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Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:50 am
by starfox64
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This is a product shot, but I'd fuck with a closet organization system like this so hard.

Herringbone floor too.

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:23 am
by starfox64
@stingray sam agreed. i'd also like closet doors.

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:39 pm
by exprof
GOAT home: Corbusier's Villa Savoye.

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Fun fact: The driveway was designed to curve to a to match the comfortable rotation of the steering wheel of the owners car, esp. cool since no one else in the town owned a car.


Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:17 pm
by sagc
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My place in Kingston, which I moved into in April - I'll have better pictures once I'm back in the fall and hang up some prints that I've got. I've only actually lived there for about a week, but I like it a lot - it doesn't overpower the furniture nearly so much as my last place, which was as student-y as it got, and felt like it was going to blow over in the next strong wind as an added bonus.

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:16 am
by Syeknom
Looks very orderly and upscale for Jamaica

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:09 pm
by sagc
Rep/Syeknom: Kingston, Ontario, which I probably ought to have specified.

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:03 am
by starfox64
anyone have any hudsons bay blankets? are they worth the money?

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:33 pm
by bels
Going nuts looking at places. Everything cool too expensive etc. Was looking at properties that had already sold and found this tiny house that sold in April that looks so fing peng. If it came back on the market I'd buy it in a second.

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Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:44 am
by bels
stappard_ wrote:
bela wrote:That housing estate looks amazing. Is it fully gentrified out and filled with Our Legacy wearing Architect archetypes?



Its about 90% of the way there yeah - lots of stuff like this now


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defensible_space_theory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronan_Point

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandra_Road_Estate

http://municipaldreams.wordpress.com/20 ... h-housing/


Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:06 am
by stappard_
Other estates on the noble-but-flawed 20th century London housing roll of honour:

Maiden Lane
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Span Blackheath
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Churchill Gardens (Powell and Moya I love you guys)
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Golden Lane
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Southwood Park
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Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:13 am
by bels
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sentinels

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In 2004, the Sentinels Residents Association submitted a petition to Birmingham City Council complaining about waste facilities. They also complained about a man, who had previously threatened suicide, being rehoused on a high floor of one of the towers


Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:20 am
by stappard_
I'm a huge apologist for brutalism but its fair to say they went too far with those things. judge dredd stuff

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:17 am
by CMYK
On a more philosophical note, any thoughts on the Corbusier quote "A house is a machine for living in" ?

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:22 am
by bels
Reminds me of the Gibson quote:

"Cathedrals are like machines to finding the soul"

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:37 am
by smiles
le Corbusier always seems so absolute and totalitarian. His city plans were inhumane.

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:44 am
by bels
On the topic, I'd love to read abut Urban Planning. Anyone got any recommendations? Why cities are what they are, how they come about, etc?

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:51 am
by stappard_
A collection of scans from a Frank Lloyd Wright book for you guys

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Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:09 pm
by wiggly--woo
bela wrote:On the topic, I'd love to read abut Urban Planning. Anyone got any recommendations? Why cities are what they are, how they come about, etc?


i'm doing a degree in urban planning (albeit joint honours with geography) so i guess this is my time to shine. if anyone ever happens to be interested in the endless joy that is urban planning, here's a little reading list of what i'd personally recommend

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Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser

Cities are Good for You by Leo Hollis

(^^both very much aimed at 'the general reader')

these are aimed less at the general reader but should still be accessible:

Cities of Tomorrow by Peter Hall is great for an overview/history of urban planning as a field (in terms of both theory and practice)

The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs - the definitive book on urban planning in many people's eyes. revolves around the need to create streets and neighbourhoods that are vibrant and alive (as opposed to the mechanical toy-like cities that le corbusier et al were designing). don't be put off by the fact this book is over 50 years old now.

Towards Cosmopolis by Leonie Sandercock is really good. tears modernism apart and then pushes a very post-modern view of how cities should be planned.

Rebel Cities by David Harvey is not exactly specific to planning but a good read if like me you're a socialist at heart. some interesting stuff on the city as a site of class struggle, and discusses a lot of recent events e.g. Occupy Wall Street, London riots and so on.

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:57 pm
by CMYK
@wiggly--woo

A question. If cities are very purposefully "designed" or engineered, even if it is meant to produce "vibrant and alive" neighborhoods, isn't that still taking away some degree of agency from those who will be living there? Kind of a "this is pretty and you will like it" determinism.
I have a (undeniably idealistic) vision in which the "ugliness" of modernism and brutalism presents the populace with a unified front to "rebel" against and make their own. That's why I find myself drawn to chipped concrete, shitty graffiti tags, and ledges waxed from skateboarders. Humanity finds a way. Has any thought/work/study been done on this type of thinking (perhaps not to the extreme degree mentioned above)? To me all the beautifully designed towns just seem creepy, insular, and cultish.

