Stuff I like: Thunderstorms. Anything artificial grape flavor. Michigan—especially my hometown, Grand Haven. Fall weather. Tacos. Playing pool with my dad. Sitting on the beach and watching the waves. Going backpacking. My family. Being a dog mom (HI MOLLY, I MISS YOU). Bike rides. Traveling to new places. Building projects out of old pallet wood. Overcast weather. Movie marathons. Warm towels. Seagulls (they’re very underrated creatures). Painting. Talking to my mom about life. Eating chips and guacamole. Hanging out with my cousins. Listening to the rain. Staying in bed all day (especially when I’m listening to the rain). John Carney movies. Oversized sweaters and hoodies.
Summary: After months of planning and preparation, the five kings finally embark on their quest to the Nether to retrieve Geoff’s soul. At the same time, worlds are beginning to collide as Midas sets about his mission to return from the End.
A developing relationship promises peace between the kingdoms - but when old fears return to haunt them, it threatens to set the kings in conflict with each other once again.
Ray stepped through the portal into the Plains with practiced ease. His stomach no longer lurched at the transition - he moved as easily as if he was stepping into another room rather than travelling thousands of kilometres into an instant.
He emerged into the throne room of the Plains castle just as Gavin arrived through the Wild portal opposite him. Their eyes met as they appeared at the same time, and they shared a smile.
“Hey,” Ray called out, “I wondered when you were gonna come. You know what Geoff wants us here for?”
The beautiful mordernist Villa Stone, in the
neighbourhood lovingly dubbed ‘yellow villa’ was built in 1940 by a family of
stonemasons. The cobblery was exploited in the house next to Villa Stone and on
the grounds behind both buildings. Villa Stone is the cobblery’s calling card,
as it were. Upon stepping through the front door, one is immediately
overwhelmed by the presence or marble. Marble floors, marble stairs and even
marble paneling on the walls. The luxury is ephasized by the beautiful stained
glass windows. In May 2016 the property with the two buildings and the
surrounding grounds was publicly sold. Admirers of the villa fear that the
buildings will be demolished to make way for a new building project…
You know how when we were kids we used to build blanket and pillow forts? As a kid, I was excited to have a secret space of mine (although it wasn’t so secret) and that idea held with me until now.
I decided to start my new project by building a fort. I used a space around 2,5x2,5 meters big and using tables, curtains and blankets started my construction.
The fort consists of a small entrance that leads you to a short labirint/tunnel. The tunnel is dark and it ends with a bigger space full of light, beside a window. The bright space at the end represents, for me, some kind of relief after a bit of a confusing period of mine.
Also, when I built it, it kind of reminded me of a heart, or maybe a brain.
The construction is somewhat organic and is built with stuff I found on the attic.
More on it later.
Hey there Archy! Can you tell me about the LEED system? I stumbled upon a certificate in our office, thought you might give me (and for the others) some insight :)
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program focused primarily on new, commercial-building projects and based upon a points system.
To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. You can read more about it here.
Sorry, Portland, but you brought Californians and gentrification and everything else you hate on yourself. You practically demanded that things be this way. See, there’s a detail about the Portland gentrification problem that lifetime residents consistently leave out when demonizing California for all of their city’s woes. In 1999, home builders in Portland pressured the Oregon Home Builders Association to lobby the state senate to impose a ban on something called inclusionary zoning. What’s that? Oh, just a type of zoning regulation that requires developers to dedicate a certain percentage of any new construction project to building affordable housing for residents. … The only other state in the nation that bans inclusionary zoning is Texas, if that gives you any idea what realm of progressiveness residents entered into when they decided to “keep Portland weird” by preventing poor people from moving to the hipper areas of their eventual Utopia.
Eyesore - The People of the MACDA Housing Project, Makati, Philippines
From a distance, illegal settlements or squatter villages can be an eyesore. They are grossly overcrowded, unsanitary and often unsafe in times of typhoons, flooding or earthquakes. They continue to thrive however, as large numbers of poor continue to stream into Manila from the outlying provinces in search of difficult or unwanted manual labor jobs to support their families.
The MACDA Housing Project is an illegal settlement that is built on vacant land within Makati, the heart of the business district of greater Manila. As the settlement has become more densely populated, government officials have determined that it is time for it to be demolished.
MACDA has become unsightly, potentially dangerous and city officials are insistent that the property can be used for more profitable ventures.
The Vice President of the Philippines and his family have been running Makati for the past several decades. Over the past several weeks, the Vice President has been investigated for potentially skimming a percentage off the top of all new building projects in the city of Makati. If true, some of the much needed money that could have been used to develop infrastructure, housing and eduction projects around Makati over the past twenty years may have gone into the pockets of the Vice President and his family.
