D.C. seeks federal funds to extend streetcar line

District transportation officials said Tuesday night that they have applied for federal funding to extend a streetcar line, now under construction on H Street and Benning Road NE, across the Anacostia River.

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Allens Rivulet House / Room11 | ArchDaily

Impressive and bold design!

The house has a duality of character and experience defined by the way it responds to context and use. On approach its angular and severe form is a toughened abstract container, bracing itself against the robust Tasmanian landscape and weather conditions. Passing through the “hollowed out” portals, the warm and sheltering underbelly is exposed and acts as a protective envelope.

via Allens Rivulet House / Room11 | ArchDaily.

To Go, Please: 12 Coolest Food Carts and Mobile Eateries | Design + Ideas on WU

What could possibly be more enjoyable than hanging up your apron for an evening in favor of indulging in restaurant-prepared fare? The correct answer is: “When the food comes to you!” Offering instant culinary gratification and diverse dining themes to suit every palate, mobile food carts and eateries have taken the world by storm, offering patrons the opportunity to gamely gobble up tantalizing morsels of gastronomic goodness that fulfill their every dining desire. If you keep a watchful eye on city streets, evidence of their prolific food-pimping nature materializes at every turn but those who desire a virtual tour should sit tight because the following list of unique traveling eateries will undoubtedly whet your appetite!

via To Go, Please: 12 Coolest Food Carts and Mobile Eateries | Design + Ideas on WU.

Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro, Now with Intel Core i5 and i7 Processors

After today’s anticipated downtime, the Apple Store came back online with refreshed 15.4” and 17” MacBooks Pros, now powered by Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs. The 13” Pro is still hanging on to Core 2 Duo.

It’s an all-around refresh of the MacBook Pro roster; all of them now start with 4GB of RAM; on bigger models you can choose between the i5 and the i7 processors, namely the Core i5 2.4GHz, Core i5 2.53GHz and Core i7 2.66GHz models. The smaller models come with NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics, while the 15 and the 17-inchers bear NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics with 256 or 512 MB of video RAM.

via Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro, Now with Intel Core i5 and i7 Processors.

Crib Sheet: First iPad Reviews | Dan’s FC Blog | Fast Company

Major publications like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Chicago Sun-Times all got Apple iPad review units–but so did odder pubs like BoingBoing.com and PCMag. I read through them all so you don’t have to–and here’s what I learned that I didn’t know before.

Crib Sheet: First iPad Reviews | Dan’s FC Blog | Fast Company.

How We’ll Work in 2025 | Slideshows

We don’t work in the same way as we did 150 years ago—and, as the way we work as changed, so too has office design. The last twenty years in particular have brought about a sea change: Rather than simply typing at a computer all day, the workaday ideal involves meetings and brainstorming sessions. A lounge might be every bit as productive as a cubicle, and that lesson has been embraced by dotcoms and ad agencies.

via How We’ll Work in 2025 | Slideshows.

Pros and Cons of the iPad in Education

While Liam opined about the challenges an iPad can face in education here, I thought I’d tackle some potential real-world pluses and minuses from the viewpoint of a college student — I’m not going down the road of high school students; I’m so far removed from that environment, I remember learning Fortran in my school. I think the iPad is going to succeed in education marvelously for students and teachers.’

via Pros and Cons of the iPad in Education.