House in Ookayama / Torafu Architects


first_imgArchitects: Torafu Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects Houses House in Ookayama / Torafu Architects Photographs:  Daici Ano Text description provided by the architects. Two generations live in this three-storied wooden house located in a Tokyo residential area. The site corresponds to a 4.7 m wide × 16.5 m long fringe of the land where the owner’s parents lived. Furthermore, the site is enclosed by buildings on three sides while its northern side abuts directly on the street. The layout was designed to alleviate the impression of narrowness of the frontage as much as possible and make the best use of the site’s conditions within the maximum volume allowed by setback restrictions. To minimize pressure from the corridor on the frontage path we devised a basic plan that placed the entrance and stairs at the center while the bedroom and public areas are divided on a north-south axis. Save this picture!© Daici AnoRecommended ProductsCurtain WallsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSCurtain Walls SystemsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeCurtain WallsPOHLVentilated Curtain Wall – Europanel®WoodEGGERLaminatesTaking into account the fact that the occupants had many belongings, we incorporated a storage space shaped like a box between the 1st and 2nd floors. Above the bedroom on the 2nd floor is a children’s room that resembles a huge table. Each part is connected by stairs bearing a different design and the space between some of the steps can be used for storage as well. The floor of the living room on the 2nd floor extends into the bedroom where it serves as a desk. The toilet in the intermediary storage space sticks out into the 2nd floor to act as a light-well and a table. The bay window in the wall connecting to the ceiling can also become a bench, giving a sense of loftiness to the whole space. Boards placed between the four sturdy walls passing through the 1st to 3rd floor become shelves and desks that make for a big storage wall by using the structure of the house. Save this picture!© Daici AnoThis random-looking composition is made like a multifunctional stacking that can be seen as one large piece of furniture. We implemented a cross-section design free from the hierarchical configuration of a normal building, blurring the boundaries between building and furniture. From the fitting of the terrace to the placement of the shelves and other minute details, we employed a construction method by aggregation whereby each architectural component becomes a piece of furniture. This makes the house a vessel that allows for perpetual change to take place and leaves enough leeway for its inhabitants to add their own touch after they move in.Save this picture!© Daici AnoProject gallerySee allShow lessTel Aviv Museum of Art / Preston Scott CohenArticlesAD Recommends: Best of the WeekArticles Share House in Ookayama / Torafu ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse in Ookayama / Torafu Architects Save this picture!© Daici Ano+ 15 Share Japan Year:  ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs “COPY” Area:  105 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” 2010 CopyAbout this officeTorafu ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesResidentialHousesJapanPublished on May 24, 2011Cite: “House in Ookayama / Torafu Architects” 24 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardDoorsRaynorThermal Sectional Doors – FlexFamily™SinksBradley Corporation USASinks with WashBar Technology – Verge LVQ SeriesExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingStonesCosentinoNon-slip Treatment – Dekton® Grip +Metal PanelsSherwin-Williams Coil CoatingsValflon® Coating in Edmonton Public LibraryWallcovering / CladdingLinvisibileLinvisibile Boiserie and Skirting Systems | OrizzonteMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMMineral Paint in Beethoven HausWall / Ceiling LightsEureka LightingCeiling Recessed Lights – OutlineFurnitureFrapontWood Furniture and EquipmentMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?大岗山建筑 / Torafu Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Weekend Pick: Ski Resorts are Open, So Get to Shredding!


