humansofnewyork:

"I grew up in the Bahamas. One summer I took a tour of the United States, and it gave me a lot of perspective on the role that my home has played in my life. I got this tattoo at the end of the tour, to represent those realizations."

humansofnewyork:

"A few years ago, I got a call on my cell phone from a twelve year old child from my village. He was calling me from a bus stop. He’d taken a bus into the city alone, and he was calling me to ask if I could help him find a way to go to school. Both of his parents had died of AIDS, and he had no money for tuition. I told him to stay where he was, and left work immediately to pick him up. At first I was very mad at him. He should not have travelled alone. But then I looked at him and I saw myself. I’d also been desperate to go to school after my father was killed, but we had no money. So even though I was suffering myself, I told him I would try to help him. My salary was not enough, so I tried many things to get the money. After work, I went to the landfill to hunt for recyclables. But after I paid to have them cleaned, there was no money left. Now I’m trying to make bricks. I have a small operation in the village to make bricks, and I sell them in the city. It doesn’t make much money, but it’s enough to pay tuition for the boy and three of his siblings.” 

(Kampala, Uganda)

Clever bracing; goes all the way to the feet of the columns.

An Understanding of…

It was a revelation to understand that the ‘soffit’ is really a parallel ceiling - in a structural sense that is… so if ceiling/roof joists provide the ceiling and roof structure resting perpendicular to a ‘beam’ plane, so too should the soffit ‘on the same plane’ as the roof.

Alternatively, if one really has to work counter to the pattern that is the plane - then we’re talking about ‘another structure.’ 

This is the ‘logic’ of the piece - and it establishes how one would go about a project like this next time - that the ‘wall’ planes can be parallel and they share the same perpendicular ceiling structural members.

It also means that the box is broken indeed - because ‘structurally’ the elements are not box-like at all, but skeletal in fresh way… recognising the parallelism that is inherent in construction technique.

http://theartoftheroom.com/2014/05/rustic-urban-glamour-duncan-house/

Peter Stutchbury 1992. Israel House. Paradise Beach, NSW, Australia.

Pool House by TongTong studio.

http://tongtong.co/portfolio/pool-house