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JAN GEHL: Urban design and public space via urbangeographies

JAN GEHL: Urban design and public space via urbangeographies

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anndesignnpossible greenland by quarsoq tegnestue, clement & carlsen architects and tegnestuen vandkunsten 

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The Satoyama Initiative aims to conserve sustainable human-influenced natural environments (Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes: SEPLS) through broader global recognition of their value.

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Apartment Gardening in Auburn Alabama. 507 West Glenn Ave. [alexanderpf.com]

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The time between my graduation in 2010 and when I started graduate school in ‘11 was a very productive and creative time for me. I worked at the university and had a lot of free time to learn about gardening, composting, aquaponics and permaculture. 

These days I’m working in California and don’t have nearly as much time. I ordered some hydroton and net-pots on eBay today and I’ve decided that I want to build another compact aquaponic system — this time with much more planning and documentation. 

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Well,  we have been transferring all of the grow-beds across to constant flood the past week or so, and it is progressing very well.

This bed however, (for reference, it is the first tomato bed in the center row closest to the fish tank) when I took apart the siphon it was choc-a-block full of tomato roots!.

We knew that the roots were replacing the grow media and even growing up the water delivery pipe but this was just getting silly!

Two feet into water return pipe they were growing!

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Pages from my ‘Levels of Complexity’ project, in which I wanted to explore ways in which I could communicate biology and science-based information in a more accessible illustrative style. I hoped to inspire some amount of awe at just how much is going on ‘beneath the surface,’ such as cells, tissues, organs, processes, etc within our bodies and our environment. via vmartineau

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This week we were challenged with making the floor plan even tighter.  We have now gone from 860 square feet to 770.  Efficiency is quickly becoming the theme of this house.  We have been getting several comments about how the floor plan felt almost too spacious.  Because the two porches have such potential to give extension to the interior spaces, we feel that we can have the tightest floor plan without it feeling too tight.

Along with this, we have been looking at the orientation of the house on multiple sites.  Since these 20K Houses are being planned without sites, we want our house to be prepared for anything.  We would like for the long face of the house to always be the front, but would also like for the long faces to always face north and south so there are some environmental considerations we are keeping in mind.  Another benefit of the two porches is that no matter which side of the house faces the street, it will always look like a front.  We will be providing different options for stairs to the front porch so that the entry can face whichever way is needed.

We have stepped back from looking at the details so that we could see more about what our house is doing as a whole.  This has helped us to see several things which we had forgotten while trying to figure out how every little thing went together on the porches.  We are hoping the things we have looked back to will again speak to how these porches should be detailed.  This week has been a refresher for not only the design but for the team and we are excited to get back into the details we have put to the side.

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Lecture 1 “Physics of Information and Computation: Introduction and Logistics” in course: Natural Computation and Self-Organization: The Physics of Information Processing in Complex Systems Instructor: James P Crutchfield Complexity Sciences Center Physics Department University of California, Davis

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