Turn Up the Music in Studio – Dec’18 Mix

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As 2018 comes to a close, we normally find ourselves in a bit of a lull as our clients start shuttering projects for the holiday season … that behavior isn’t too crazy as there are parties and trips to take and between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, and everyone seems to have a lot going on. This is fairly normal for a residential architecture firm, except this year we are busier this November and December then we have ever been and as a result, I have been digging deeper and deeper into my studio playlist to keep myself energized as I put in some longer than normal hours.

One thing that brings me great happiness is when I play something that few people have ever heard of before … and they like it. With the current mix of people in my office, playing something that nobody has heard before is depressingly easy (they irreverently claim “youth” as the main reason they have never heard of the music I play for them) but I still think finding something that they like is a worthy goal.

So combine longer hours at the office with my goal of finding and playing music that exposes my office to something they enjoy and you get my current playlist …which I’d guess achieved a ±90% “I’ve never heard this before” rating.

Maybe you’ll fare better and have heard some of these songs before… or not. Okay, let’s get to it.


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Van Belle & Medina

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Van Belle & Medina
14 Apartments . Ostend Van Belle & Medina Architects . photos: © Klaas Verdru The Dokter Verhaeghestraat residential development is located in the city of Ostend,a Belgian coastal city and municipality, located in the province of West Flanders. With origin to the Middle Ages, Ostend has a strategical position on the North Sea coast, being … Continue reading Van Belle & Medina
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Salariyeh Residential Building / Heram Architects

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© deed studio © deed studio
  • Architects: Heram Architects
  • Location: Qom, Qom Province, Iran
  • Lead Architects: Morteza Alinia Moghadam, Hmaid Babaei
  • Design Team: Elika Zarei, Bahareh Sheisi, Marziyeh Golshahi, Andisheh Oskuyi, Fatemeh Asad Soleymani, Ehsan Kazerooni, Kazem Rezayani
  • Area: 3600.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: deed studio
  • Client: Salar Nikoogoftar
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Book Review | Staging Urban Landscapes by B. Cannon Ivers

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Staging Urban Landscapes: The Activation and Curation of Flexible Public Spaces edited by B. Cannon Ivers explores the history of designing flexible spaces for activation and adaptability. The foreword by Charles Waldheim who reviews the history of activation and especially the past 25 years of urban programming that is shaping cities and the public realm.

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Sian Memorial Park / IROJE Architects & Planners

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© JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim
  • Architects: IROJE Architects & Planners
  • Location: Neungpyeong-ri, Opo-eup, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Lead Architects: Seung H-Sang
  • Area: 18860.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim

Text description provided by the architects. This architecture represents a facility for the dead. Being a place where ten thousand lives are gathered in the name of death, it is a community and city of the dead. So I decided to design the whole architecture as a complete set of required facilities for a city.

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Honda Woods – Vibrant forests for our children, for our communities

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Soichiro Honda’s dream – home-woods
The founder of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. used to say that there should not be concrete walls between Honda factories and the surrounding communities. “Instead, there should be a tie between us” said, the founder. Honda Woods project was launched in the year of 1976, respecting the founder’s strong will. The company looked into tree species which were suitable for the environment at each factory nationwide and planted them to create a woodland, which was called “home-woods.”

What had happened in the past thirty years?
Since 1976, the home-woods at each company factory had grown much larger than their prediction and the neighborhood had been developed further and populated more. The fallen leaves were scattered on the ground and the overgrown woods even made the neighbors feel insecure. The home-woods, which was created to build a strong tie instead of concrete walls to isolate the company from the neighbors, had become just another kind of wall to interfere the communications.

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Tips for Hiring an Exceptional Plumbing Company

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Whenever a plumbing problem arises, you need to get that issue resolved as soon as possible. But then, you can’t just hire any plumbing service company you encounter. You must take time to find a trusted plumbing company that will give you value for your hard-earned money.

Hiring an exceptional plumbing service is not a walk in the park. And choosing a wrong plumber could result in shoddy workmanship or inferior parts. Today, we’re going to cover helpful tips on how to select an exceptional plumbing service.

Tips for Hiring an Exceptional Plumbing Company

Put the following tips into consideration when choosing the best Hamilton plumber to get vital services that go beyond your ultimate expectations:

Plumbing Service History

A long duration in the plumbing industry would mean the plumber has what it takes to execute the utmost quality service. A professional plumber with several years of experience has the requisite skill and efficiency to complete a perfect job.

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The Best Overall Mattresses for Side Sleepers to Buy Online

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According to sleep experts, side sleeping is the healthiest and most common sleep position. One of the reasons why this sleeping posture is healthy is that it aligns your spine, pelvis, and shoulders. Spinal alignment goes a long way in minimizing pressure points in various sensitive areas of your body including the neck and lower back. Investing in the best mattress for side sleeping is the best way to reap the most out of the health benefits of side sleeping. Many mattress companies put side sleepers in mind and develop products that are best suited to their sleeping needs.

Let’s have a look at The Best Mattress store in Ottawa for Side Sleepers to Buy Online.

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The Illuminated River will Transform London's Thames with Light

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Courtesy of Leo Villareal Studio Courtesy of Leo Villareal Studio

Artist Leo Villareal and the London-based architecture firm Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands are working together to design and install the first phase of The Illuminated River Foundation's public art commission that will illuminate architectural elements of the existing bridges, redefining the riverscape.

This installation marks the initial stage of the project that was announced nearly two years ago. All stages are intended to be completed by 2022. In its entirety, it will include 15 central London bridges - creating a unified artwork connected across the flowing river from Albert Bridge in West London to Tower Bridge in the center of the city.

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Loft Buiksloterham / Heren 5 Architects

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Why Soviet Architecture Isn’t Russia's Answer

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Since the end of World War II, Russia’s cities have grown in a Modern Soviet style.  This prolonged use and application of the principles of architecture’s modern movement heavily affected the country’s development and urban expansion. But now,  the new generations of architecture professionals are seeking to make a change.

The pressure placed on the modern movement led to a focus on urbanization and heightened attention (more so than other pressing issues of the time).

Housing became the star of the urban development plan and led to the construction of vast residential complexes that promulgated the values of Communism in every detail of their construction.

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