Welcome to the new version of European Tribune. It's just a new layout, so everything should work as before - please report bugs here.

Lucy's braid... A bedtime's story!

by margouillat Mon Feb 26th, 2007 at 03:51:34 AM EST

This is a story... Just a story. No mind-blowing invention or peak oil...
It's a time machine that brings you back to the origin of our species and show the incredible progress we've made since...!

Fasten your seat belts, here we go...


Let margouillat weave you a fascinating tail.. er, tale - afew

Read more... (11 comments, 1985 words in story)

The drifting of the "City"...

by margouillat Sat Feb 24th, 2007 at 06:10:00 AM EST

Human dwellings are various, in typology as in density, it has been so since the beginning of human times. But in some points of the history of mankind we did some quantic leaps... The "City" is one of these great steps for most of us...

I was always surprised to see that human settlements were qualified either by Aesthetics or by the "brute force" of numbers and quantities... And seldom by politics... As after all, the original word is "Polis", the "City", that started the political debate.
Here is an interpretation, a short one, about what the City is about... I will in time, surely develop some points in other diaries... Have fun!


From the diaries -- whataboutbob

Read more... (62 comments, 2403 words in story)

About concrete and its avatars...

by margouillat Fri Nov 25th, 2005 at 03:56:48 AM EST

From the front page ~ whataboutbob

Most people associate modern style architecture "à la Corbs" with concrete. And you often hear "It's just a concrete building, you know..." in a pejorative way, conveying the feeling that it's some grey old thing, with some rusting rods and a lot of dust...!

So most  buildings today are designed with some fashionable steel, stone, wood, glass claddings. On cheaper housing projects, it's about plastic grout in funny colors, barely hiding some concrete blocks.
Visible concrete is seldom seen, and when it does exist, nobody recognize it as such !

However, concrete is not only an excellent building material, but, on these days of sustainability, it might be one of the most high-tech material...

Read more... (41 comments, 1451 words in story)

News and Views

 14 - 20 May 2018

by Bjinse - May 14, 67 comments

Your take on this week's news

 7 - 13 May 2018

by Bjinse - May 8, 71 comments

Your take on this week's news

 May Open Thread

by Bjinse - May 14, 5 comments

If you would thread something, you must be something

 Open Thread

by Bjinse - Apr 24, 18 comments

Threading is a short parenthesis in a long period

Occasional Series
Click for full list

Top Diaries

Dublin is to Blame

by Frank Schnittger - May 18

Zero Net Energy - May 14, 2018

by gmoke - May 15

NATO Total War Project

by Cat - Apr 14

40 Questions

by Cat - May 1