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This is what needed to be said when the ones that support NO GUN CONTROL in this Country act out with sympathy. Same goes for POTUS 45! DO SOMETHING and ACT! TAKE THE GUNS OFF THE STREETS! NO GUNS! #stopthemassacres

5 Architectural Trends to Expect in 2018: Eco-friendliness, Sustainability, and More –

`Indeed, architectural trends can lead architects to focus more on the future and understand the needs of society. This means that architects are practically foretellers as they can predict what cities and communities would be like in years from now and try to act upon that knowledge during design.

We receive 2018 with much hope that the world would be a better place for all of us and the upcoming generations as well. 2017 has presented us with revolutionary aspects of architecture that if we embrace, we could guarantee a better tomorrow. Stay with us now to know more about the new architectural trends that will be popular in 2018:

1) Blending private with public

To face crowdedness in the city, people need more innovative solutions for the organization of spaces. In the past, there were strict boundaries between houses, public spaces, and industrial areas. Well, things will change this year, dissolving these rigid boundaries and forming flexible areas that can house multiple purposes. This will minimize the need for transportation, save a LOT of time, and increase productivity.

The prominent Dutch architect and founder of OMA, Rem Koolhaas resents the current situation involving city planning. At a conference in 2016, he said: “The architecture profession thought not so long ago that it knew how to design cities and that its obligation was to design cities and to teach how to design cities.“

“At the same time, we are surrounded by cities that you would call unpleasant,” the architect added. “Nobody can design cities anymore, or rather the cities that people know how to design are completely different from the cities that architecture considers legitimate and organized,” he continued.

“So, whether we want to or not, we are basically confronted with a phenomenal amount of evidence of the redundancy and even the absurdity of our profession. It’s a really deeply tragic situation.“

2) Live outside your house!

Like we said before, boundaries will dissolve, but this time in your own house. In the past, outdoor areas comprised decks, balconies, and patios. However, now, you can install a whole kitchen or even have an outdoor living room in your garden if you wish to.

Fireplaces in your backyard and fire pits will be very popular too. The furniture of the outdoor living areas will be fashionable, exactly like indoor furniture, not to mention the vivid cushions, rugs, and ottomans.

With regard to lighting, photovoltaic cells will be in vogue to light up gardens and backyards. They will be dangling from tree branches, resting on tables, or anchored to the ground.

Source: 5 Architectural Trends to Expect in 2018: Eco-friendliness, Sustainability, and More –

What it was like to watch the Falcon Heavy Fly!


Since Childhood I’ve always been fascinated with the Space Programs of NASA. I collected a entire series of Space educational material on NASA and the different Space programs from Gemini to Apollo. As I grew older and entered high school my interest changed somewhat but I have always been a follower of everything NASA. I even work a couple of blocks from there Washington, DC Headquarters, but never been in the building. Maybe one day! Security has changed you know! 

But times have changed and Elon Musk is here to make a difference.  To create  new ways of  introducing Space travel to the rest of us. Take a look into the future of Space travel.

What it was like to watch the Falcon Heavy fly – The Verge

Events D.C. unveils new designs for first phase of RFK stadium project – Washington Business Journal

The project is part of a “once-in-a-lifetime chance to reimagine” an area that will not only be a sports and entertainment district not only for Washington D.C. but the region,” says the CEO of Events D.C.”

Events D.C. on Wednesday evening unveiled new designs for the first phase of the RFK Memorial Stadium campus redevelopment, a project that includes multipurpose recreational fields for soccer, lacrosse and baseball, as well as amenities such as a playground, bike paths and green space.

The city’s conventions and sports authority presented the plans at a community meeting at St. Luke Catholic Church. The fields will go in the current site of the stadium’s Lot 7, just north of the 57-year-old venue itself. The District-owned stadium is without a regular tenant after D.C. United played its final match there last year.

“We wanted the different aspects of a field to accommodate different sports, and within that, we wanted to make sure those fields could be divided such that little kids could play,” said Greg O’Dell, president and CEO of Events D.C. “The community also requested a playground so we were able to accommodate a playground into the field configuration.”

Previously, the configuration called for “three fields that were just placed in a general area as opposed to thinking about the interaction and connectivity with those fields,” he said.

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Source: Events D.C. unveils new designs for first phase of RFK stadium project – Washington Business Journal

The Fraught History Of America’s Most Pervasive Brand

A very difficult yet poignant history to tell particularly during these times of high level discrimination in our government and society.  How does a Nation of people remain calm under the humiliation of the white man I just do not know. Peace and humility has got to be the only answer! God Bless the American Indian! -Ed Estes

They’re on baking powder boxes, break fluid containers, and cigar boxes. They’re featured in logos for companies that sell refrigerator compressors and canned peas. They adorn bubble gum boxes and Kanye West T-shirts. There are classy motorcycles and deadly missiles named for them. They’ve become mascots for sports teams both large and small.

Images of American Indians are everywhere in modern American life. That ubiquity is the subject of a new exhibition called Americans at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and an online version of the show. With almost 350 artifacts that stretch across three centuries of history, the show has a poignant message: Though imagery featuring Indians is deeply embedded in American life, many of us scarcely notice it’s there. The exhibition is designed to help you look, but it also reveals how images of Indians, as conceived by white Americans, have become a branding tool in a culture that has systematically oppressed those same Indians.


American culture has used imagery of American Indians to symbolize authenticity in branding, or combativeness in sports and the military, even as it has subjugated real-life Indians throughout history. At its core, the artifacts in the exhibition reveal how Indians have become an integral part of the American brand itself–something that companies have been capitalizing on for decades.

“You brand yourself to add value to the product,” says Paul Chaat Smith, the exhibition’s curator. “What is the value that it adds? It’s integrity, authenticity, and a certain kind of Americanness. It’s what’s special about the U.S.”

Source: The Fraught History Of America’s Most Pervasive Brand

The Obama Presidential Center Makes Design Changes After Criticism

The design process for the Obama Presidential Center is well underway, and, as with any design process, the architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are iterating on their initial vision–mostly in response to some of the criticisms of the first design.

Somewhat unconventional, this week the Obama Foundation–the nonprofit tasked with building and operating the library–circulated a list of 11 criticisms and concerns from the community, along with a list of the explicit design changes the architects and foundation itself are making to address them.


For instance, the initial plans included a massive blocky building that critics complained would have a large footprint on Jackson Park, located on the South Side of Chicago. Now, it’s been updated to be a much taller, thinner mass, with more windows and a 100-foot-tall glass segment facing the north. To represent the importance of words in Obama’s presidency, the tower’s facade will include screens made of stone letters (though what they’ll spell out is still TBD).

Source: The Obama Presidential Center Makes Design Changes After Criticism

Solar-powered school will teach children how to grow and cook their own food

Interesting concept for a European form of Education. But is it sustainable as an American  public school form of educational facility. It could possibly work in DC as the parental culture has leaned towards ecology and sustainability. DOEE would love the  family ties with DCPS! – Ed Estes

C.F. Møller has unveiled new renderings for the New Islands Brygge School, an innovative lower-secondary school that takes a more hands-on and experimental approach to learning. Located in the heart of Copenhagen , the 9,819-square-meter school will teach children how to harvest and cook the food grown in the rooftop garden.

Source: Solar-powered school will teac

h children how to grow and cook their own food