2 COMMENTS Reply Council vote splits 3-2 for Apopka Begins and Ends with an AThe Apopka City Council voted 3-2 to approve Mayor Joe Kilsheimer’s education initiative “Apopka Begins and Ends with an A” at the Wednesday meeting, but it wasn’t without a spirited, sometimes contentious debate. The Council split, with Commissioners Kyle Becker and Diane Velazquez joining Kilsheimer to vote in favor of the program, while Commissioners Doug Bankson and Billie Dean voted against it.Apopka Begins and Ends with an A is a program designed to help local schools improve their state-based grades through a technique of facilitating the activities of Community Action Teams (CATs) at Rock Springs and Lovell Elementary Schools. These CAT teams discuss issues at their specific schools, and seek solutions to those issues. The City partnered with The City of Life Foundation to put the program in action.For the 2016-2017 school year, a planned expansion adds CAT teams to Apopka, Lakeville, Phillis Wheatley and Zellwood Elementary schools as well as continuing at Rock Springs and Lovell.Dean had significant reservations with the program, and came with specific questions for Kilsheimer.“I was an educator for almost 40 years,” Dean said. “I support schools, but I need some verification on this project. First thing is where is the accountability of this project?”“The accountability is here,” said Kilsheimer. “It’s right here with us. That’s where the accountability is.”“And what are the measurable outcomes?” Dean asked. “How do we know it’s working?”“Well, the program is entering its second year, and the outcomes that were reported in the report submitted in July… which was distributed to the Council and then again at our last workshop meeting,” said Kilsheimer. “There have been a number of significant outcomes at the two schools that we started the program with. We intend to start the program this month with the additional schools and at the end of the school year, that’s when City of Life will produce another report telling the Council what the outcomes are at that time.”Dean continued his questions with an observation of the schools being funded.“All of the schools we’re supporting are Title 1 schools, which receive beaucoup (French for a lot of) bucks. So why are we using taxpayer’s money to do something that the government and Orange County should be doing? We could use that money for Little League.”“We’ve answered that question on a number of occasions,” Kilsheimer said. “And my answer continues to be that from my perspective one of the things that the City of Apopka can do that will benefit us greatly for years to come is to move the community to broadly embrace schools as a community-wide theme to lift the perception of Apopka schools, so that the Apopka schools are on par with other schools in Central Florida.”“I’m also concerned that this is just a political ploy,” said Dean. “And if you recall as I recall…One Apopka for Progress was a political campaign, you said.”“I never campaigned for One Apopka for Progress,” Kilsheimer said.“You may not have said it, but did you authorize it?” Dean asked.“When we had a resolution that endorsed that phrase I voted against it,” Kilsheimer responded.Dean moved on to an issue that troubles him more than what the initiative covers – graduation rates.“What I can gather from reading and doing research is a lot of our students are not graduating for the simple reason that they are getting kicked out of the public schools and put into what I call “baby-sitting schools” like Sheeler High School on 436. Now what is the organization doing about this?”“The Community Action Teams are made up of parents, teachers, administrators and business leaders who sit down on a monthly basis and discuss the challenges in their school and what prevents it from improving its grade,” Kilsheimer said. “Now at Rock Springs Elementary one of the things we learned is that all of the testing is done on computers, and the 800 students at Rock Springs get 30 minutes per week access time to computers. As a result of the discussion, the principal at Rock Springs is establishing three new computer labs so that the students get greater access during the school week. In addition to that, students that live at the Rock Springs Mobile Home Park, which is a socio-economically depressed community… that mobile home park has agreed to host a computer lab in the clubhouse and a local business has agreed to donate the computers. So those students have access that they never would have had. That never would have happened… that measurable result… if it weren’t for the CAT-led discussion that took place about the issues at Rock Springs Elementary.”Dean continued his questioning by asking Kilsheimer about his involvement with and knowledge of The City of Life Foundation.“Not to be facetious or embarrass you, but were you at one time on this foundation?” Dean asked.“At one time I was the unpaid Board Chairman,” Kilsheimer said.“So you know the guy spearheading this organization?” Dean asked.“I know these people, yes,” said Kilsheimer “Which is why if you step back and ask what does Apopka need to be successful, improving the reputation of Apopka’s schools would directly lead to the improvement of economic development.”Becker agreed with Kilsheimer on many of his points.“Investment in education is well spent,” he said. “About a year ago we heard from the CAT teams and the principals from each school and all of them praised the success of the program. I think the program has bared fruit, it’s just a question of did we plant apple trees and get oranges? What are we truly trying to accomplish out of the program? And I think we’ve made those points very clear to The City of Life and I look forward to them giving us comprehensive goals. For me, for the 2016-17 fiscal budget, it’s something I support. And I know it may not be the most popular decision with everybody in the room, but it’s one I support and I have since we started talking about it.”Velazquez pointed to the amount of students that this program could help.