Thursday, July 29, 2010

'built environment' is online

 Do you get a kick out reading articles like 'Use of insurance in managing construction risks .....' or 'Managing knowledge as quantity surveyors: An exploratory case study in Sri Lanka'
Here is just the magazine for you (just kidding!). And the best part is, it is online and it is free.Read SLIA's refereed (read academic) journal at the SriLanka Journals Online website.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School (book #16)

This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom. These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation—from the basics of "How to Draw a Line" to the complexities of color theory.........

Sunday, July 25, 2010

hambantota port

I recently had chance to visit the port construction site at Hambantota. Here is a panorama of the site.
A previous post on this project is here.

Location: 6° 12’N  81°10’E

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

who did gehry vote for?

Vanity Fair recently asked 52 prominent architects (including Frank Gehry) and critics to name the most important pieces of architecture built since 1980. The winner of the informal survey; which is to be published in the magazine's August issue is a familiar face who hardly needs more accolades from his peers in the architectural establishment.

Frank Gehry emerged at the top of the poll for his design for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

So whom did Gehry vote for? His ballot includes none of his own work: (Surprised? No, Gehry is NOT Sri Lankan!)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

the hire

The Hire

The Hire: Ambush

The Hire: Chosen

The Hire: The Follow

The Hire: Star

The Hire: Powder Keg

The Hire: Hostage

The Hire: Ticker

The hire: Beat The Devil

Cool series of short movies from BMW.
People who like these may also want to watch;
John Frankenheimer's Ronin
Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express 
Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams
John Woo's The Killer
Joe Carnahan's A Team (the movie)
Tony Scott's Top Gun

Thursday, July 15, 2010

soviet era posters

Love those soviet era posters from Russia and the Eastern Block? while their political messages may be an anathema to some of us they include some of the best graphics of that era, influenced by the movements such as  constructivism and modern movement.
 Here is one of hte better

Saturday, July 10, 2010

design basics index (book #15)

Starts readers out with a look at the basic building blocks of design and takes them through the process of putting those elements together to create head-turning work.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

10 san serifs .............

Here are 10 free sanserif fonts as a continuation of the last post (Sanserifs are the fonts without feet)

Jacks Font 
Oregon LDO 
Museo Sans 
Engel Light 

Monday, July 5, 2010

10 cool serif fonts ..........

I was busy with a couple of docs during the last month. it would be obvious if you have looked at the numbe rof posts for the last month ;). as usual i spent (read wasted) a lot of time searching for free font I would anyway have never used on those docs. So I thought I'd do something with all that 'extra' knowledge I have gathered!
So here are 10 cool free serif fonts (Yes Serifs are the fonts with feet)
Gentium Basic
Day Roman
Portland LDO

Sunday, July 4, 2010

MAS nirmaana (cSLa #29)

MAS Nirmaana is a Design Studio for Nike and a few other international conglomerates for international designers to try out there designs. Equipped with open plan design studios a catwalk as well as a storage facility to carry the latest samples for fabrics. The interior was done within an existing framework of an old steel building.
The Architectural Team:
Archt. Amila DeMel
Archt. Sanduni Gomis
Archt. Thanushka Wijayapala
Archt. Maheshika Jayaratne

Ena DeSilva - Batik Tapestry Artist
Marie Gnanaraj - Tapestry Artist
Michael Daniels - Landscape Architect

Waruna Gomis

Friday, July 2, 2010

TED TALK: radical look at sustainabe architecture

Interesting TED Talks on architecture and related subjects.

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself?

Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture

Thursday, July 1, 2010

international seminar on vernacular settlements

"Neither vernacular nor tradition is dead; nor they in deathbeds and facing extinction. Instead, vernacular is emerging in new forms, driven by new ideas, practices and values...."
For further details visit this link
ISVS Home is here