first_imgAround here, as soon as the first leaves start to turn, then drop from the trees we have only one thing in mind: shredding. While it is true that shredding dirt on a mountain bike or taking a long hike is still a great way to enjoy the crisp autumn weather, winter is always in the back of the mind, nagging you to check your gear and break out the goggles. Once the trees are bare, their bounty littered across the ground perfect for schooshing and daydreaming the drifts of leaves are drifts of snow, that old feeling begins to come back.Once the first snow of the season arrives, the anticipation really heats up. Can you feel it heating up right now?The Blue Ridge saw its first significant snowfall this past week, with the mountains of North Carolina receiving a few inches. Combined with a drop in temperatures that allowed resorts to blow copious amounts of snow in a short period of time, a few slopes were opened to the public. It may only be mid-November, but ski season has officially arrived. Sugar Mountain officially opened on Wednesday, November 13th running one lift and two slopes and Cataloochee Ski Area opens today November 14th with six runs from mid-station and three lifts. Cataloochee also offers a One Run, We Refund deal where if you are not satisfied after taking one run, they will refund your lift ticket purchase. So really, there is no excuse not to hit the slopes this weekend.While this may not sound like much in the way of skiable terrain, it is a great sign of the winter to come. Early snow and cold temperatures will help keep snow on the slopes through the winter and into the spring. Plus, it is a smart idea to ease into the season with a few casual laps before going bell to bell and getting as much vert as possible. Early season is the time to get the ski legs back underneath you, not push the limits of your ability.So, there you have it folks, ski resorts open in North Carolina this weekend, so it’s time to shred.View Cataloochee Ski Area in a larger maplast_img read more

Human Evolution News Redlines Silliness Meter


first_imgDid these evolutionists really think through their hypotheses?Politics in the genes:  “Neither conscious decision-making or parental upbringing fully explain why some people lean left and others lean right,” researchers at the University of Nebraska said, according to Science Daily. “A mix of deep-seated psychology and physiological responses are at the core of political differences.”  Why, then, do many people use their minds to consciously switch, like David Horowitz, a former near-communist radical who is now a conservative icon?  The “researchers” might need to re-research their own biases and see if they are genetically determined as well.White lies promote civil society:  “Lies can be good for society,” Sarah C. P. Williams announced on the AAAS feature Science Shot July 22.  “The mathematical model, the authors admit, is a simplified version of reality; it assumes a constant rate of lies throughout time and among all the relationships a person has,” she said of a paper published by the Royal Society.  “But the takeaway is clear, they say: Lies can be good for society.”  Of course, then, we should all become suspicious whether Williams is pushing fibs in order to keep her readership intact – like the National Enquirer does.Testosterone and gender:  Robert Cieri, a biology graduate student at Duke University, has figured out why art started to blossom 100,000 years after modern humans appeared: testosterone dropped, leading to gentler faces and more cooperation.  Society began to bloom with art and culture as the men developed more feminine faces, he suggests (for example, see a 3-D ivory carving of a lion from Germany said to be 40,000 years old, reported on Science Daily).  Cieri’s notion of gentle faces leading to art and culture got good press on PhysOrg, which shows him measuring brow ridges on a hominid skull.  According to his hypothesis, brow ridges shrank as testosterone levels dropped.  Males became less aggressive and more feminine-looking.  A Cultural Revolution couldn’t be far behind.  Inexplicably, it would take another 40,000 years for them to develop farming and civilization.  Science Daily swallowed Cieri’s thesis whole, headlining, “Society bloomed with gentler personalities, more feminine faces: Technology boom 50,000 years ago correlated with less testosterone.”Cieri’s hypothesis hinges on testosterone, but other studies have shown that it’s a myth to link the hormone with male aggression—on the contrary, testosterone has been linked to fairness and honesty (12/09/09, 3/12/10, 1/24/14).  In addition, Cieri had no way of actually measuring testosterone levels or their receptors in his survey of human skulls.  Nor did he show a scientific link between testosterone and brow ridges (if they were related, one would expect males taking testosterone supplements these days to develop them).  Presumably, the females also had brow ridges when the males did.He appears to be inserting his own 21st-century biases about what makes for a kinder, gentler face, then attributing his preferences to humans he could never interview in person.  It’s a mystery why Duke University promoted this work as a “senior honors thesis“, or why Cultural Anthropology published it; perhaps because it weaves a fig leaf for an embarrassing problem in paleoanthropology:There are a lot of theories about why, after 150,000 years of existence, humans suddenly leapt forward in technology. Around 50,000 years ago, there is widespread evidence of producing bone and antler tools, heat-treated and flaked flint, projectile weapons, grindstones, fishing and birding equipment and a command of fire. Was this driven by a brain mutation, cooked foods, the advent of language or just population density?The Duke study argues that living together and cooperating put a premium on agreeableness and lowered aggression and that, in turn, led to changed faces and more cultural exchange.Aside from the fact that Cieri’s hypothesis is Lamarckian, the alternatives are clearly worse.  