“With six schools and about 700 students per school… you’re talking about 4,200 students. And that’s a lot of students that we’re impacting with this program. And there have been positive results with the CAT teams. So again we are impacting 4,200 kids. I support this.”Bankson on the other hand applauds the effort of the Foundation, but not the use of Apopka’s taxpayer dollars.“I agree with the objective. I see the value. But I don’t agree with the process,” he said. “And I’ve said this from the very beginning. To me these are taxpayer dollars, and I work for them. You have people who are taxed who don’t even have kids in school, and they are taxed for schools already. And so to increase that… I get reflection from the community who say this isn’t right. Part of the issue is that we’re taking tax dollars that were meant to go elsewhere such as the park. We could fund both of these parks for that amount of money. These are things that would benefit all and are open to all. Again not to contradict the value. I think it’s a great slogan. I really do. I think that it can be utilized by the Foundation, but I don’t want to see it go through our tax dollars.”Kilsheimer thanked the Council for the spirited discussion, and made his final remarks before they voted.“We spent a million dollars on the UCF Incubator with no result. A million dollars. And the total amount we’ve spent on Apopka Begins and Ends with an A is $20,000 last year and $35,000 this year, plus $9,500 from the Duke Energy Foundation, which sees the value of the program. So much less investment, but it’s an effort and an initiative to move the needle forward. If we leave education to itself, if the City of Apopka does nothing, we are at the whim of whatever happens. But if we put an oar in the water and we try to steer towards a common goal, and we move the needle, well that’s a story. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply January 6, 2017 at 11:17 am Please enter your name here I want to commend the entire Apopka City Council for standing up for your constituents, the tax payers of the City of Apopka, for voting in favor of the new impact fees on new development coming into our city. I know it is not easy to sit up there and hear from all sides and have to make difficult decisions, but you all know very well just how much is required to keep this city running smoothly with ever increasing burdens from new growth, traffic, police demands, fire protection demands, needs for new recreational and parks, etc. and you all did make the right decision on this with your votes, and I want to personally thank each and every one of you. I think the city council meeting of Jan. 4, 2017 got off to a great start for the new year. I did have some doubts as to if we were ever going to move on past the consent agenda, especially the questioning of the A to A program, but even though the discussion was lengthy, it was civil, and I thought that the mayor was very patient answering the questions posed, as well as the council members. While there are those who are not onboard with the mayor’s school program, they should keep in mind, that they also have their own program that they pushed for, and the mayor went along with it and helped implement the funding for it, the needed staff, etc. which is the Apopka Youth Works. So maybe it would be in the best interest of all to learn to accept both programs, and just move on, that is, if not too much tax payer funds are involved on both programs. Just as some accused the mayor’s program as being political, the same could be said of the other program, so hopefully the tug of war will stop regarding the back and forth about these two different programs that benefit students. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! 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Argentina Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/310022/costa-esmeralda-house-bak-architects Clipboard 2011 Costa Esmeralda House / BAK Architects Architects: BAK arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Projects CopySave this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsText description provided by the architects. This was our first project in Costa Esmeralda, a real estate development neighbor to Pinamar started in 2004. As a recent batching, at the moment there are very few constructions and the place is known for having different types of landscapes, with vegetation varying from pine forests, with similar characteristics to the forest of Mar Azul, to areas where that vegetation is scarce. In turn, topography also has a variety of situations, and there are flat areas, depressed, or elevations with steep slopes, as this lot division was made over an area of coastal dunes. The lot has, as most relevant data, a slight depression towards the center and a row of acacia trees of about 3 meters in height parallel to the front line. These two features are very interesting, since both depression and acacias give privacy within the field which is a privilege, given the low density of the neighborhood that leaves it very exposed to the few existing buildings.Save this picture!ElevationThe weather was a determinant factor at the time of the project generation, given the conditions of this area of the sea coast and this particular batch. It is a harsh climate, temperatures are high during the summer as the solar radiation impacts directly by the lack of vegetation, and winters are cold, wet and windy.Save this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsThe client requested the project of a summer house with aesthetics and benefits, in terms of maintenance, built of concrete houses in Mar Azul. The house should have two rooms and a third of sporadic use: to be visited by an older child or eventual guests. The heating and cooling system should be resolved through the