I have been photographing the people in the MACDA neighborhood for the past three years. Most of the residents don’t want to be relocated, but realize that they don’t really have much choice in the matter as city officials control the property where their housing development is located.
They will be moved into more substantial housing in Cavite, a city that is located between 60-90 minutes away. But that’s in a country where access to economical and reliable transportation is difficult. They welcome the better housing, but job prospects in Cavite are dim to nonexistent. As a result, most will return and find other squatter villages around Manila.
From afar, MACDA most definitely is an eyesore. But closer up, it’s the people oozing out of the cracks that bring it to life.
Here, life is difficult, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be enjoyed. Resilience, humor and resolve are a part of the DNA of the residents. Neighbors look after each other in order to make their shared existence more manageable.
Close-up, the MCDA Housing Project is far from an eyesore, instead it contains something that those that look at it from a distance quickly lose sight of – our shared humanity – that critical bond that should link us all.
Basically, she is part of one of four big cultures in her world, and in the culture she comes from they believe that the path to ascension is “perfection”. They still haven’t really figured out what that is though…
They like black (it’s what you get if you mix all colours, so they think it’s the ultimate one), metall and stone.
I might write something more detailed about this if I feel comfortable with it.
Can you do a Exo Reaction to you work on new building project at all night so you don't sleep with them. Btw you are an architect. Lol Thank you. PS: Love your blog.
EXO - K
He don’t like to be alone in the bed.So he’ll try all the ways for you to make you inside of the bed.When you say ‘’I have to finish it Suho’’ he’ll be so sad.Then he helps you until you finish it and carries you to bed.
‘’After today , no more late night projects Jagi.’’
He would try to get your attention.When he was doing it you lost your concentration and you’ll get angry to him.
(Y/N) : ‘’Kai can you stop?! I must finish it.’’
Kai : ‘’I just want to sleep with you.I don’t like doing anything without you.’’
After saying it he holds your hands and takes you to bedroom.Then you sleep with his sweet kisses and hugs.
Sehun would act like he doesn’t care you.But he would care and ask you a few times for you come to bed.
Sehun : ‘’Are you going to work on it all night? Why don’t you come to bed with me?’’
(Y/N) : ‘’No.I have to finish it.You go and sleep.’’
Sehun : ‘’Like i care.’’
He acts like he is going to bedroom.Then runs over to you and kisses you and you wrap your arms to his neck and wrap your legs to his waist.Then he carries you into the bedroom.
He would choose to wait you until you finish it.But he would fall asleep.You wake him up when you finished it.When you show him your project he would be like…
‘’Woow!This is amazing (Y/N).Now we can sleep. 👌’’
Then he runs to bedroom and sleeps when you went to bedroom.
Chanyeol would be bored without you.He would hug you from back and kiss you like 10 times.
Chanyeol : ‘’Bedroom is so boring without you (Y/N).’’ *you blush* ‘’Wow.What happened? You turned into red.’’
(Y/N) : ‘’You are so cute.’’
Chanyeol : ‘’Really?’’ *laughs*
When he laughs you laugh too.Then he ask you again to come to bedroom and you accept.
When he ask you to come to bedroom and you say no he turns angry.When he bored of asking you same thing he comes next to you and holds your shoulders.
D.O : ‘’This is the last time i ask.Come to bedroom with me (Y/N).You are making me angry.This project is not more important than you healt.You didn’t sleep like a day.’’
(Y/N) : ‘’Ok daddy~ ‘’ *smile*
D.O : ‘’What? You really don’t want to sleep.’’ *laughs*
EXO - M
He would wait end of your project next to you.He would watch all thing you do.Because he wants to be an architect.He falls asleep.When you finished your work you watch his sleep.He wakes up.
Xiumin : ‘’Ah , Jagi? Sorry i falled asleep.’’
(Y/N) : ‘’You were so cute.Let’s go to the bedroom.’’
Xiumin : ‘’Ok.’’ *laughs*
When he waited for a long time he’ll get bored.
Luhan : ‘’(Y/N) how long should i wait? C’mon.’’
(Y/N) : ‘’You don’t have to wait Lulu.Go and sleep.’’
Luhan : ‘’No.I’m going to wait you!’’
Then he holds your hands and makes you sit to his lap.He looks your eyes with his shiny eyes.Then he kisses you.He thinks you more than everything this is why he wants you to sleep.
Luhan : ‘’Let’s sleep huh?’’
He thinks something in his head for a long time.Than talks with you when you working.
Lay : ‘’(Y/N) Let’s make a deal.You know i want you to sleep.So if you sleep with me i’m going to let you..’’
(Y/N) : ‘’Let me what?’’
Lay : ‘’Blow air to my neck.’’
(Y/N) : ‘’Really!? Ok.’’
Lay : ‘’You want to do it so much aren’t you.’’