(full disclosure, all of my knowledge on this subject was learned from wikipedia pages, so pardon me if this is a dumb question)

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:22 pm
by hooplah
@bela--i second @wiggly--woo's recommendation of jane jacobs - the death and life of great american cities. great read, very ineresting

also, a country of cities by vishaan chakrabarti is interesting so far. haven't finished it yet, but it is pretty america-centric so i dunno if you're interested in that.

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:59 pm
by wiggly--woo
CMYK wrote:A question. If cities are very purposefully "designed" or engineered, even if it is meant to produce "vibrant and alive" neighborhoods, isn't that still taking away some degree of agency from those who will be living there? Kind of a "this is pretty and you will like it" determinism.

I have a (undeniably idealistic) vision in which the "ugliness" of modernism and brutalism presents the populace with a unified front to "rebel" against and make their own. That's why I find myself drawn to chipped concrete, shitty graffiti tags, and ledges waxed from skateboarders. Humanity finds a way. Has any thought/work/study been done on this type of thinking (perhaps not to the extreme degree mentioned above)? To me all the beautifully designed towns just seem creepy, insular, and cultish.


i could write about that for days on end but to give the shortest answer possible, the problem with any "vision" of an ideal city is that some people will like it and others won't like it. any "utopian" vision of a city or a society is essentially indistinguishable from "dystopia" because having one individual's vision of a perfect world imposed on everybody else is thoroughly dystopian. real life cities inevitably represent a patchwork of countless different planning/design visions rather than one singular vision, but post-modern planning is definitely trying to give power and agency back to the people and communities that actually make up the city.

it's also worth saying that planners and designers are only one of many 'forces' that shape cities. Marxist geographers argue that cities are primarily shaped by capitalist political economy and uneven development. after all, cities as we know them didn't really exist prior to the industrial revolution and it could be argued that the capitalist mode of production has had far more influence on how cities look and are organised than planners ever have.

I like how you mentioned skateboarding because so much academic stuff has been written about skateboarding as a form of rebellion and as a way of socially "producing" urban space. most of it is inaccessible unless you just so happen to have subscriptions to cultural geography journals, but if you ever get some spare time you might be interested in something like this as it discusses street skateboarding in New York in relation to some pretty interesting theoretical stuff about resisting autonomy/capitalism and (re)shaping urban space.

also, if it's "creepy, insular and cultish" design you're after look no further than China

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:41 pm
by exprof
Idk if anyone's posted Habitat 67, it's really cool. More info here.

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Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:11 pm
by ramseames
there's this building downtown i've been by a few times and always thought was neat/someone's really pimp house. Googled it today cuz i remembered to take note of the address. Turns out its actually a 6 unit strata condo building, and was built in 1981. crazy ahead of its time, would have guessed it was less than 5 years old.

shitty pics taken from some real estate site:

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Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:33 pm
by ramseames
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edit: lol whoops totally renoed in 2011. so there u go. Either way sweet place.

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:20 am
by bels
I know houses are more desirable and "better" but I can't shake the feeling that flat are just cooler and cool people live in flats and only dorks have houses.

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:33 am
by Bobbin.Threadbare
What about houseboats?

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:58 am
by bels
It seems like some cool people should live in houseboats. However I met a poet once who lived in a houseboat but they weren't that good. As a result my opinion on houseboats is causing a significant amount of cognitive dissonance right now.

Depreciating asset though innit?

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:29 am
by Bobbin.Threadbare
bela wrote:Depreciating asset though innit?


You're so deep in the house buyers mindset that even your lexicon has shifted. Do we need a bridging loan for the TOJ?

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:29 pm
by smiles
When I was like 12 we took at houseboat down the canal du midi for about five weeks or so. It was great fun. Everyday we would stop in a tiny random town and get delicious cheese and bread. Very relaxing to fall asleep on water too.

Re: homes, houses, and abodes

PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:49 pm
by ramseames
man furniture shopping is so shitty.

it should not take 10 min to find an SA that's willing to talk to me. when i say i want to order something, they should know how long it'll take for it to come in, not a rough estimate about when the warehouse might have it/when they might ship it. and that estimate should not change by a week (in their e-inventory system) literally within the span of our 10 min conversation.

in other news i finally fucking found a desk that's not ugly looking/made of woodchips and imitation metal/outside my price range. hope it shows up before the end of the month