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review 2020-09-26 19:49
THE GREAT INDOORS: THE SURPRISING SCIENCE OF HOW BUILDINGS SHAPE OUR BEHAVIOR, HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS by Emily Anthes
The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness - Emily Anthes

I expected a dry read that would take me weeks but what a surprise! This book was fascinating and interesting. I like how she explained the biome in our houses and how it differed from other areas' homes biomes. She explained things so clearly.

 

I enjoyed as she explored the research into how architects are designing buildings better able to help us rather than hinder us. There was no favorite part for me but the stories of how people are using building design and bringing the outdoors indoors helped keep it interesting. As she is showing how schools, prisons, hospitals, accommodations for those with physical and mental disabilities, natural disaster areas, and outer space, she lets the architects, engineers, advocates, families, and users of these new designs explain the advantages over the traditional designs. Their voices add a level that makes it understandable. I hope that some of these design features (i.e. those in an assisted living facility, disaster areas, flood areas) come to an affordable fruition.

 

This is worth your time. Now when my mother asks me why I don't clean more often, I can say that I don't want to destroy an endangered species or an unknown species (Read chapter 1!) There is humor here and this is the most fun I've had reading non-fiction this month.

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text 2020-09-17 14:06
Best Architects in Kerala

At Kappen Group, we believe that the building must respond to clients needs. We understand the excitement of clients and their requirements while building a new home. Our team of architects will consult the client, and check the practicality of their requirement and provide them a customized design solution as per their demand. We provide our clients with the highest quality materials without harming the environment. This commitment towards each project has made us the best architects in Kerala. After the completion of the project, we are not only handing them a beautiful house but also a legacy for our clients. 

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review 2020-06-22 13:04
Vanishing Bath, Peter & Ruth Coard
Vanishing Bath - Peter Coard,Ruth Coard

The 1960s-1970s were a disaster for cultural heritage in Bath. Not merely entire streets but whole neighbourhoods of Georgian through to Victorian architecture were demolished and redeveloped. It became known as The Sack of Bath. Not until the late 1970s did the tide turn back towards conservation and preservation. By that time huge quantities of buildings of significant architectural merit had been flattened. The motivation for all this destruction was allegedly the need for improved housing. It was cheaper to bulldoze and build new than to modernise terraces that were anything up to two centuries old. And indeed, something needed to be done - many of these terraces were suffering from damp as well as needing new plumbing and electrical wiring. Not a single one of the replacement buildings had half the architectural merit of its predecessor and, mysteriously, large areas were not replaced by housing of any kind. The Southgate area gained a horrible covered shopping precinct. Hamm Gardens got a giant multi-storey car-park that couldn't have been uglier if you were trying to make it so. Similarly with Corn Street and Avon Street.

 

Eventually it was realised that since the local wool trade died in the 18th Century, Bath has had no reason to exist outside of being a Tourist Mecca and giving posh people bragging rights about living in one of the famous up-market streets. (John wood the Elder created this out of nothing in the 2nd half of the 1700s.) Since then, the city's economy has risen and fallen consistently on how popular it is with tourists and rich residents. Needless to say, the 1960s-1970s were a hideous depression for Bath. Only when the clean up and conservation ethos re-established itself (around the time my family moved to the area) did fortunes improve. Since then, new developments have, despite often being labelled (usually fairly) "mediocre" and "insipid" been usually a vast improvement on anything that occurred post WWII and pre-1980. (A notable exception is the new bus station which is only marginally better than the atrocity it replaced.) Since then, the fortunes of the city have also been generally on the rise. People want to visit the amazing World Heritage Site now, whereas they mostly wanted to get the hell out of the soot-covered hell-hole of pre-1980.

 

Which brings me to the book. From the start of the Sack of Bath, many protested the enormous cultural loss. Some, unable to stop the loss, decided to at least try to preserve a record of the old city before it was too late to do even that. A campaign of photography and drawing was launched. The originals were curated by the old Bath Reference Library (now merged with the lending library). This book, which reproduces the majority of the drawings made during this effort, is therefore important - a term I do not bandy about lightly in case of books - as it represents the best and frequently only easily accessible witness of what we lost in those two decades of planning horror. And what a loss! I had no idea! Almost every building appearing in the book would be considered an untouchable masterpiece if it was standing in one of the towns or villages to the south west or north west of Bath. Only the proximity to so many internationally extraordinary streets and isolated buildings allowed them to be overshadowed and criminally under-appreciated by urban planners who caused more problems than they solved.

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url 2020-06-12 10:18
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Cloud Computing Architecture - Components of Cloud Computing, Cloud-Based Delivery: Saas, PaaS, IaaS, Architecture of CLoud Computing with diagram & Example

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