Note — Mar 28, 2021

No.166 Asides

  • 🤔 The notion that [the] future is a commons, and one that is best cared for in the present is both fantastically thrilling but also nerve wracking. Stewardship of the future is one of those things that’s non-deferrable. You carry the yoke, now, today. You build it now, today.” (One tweet)
  • 🇷🇺 📸 🤩 Gorgeous photography! Life at a Remote Russian Weather Station. “Vyacheslav Korotki is a man of extreme solitude. He is a trained polyarnik, a specialist in the polar north, a meteorologist. In the past thirty years, he has lived on Russian ships and, more recently, in Khodovarikha, an Arctic outpost”
  • 🇮🇹 🇯🇵 🧱 Why Roman Concrete Gets Stronger Over Time. “The way Roman concrete has been able to survive millennia is thanks to seawater dissolving the volcanic ash within its mixture, which leads to the formation of aluminous tobermorite. As this rare material is a crystal, it makes the concrete much stronger and more chemically stable.”
  • Oh my. 📚😍🤩🇳🇴 Kengo Kuma designs timber library dedicated to playwright Henrik Ibsen. “It will be built on a small park in central Skien alongside the Ibsenhuset – the city’s cultural centre and concert hall that is also named after the playwright.”
  • 🤯 😎 Cue David Caruso. “Enhance!” From the ACR team: Super Resolution. “[A]n advanced machine learning model trained on millions of photos. Backed by this vast training set, Super Resolution can intelligently enlarge photos while maintaining clean edges and preserving important details.”
  • 🇨🇳 🧱 China's rural revolution: the architects rescuing its villages from oblivion. “We think of it as a kind of architectural acupuncture strategy, [i]n each case, we have tried to make something that restores the villagers’ pride in their local identity, as well as bringing in visitors and creating a local economic network.”
  • 🇦🇺 😍 Otherwordly pictures of the Reflective Saltscapes of Lake Eyre by Murray Fredericks.
  • 🇧🇷 😍 Illuminated Streaks Appear to Fall from Trees in Light Paintings by Photographer Vitor Schietti. “Each photograph frames the nighttime scenes in a dreamy, energetic manner as the glowing beams both outline and obscure the existing landscapes.”