use of split equipment, since the client is the manufacturer of these equipments.Save this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsThe projectual answer seeks to capitalize on the difference in level between the street and within the lot. For this reason, we decided to solve the house in two volumes perpendicularly intersecting in “L” at different levels, opting to provide more privacy to the volume that contains the private uses of the house by resting over the level of the lot and placing it perpendicular to the front. The higher volume, of public use, is resolved alongside the front line taking advantage of the acacia trees that provide privacy and allow the enjoyment of the far views into the wilderness environment, in turn its elevated position sought to provide the house some presence from the street leaning out slightly above the level of the acacias. This volume was generated as an elongated prism, supported at one end over the volume of the bedrooms. At the opposite end rests on a blind lateral wall on which, in the lower level, the grill was located taking advantage of the partially covered generated as flexible use space serving both for storing of two cars as for preparation and enjoyment of the classic roast. This space is protected from external visuals in part by the difference of level and in part by the abundance of acacias on the front of the lot, so that there can easily develop all kinds of activities.Save this picture!ElevationAccess to the house has been solved on the high level of the main floor, so it should save the half-height difference between the street level and the access level. This difference is saved in the first instance, by a stairway near the street that continues on a bridge that crosses the acacias, allowing the enjoyment of walking between them and the arrival at the gateway to the higher floor. It was also projected a second staircase that links the partially covered area with access to the main floor.Save this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsTwo bedrooms en suite are nucleated in a prismatic volume at ground level. This volume opens towards the interior of lot with floor to ceiling woodwork to enjoy the views of the surrounding nature; however the openings become smaller on the partition wall of the SW, where is located the circulation that connects to a stairway leading to the main floor of the house. In the commission was also required a third bedroom of sporadic use to receive the eldest son or eventual guests. We decided it should be part of the main living space with the possibility of integration to gain use of that space, incorporating it to the rest of the plan during the time it remains free.Save this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsThe main volume was conceived almost like a partially covered space since, for his two long sides, -the front and back- sliding openings were incorporated which can be opened when the weather permits in a proportion of two thirds. To the front of the volume of guidance Northwest is developed a system of double skin: in front, a row of vertical sunshades of quebracho boards, and behind a line of carpentry from floor to ceiling. This was required to prevent direct sun radiation and, at the same time, to provide a privacy bellow that protects from the view from the street to the interior. This volume brings together the functions of living and dining room, integrated bedroom for occasional use (or a room with more intimacy), a small toilet (which separates the dining room from the integrated bedroom) and the kitchen, located on the west end of the volume, separated from living-room by the stairwell that links this level with the volume of the bedrooms.Save this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsThe volume of ground floor, which is blinder than the elevated volume, is easily resolved by bearing walls and a slab with ring beams. Moreover, the upper volume is resolved as a bridge supported at one end on the volume of the bedroom and, at the opposite end, on a closing wall which extends to lean on the ground. This slab is supported by two beams that run through to the volume in its longest direction. Towards the front, a 40 cm high beam, and facing the back, an inverted beam works as back parapet for fenestration. The top slab or roof is supported by two inverted beams hiding the subfloor and the thermal insulation.Save this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsThe work was done in exposed concrete, a material that unifies in a single element structure and finishing. H21 concrete was used with the addition of a fluidifiant so that this mixture, with little amount of water to harden, results very compact and doesn’t require sealing. Furthermore, the expressive quality of concrete and its resistance and impermeability, made superfluous any type of surface finish. It achieves a low cost of execution at finishing and needless future maintenance. To adapt the building system used in the forest to this new environment of more extreme conditions was necessary to improve the thermal insulation. To solve the thermal insulation of the elevated volume cover was made a low density underlayment which is hidden behind two inverted beams. Furthermore, to improve the insulation of the exterior walls a second concrete wall was constructed on the inside, leaving between the two partitions a space where the insulating material was placed. Cross ventilation was designed both in the bedrooms and on the main floor to allow air circulation and thus to ensure that the house will be refresh in summer with the sea breeze. In the main façade was also implemented a parasols row of red quebracho to avoid the direct incidence of sunlight over the glazed enclosure. Quebracho wood was chosen considering a minimum maintenance. The heating system of this house is given by the use of hot and cold air conditioners. Was also included a home-salamander