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Save this picture!+ 47 Share “COPY” Projects Shell / ARTechnic architects Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/11602/shell-artechnic-architects Clipboard Area: 329 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2008 ArchDaily Japan Architects: ARTechnic architects Area Area of this architecture project Shell / ARTechnic architectsSave this projectSaveShell / ARTechnic architects Text description provided by the architects. A large shell shaped structure finds itself in the middle of the woods. It is hard to determine what exactly the structure is, and unlike the surrounding caves and rocks, it clearly is not a part of nature – nor is it a ruin. A frame, a shape, made at a completely different place for a completely different purpose. Within this shell shaped structure will one find floors constructed, wall separating spaces, and rooms furnished. The scenery conjures a SF film-like image, in which locals inhabit over an abandoned spacecraft. With time, trees start to grow encircling the spacecraft, harmonizing it into the landscape. Desiring a place that will be occupied frequently over many years and yet at the same time be in sync with nature, we came up with the aforementioned scenery of a large shell structure floating above ground. Save this picture!Being in sync with nature isn’t about yielding to nature – it’s about coexistence. The existence of the structure depends on its power to endure nature. By isolating living space from the wilderness, and upgrading its quality as a shelter, the house will be protected from nature and will provide a comfortable environment. With this, the house will be taken care of and used frequently and continuously. Specifically in cases of villas, frequent use is what leads it to blend in with its surroundings. The regions’ low temperatures and high humidity level makes for a harsh climate. As a result, many houses that take on traditional structures are decaying. Is it in sync with nature? Perhaps. But the whole idea of comfort seems to be put into question. Consequently, large numbers of villas have not been in use for many years bringing them down to further dilapidation. Despite the general avoidance of concrete material in the region, its usage and the lifting structure have helped the villa protect itself from the humidity. Save this picture!Leaving the boundary between human life and nature ambiguous is a Japanese virtue. Yet, this ideal can only be achieved through meticulous attention and care of the wilderness on a daily basis. This might be attainable at our homes, but isn’t a practical theory when applied to villas. If a visit to the villa inevitably leads to hours and days of maintenance, why bother going? It clearly goes against the purpose of a villa. Having a type of living space that merges with nature could be appealing, but it only seems natural to consider this option only when one is ready to devote a large time solely on maintenance. It goes without saying that villas should not only be functional spaces for the weekend. Their greatest goal is to provide us with good rest, leisure, and picturesque views that never become dull – all in the vicinity of nature. In the style of many modern sculptures, we aimed to enhance the surrounding nature by incorporating it within the spatial structure. Save this picture!Description of mechanical system For the house to be actually used, we paid the ultimate attention to its comfort and performance level. With its classic status as a summer resort, many old villas in Karuizawa take on traditional styles, from the time when visitors arrived with the intention of staying for at least a month. Little did it matter that a day or two had to be spent on maintaining the house, given the long sojourn. With the advent of the Shinkansen, the high-speed railways, Karuizawa is merely an hour and 10 minutes away from Tokyo – visiting Karuizawa just for the weekend has become a norm today. A shorter visit calls for a shorter duration of maintenance. Save this picture!The central control system enables all mechanical and electrical equipments to be managed by three buttons. In addition, the biometrics lockage and security system will reduce anxiety and stress over house safety management. The installment of the custom made floor-heating system minimizes the use of heat energy for avoiding the trouble of emptying drainage in cold regions. Furthermore, it is highly effective in mold prevention. In addition, it works as a cold-draft blocking system which enables the luxury of enjoying a hefty amount of space with large openings. The system integrates itself within the architectural form. Assuming future interior and equipment maintenances (including the window sash) for continual use, the frame is completely separate. The building frame is assumed to assimilate with its surroundings with the passage of time. To provide efficiency during maintenance, the concrete was exposed, finished with a penetrative sealer for concretes. Save this picture!Description of building composition The plan was to build the