He would send kisses to you when you working.Getting kisses from Chen is destroys your concentration.Because you are really want to sleep with Chen.His hotness is really powerful to you.
(Y/N) : ‘’Chen can you stop?’’
Chen : ‘’I can only stop when you sleep with me (Y/N).’’
(Y/N) : ‘’Damn it.’’
He would get affected to your sleeplessness and he would fall asleep when he was watching TV.When he waked up he sees you still working.
Tao : ‘’Jagi c’mon let’s sleep.’’
(Y/N) : ‘’I thought you slept already.’’
Tao : ‘’Umm..’’ *laughs*
He would want to cut short.So he uses his words and wants some sexy night~
Kris : ‘’Do you love me more than that project jagi?’’
(Y/N) : ‘’Of course.You don’t have to ask something like this.’’
Kris walks next to you and puts one of his hands to table and puts his other hand to your face.Then …
Kris : ‘’So why don’t you come to bedroom and show me how much you love me?’’
(Y/N) : ‘’But… ‘’
He touches your lips then kisses you.
H O P E Y O U L I K E I T ~ Thanks for the likes. Have a good day. :3
Drive north out of the gritty port city of
Guayaquil, Ecuador, and the traffic-clogged streets widen to broad highways lined
with spiffy new shopping malls, American fast food restaurants … and gated
community after gated community.
Guayaquil reminds me of the few other South American
cities I’ve visited in the sense that the income disparities here are vast and
almost always in your face. They can even
vary by block.
Case in point, as the sprawl finally starts to
recede, we turn right off the highway at a roundabout and onto a dirt road.
Within just a couple hundred yards, it’s a completely different world. Here is the area called Sabanilla, a rural neighborhood of subsistence farmers and deeply entrenched poverty.
It’s where 27 year old Raquel Alvarez lives in a
wooden house with her two small children.
Photo by Kirk Siegler/NPR
There are chickens everywhere pecking at the dusty
ground. Her family also raises goats and
turkeys that don’t seem to be bothered by the screams of kids riding bikes and
playing around them.
The reason I’m here is to see what’s tucked behind a
back corner of this modest home, near a clothesline. It’s a “trono,” Spanish slang for throne; an
outhouse with a composting, dry toilet and a sign that reads (also in Spanish),
“wash your hands after use.”
The only water involved here is rain collected from the
roof and used for washing in the small sink attached to the hut. The toilet is “flushed” with saw dust, or
whatever biomass can be found locally such as leaves or duff from the forest.
“It gives us privacy,” Raquel Alvarez says in
Spanish through an interpreter. It’s
safer and cleaner for her family than the way it was, she adds, plus you don’t
have to go so far out at night.
Before the “trono” was installed a year ago, like
many of their neighbors, the family put their waste in a plastic bag and tossed
it in the brush-covered hillsides behind the home.
While troubling sounding, this is not some unique occurrence. Sanitation is one of the biggest problems
facing the developing world. Even if Ms.
Alvarez and her family had indoor plumbing, it’s doubtful this area would be
much cleaner – or safer – from a public health standpoint.
Only five percent of all the wastewater in Ecuador
is treated, according to the Guayaquil-based group Fundacion in Terris.
The Fundacion is one of a growing number of NGOs and government agencies around the world that are trying to change the model of
sanitation and how new water infrastructure systems get planned in developing
countries, assuming they get planned at all.
“The water toilets were a great invention, they
saved millions of lives,” says Marcos Fioravanti, the group’s director.
But Fioravanti says they’re doing little to help the
estimated 2.5 billion worldwide who either have limited or no access to
sanitation largely because building expensive new infrastructure projects that
support them isn’t practical.
Marcos Fioravanti stands next to one of his group’s test models. Photo by Kirk Siegler/NPR
According to Fioravanti, bringing traditional
sanitation – water toilets – to a community like Sabanilla costs about $2,000
per family, compared with $300 for a dry toilet like what the group gave Ms.
Alvarez and her family.
$300 isn’t exactly cheap either, though Fundacion in
Terris has managed to distribute eight of the systems in the Sabanilla area so
far – including one at its small school.
The group hopes to sell most of its toilets to local NGOs or government
agencies who could then distribute them.
While the scope of the sanitation challenge here isn’t
nearly as big as in countries such as India, upwards of three million Ecuadorians are still thought to fall under the category of having limited or no access to clean water
or bathrooms on a daily basis.
For now, what’s not clear is if the dry toilets that
have been distributed so far are in wide use.
There are long-standing cultural
norms to consider, and it’s hard to just change any thing overnight.
Driving toward Sabanilla through one of Guayaquil’s
more upscale neighborhoods I can’t help but notice as we pass an
appliance store with modern, shiny, new water toilets on display in the window.