to complement the heating system. The few interior partition walls are of brick, plastered and painted with white latex. Bathrooms feature white enameled ceramic coating on the walls that are not of concrete. The floor cloths are also from concrete screed divided with aluminum plates. The meeting between walls and the floor was resolved with a recessed aluminum profile, as a base.Save this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsAs detailed above, the book is basically in two volumes in ¨ L intersecting at different levels. The lower volume constitutes the most private part of the house while the higher volume contains the more public area. The treatment of light and visuals is closely linked to these concepts. The lower volume is closed towards the western dividing wall to provide privacy to the bedrooms sector (thinking on the future occupations of neighboring lots) and it opens towards the interior of the lot to enjoy the natural environment visuals (outside visual surroundings protected by the abundance of acacia). So we can say that this volume has controlled lighting and is more tightly closed. In contrast, the higher volume is designed as a completely open and permeable volume, as a semi-covered that rises to enjoy more distant views and greater natural lighting. The implementation of the parasols cushions the impact of sunlight and sifted the entry of sunlight casting long shadows and creating a very special atmosphere, serving also as separation bellows between inside and the private outside, allowing you to see outward but avoiding views inward. Another resource utilized regarding the natural light is the aperture of two skylights in the roof of the main volume, one on the stairway and the other on the area destined to the fireplace – salamander. The skylight placed on the stairway generates an entry of light which gives hierarchy to the union space of the two volumes vertically. The skylight above the fireplace – salamander area generates a center of attention and hierarchy in the sector of the plan destined to family reunion, while that allows also the illumination of the toilette with natural light.Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessRenova Energia Proposal / Sotero Arquitetura e UrbanismoArticlesEscola Senai Proposal / NPC Grupo ArquiteturaArticles Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/310022/costa-esmeralda-house-bak-architects Clipboard + 43 Share ArchDaily Area: 120 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Costa Esmeralda House / BAK ArchitectsSave this projectSaveCosta Esmeralda House / BAK ArchitectsSave this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsHouses•La Esmeralda, Argentina “COPY” Houses CopyAbout this officeBAK arquitectosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLa EsmeraldaHousesArgentinaPublished on December 30, 2012Cite: “Costa Esmeralda House / BAK Architects” 30 Dec 2012. 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photographs: Åke E:son LindmanPhotographs: Åke E:son Lindman, Courtesy of Hans MurmanText description provided by the architects. This is a Sauna and relax building in Saltsjöbaden just outside Stockholm. Saltsjöbaden community was founded in the 1890’s with the goal of creating a society close to nature following the example of central European spas, but near the nature and the sea with the possibility of boat and outdoor activities.Save this picture!© Åke E:son LindmanRecommended ProductsWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyCeramicsGrespaniaWall Tiles – Wabi SabiWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedThe villas built there was relatively large to fit the growing group of people with a good economy around the turn of the century. This particular property had a main building designed by Torben Grut, around 1920,the architect of the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in 1912 but he was architect for also the public bathhouse in Saltsjöbaden, which opens at an angle to the water. This property had no sauna on the site.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe Sauna and relax building’s shape and position is the result of on-site obtain a building that was not visible from the main building but also took care outlooks , evening sun and provided the opportunity for a sheltered patio on the leeward side adjacent to the bridge.Save this picture!Courtesy of Hans MurmanThe plane shape is found in the main building and also in the bathhouse in Saltsjöbaden. That is more a result of site conditions at the pier and rock than that at the inspiration come from the main building.Save this picture!SectionRoofing material turns into facade and consists of pine heartwood from Gotland, where wooden roofs with this lining is called “Faltak”. The gable facades shingles are of wood shavings, from Hälsingland, often used as roof claddings on old wooden churches in Sweden.Save this picture!Courtesy of Hans MurmanTo the west lies the sauna and to the east lies the relaxation room, in between lies a storage room as a box in the larger room with shower and WC and storage. All including the kitchenette and the sofa is own design, built of pine like a boats interior.Save this picture!SectionAround the shower a cladding of brass and slate from Jämtland, also on the floor. The facade is treated with Iron sulphate. The taps are in brass fromTapwell. The lighting fixtures from ÖrsjöSave this picture!Courtesy of Hans MurmanProject gallerySee allShow lessLouise Michel and Louis Aragon High Schools / archi5Selected Projects‘The Rock’ Sangsu-dong office / designband YOAP architectsSelected Projects Share Sauna Saltsjöbaden / Murman ArkitekterSave this projectSaveSauna Saltsjöbaden / Murman Arkitekter Projects Architects: Murman Arkitekter Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: CopySpa, Bath House, Houses•Saltsjöbaden, Sweden Save this picture!© Åke E:son Lindman+ 23 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/624145/sauna-saltsjobaden-murman-arkitekter Clipboard Photographs Sweden 2011 Year: CopyAbout this officeMurman ArkitekterOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHealthcare ArchitectureWellbeingSpaBath HouseResidential ArchitectureHousesSaltsjöbadenHousesHealthcare ArchitectureWoodSwedenPublished on April 28, 2015Cite: “Sauna Saltsjöbaden / Murman Arkitekter” 28 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
