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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...

straw-hut

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

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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!

Foundation

From the diaries -- whataboutbob

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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...

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