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Thoughts and happenings from Studio III Architecture, Bristol, Vermont

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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.

The ordeal of surviving 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)
Life after the Bird;


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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!!
What more can I say?!

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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: Graphene!



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”


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


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

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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!


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?

Here is the NPR piece…sounds like a pretty amazing leader!

Here is another (video) article spelling out some of the more complicated circumstances surrounding Mr. Modi’s political life….and why we should care.

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


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!)

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Studio III’s Hero Wednesday: Volkswagen’s XL1

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Studio III's Hero Wednesday: Volkswagen's XL1

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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:

The rumor is, you can NOT get this car in the US because the Government has banned it!?

The rebuttal to this allegation or truth of the matter is;

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!)