HQ House / Fernando De Rossa + Virginia MiguelSave this projectSaveHQ House / Fernando De Rossa + Virginia Miguel ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/804485/hq-house-fernando-de-rossa-virginia-miguel Clipboard Architects: Fernando De Rossa, Virginia Miguel Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Federico Cairoli+ 36 Share Houses HQ House / Fernando De Rossa + Virginia Miguel Photographs: Federico Cairoli Structure:Silvia ZinnoOriginal Project:Joel Petit de la VilleonOriginal Structure:Pedro HetzelCity:MontevideoCountry:UruguayMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Federico CairoliText description provided by the architects. The original project is a unifamillar housing developed on a single level, introverted, which disintegrates in a medium-sized building occupying the totality of the building area on the ground that the normative allows. The building rests on one side of the site, creating a void on the opposite side where the main access is resolved, and connects the garden to the front with a small backyard.The structural organization is given by a succession of parallel bands perpendicular to the street covered by Catalan vaults of different dimensions. Under the vaults a series of dense walls, rough plaster, delimit the different rooms of the house. Structure and material reality, which results in a dense interiority that at times dialogues, among others, with the sensitivity of the late Le Corbusier de Maisons Jaoul.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliThe main intervention on the original work lies in the re-interpretation of the space under the vaulted seen brick masonry and its relation with the exterior spaces.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliOn one hand, the various additions that gradually were added to the original project were demolished, releasing the backyard, and on the other hand the spatial structure of the housing relationship was reassembled.Save this picture!DiagramProgrammatic, relocates the kitchen integrated to the more public relationship area of the home. In this way a continuous spatial sequence is achieved, first the living room, then a reading space, continues the dining room and turning to the left the kitchen.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliThe bedrooms are located on the front of the house, maintaining its introverted character, and in the space that formerly occupied the kitchen, is located the main bedroom, the latter open to a courtyard that preserves their privacy.Save this picture!PlanWith the restructuring of the interior organization and the suppression of the different additions, the link with the back garden is restored, enabling the Livingroom sector to be visually and physically extended to the exterior.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliFinally, in the interior, the walls are bleached to erase the memory of a previous dwelling, all the pavements are remade in a continuous polished concrete surface and the vaults are kept in their original state of brick seen in the interior.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliProject gallerySee allShow lessThese Watercolors Capture the Unsung Architecture of Tokyo’s Eclectic StorefrontsMiscNew Survey Confirms Architecture as Most Time Consuming MajorArchitecture News Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/804485/hq-house-fernando-de-rossa-virginia-miguel Clipboard CopyHouses•Montevideo, Uruguay Photographs “COPY” Uruguay 2011 Projects Year: “COPY” CopyAbout this officeFernando De Rossa, Virginia MiguelOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMontevideoUruguayPublished on February 13, 2017Cite: “HQ House / Fernando De Rossa + Virginia Miguel” 13 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
“COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/877833/muller-house-eugenio-ortuzar-plus-tania-gebauer Clipboard Houses Area: 72 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Architects: Ortuzar Gebauer Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Year: CopyHouses•Ancud, Chile Chile MÜLLER House / Ortuzar Gebauer ArquitectosSave this projectSaveMÜLLER House / Ortuzar Gebauer Arquitectos Photographs Photographs: Ortuzargebauer arquitectosCollaborator Archictet:Tal SustielCity:AncudCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ortuzargebauer arquitectosRecommended ProductsDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. This project is born from the quest to put into practice four essential principles of architecture: Functionality / Efficiency in the use of resources / Correct use of passive energies and / The recognition of the place, as a comprehension of a territory and a culture.Save this picture!SchemeRecognition of the site:Morphologically the project appears as a volume with two distinct expressions; a small shed, hermetic and closed to the outside access space, so that only once from the interior of the house, there is a re encounter with the place, through a glazed facade, in the form of a curtain wall, from floor to ceiling, which highlights the beauty of the place as a whole.Save this picture!© Ortuzargebauer arquitectosFunctionality:The house is thought from the optimization of the square meters, the comfort and privacy of the enclosures. For the latter, the two bedrooms were located at the two ends of the house, as inhabited poles, retaining their privacy with the rest of the house.Save this picture!