villa around the big fir tree as the center of the site, with a row of pine trees as the main view. Initially, we had planned to build a shell structure with three dimensionally curved surfaces, and the C shaped section was to surround the fir tree and the plan of the building resembled the letter J In addition, certain parts were planned to hold double volume space. Yet, going over the budget, construction method and finish, the plan was revised down to a shell structure of two dimensionally curved surfaces. The J shaped structure is constructed by two different size oval cylindrical masses cut with curves. The straight part of J, a smaller mass connects to a curved part to J, a larger mass. The top of the oval shaped building wall thickens by 350mm and its width continuously increases up to 750mm at both sides to meet the structural requirements. The free-curved lines appear on the edge, and the three dimensionally curved surface with a twist partly appears on the cut surfaces. However the entire structure was composed by two dimensionally curved surfaces. The floor is built 1400mm above the ground, with the lower half of the shell structure protruding greatly towards the outside, supporting the terrace of the same height. All air and exhaust outlets are installed beneath the sash, letting air run outside through the terrace louver. In addition, by devising unfixed windows, we tried to maximize natural ventilation (we haven’t arranged air conditioning in general parts). While at a glance, the oval shaped cylinder space might appear as wasteful use of space, the functional use of space is maximized by the installation of furniture in the lower half of the oval cylinder. Save this picture!Description of air conditioning system Considering the often short and intermittent use of villas, the expanded hard urethane form has been installed to cover 60 mm of the interior wall of the oval cylinder, which will reduce thermal capacity. As for the interior finishing touch and for adding surface strength, synthetic resin with vermiculite material sprayed directly on the urethane form surface was the choice. Often the type of finish seen on the back of panels, it is efficient in preventing fire, absorbing sound, and insulating heat and moisture. Save this picture!As previously mentioned, the warm air in-floor heating system has been installed. By dividing the oval section with a flat floor, a bow shaped space will appear on the bottom of the oval, which will serve as a heat chamber and be filled with pipes. Warm air that blows from locations of frequent use will efficiently heat the flooring. Eventually, the warm air will also be released through slit installments by the window, preventing cold drafts. At times of absence, if the temperature drops to freezing point, an automatic system installed beneath the flooring will run its antifreeze procedure. Since the system first heats the plumbing space, and as a result, the antifreeze procedure is run by dramatically reduced energy. The system was further customized by adding a dehumidification and ventilation drive, which runs by automatic operation throughout the year. The efficiency of this system is truly remarkable.Project gallerySee allShow lessHotel Strata / PLASMA StudioSelected ProjectsEconomical Crisis and the Bilbao EffectArticles Share Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/11602/shell-artechnic-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Kitasaku District, Japan “COPY” CopyAbout this officeARTechnic architectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasHousesKitasaku District3D ModelingJapanPublished on January 17, 2009Cite: “Shell / ARTechnic architects” 17 Jan 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
The London region group of the Institute of Fundraising is inviting fundraisers to submit paper proposals to speak at their annual two-day conference in London which takes place this year on 21 and 22 November.The volunteer group who organise the event are looking for “lively, practical sessions that fundraisers of all shapes and sizes can learn from to help them in their jobs”. Papers are welcomed whether they cover a particular technique, a successful campaign, or thoughts on how fundraising should develop.Outline submissions, explaining the session in up to 60 words, should be submitted online by 31 March 2012.www.ioflondon.org.uk IoF London Region Conference invites papers Howard Lake | 2 March 2012 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 26 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising London AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Facebook Twitter Home News Feed DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Report 5/1/17 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Rain totals topping 6 inches fell in many parts of Indiana over the weekend. Flooding is a serious concern in many areas, with more rain in the forecast for this week. Yet, DuPont Pioneer agronomist in eastern Indiana Brian Bush says the heavy rains have not posed much of a threat to crops. In fact, for farmers who have some crops in the