the air scout


Que la envolvente de una casa (dada por sus fachadas, techo y límite con vecinos) se transforme en una cáscara que alberga un gran espacio interior, depende en gran parte de lo cómo se proyecta la vida interior. En esta vivienda la espacialidad interior se vuelca a un gran espacio de triple altura, sobre el que todos los recintos se abalconan y con el cual se relacionan gracias a la movilidad de paneles de madera y ventanas que conectan vistas interiores, en un despliegue lúdico bien impresionante.
Y como buena cáscara, se plantea una malla que acoja una enredadera que dará vuelta por las fachadas y techos, unificando un ambiente fresco y tamizado por las hojas.

baag (buenos aires arquitectura grupal)  - casa scout as a vertical nature observatory, buenos aires, argentina

July 16, 1916 - The Somme: Attack on Pozières

Pictured - Australian artillerymen load their heavy howitzer.

On July 16 the British launched an attack on Pozières, a village that dominated a ridge on the Somme.  British aviation had played a crucial role in the days before at spotting German troops.  Air power not only scouted, it also did an excellent job of demoralizing German soldiers.  One British airplane flew over the enemy lines, broadcasting a radio message it knew would be picked up by the enemy: “Enemy second line of defence has been captured on a front of 6,000 yards.  British cavalry is now passing through in pursuit of the demoralised enemy.”  This report was intended to spread panic in the German lines.  Aviators also took more direct action.  Lieutenant T.L.W. Stallibrass, a Royal Flying Corps observer, recorded in his log book that on July 14: “A large force of Hun infantry were entrenched in a road running S.S.E. from High Wood.  Fortunately a British aeroplane from No. 3 Squadron spotted the infantry and descended to 500 feet and flew up and down the line strafing them with a Lewis gun.”

German soldiers cursed British flyers as well as their own, who could do nothing to stop British scouts and raiders.  On July 16, however, the weather played in Germany’s favor by supplying a fine mist and a constant drizzle which prevented the British from conducting any aerial reconnaissance.  The Germans used the cover to build new machine-gun posts on Pozières ridge.  British artillery, unaware of them, did not destroy them in the preliminary barrage.  The safe machine-gunners drove off the British attack in a hail of lead.