© Ortuzargebauer arquitectosThe bathroom, together with the kitchen, forms a single wet and structural core, adjacent to the main bedroom, serving the rest of the house.Save this picture!SectionThis distribution leaves the public space completely integrated in the center of the house and linked directly with the kitchen, dining area, living area and a translucent covered terrace, which allows to enjoy the outside, protected from the heavy rains.Save this picture!© Ortuzargebauer arquitectosThe main access, sheltered from the central volume, opens from the south, avoiding the exposure of the rains and winds, through an access ramp, facilitating access for people with disabilities.Save this picture!SectionCorrect use of Passive Energy:In order to achieve greater comfort and optimize passive energy, through a completely glazed façade the house, allows to receive and capture as much as possible the path of the sun in its north façade, at the same time as it closes in a hermetic way as a curtain wall to avoid the heavy rains.Save this picture!© Ortuzargebauer arquitectosOpposite the north facade, the south façade, is the one in charge of ventilating the house, through specific windows serving as wind tunnels, to ventilate and to refresh in a natural form the interior of the house in the months of spring and summer.Save this picture!DiagramAs for the rain, two channels at each of its elongated facades, developed over the entire length of the house, allow to recover and to accumulate it for diverse uses.Save this picture!© Ortuzargebauer arquitectosMateriality: Resources EfficiencyThe optimization of the use of resources, allowed to build this house in only 2 months, at a low price per squared meter and reduce to almost zero the amount of waste during construction process.Save this picture!© Ortuzargebauer arquitectosIn order to achieve the above, the house was designed by virtue of the materials to be used: Flooring plywood, cladding and furniture 244/122, wood for structures 360 cm, and zinc plating pre painted black, which allows to absorb heat in a cold area, while at the same time making the work mimetic with the place.Lastly, to complete the sustainability of the project, it is constructed entirely with renewable wood using local labor.Save this picture!© Ortuzargebauer arquitectosProject gallerySee allShow lessArchitects Urgently Need to Leave Their Desks to Work More on Site, According to Our…ArticlesThis Architectural Installation Reconnects With the Senses Through Suspended BricksMisc Share Save this picture!© Ortuzargebauer arquitectos+ 34 Share MÜLLER House / Ortuzar Gebauer Arquitectos ArchDaily 2016 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/877833/muller-house-eugenio-ortuzar-plus-tania-gebauer Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeOrtuzar Gebauer ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAncudChilePublished on August 18, 2017Cite: “MÜLLER House / Ortuzar Gebauer Arquitectos” [Casa MÜLLER / Ortuzar Gebauer Arquitectos] 18 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Bowie tribute concert live stream to raise funds for charity Melanie May | 1 April 2016 | News 97 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 98 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Tagged with: music online fundraising campaign Music fans are being given the opportunity to access a sold-out David Bowie tribute concert today by donating to charity.Blondie, the Pixies, and Mumford & Sons are amongst a number of artists that are playing at New York’s Radio City Music Hall today in tribute to David Bowie, who passed away in January. The sold-out celebration event will feature up to 18 artists with a set-list of classic Bowie songs with the live stream will be accessible for a donation.The concert, The Music of David Bowie, is the 12th event in Michael Dorf’s “music of” series, which raises funds for music education programmes serving underprivileged children. It will be streamed live through the Melodic Caring Project, a non-profit organisation that streams live concert events to children in their hospital rooms, with Skype as global promotion partner.Music fans worldwide can access the live stream at by making a minimum donation of $20 or equivalent on www.musicofdavidbowie.com http://musicofdavidbowie.com/ site in any of 86 currencies through global donation platform Ammado. Donations will be divided across nine charities, all of which work with children through music and include Sonic Arts for All, Little Kids Rock, and Ford Music & Art. Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this By TAMARAI“There cannot be, nor is there nor will there ever be ‘equality’ between the oppressed and the oppressors, between the exploited and the exploiters. There cannot be, nor is there nor will there ever be real ‘freedom’ … as long as there is no freedom for the workers from the yoke of capital, and no freedom for the toiling peasants from the yoke of the capitalists, landlords and merchants.” – V.I. Lenin, “Soviet Power and the Status of Women” (1919).Indian trade unions call for nationwide strike Nov. 26.Constitution Day in India, Nov. 26, witnessed probably the biggest strike in history, with more than 250 million Indian workers putting down their tools to protest the government’s Labor Codes. These new laws will escalate the plunder of resources and exploitation of the Indian people. Ten central trade unions gave the clarion call for the strike. Four of these are Marxist-led, affiliated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Liberation (CPI [ML]), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), or the Socialist Unity Center of India (Communist). Why are the trade unions and workers angry? The Indian government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), passed three Labor Codes on Sept. 23 – on Industrial Relations, Social Security and Occupational Health and Safety. These codes are pro-corporate and go against the working class; 29 hard-won labor