adaptive urbanism

Everyday Bread

This is a perfect example of an easy bread that can be made every day. I mean, sure, it would be just as easy (if not easier) to use a sourdough starter, or to bake a large batch for several days in a row*, but if you are a fan of fresh, chewy, crusty bread every dang day than this is the one you want to use. This is the recipe I use whenever I need (or want) fresh bread for dinner. It’s easy. Seriously, it can be done in less than an hour. Plus it’s one of the best breads I’ve ever made, so there’s that too :)

*When one is involved in all the menial tasks to survival that we take for granted, sometimes we forget just what goes into ‘survival’. Peoples of Middle Earth would naturally have to work very hard, since not everyone can go on adventures and have everything taken care of for them. I like this little saying, even if it’s just household chores (leaving out planting, weeding, butchering, harvesting, thrashing, preserving, spinning, weaving, knitting, chopping firewood, etc.) I suppose I’m guilty of romanticizing the ‘olden lifestyle’; it sure sounds fun but if it came down to it I’ll stay in the 21st century, thank you very much.
“Wash on Monday
Iron on Tuesday
Mend on Wednesday
Churn on Thursday
Clean on Friday
Bake on Saturday
Rest on Sunday.”

Everyday Bread (printable)
makes two loaves

2 ½ cups (595 mL) warm water
2 tablespoons yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
5 ½ cups (660 g) flour
1 tablespoon olive oil


In a large bowl, mix warm water and yeast until yeast has dissolved.  Next add sugar, salt and flour. Knead ingredients together till it’s a soft uniform dough.

Now place a thin towel over the bowl with the dough in it and let it rise in a warm place for 15-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450° (232° C). Separate dough into two, and begin shaping dough into long loaves, and place on a baking sheet.

Make slits with a knife and brush with olive oil. If you are garnishing with herbs or cheese, do so now.

Cover the dough with the towel once more and let rise 5 minutes or so (the longer the better).

Remove towel, and bake for 12-15 minutes or until tops are brown and crusty.

Recipes adapted from Urban Strawberries

roombavoomba  asked:

What is the deal with seagulls, have they always been opportunistic around humans? I live about 15 miles inland and seagulls would always show up at our schools around lunchtime and could get pretty aggressive over the trash and dropped fries for instance. Crows and finches do the same thing, but the seagulls seem like something is wrong with their natural environment that worries me. That or they just know humans have food

Seagulls are a really great example of what happens when you have a combination of habituation and the ability to adapt well to an urban environment. They’re naturally scavengers with good memories and the ability to fly long distances in search of food - now add in human encroachment on their coastal habitat, human habitations that mimic their nesting sites (sheer edges and flatish roofs) lack of natural predators in cities, and the picnics that come with our beach days and you’ve got a great recipe for a species realizing that it’s way more effective to chill out and utilize humans as a source of food. We’re so many generations into that pattern that they’ve learned how to scout for food-rich areas and time their visits. So it’s not really that there’s something wrong with their natural environment, more that they’ve really adapted to cohabitation with us as their new “natural” state in urban areas. 

(…thinking about it, this is actually probably the closest example I’ve seen to how people think proto-wolves might have started the evolutionary journey into becoming dogs. Hanging out around human settlements for the food, slowly adapting across generations for lower flight distance, and eventually learning to utilize us as a resource…)

Gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis), snacking on buckthorn berries (Condalia globosa). At the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona. 

These birds are well adapted to urban life. After his meal this bird flew to a light post on the garden path and started hammering on its metal cover - amplifying his staccato message to nearby females and announcing his territory to competing males. 

snootsnooter  asked:

How would you describe Harvey Dent vs Two Face in personality?

this is a good question that i’m not sure if i’ve ever answered before.  i know i’ve gotten into meta but never precisely the polarity between Harvey and Big Bad, I believe.

Anyway!  So I’ve always seen the division as far more complicated than good and bad, because both have positive qualities, and negative ones, and through it all (at least in my opinion) some connective qualities as well, so that the holistic picture of them as a person is more… faceted than divided into discrete parts.

Harvey I’ve always had in mind as the muse and investigator.  He generates way more progressive energy between the two, and as such is far more verbally inclined, eloquent and even poetic.  I would say pre-split, he was publically very self-assured and the kind of aura that radiated distinctness as a person.  However, this came along with lots of uneasiness and a very subtle-not-so-subtle fragility of emotion that was the sort of thing he could be tuned out to as if numbed out from it while he continued to focus on other things.  Better in one on one conversation and the sort of person that lends well to opening up to, but more than able to emote geniality.  Stubbornness and determination are pretty much a shared trait, although its more positively oriented in this case.  

Big Bad is definitely the Executive and strategist.  I prefer a very quiet deadly silent Big Bad to the more loud brash versions, because it makes the contrast of explosive temper when it is stepped upon all the more unnerving.  I’ve compared Big Bad a lot to Shere Khan in that same kind of bent out of shape idealism that’s turned so much inward like brambles into something charred over in self-absorbed cynicism.  This is combined with a very hyper-alertness of other people and irritation at things that ‘stick out’ of the framework he has in mind.  He is far more practical and his inner compass will always turn towards security of structure.  This includes adapting to urban wilderness, for even that requires a kind of rule to the game.  Extreme control complex and easily rubbed raw by others, although his baseline reaction is chilly reticence rather than loud sloppy brashness.  Just as capable of eloquence as the counterpart but less prone to long tirades, although you can catch him in moments of philosophizing in a more morbid vein than Harvey moods. 

