pedestrians or cyclists. The proposed project will transform the area into a multi-layered, multi-use intersection allowing walkers and bikers access to waterfront strolls and gas-free travel. The layered design will also incorporate shops and cafes, reviving Stockholm’s main artery.
The Stockholm City Council invited the two design teams to recreate Slussen, a intersection they refer to as “a black hole in the heart of Stockholm”, and form a pleasant connection between the neighborhoods on each side. Auto and train traffic will be rerouted underground, leaving the ramped surface area free for evening strolls and cappuccino peddlers. Bicycle lanes will line the promenade along the waterfront.
Glass windows will dot the surface of the promenades for two-way lighting. In the daytime, sunlight will soak through to lower levels to reduce the need for interior lamps, and in the evening, when the underground areas are lit up, ambient light will flow up to the surface speckling the urban nightlife with bursts of light. This light sharing between levels will help keep energy costs to a minimum.

The superb animation below illustrates the lighting effect and gives a tour of each point of the design. Currently, the project is in its second stage of development and undergoing evaluations by Stockholm’s city council.

KT: the listening room by MAT Studio and Elastik

Dezeen x Design Association container design competition winner. The 20 foot shipping container was filled with CNC-cut layers of corrugated fiberboard and compressed-polyester foam panels, which cut out noise and vibration from the outside while the occupant listened to classical music. Fifteen speakers were oriented towards the visitor’s seat in order to create what the designers hoped would be a “spatial sensation that is in-between the notion of the concert hall and the I-pod headphone.

Gwanggyo Power Centre by MVRDV

Dutch atchitects MVRDV have won a competition to design a city centre for Gwanggyo, a new town south of Seoul, Korea. The design will be one of two centres envisioned for the future new town, a self sufficient city of 77,000 inhabitants located 35 km south of Seoul. The Gwanggyo Power Centre will comprise housing, office, culture, retail, leisure and education spaces. “This diverse program has different needs for phasing, positioning and size,”say the architects. “To facilitate this all elements are designed as rings. By pushing these rings outwards, every part of the program receives a terrace for outdoor life.” Box hedges are planted on the terraces and roofs of the buildings, which are intended to improve ventilation, and reduce energy and water usage. Atriums within each tower create lobbies for housing and offices, plazas for the shopping centre, and halls for the museum and leisure areas.

Like OMA, MVRDV attempts to find a simple solution to justify the complex relationship between program and users. This may work at a conceptural level, but life simply isn't that simple and masterplanning affects people, not just doodles on a piece of paper.

Britt Bell

She's my new idol :)

Christmas Muzic

All I Want For Christmas Is ... from Paul Rayment on Vimeo.

The Most Beautiful Curse

Merry Christmas guys!

Oliver Jeffers’s Lost and Found

via http://www.studioaka.co.uk/go/lostandfound/

An example of how children's stories should be animated...