ground, they are actually welcomed, “We needed rain in parts of eastern Indiana. I was out checking on newly planted corn and soybean fields last week and noticed the surface was getting hard and crusty. We needed some moisture to allow these plants to break thorough the surface. We certainly got it.”Bush says the cooler weather that came along with the rain should not pose a threat to newly planted corn and soybeans, “We have soil temperatures in the 60s, so the crops that got planted last week should germinate fine.” He added, for some fields where crops may be underwater, the cooler temperatures will actually help the plants survive longer, “They should be good for 3 or 4 days.”Bush said, for growers who still have a lot of fields to plant, the delay caused by the rain is not welcomed, “This will keep them out of the fields for 7 to 10 days, but planting in the middle of May in SE Indiana is not that unusual.”DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Report 5/1/1 By Gary Truitt – May 1, 2017 DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Report 5/1/17 Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for May 1, 2017Next articleBrazil Looking at Tariffs on U.S. Ethanol Imports Gary Truitt
Facebook Twitter Former Ag Secretary Block Talks Trade and Farm Bill at Indiana Farm Expo Home Indiana Agriculture News Former Ag Secretary Block Talks Trade and Farm Bill at Indiana Farm… Former Ag Secretary Block Talks Trade and Farm Bill at Indiana Farm ExpoThe Senate passed the 2018 farm bill on Tuesday, and the House is expected to take action today. Senators, without debate, approved the bill 87 to 13, placing action on the House of Representatives to pass and send the legislation to President Trump for his signature.Former Secretary of Agriculture John Block spoke at the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo on Tuesday. He says that, with some exceptions, this farm bill will likely be pretty similar to the last one.“Supposedly, it’s going to cost the same amount of money as the last farm bill, and I think that in almost every respect it’s going to be much the same.”As for the trade issue with China, Block says there is pressure from both sides to come to a deal.“China especially. Their stock market has crashed more than 20 percent and they’ve got a lot of debt and a lot of things to worry about. So, I can’t imagine that the Chinese president wants to keep on with this kind of a conflict.”Block told Hoosier Ag Today that if he were serving as President Trump’s Ag Secretary, he would not have supported this tariff war with China.“However, I can understand other members of the cabinet and even the president that’s said, ‘Well nobody else had the guts to take China on and try to change the way they act, but I’m going to do it.’ So, okay. In that regard he’s probably right.Block served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Ronald Reagan from 1981-1986 and was involved in the 1985 Farm Bill Act. By Eric Pfeiffer – Dec 11, 2018 SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleSenate Passes Farm Bill, House Consideration Expected WednesdayNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for December 12, 2018 Eric Pfeiffer
Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Twitter printDespite the loss, head coach Jill Kramer described the match as one of the best of TCU’s season so far. Photo by Heesoo Yang.TCU volleyball competed for three-straight sets but was swept by No. 6 Texas Wednesday, falling to a 0-3 record in the Big 12 play.“Tonight is the hardest I’ve seen our team compete in a long time,” head coach Jill Kramer said. “I was really proud of the effort.”Outside hitter Audrey Nalls tied for a game-high 13 kills on a career-high .391 hitting clip. This was the first-year’s eighth game producing double-digit kills in.The game drew 2,171 fans, a season-high for the Rickel and the sixth-largest in its history.“The environment was so much fun,” Nalls said. “You can really just start playing at a really high level just off of your fans.”Feeding off of the crowd, the Frogs came out with an electric energy in the first set. The score was tied 5-5 early, but service errors and the inability to finish plays would plague TCU as they struggled to keep up with the Longhorns.Led by outside hitter Micaya White, the Longhorns finished the set on a 7-3 run, winning 25-18. White contributed five kills in the first set alone and Texas hit .458 as a team in the period.The Frogs continued to fight in the second set. After Texas took a 14-9 lead, defensive specialist Élan McCall, gave TCU some life with the team’s play of the night: she laid out for a dig that led to a kill by junior Ashley Waggle.TCU would keep it close the rest of the way, pulling within two, 22-20, at one point. Texas took control from there, though, finishing the set on a 3-0 run to win 25-20 and take a 2-0 match lead.Despite their deficit, the Frogs continued to fight in the third set, taking their second lead of the day at 8-7. Texas crept ahead, but Nalls would keep TCU within reach at a score of 18-17 late in the set.As it had all night, the hard hitting of Texas wouldprove too much for TCU, and the Frogs fell 25-22 in the final set to drop thematch 3-0.