laws have been merged into these labor codes. The Industrial Disputes Act of 1947 required any company hiring over 100 workers to obtain permission from the local government before workers could be laid off. This threshold has now been increased to 300 workers. Trade unions are concerned that the new laws will promote a hire-and-fire policy. The Industrial Relations Code will also make it more difficult for workers to exercise their right to strike – they will need to give 60 days’ notice, which is more than before. This makes it harder to form unions. The Employees Provident Fund – a form of social security — will be offered only to establishments with 20 or more workers. Instead of increasing social security and pensions for millions of unorganized workers, which has been a demand of communist parties and trade unions, it excludes social security for workers in millions of micro enterprises. There are no provisions for the most vulnerable migrant workers. Their untold suffering from a cruel shutdown due to the pandemic, which was imposed by the Modi/BJP government with four hours’ notice in March, is well documented. The “contract labor system” was used to exploit workers by denying them the benefits available for permanent workers during British colonial rule in India. The current regime is going to institutionalize the contract labor system, which continued after independence through fixed-term contracts, instead of creating permanent jobs. Workers can be terminated without just cause even if there is a need for their services. The government is hell-bent on destroying collective bargaining and trade unions, which currently represent less than 10 percent of all workers.Success of Nov. 26 strikeWorkers in banks, transport, steel mills, ports and docks, telecommunications, plantations, power plants, mines, oil and natural gas corporations, financial services, railways, post and telegraph services, and in the unorganized sectors, participated in the Nov. 26 strike. Tens of thousands of women working as health care workers and mid-day meal cooks went on strike. The charter of strike demands included direct cash transfer to the families who earn less than the income tax threshold, food grains to those in need, and pensions for all.The political demands included withdrawal of all anti-worker labor codes and anti-farmer laws. One of the key demands was to stop privatization of public sector units (PSUs), including those in the financial sector. India’s several PSUs continue to earn profit, regardless of what happens in the international markets. In the petroleum industry, over 90 percent of the country’s fuel needs are met by three PSUs: Indian Oil, BPCL and HPCL. The government is trying to sell the people’s assets to Indian and multinational corporations. According to Billionaires Insights Report 2020, published by UBS and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the net worth of Indian billionaires between April and July increased 35 percent, to $423 billion. According to the Forbes’ India Rich List 2020, the net worth of India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, rose 73 percent over the past year, to nearly $89 billion.Farmers’ and workers’ solidarityOn Nov. 26, the workers’ and farmers’ protests converged in solidarity when they organized the strike. The government had passed three farm bills on Sept. 20 that will enable big corporations to directly have transactions with farmers by dismantling government-controlled agricultural markets, which procure the farmers’ produce and assure them a support price. More than 80 percent of India’s farmers are marginal and small farmers owning less than two hectares — about five acres of land. They will have very little negotiating power with the big corporations and traders.Led by Punjab farmers, more than 300 farmers’ organizations have come together in several states in northern India and are demanding that the farm laws – which will lead to corporatization of agriculture – be repealed. As this article goes to press, close to 200,000 farmers are encircling New Delhi and are camping on the major national highways. Women farmers, Dalit (the most exploited in India’s repugnant caste system) farmers and farm labor workers, along with left-leaning Dalit unions with red flags, have joined the struggle. Many of the demonstrations against the agricultural bills over the last several months have raised slogans like “Long live labor-farmer unity.” Historically there has been a strong opposition between the largely upper-caste farmers and the farm laborers, who are mostly landless Dalits. Shreya Sinha, researcher on the political economy of development and agrarian change in India, writes in India Forum on Nov. 28: “Contradictions of class, caste and gender are known to undermine, if not completely paralyze, progressive agrarian politics across India. … But there is much to celebrate in the efforts of the farm and farmer labor unions and other organizations towards overcoming these contradictions. … They recognize that expanding and sustaining this effort not only needs continuous political work on the ground but also the involvement and support of other sections of society. This is reflected in the alliances they have built with other kinds of progressive organizations such as students’ unions, teachers’ unions … the forging of these solidarities not only creates hope for progressive change within Punjab but also holds lessons for social movements beyond the state.”The farmers have called for Bharat Bandh (India Shutdown) on Dec. 8 if a special parliament session does not repeal the laws. A joint statement released by CPI, CPI (M) and CPI (ML), Revolutionary Socialist Party and All India Forward Bloc said: “The Left parties extend their solidarity with and support to the ongoing massive agitation by Kisan (Farmers) organizations from all over the country against the new Agri laws. The Left parties extend their support to the call given by them for a Bharat Bandh on December 8.”On Dec. 5, demonstrations in solidarity with the farmers were held in the U.S., Canada, Britain and Australia.This is indeed a very challenging yet exciting time for the toilers in India. Workers and farmers in India produce the wealth of the country, but the land and the rich resources in the country are owned and under the control of the capitalist class. Bhagat Singh, the Indian revolutionary who was hanged by the British in 1931, wrote: “The only forces you can rely (upon) to bring about that revolution whether national or the socialist are the peasantry and the labor.”As communists, we agree with Lenin when he said, “The struggle for land and freedom is a democratic struggle. The struggle to abolish the rule of capitalism is a socialist struggle.” (“The Proletariat and the Peasantry,” 1905)
