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Stapleton Library in Staten Island

In the words of the architects Andrew Berman Architect:

The New York Public Library commissioned this branch library of 12,000 square feet. We restored the existing 1907 Carrere and Hastings Carnegie Library and designed a new 7,000 square foot building to be located alongside. The library is conceived as a modern public institution that will contribute to the revitalization of the Stapleton neighborhood.

The facility is an assemblage of old and new. The existing Carnegie Library was converted into the Childrens’ Reading Room. The new building, constructed of glue laminated Douglas fir posts, beams, joists and roof decking, houses books and media. The structurally glazed facade invites the public and supplies natural light. The exposed wood structure provides a sense of rhythm, scale and material richness unexpected in contemporary public buildings.

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anonymous asked:

First of all I want to say you guys are awesome and it means so much how you're our allies in these politically turbulent times. Is it alright if I ask something from all of you? If so, what event(s) in your life steered you to use your platform to support LGBT?

Back in the mid 80’s I was a young police officer with the Lafayette Police Department. One evening while dealing with a suicidal person I was deliberately exposed to the AIDS virus. The circumstances of this situation made national news.  I was treated by my peers as though I had been infected by the AIDS virus and was HIV-positive. With the exception of my family and my close personal friends, the only group in our community to provide unconditional support was our LGBTQ community. For that I will be forever in their debt and whenever possible, I will be their champion.

When serving on Council, my district was made up of people of all backgrounds, but a large population of the LGBT community found comfort in a neighborhood called Shadyside, which was a part of my Council District. The community helped to revitalize the neighborhood and they brought vibrancy to the East End of Pittsburgh. My District even hosted the first Pride event in Pittsburgh, which is now draws thousands of people each year.

I’ve long been a supporter of the LGBTQ community. For me, it wasn’t a specific event so much as a strong belief in justice, equality, and the value of all people. As a Latino, I understand, on a personal level, how harmful bias and discrimination can be. Those of us with the privilege to speak up against it have an obligation to do so.

Before I joined the City government, I worked as a lawyer for the Asian Law Caucus, fighting for the rights of immigrants and tenants facing racism and eviction. As someone who has witnessed discriminatory acts firsthand, I am determined to fight against that kind of action in all forms. My experience as the Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission also helped develop a strong sense of fairness and equality for all. I am driven by the belief that everyone deserve equal rights and treatment, regardless of gender, race, immigration status, religion, or sexual identity. Finally, as a longtime resident of San Francisco, I have grown close with so many members of the LGBTQ community, and I could not in good conscious allow policies that would harm those people.

anonymous asked:

Can you suggest any projects that mix industrial with green? Like the high line

The High Line is not really an industrial architecture project. It is an example of reclaiming abandoned infrastructure. If you look at it closely you will notice that beyond wooden walkways, raised seating areas and viewing points the architecture is minimal or non-existent. Other similar projects are being planned in an attempt to revitalize neighborhoods in cities around the world. You can check out some of them here!

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Congratulations to Alexandra Dennis for winning the Volition Halloween Creepypasta contest this year with her entry “Bones”! Our Designer John Brunkhart gave an inspired performance reading the story on last week’s stream, which should be up on Tuesday. Alexandra, we’ll be sending our your prize shortly!

A special honorable mention goes out to William HU Bouchard for his entry “The haunted Saints Row 2″ which JB also did his very best to give some sense of gravitas to.

Thanks to everyone who submitted stories this year! We had a great time reading through all of them! Happy Halloween from all of us at Volition!


Bones by Alexandra Dennis

When I was working corrections, we had this guy.  Nice enough guy.  Word on the block was, he ran with Third Street.  Was in for manslaughter.  It was a plea deal, they’d found him in one of those Rim Jobs, next to what was left of his buddy, drunk and rambling like a lunatic.

Had him apart from the general population for most of his stay – we had to, he’d flip out if we put him anywhere else.  And I mean he’d flip the fuck out, there was no talking to him when he got like this, he was downright dangerous.  Even in solitary, he kept asking about the bones.

The fuckin’ bones, man.

The bones, the bones, the bones, ask the Boss about the bones, you’ve got to do something about the bones, what are you gonna do about the bones?  Sometimes it’d just be the bones, the bones, the bones for hours, like a… what do you call ‘em, one of them mantras.

Fuckin’ A.

Turns out he was talkin’ about the graveyard used to be on Third.  It took some doing, but eventually we got through to him that Ultor had taken a sledgehammer to Saints Row.  Poured in a bunch of cash to revitalize the whole neighborhood.  But what about the bones.  Yeah, and they all got moved to the new cemetery, across town.  Must’ve had a priest and a ceremony and everything.

He calmed down after that.

Our guy does his time.  He goes up for parole.  Gets out on good behavior on the second go around.  He’s still a bit twitchy, but the parole officer says he’s doing good, last I hear is he’s got a shoebox apartment and a job at Freckle Bitch’s.  Haven’t seen him since he got out, figured I’d drop in and see how he’s doing in person.

Neighborhood ain’t great.  Bum hunched over in the alley.  But it’s Stilwater, you get that shit everywhere.  I’m only here to see how my boy’s doing on the straight and narrow.

Only he ain’t home.

He’s in the alley, with the bum.  Only it ain’t no bum that’s ripping what’s left of him apart.  It’s this… thing.  This thing that looks at me…

I haven’t slept, not in a year, not since…

Fuckin’ A, man.

What did Ultor do with the bones?


The haunted Saints Row 2  by William HU Bouchard

There wonce was a witch how realy did not like saints Row. She cursed a copy she sold me at a yard sail one day. I played it and had a really bad time. Ghost attacked me when I clicked buttons on contolers. It made me angry so I hired Flippy the pope to fick it. He smeared his wizard wand on it and now it works fine. Thank you Valve for making saints row fun so much.

DISCLAIMER: “The haunted Saints Row 2″ has been reprinted exactly as submitted so as to fully capture its raw power and literary essence.

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Architecture+Amazon? 

NBBJ is working with Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, to revitalize Seattle’s Denny Triangle neighborhood with the creation of new corporate office space, ground-level retail and public amenities.

The project encompasses approximately 3.3 million square feet on three city blocks, including three 38-story high-rise office towers, two mid-rise office buildings and a multi-purpose meeting center seating 1,800 people. To reflect Amazon’s community-focused culture, the design seeks to build a neighborhood rather than a campus. Therefore, urban design principles play a prominent role in the project, with emphasis given to ground-level activity and diversity in building character.


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