Attributing civilization to a brain mutation, cooked food, crowding, and a miraculous “advent” of a complex behavior like language surely qualifies for an Ignobel Prize, and maybe even first place at the Bah! Festival.We regret seeing another young novitiate like Bobby Cieri welcomed into the Duke-dumb of King Charles.  Cieri is learning the art of storytelling in the Kingdom of Imagination.  Evolutionists learned well from Charlie.  He hated Lamarckism but found it very useful when his own theory broke down.Political conservatives often complain that liberals get a pass in the media for scandals that would land a conservative in prison.  A similar thing happens here: if Darwin skeptics were to offer “scientific” hypotheses this lame, this illogical, and this stupid, there would be hell to pay in the secular press.  There would be no end of charges of pseudoscience, anti-science and religious agenda, and outcries if anything of the sort were to be taught in schools.  It’s good press fodder, though, if it promotes the totalitarian regime of King Charles.The tiniest bit of reflection shows these hypotheses to be self-refuting.  If political bias is in the genes, so is scientific bias: we can dismiss the first article as nonsense.  If white lies are good, we have no reason to trust the second article.  And if kinder, gentler faces produced an artistic society, why don’t rabbits have art?  The stupidity of that third article is only topped by the alternatives suggested: the idea that civilization resulted from “a brain mutation, cooked foods, the advent of language or just population density.”  Anything but intelligent design!Critical thinkers should note the use of the word “theories” in the quote above: “There are a lot of theories about why, after 150,000 years of existence, humans suddenly leapt forward in technology.”  A common evolutionary comeback to the creationist argument that “evolution is just a theory” (an argument we do not recommend, because of its ambiguity) is that theories in science are well-tested and well-founded, as solid as facts.  Not according to this quote!  They use the word “theories” for stupid suggestions that have failed the test of time (otherwise Cieri’s hypothesis would not have been entertained at all, well-tested theories being already available).  Remember that quote and use it the next time an evolutionist claims a theory is like a fact.  “Oh, so you believe your intelligence resulted from a brain mutation or cooked food?  Those are Darwinian theories.”Where are the philosophers of science?  They are as quiet as the so-called “moderate Muslims” who say nothing as their extremist brethren fire rockets on civilian cities.  Anyone who respects science and reason should condemn as utterly ridiculous and harmful the notion of a brain mutation—a genetic mistake—causing art and civilization.  If cooked food is responsible (another Lamarckian idea), why are vegetarians who eat raw veggies good artists?  If crowds produce artistic civilizations (another Lamarckian idea), let’s just pack people together and watch them civilize; instead, they will most likely form mobs and fight each other to death with any artwork lying around.  And what is this “advent of language” about?  How did that happen?  Was it a miracle?  We should protest the Darwinians who use words as humanist shields behind which to lob their destructive theories against innocent readers. 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How To Watch Obama’s Presidential Inauguration Online


first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The 57th Presidential Inauguration falls on Monday, January 21st, this year, which coincidentally, also happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. day.“It’s almost like fate and history coming together,” U.S. Rep. John Lewis told the Associated Press. Lewis, the representative of Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, is a civil rights leader who worked closely with King in the 1950s and ’60s. “If it hadn’t been for Martin Luther King Jr., there would be no Barack Obama as president,” added Lewis.Lots Of PerformersPerformers at the inauguration include Beyonce and James Taylor, and the inauguration parade includes guests like Bobak Ferdowski, aka NASA’s Mohawk Guy.MSNBC estimates that up to 800,000 people will attend the inauguration this year, and scalpers are reportedly charging $2,000 for tickets. For those of us wanting to watch at home through our electronic devices, however, the options are entirely free.Both Apple and Google are offering free apps for their respective devices, with both companies dubbing them the “Inauguration 2013” app. Apple’s iOS app is available on iTunes, naturally, and Google’s Android app can be downloaded through Google Play, and both promise you “a front row seat at the ceremonial swearing-in with the app’s built-in live stream.” Both apps have been reviewed favorably.  