5.20.2008

/// a farm in the city


Near by the city of Ottawa Downtown, we can find the Central Experimental Farm. This National historic site with 400 hectares of land was designated in 1887 as an Arboretum and Experimental site. For over a century the city grew around it and the farm maintained its original 19th century landscape, today it is a major tourist attraction. This is another proof that cities not only long streets and buildings, urbanites desire open space, preferably Green ones as opposed to Gray.

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5.19.2008

/// cinebistro


A new hype has hit town (or West Doral I should say) for all of us +21 year olds that may want to enjoy the experience of a more adult atmosphere for watching a Movie, have a nice dinner and sip a Martini, CinéBistro in Dolphin Mall is it.
I have no idea how they actually did get a permit to sell alcohol in a movie theater but I find it marvelous. I mean this is Miami and you have to be chic.

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5.15.2008

/// concealed view



A mimic to the building garage door versus a regular coiling door.
It makes the city streets feel a little bit warmer and not so back alley like.


via: anArchitecture

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5.14.2008

/// 240 sq.ft.





This 12'x20' house fully customizable house includes a front porch, a multi-use room, kitchenette and full bathroom. And are made with 95% recycled vintage materials, combining well the idea of small space living
and going green with a Victorian kick.

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5.13.2008

/// SR 874



The proposed connector to continue SR 874
and extend one more exit,
does not sounds like a good idea to me
I feel bad for all the residential areas on 137th Street.
I hope the communities fight back and someone will disapprove it.

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5.12.2008

/// the supercity trend


"No two cities in the world, or even cities within the same country,
ask the same questions that results in the data that describes themselves.
No two cities create maps to the same scale, or with identical legends"
- 19.20.21.org

Cities like New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Berlin and Mexico City are intensive urban hubs, similar in core but yet each one with different needs. The 19.20.21 organization mission is to understand 19 cities, with 20 million inhabitants, and on the rise during the 21st century. How their different growing patterns, demographics, social, and economical tendencies will impact the future world to come. The findings will let us better understand what this supercities are all really about.

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5.09.2008

/// suburbanite in the city 2: Part VI - Of trails and taverns



Boston as the historical city it is has a pedestrian trail that goes through important landmarks of the American Revolution, the trail is marked with red brick pavers. It resembles that yellow brick road on the way to Oz. This road has no wizard at the end, there is the Bunker Hill Obelisk the Memorial built to remember the Battle of 1775 against the British. Also on the trail you can find The Green Dragon Tavern also called by some "The Revolution Headquarters" where the Boston Tea Party planned their amazing bit and also this venue was from where Paul Revere was sent out to Lexington with the coded message for John Hancock.

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5.08.2008

/// suburbanite in the city 2: Part V - The Avenue Mall



The definition of a mall it is not precisely what you might think. The Commonwealth Avenue Mall is the green spine of Back Bay neighborhood serving as a beautifully shaded promenade that connects the public gardens and park systems of the city. It reminds me so much of Paris.

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5.07.2008

/// suburbanite in the city 2: Part IV - The unexpected




The greatest thing of walking cities is
finding that little red bar tucked in a corner or
that Coffeshop on an Alley.

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5.06.2008

/// suburbanite in the city 2: part III - The Library



The Boston Public Libary main building is of Reinassance Revival style the extension added in the early 70's is Phillip Johnson's interpretation of modernism taking over, which in design not all times is the way to go.

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5.01.2008

/// suburbanite in the city 2: Part II - I.M. Pei



"I believe that architecture is a pragmatic art.
To become art it must be built on a foundation of necessity."
— I.M. Pei
The John Hancock building by Pei is one of the first minimalist skyscraper in the 70's. This 60 stories tower was envisioned as a transparent structure that would not disrupt it surroundings. The building architecturally achieves successfully the design idea but it is not what is known for. Structurally it was a failure from the foundation to the 4'x11' glass spandrels that kept falling off, it was also called "The Plywood Palace" as a homage to the patch work that it had to endure.
Being Boston home of Pei's firm other buildings can be found the Christian Science Headquarters (pictured above), the Government Center Master Plan, The Green Building at MIT and several other projects.

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