“We’re all learning,” Nalls said. “I think we learned a lot [more] in this game than we had in the past.”White totaled 13 kills on the night. Her .500 hitting percentage played a huge role in Texas hitting .365 as a team in the contest.“I love playing against players who could be better or are better,” Nalls said. “It helps me play better.”Despite the Longhorns’ hitting success and just 2.0 blocksin the game for TCU, Kramer called the contest one of her team’s best defensiveefforts of the season.First-year Audrey Nalls tied for a game-high 13 kills in the contest. Photo by Heesoo Yang.First-year McKenzie Nichols played the entire game atsetter for the Frogs, posting a career-high 32 kills.“She [Nichols] did a great job,” Kramer said. “I ask a lot of her, and she can take it.”TCU was without middle blocker Katie Clark, who is expected to return to the court this weekend. Kramer also said that McCall is week-to-week as to when she will return to the outside hitter position.The Frogs will head on the road for their next matchup to take on Texas Tech on Sunday. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Linkedin Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Twitter Colin Post Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Facebook Facebook Previous articleTCU golf weekend roundupNext articleTCU News Now 10/2/19 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Linkedin ReddIt Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award + posts
Previous articleRecovered property day in LimerickNext article“Jerry Fish swooped in and saved the day” Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSDean StrangJerry ButinglimerickMaking a murdererNetflixULUniversity of Limerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Dean Strang will address students at the University of Limerick later this monthFAMED from the Netflix series Making a Murderer, former defence attorney Dean Strang, will discuss implications of the Steven Avery case at special lecture in the University of Limerick later this month.Mr Strang, along with Jerry Buting, represented Steven Avery in his trial for the 2005 murder of photographer, Teresa Halbach.Mr Avery had previously served 18 years in prison for sexual assault and attempted murder before being exonerated in 2003.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Making a Murderer covers his 2007 trial and his subsequent conviction for the murder of Ms Halbach.Amy Dermody, second-year law student at UL and conference convener with the UL Law Society, explained why the group decided to invite Mr Strang to the campus.“Most law students have seen Making a Murderer and it really highlights potential inadequacies in the American legal system, and how important it is to correctly frame legislation to prevent miscarriages of justice.“One of the things I really liked about Making a Murderer was the way it highlighted the commitment and dedication to the law of a down-to-earth, working attorney rather than a celebrity lawyer,” she continued.“We believe that it will also be of huge interest to the wider public because of the unprecedented popularity of the Netflix show. It has attracted an audience far beyond those directly involved in the law,” Ms Dermody added.Professor Shane Kilcommins commended the students and said he was looking forward to chairing the event adding that “It fulfils part of UL’s mission in engaging with practitioners and the community,” he said.“This event offers excellent pedagogical outcomes for students who will have the opportunity to listen to a practitioner and to tease out some compelling issues around the justice system.“I will be asking questions about issues of policing, integrity in the criminal justice process, miscarriages of justice, the evidential process and the consequences of decision making,” he stated.The event kicks off at 8pm and tickets are available from online or from the event venue. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsStrang to highlight legal system to Limerick law studentsBy Staff Reporter – September 14, 2016 762 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live
Barron County Sheriff’s Office(BARRON, Wisconsin) — One week after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was abducted from her rural Wisconsin home, authorities are looking for two vehicles of interest after cars were spotted near the Closs home around the time of the crime.One car was likely a red or orange 2000 to 2014 Dodge Challenger, based on surveillance videos from homes and businesses, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference Monday.The second car was likely a 2006 to 2010 black Ford Edge or a 2004 to 2010 black Acura MDX, Fitzgerald said.Authorities are also asking for 2,000 volunteers to help search for evidence on Tuesday.The volunteers must be able to walk on uneven terrain in or around the crime scene, the sheriff’s office said.This comes after an initial search by 100 volunteers on Thursday. It’s not clear if any evidence was found in that search.The mysterious case began in the early hours of Oct. 15 when Jayme’s parents, Denise and James Closs, were shot dead in their home, authorities said.Police responded to the house after a strange 911 call in which no one spoke. A dispatcher, however, could hear yelling, according to records.Jayme was believed to be home at the time of the killings but had been abducted by the time police arrived just minutes after the 911 call, according to authorities.