It’s a standardized room.
"Like Diet Coke or iPhones, American rooms are a kind of product, built as quickly and cheaply as possible to a standardized specification. " Article describing the standard American room as viewed through youtube videos.
Qatar has proposed a bold vision of its future in 2022
, but at what cost? In September 2013, the Guardian reported that up to 4,000 migrant workers would die
during the construction process for Qatar's staging of the football World Cup in 2022. The Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee
, an advocacy group representing Nepalese and South Asian migrant workers, estimates that 400 Nepalese have died on Qatari construction sites since 2010. Nepalese make up around 20% of the migrant workforce. In the past two years 450 Indian workers have died on construction sites.
The book on Wood-Frame House Construction
(with diagrams) is brought to you by the USDA Forest Service. Here is the full online index of USDA Agriculture Handbooks
. They're public domain. [more inside]
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
ruled today that its Height Committee has determined that One World Trade Center’s height
to its architectural top is 1,776 feet (541.3 meters),
which will eclipse Chicago's Sears "Willis Tower" as the tallest building in the western hemisphere. [more inside]
In the heart of Puisaye, in Yonne, Burgundy, a team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary feat: to build a castle using the same techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages. [WARNING EMBEDDED YOUTUBE AUTOPLAYS]
The wood, stone, earth, sand and clay needed for the castle's construction are all to be found here, in this abandoned quarry. Watched by thousands of visitors, all the trades associated with castle-building - quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenters, blacksmiths, tile makers, basket makers, rope makers, carters and their horses - are all working together to complete the castle.
Georgia Power has updated their photo gallery
to include photos showing the placement of the first part of the new Unit 3 containment vessel at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Georgia. No small task
, as the component is almost 130 feet across, nearly 40 feet tall, and weighs 900 tons. Vogtle Units 3 & 4 are the first new nuclear reactors to be built in the US since Three Mile Island. They're based on the Westinghouse AP1000 two-loop pressurized water reactor
design. The gallery includes some high resolution gems like this one
showing the completed placement.
Jens Risom talks about
his family's prefabricated beach house.via [more inside]
Following a 1976 pipeline explosion
that left nine people dead, cities adopted the color-coded spray paint DigAlert system to mark the presence of various kinds of buried municipal infrastructure. If you've ever wondered what those marks on the ground mean, the Design Decoded blog breaks it down for you
. (The previous entry in their Decoding the City series explained the Fire Diamond
A nicely crafted video showing the construction of a treadle lathe
, a foot-powered device for woodturning. The builder uses only hand tools and traditional methods; even the drill press is hand-cranked. Useful for those interested in constructing such a thing, mesmerizing for those who enjoy "how it's made"-type videos.
, the world's largest underground tunnel boring machine
that will soon begin digging a controversial
roadway underneath downtown Seattle, similar to Boston's Big Dig
After a century of neglect, plans are in place to rebuild the historic Longfellow Bridge, running between Boston and Cambridge. The reconstruction will take place in 6 stages
, allowing two-way automobile and train traffic to continue throughout the three-year process. [more inside]
How good is Zaha Hadid's
? So good it's already
. And the copy may
be finished before the original. [more inside]
A blanket fort
is a construction commonly made using blankets, bed sheets, pillow, and sofa cushions. It is also known as a couch fort, pillow fort, or sheet fort. [more inside]
"Zhang Yue, founder and chairman of Broad Sustainable Building, is not a particularly humble man. A humble man would not have erected, on his firm’s corporate campus in the Chinese province of Hunan, a classical palace and a 130-foot replica of an Egyptian pyramid. A humble man, for that matter, would not have redirected Broad from its core business—manufacturing industrial air-conditioning units—to invent a new method of building skyscrapers. And a humble man certainly wouldn’t be putting up those skyscrapers at a pace never achieved in history." [Meet the Man Who Built a 30-Story Building in 15 Days
It's one of the best-known photographs
in US history, but the fearless steelworkers dining al fresco in "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper" have remained anonymous
in the 80 years since it was taken. A new documentary. Men At Lunch
, tells the story of the photo and identifies two of its subjects for the first time.
Rufus the Cat had to get some painful ear drops and was feeling pretty stroppy about it so his owner decided to build him a magnificent cardboard box tower to lift his spirits.
The first human-powered aircraft to achieve sustained and controlled flight, the Gossamer Condor (6.3 MB PDF)
, now belongs to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (2.2 MB JPG)
. So you'll need to build your own
NewScientist is reporting new way of processing wood pulp making new wonder construction material.
To ramp up production, the US opened its first NCC factory in Madison, Wisconsin, on 26 July, marking the rise of what the US National Science Foundation predicts will become a $600 billion industry by 2020.
