Thursday, October 29, 2009

wall paper



Check out Design, interiors, fashion, art and lifestyle on wallpaper.com. Permalink is on the side bar under DESIGN

Monday, October 26, 2009

anuradhapura: past in the present tense (#2)

 





Historic places in A'pura, now and then. New photos are from my recent trip to A'pura. Older ones are from (images of ceylon.com).

Friday, October 23, 2009

around sri lanka in 14 days....

What is it with CDPs and doing crazy things? Three of my CSA CDP Part I students have cycled around (pretty much, the part of the island where security clearance is not required) Sri Lanka, soon after their CDP. May be they wanted to put as much distance between themselves and me (and Waruna) as possible for a while.

Mind you, cycling in some of these parts a year ago would have been unthinkable. Well done!

Monday, October 19, 2009

puttalam lagoon & saltern


*all credits  goes to Waruna's little leica camera. (You steal Waruna's 'little leica camera' and presto! you get the copyrights to these photos)

Friday, October 16, 2009

from the frying pan to ......




Mora Archi students just after their CDP final crits. This year is 'personed' by Narein, Marini, Truely yours and Dr. Manawadu. Students are in their customary 'CDP T Shirts'

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

david pieris motor company - ratnapura (cSLa #16)


David Pieris Motor Company, Ratnapura by Architect Palinda Kannangara. Photos by me, me, me Waruna Gomis

Monday, October 12, 2009

urban design masters @ moratuwa uni


Moratuwa uni is starting an urban design masters. Please contact Dr. Jaanaka Wijesundera for further information. jwijesundara@uom.lk

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

spiders having a high: effect of psychoactive drugs on animals creativity


Psychoactive drugs, such as caffeine, amphetamine, mescaline, strychnine, LSD, benzedrine, marijuana, chloral hydrate, theophylline, IBMX and others, have a strong effect on animals. At small concentrations, they reduce the feeding rate of insects and mollusks, and at higher doses kill them. Spiders build much more disordered webs after consuming a drug than before.
Image and text from Wikepedia 

Saturday, October 3, 2009

extreme architecture (book #11)

The term "extreme architecture" immediately brings to mind architecture that is formally aggressive, such as Deconstructivist architecture by the likes of Coop Himmelb(l)au. But for author Ruth Slavid it equals "extreme environments" and the architecture that responds to them. Her survey of close to fifty projects is divided into five sections (Hot, Cold, High, Wet, Space) that delineate the extremes architects must respond to. The selection ranges from variations on the vernacular to far-fetched proposals that seem to exist only to push the envelope by pushing the limits of human existence. What is constant is Slavid's exemplary writing, descriptive and informative to be sure, but also able to hold the reader's interest project after project. Be it a school for a poor community, a ski jump, a floating house, or even a dirigible, Slavid's perspective on how the architecture responds to its conditions is consistent, not seduced by the fastastical nature of the most extreme of the extreme. (Extracted from 'A Daily dose of Architecture')
Extreme Architecture