Of course in spite of the name, being two-faced is not really a quality of either components.  Once a decision is made, it is made.  The indecisiveness lasts only until the moment of truth and once it is past that point, to backtrack in any way shape or form would be to break the rule.  As a result, loyalties and contracts are as good as set in stone, unless new evidence comes into play to make it necessary to revise.  

Character Labels

I decided I wanted a repository to dump any labels I come up with, so here are a bunch of labels along with a description of what that character would be like. I’ve split them up into four categories: Obvious labels (most people can guess what they mean on sight), metaphorical labels (the meaning isn’t immediately obvious, but people will recognize the word), labels inspired by TV Tropes, and obscure labels (many won’t understand these without google or a dictionary). Right now there are 44 labels total, although I will add more in the future. 

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anonymous asked:

professor feverworm, how does one best protect their local rothalia population from urbanization?

though rothalia are at their healthiest and safest in the wild, they’re quick to adapt and thrive in urban situations. if left unchecked, a small rothalia clan can expand exponentially into a massive colony and dominate the surrounding area, leaving the locals to abandon their homes and workplaces and move to less infested areas. the evicted buildings make ideal nests for monarchs, which are much more difficult to eradicate or relocate than their larval forms.

for these reasons, it’s important for city planners to give a wide berth to known rothalia territories when designing urban areas. it’s also important for townsfolk of existing neighboring communities to be mindful of keeping garbage and other refuse properly contained so as not to lure rothalia out of their natural habitats.

if you live in an area that’s close in proximity to a known rothalia territory and have concerns about infestations, want tips on how to keep your home rottie-free or have any other inquiries about our small scavenging friends, please contact your local rothalia preservation society.


SCAD Atlanta prototypes the adaptive reuse of parking structures into micro dwellings. Inspiring to see creative thought and design process applied to the looming demands of suburban retrofit.


HERE is the 90 seconds trailer. And HERE is a fan made translation.

There is also a 60 seconds trailer that will be posted soon in the same YouTube channel as this one. There are a few shots in that one that you won’t see in this one (there are unique shots in the teaser trailer as well). 

(Thank you rymdmonster for pointing out that I posted the teaser trailer before by mistake. Sorry guys. This afternoon has been … weird.)


SN: this is called getting it right. Of course that is an over optimistic sentiment for the following project, but a 15 mile, continuous green space and recreation area that spans 100 streets is an ambitious goal. One that I praise in its size and scope.

Singapore is renovating an abandoned railway to include rock-climbing caves and urban farms

In Singapore, there’s an abandoned railway with grass spurting from the tracks, where hikers can walk the 15 miles from downtown all the way to Malaysia.

Now, the city plans to completely redesign the Green Corridor into a series of community spaces, including a rock-climbing cave underneath a highway.

“This is an excellent opportunity to transform the Corridor into a very special community space that is more than just a park,” says Humphrey Sew, a spokesperson for Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.

The design features bike and pedestrian paths with spots for eight different activities, including yoga, growing vegetables in an urban farm, and watching wildlife.

It will connect to around 100 streets throughout Singapore.

The railway tracks were constructed in the 1920s, when trains would travel from downtown Singapore across the sea into Malaysia. The railroad remained under Malaysian control as part of a land separation agreement between the two countries. It was later transferred back to Singapore in 2010, and closed as a functioning railroad a year later.

Now, mostly hikers and wildlife enthusiasts roam its tracks. They’re about to be joined by a whole lot more people.

so apparently part of kitsune lore is environmental adaptation, meaning kitsune in urban environments can adapt to and even in some stories control things like pollution, harsh temperatures, and strong electric signals

April 28, 1916 - Martial Law in Dublin, Rebel Positions Begin to Crumble

Pictured - Tommies guard a roadblock in Dublin.

Only eight artillery guns were present in all of Ireland, four of which the British brought into Dublin during the Easter Rising to blast the rebels out of their positions.  Although Connolly, one of the rebel commanders, believed that the British would not risk shelling Britain’s second city, the British artillery destroyed the rebel strongholds piecemeal, rather than risking infantry assault.  After the bloody streetfighting of the earlier days of the week, in which the British had tried to take rebel barricades with frontal assaults, this method proved more effective, and soon rebel positions started to surrender. 

Armed with grenades and supported by snipers, British troops adapted to the urban fight by mouse-holing walls to flank rebel positions, as well as creating a makeshift armored car with boiler plates.  By Friday the 28, the rebels’ situation was worsening rapidly, and the GPO, their headquarters, in flames.  By this point, the British soldiers were enraged by the casualties they had taken, as were many of the loyal Irish soldiers, who jeered at the rebels as cowards and traitors.  A platoon of the South Staffordshires bayoneted sixteen unarmed men, accused of being rebels, while another British section summarily executed six civilians.  The violence of the Easter Rising and its aftermath would taint Anglo-Irish relations for years to come.