“Jayme remains missing and endangered and has been added to the top of the FBI’s Missing Persons list, and is currently on digital billboards nationwide,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement Sunday.In the week since she vanished, over 1,300 tips have been submitted so far, and of those 1,100 have been closed, the sheriff’s office said.Community members are set to come together at a “Gathering of Hope” event Monday night to pray for the missing girl.An Amber Alert has been issued for Jayme. Anyone with information is asked to call the 24-hour tip line at 855-744-3879.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. As finding good staff grows harder, talent-finders will become crucialAs a veteran of many succession planning exercises to find future leadersfor an organisation, I have found that only a small group of managers recruitgood succession candidates – most managers fail to generate talent for theirorganisation. Some managers are talented at finding and recruiting good people, others arenot. If you are not convinced, try a practical exercise: list your successioncandidates and who hired each of them. You will not need to do an analysis tosee that only some managers hire good people. These are your “talent-finders”– the people in your organisation who are good at “finding the best”.So every HR manager should be asking how they do it. And why don’t theothers achieve it? The talent-finders I have known have had four points incommon. First, they make recruitment a priority, important in their allocation oftime. They are available and they do not “lose” candidates because ofdelays. Second, they are never afraid to hire someone who will challenge everyone intheir organisation. New recruits must raise the average capability level. Oneexcellent talent-finder once told me that he wanted every new employee tochallenge him for his job in as short a time as possible. Good talent-findersdo not see talent as a threat. Third, talent-finders persuasively enthuse potential employees and sell thejob and the organisation effectively. They generate “I want to workhere” attitudes. And fourth, they close effectively. They reach decisions and make offersthat get accepted. They are the ones arguing with HR about the offer terms andthey do not accept delays from HR. The most effective talent-finders also addpersonal touches – a phone call to confirm the offer or a meeting with thecandidate and spouse to answer questions. At the other extreme are the “talent-avoiders”. You have some ofthese and know who they are. A talent avoider reschedules and delaysinterviews. Candidates who are too young, over-qualified or too expensive, andanyone who could challenge the talent-avoider himself or others in the team,has to have something wrong with them. This person will not fit. If a goodreason cannot be found, simply delaying a decision usually ensures the personis (happily) no longer available. So how do you take the best advantage of your talent-finders and avoid theproblems the talent-avoider causes? One solution is to review and change your recruitment processes. Usetalent-finders to interview candidates even if the vacancy is not in theirdepartment. Present your talent-avoiders only with candidates pre-screened byyour talent-finders. Secure top management support that selection decisionsshould be taken only by selection teams – and get the right people on thoseteams. Also, face up to the issue with your talent-avoiders – talk to them. Theyare probably insecure in their roles and if you can make them feel moreconfident about their own role and their future, you can help them to stoplosing good people. Most of your managers are probably neither gifted talent-finders norunchangeable talent-avoiders – with encouragement they can all do better. Review the training you provide. Add practical exercises or case studies tostress that recruiting talent means making hiring a top priority, not just forHR. Every new hire should raise the organisation’s average level of talent;recruiting managers must positively but realistically sell your organisation topotential recruits; and effective closing – making and getting acceptance to anemployment offer – is vital Getting good people is becoming more and more difficult. If HR people startto find and use talent-finders, it can only be for the better. James Simpson is an independent consultant on European-wide recruitment,training and development. His previous post was European training anddevelopment manager at Texas Instrumentsng Why talent-finders should be your top priority for hiringOn 12 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today