So why all the fuss? Well, not only is NCC transparent but it is made from a tightly packed array of needle-like crystals which have a strength-to-weight ratio that is eight times better than stainless steel. Even better, it's incredibly cheap.
Kaseyama Co. makes clothes for Japanese construction workers, who are called "tobi." Here is what they look like.
The upcoming New York Times Magazine cover story
is about the excavation of the Second Avenue Subway
line below the East Side of Manhattan. It features some stunning photography
and a video
that explains how the work is done. [more inside]
Collusion, vandalism and violence—all for something as banal as snowplowing. If you think it seems too extreme, you don’t understand how public contracting in Montreal works, said the former employee of the major company. The same tactics are used throughout the city, even in the tiniest industries; it’s a culture, a way of life. “I have seen a guy get threatened when he bid on a grass-mowing contract in Ville St. Laurent. They don’t care. It’s just about maintaining control over those areas,” he explained. “The people that talk about corruption in the construction industry don’t realize it’s not just construction. It’s everywhere in public works.”
Since the Spring of 1997, Joe and the Lil' Giants Construction Company have been excavating his basement
, one truck load at a time. Joe uses Wedico
and Stahl RC trucks, bulldozers, excavators and a dirt lump crusher
to build, remove, repair and sculpt his basement. You can follow Joe and his progress here
and on his youtube channel
Driving through Time
features roughly 2700 photographs and 76 interactive maps of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The website allows students, researchers, and digital tourists to uncover hidden stories, hear forgotten voices, and understand the often wrenching choices that the construction and preservation of a scenic parkway in a populated region have necessarily entailed. [more inside]
We're all familiar with the various types of conflict: man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. society, and of course man vs. truculent concrete buffer
. Redubbed, in case the narration isn't your cup of tea.
Rising 726.4 feet from its foundation, Hoover Dam was constructed in five years, beginning in 1931 and completed in 1936. Take a look back at its construction and history.
Via The Browser.
"Tanks Are Mighty Fine Things!" And Other Tales Of Truthiness...
At the end of World War II, Chrysler sent small hardbound books to shareholders chronicling ways the company had contributed to the war effort. Two have now been placed online at the Chrysler Imperial Club
's website: "Tanks are Mighty Fine Things"
and "A War Job 'Thought Impossible' (The story of the Chrysler-Sperry Gyro-Compass)" (Via) [more inside]
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has just finished the initial drilling phase of the East Side Access
project to bring the Long Island Railroad to Grand Central Terminal. What are they doing with the tunnel boring machine
Giving it a funeral. (NYTimes link, use this if you need to get past the paywall)
Instead of removing the $8 million machine, the contractor responsible for this portion of the project has decided it will be cheaper to leave it in place at the end of the tunnel. This is not without precedent; some of the TBMs used for the Channel Tunnel
were turned off the tunnel mainline and left buried.
OSHA's 1984 Fatal Facts
report comes illustrated with surprisingly sangfroid cartoons
of workplace accidents.
"Day by day we pass by vacant lots downtown ... Neighbourhoods that, although having a huge potential, have more and more unused spaces ... Sometimes, the tourists are the ones who open our eyes by mentioning or questioning whether this situation is normal. On other occasions, we pay attention to it for a moment only because the secondary problems that those spaces imply affect us directly. But in most of the cases, they are only a part of our way."Habit Makes Us Blind
is a series of colorful images by Spanish studio Espai MGR
that seeks to draw attention to the problem of wasted space in urban environments (specifically, in the city of Valencia) -- by building conceptual LEGO structures in them. [via
This week is Hemp History Week
has been considered to be one of the most versatile
plants known to man, and is a rapidly growing source of biomass, which produces strong
fibers. [more inside]
If you like construction, with particular reference to terrifyingly lashed-together metal or bamboo rods reaching dizzyingly up into the sky, then you've come to the right thread.
"Pretty Big Dig": Small advertisement will play before video.
A dance film by Anne Troake that gently illustrates the assimilation of technology. Also, a shorter clip
with commentary by Anne Troake.
"I never was one to like to be intimidated. So I just take it off the table. If it's not on the table they can't use it."
Charlie, not a man for small gestures, took his secret off the table and put it on the front page of the Houston Post, whose October 7, 1988, edition carried the headline "Transvestite Now Claims Probe Linked to Lifestyle"
and a color photograph of McGuire in full drag. [more inside]
The Buckminster Fuller dome of the former Dutch aerospace museum is for sale.
In 1971 it was the largest in the world and housed most of the aircraft on display. The dome has a height of 23 meters and a 2700 m2 floorspace. It is currently dismantled and stored in 27 seafreight containers. At the site (in Dutch) there's a wonderful set of photos
on the construction in 1971 and dismantling in 2004.