A few places around tropical Australia that look like that, except the
glass is replaced by louvre panels - with insect screens. Would probably
need overhangs or window hoods as well. Glenn Murcutt has done several.
These also present a problem where building codes and so-called 'energy
efficiency' criteria are concerned, but we also have the option of "peer
review" eg if enough experts say its ok - then its ok :-)
Some of us are looking at developing a prefabricated modular system based
on cold-formed steel portal frames - maybe it could turn out to be "Mies
and Glenn" for the rest of us :-)
As much as I like Murcutt, these only look alike from a great distance. Have
you seen Mies up close? (IOW, where are you?) Also, in broad strokes,
there's a levity in Murcutt that's entirely missing in Mies, unless you
think the Seagram's mullion was supposed to be funny.
I was joking sort of, but also wondering about the framing, how easy it
would be to fabricate. Haven't seen Mies up close. The only one of the
recent greats I've seen much of is Corbusier. All that lovely off-form
concrete turning black and green :-)
Tropical Australia. Met Murcutt when I was teaching architecture at PNG
University of Technology - he used to come over every so often to do
sessions in the design studio.
Here the glass panels would not only attract insects, but would end up
almost opaque - gunk from cane toads hurling themselves at it :-)
If you're teaching then I don't have to tell you that Mies is almost
facistically about control. We have a cluster of Seagram's clones here in
TO, and they have aged very well compared to all the other towers. They are
a bunch older than the rest of the modern ones, but the idea behind them
continues to resonate, though I don't know how many architectural fashions.
They're very sophisticated.
Must be paradise. Lat. and long.?
C'mon. All you need is a small crew of window cleaners until the
photographer shows up!
Oooof, that yellow text on the black background is harsh...
OTOH, Australian links of interest, my sister lives in Sydney and I
was interested in the continent-nation long before it became "sheek" in the
Sorry about that - time for a style upgrade maybe? I did it like that years
ago, so the links could be seen clearly on crappy screens. Some of the
material has been on the net since about 1992. Black background = all guns
off = lower radiation on a CRT.
Apparently we now have a general obligation here to design web pages that
do not unecessarily discriminate against the vision-impaired. Some of the
charts and graphs on my employer's website have been modified to accord
with this - eg line-art instead of colours, good contrast etc.
Begs the question as to the extent that the impairment is being caused by
looking at all this stuff in the first place :-)
Well, that last point is an interesting question ;)
OTOH, there is a difference (albeit not a definite line, more like a
gradient) between something being mroe readable in general, and something
designed for the visually impaired.
It's all a matter of target audience, tho'. If a website is intended to
be accessible to as wide an audience as possible, then yes, work has to
be put into making it clear/readable to as many people as possible. For
example, a site with information about cancer, or how to avoid parasitic
infections, or safety information.
It doesn't seem to me that your target audience would be narrower. Color
doesn't have to be eliminated; OTOH, there are "color-blindness
palettes" online (I think I still have the files, let me know whether
you'd like me to check and send them if I still do), socolors can eb
chosent aht still look good to a general audience, but also look
distinguishable to the majority of people with color-vision impairment.
Generally, tho', it's been noted for years that light text on a dark
background can be difficult for people. One option migh tbe to use a
paint program to do up some simple text buttons with a minimum of colors
and using the web-safe palette, save them as JPG or GIF (not all browsers
can read PNG, esp. older ones, so JPG and GIF offer the greatest
accessibility), and load them into your page.
Dunno whetehr that's of any use but HTH ;)
Every time i look at that glass house in the large owned landscape I
have several related thoughts. First, form the ordinary person
perspective, you have to have the bucks to own enough land around that
no one is going to obscure your view or enjoy your strip show.
Who cleans the glass of bug suicides? Where are those thingies on the
glass to prevent birds from joining the suicide mission? Reminds me of
open houses where the real estate agents have removed all the screens in
summer to provide a false idea of the reality of the house
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