Fox News will be streaming on their site, and CNN will be livestreaming via as well as through its apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Yahoo, meanwhile, has partnered with ABC News for its Inauguration Control Room, which promises not just all day interactive coverage, but commentary from a bunch of unusual pundits, including Buzzfeed’s editor-in-chief Ben Smith, former White House executive chef Walter Schieb and Michael Waldman, a former speechwriter for President Clinton.Or, if you are so inclined, you can watch the same coverage on,, on the ABC News mobile app, or on the ABC News YouTube Channel.YouTube Is ReliableSpeaking of YouTube, while the Google-owned video sharing site has yet to announce its plans for the inauguration stream, it is more than likely a live stream will be available through its Election Hub, or through various partners’ individual YouTube channels, which include the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. The White House has also set up an Inauguration 2013 channel, and will be streaming here.As someone who has tried both individual news sites’ livestreams as well as YouTube’s, the live stream offered directly on YouTube is by far the most reliable. (YouTube did invest heavily in its livestreaming infrastructure to cover the Olympics, after all.)NASA will also offer a livestream of the inauguration parade, no doubt highlighting the Mars Curiosity Rover replica that will be rolling along with all the high-school bands and other attractions. NASA will broadcast on Ustream, which served it well during the Curiosity landing.Photo courtesy of Andrew F. Kazmierski / A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Government#politics#Streaming video center_img fruzsina eordogh 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Pope to warn global warming is killing the planet


first_imgRelated posts:Small but vocal turnout in Costa Rica for global climate march Costa Rica tops Central American ranking in latest climate change adaptation index Obama to pledge $3 billion for new UN climate change fund After 11 days of talks, a climate agreement VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is to warn that global warming threatens the planet and declare a moral imperative to reduce fossil fuel consumption, Vatican sources said Tuesday.A landmark Church statement on the environment, due to be officially released on Thursday, places the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics firmly in the camp of those who say climate change is mainly man-made.His input comes at a critical time in the global debate over what, if anything, can be done to reverse climate change and its effects.The papal intervention, seen as a potential game-changer by green groups, comes six months before international leaders gather in Paris to try and seal a global deal on steps to reduce carbon emissions.Francis will outline his views in the form of an encyclical, a statement of fundamental principles designed to guide Catholic teaching on a subject that is issued as a letter from the pope to bishops around the world.This one will be pitched beyond the confines of the Church and emphasize the pope’s view of a clear link between defending the environment and delivering social justice.The encyclical, entitled “Laudato Si” (“Be Praised”), will reference the views of climate change sceptics who are particularly influential in the United States by acknowledging that natural cases such as volcanic activity have contributed to the phenomenon of rising average temperatures.But it will leave no doubt that the Pope believes that the causes are mainly human, and that that creates a compelling case for action to phase out fossil fuels and develop alternative energy sources, according to excerpts from a leaked draft published online by Italian weekly L’Espresso.The scoop was not appreciated by Vatican officials, who stripped the magazine’s respected reporter Sandro Magister of his accreditation for an indefinite period, accusing him of breaching an embargo on publication.See also: Costa Rica calls for climate change support from world’s top polluters Pope Francis addresses participants at the Convention of Rome Diocese at St. Peter’s Square on June 14, 2015 at the Vatican. Filippo Monteforte/AFPA major impact “Great natural forces are not under our control; human causes are,” said a source familiar with the final text to be released on Thursday.“There is strong scientific evidence that the human factors are already having much impact and causing great damage not only to nature itself but also to the lives of people across the globe, especially the poor.”Francis’s thinking on the issue is in line with the view outlined in a 2013 U.N. report which concluded that there was a 95 percent chance that global warming was the result of human activity.But by expressing it he is seen as potentially influencing millions of people who have yet to think seriously about the subject, generating fresh pressure on the nearly 200 governments who will be represented in Paris in December.“The encyclical is going to have a major impact,” predicted Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“Pope Francis is personally committed to this issue like no other pope before him and he is deeply eloquent and deeply passionate about this and the encyclical will communicate that.”The document will likely burnish Francis’s reputation as a socially radical pope but its contents will come as no surprise.The Argentinian pontiff gave a taste of his views on the issue last month when he warned “the powerful of the Earth” that they would answer to God if environmental damage undermined the drive to end global hunger.Perhaps anticipating fresh accusations that he is a “Marxist pope,” Francis said Tuesday that raising the issue of poverty did not make you a communist.“So often one hears people saying ‘oh this priest, this bishop talks too much about poverty. They are not a bit communist?’ On the contrary, poverty is at the center of the gospel. If we take it out, nobody would understand Jesus’s message,” he said at morning mass at his residence.Related: With current rate of climate change, 23 percent of species in South America could face extinction, study finds Facebook Commentslast_img read more