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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: Louis Zamperini

 

Who is Louis Zamperini, and why his is a true Hero? Well the BEST telling of his story is in the book Unbroken…definitely give this a read! Truly amazing and far beyond what these video links can convey. Mr. Zamperini died on Wednesday July 2nd 2014.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9O5yVzc0vQ

The ordeal of surviving the pacific;
https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Louis-Zamperini-Adrift-in-the-Pacific
The ordeal of the prison camp; (there is a terrible screeching sound in the last 3 seconds of the video…it’s not your speakers…just a bad production issue)
https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Louis-Zamperini-Surviving-Life-as-a-POW
Life after the Bird;
https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Louis-Zamperini-Making-a-New-Life

 

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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: World’s Tallest Lego Tower

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A heroic endeavor indeed!!
The world’s tallest Lego tower!!
Epic!
What more can I say?!
http://sobadsogood.com/2014/05/29/amazing-lego-creation-breaks-world-record-budapest/


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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: Graphene!

 

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Graphene….I don’t know….the next wonder material??  Sounds a little scary…but really quite amazing.  Makes me feel like we might be living “back in the good ole days”

 

http://www.reuters.com/video/2014/01/22/graphene-a-21st-century-wonder-discovery?videoId=276530220

 

You’ve probably seen all you need to ….but….if you’re still interested…

 

http://www.archdaily.com/508576/six-miracle-materials-that-will-change-their-industries/

 

….and this guy is a bit goofy…but he does add a bit of levity to the tale of Graphene future!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFE_ATYW4aE


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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: Narendra Modi

Ok…I’ll make no pretense as to understanding the politics of India, but I was moved by Narendra Modi’s landslide election (814.7 million voted! Most of them for Modi presumably) and acceptance speech as covered and translated by NPR.  He is now the leader of 1.25 BILLION people, 1/6th of the world’s population!

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At a quick glance Modi is the poster child of alllllll the greatest ideals of Democracy. But as one looks a little deeper, as one should always do when dealing with politicians, his political career is a bit controversial, kinda like all politicians, yet he is now the leader of one of the world’s largest economies….and the world’s biggest Democracy.  A lot of things to make one say “Hmmmmm…?” What do you think?  Hero or Villain?
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Here is the NPR piece…sounds like a pretty amazing leader!

http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=314293273&m=314293274

Here is another (video) article spelling out some of the more complicated circumstances surrounding Mr. Modi’s political life….and why we should care.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/16/narendra-modi-profile-indias-new-prime-minister

….and a harder look at Modi and India’s challenges.

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/05/16/exp-gps-modi-gujarat.cnn.html

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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: Farley Mowat

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Farley Mowat was definitely one of this world’s greatest humanitarians, storytellers and philosophers…and he will be greatly missed. Mr. Mowat passed away yesterday but will live on as he espoused in his love of nature, the books he wrote and thoughts of those who read them. A true adventurer and lover of life. Below are two interviews…and if you get the chance he wrote scores great of books like “The Snow Walker” and “Never Cry Wolf”! (“The Farfarers” is one such book written about the first European visitors to North America who lived while hunting in the stone boat houses…had to get some Architecture in there ya know!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB3IQMZm7CQ

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Studio III’s Hero Wednesday: Volkswagen’s XL1

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Studio III's Hero Wednesday: Volkswagen's XL1

Der neue Volkswagen XL1

Amazing and surrounded by controversy – here in the US at any rate: Volkswagen’s XL1 is one of the most efficient vehicles to ever hit the highways with 261 Miles Per Gallon!

Photo slide show and info: http://why.vw.com/stories#/stories/show/id/23011
Video: http://translogic.aolautos.com/2014/02/24/volkswagen-xl1-translogic-150/

The rumor is, you can NOT get this car in the US because the Government has banned it!?
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/621155-volkswagen-xl1-banned-in-united-states-because-its-too-fuel-efficient/

The rebuttal to this allegation or truth of the matter is; http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/xl1.asp

So the debunking presents its case as a slam dunk “shut up, end of story!”-type rebuttal and I think it’s actually quite right.

But really…the “shut up, end of story!” is that there is no excuse for not having a “people’s car” that can average double or triple the MPG of today’s typical family car (22mpg…yeah lets be real there too, 18 to 26mpg for the average family, which is disgraceful). We can’t make technology like this affordable to the masses but we can issue a 4 billion dollar subsidies to the oil industry every year, and yet we have a climate change issue that will most likely change the world’s understanding of the ”cold reality of economics”. It is mostly a political issue that needs to change for the sake of the planet and all creatures that call it home…like us. So why no change in policies? Seriously, anyone out there have a thought to share?

Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: One World Trade Center Top Out

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Studio III architects' Hero Wednesday: One World Trade Center Top Out

Ok…this is a little old…almost a year…but amazing…and nauseating at the same time!
Check out this video of the One World Trade Center spire lifted into position, 1.776 feet high!! (go full screen …its crazy!)

http://www.archdaily.com/371916/video-one-world-trade-center-tops-out/


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Studio III’s Hero Wednesday: 3d Print Canal House, DUS Architects

Weirder then fiction (at least to an architect or builder)…but actually if you think about it, cars are made by robots, many surgeries are done or assisted by robots….so what’s so crazy about a building being made by robots, or 3D printer? Well watch this little video and let your mind wander a bit. The possibilities are many, the draw backs too, but these Architects are really looking to address a lot of the BIG questions of our future. And is it our future or just a passing fancy, or….a step along the way.

The project’s dedicated website is really quite interesting….poke around and discover more.
http://3dprintcanalhouse.com

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For a look at what else these architects from Amsterdam are thinking about check out their website!
http://www.dusarchitects.com/index.php

Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: The Park Passive House

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http://www.archdaily.com/488962/park-passive-house-nk-architects/

The Park Passive house by NK Architects is a great example of the potential for the Passive House building standard. The technical rigor of ultra energy efficiency is often dominated by just that…technical rigor, leaving the connection to context and natural surroundings, aesthetics and awareness of spaces and the lives lived in them as after thoughts…if thought about at all. To capture all of these considerations in a project is no simple task and goes far beyond building science and is what Architecture is really about…in any building type. The question of whether Passive House or Net Zero is the appropriate path for our future is still up for grabs. To only “building to code” is an expensive proposition and a liability for the future market value of the building whether your heating or cooling. Nice project NK Architects.

Follow this link to Archdaily.com to see and read about the Park Passive house. (for large format images only click on the first image and scroll through all the photos)

http://www.archdaily.com/488962/park-passive-house-nk-architects/

Oh and, by the way, Studio III Architects has its first certified Passive House “on the boards” and planning on stunning results as well!

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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: The Haas Brothers

Well, they look just like…some dudes you might have gone to school with…or know from somewhere.  But they are among the most creative and successful artists of today. What’s more important and the real thrill is their thinking about what they do…making things and their creative process.  How and why we make things, express ourselves and lend meaning to the world is something that architecture and architects struggle with constantly so it’s refreshing to hear someone talk about a rigorous process of exploring creative possibilities, the nature and character of materials the reason and science…coupled with creative free spirit and will to look beyond.  Its open and closed at the same time…scientific and intuitive…unbridled by convention and expectation…and really making a splash in the fashion and art world.
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Check out the interviews and their work!
http://vimeo.com/80574409
http://www.nowness.com/day/2014/3/19/3752/the-chemical-brothers?icid=nownessloves_large1_design
 
 
And what fuels creative minds?…who do they hang with?, where do they go? what do they “see”???….”..what are they building in there?…” as Tom Waits said.
www.facebook.com/TheHaasBrothers
 
http://www.thehaasbrothers.com/