Following Chipotle’s official statement regarding plans to import Australian grass-fed beef as part of its Food With Integrity and Responsibly Raise Beef standards – U.S. cattle producers and industry leaders have taken a stand and are speaking up – according to Drovers. Earlier this week – Texas Ag Commissioner Todd Staples wrote a letter to Chipotle Founder Steve Ells that says Staples is shocked by the company’s decision to start serving meat that’s been shipped in from more than 8,000 miles away. Staples says he was dismayed by Chipotle’s misguided and irresponsible declaration that the Australian meat is somehow more responsibly raised than meat produced in the United States. Two California ranchers – organic beef producer Darrell Wood and conventional beef producer Darrel Sweet – have spoken out on the Facts About Beef Blog about their different methods and how the environment dictates the practices they can use. Wood has summer and winter pasture available for his operation – but Sweet says his pastures are only green six months out of the year. If he were to produce grass-fed beef – Sweet says he would have to either cut his herd size in half or stock feed accordingly when the grass is dry. Either way – he says it would ultimately lead to the end of his 5th generation farm. Wood says he would love for Mr. Ells to call or visit his ranch to learn more about how beef is raised and discuss his options for providing responsibly raised beef to Chipotle consumers.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jun 19, 2014 Previous articleCrop and Animal Ag Profit Pictures Doing a Flip FlopNext articleHouse Ag Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Proposed Clean Water Act Rule Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News U.S. Beef Producers, Leaders Speak Out About Chipotle’s Plans to Import Australian… Facebook Twitter U.S. Beef Producers, Leaders Speak Out About Chipotle’s Plans to Import Australian Beef
Shane Battis ‘The Big Switch:’ Student spends a day in the chancellor’s shoes Lead On committee co-chairs share goals with students Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedin Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Twitter Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Office of Religious and Spiritual Life affirms Muslim students in light of online threats Facebook Twitter The Leap: 10 April Fool’s pranks to try this year Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Facebook Previous articleNational Night Out celebrations to begin TuesdayNext articleCreepy clown sighting reported to Fort Worth police, no clowns found Shane Battis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Linkedin ReddIt printMeals on Wheels slices through hunger, melts hearts from Shane Battis on Vimeo.Delivery trucks spur to life every weekday distributing hot meals all over Fort Worth to people in need of a helping hand.Meals on Wheels is a Tarrant County non-profit focused on serving people who are homebound and can’t feed themselves. It mostly serves elderly, disabled and low-income residents.When their operations began in 1973, it was small and served only 25 clients. Now, according to Public Relations Specialist Iris Burton, the program serves about 1,950 clients throughout the county.Below is a map of the 46 meal distribution sites in Tarrant County. Volunteers pick up the hot meals at these locations and drive them to clients’ homes.The people who need to regularly receive meals are those under some health risks, according to Nutrition Services Manager Allison Feather. Malnutrition, she said, is a problem in the county.Some of their clients live in “food deserts,” which are places too far away from grocery stores for residents to make habitual trips. Gas stations and Dollar Generals may be the next best thing for these residents–hardly a sustainable diet.The packaged meals are planned to meet one-third of the daily nutritional recommendation to keep diets regulated and clients healthy.“Providing these meals helps them stay in their homes, helps prevent hospitalizations and ultimately helps reduce health care costs,” Feather said.But the service fills more than just empty stomachs, it fills the often monotonous and isolated lives of their clients with a friendly face.Burton talked about how homebound clients usually have few visitors and virtually no interaction with the world outside the walls of their homes. This lifestyle, she said, lowers quality of life and can lead to serious depression.The volunteers are a ray of light in between the dull hours.“I think people don’t realize how lonely residents are and how much they depend on us,” Burton said. “Just knocking on the door and sharing a few words of encouragement can really impact someone’s life.”Burton talked about one client in particular–an 80-year-old woman who is legally blind.The woman told Burton that if she could see, she could tell her how many holes are in the living room wall where she spends day after day. Her daughter had referred her to the Meals on Wheels program.Although she was reluctant to lose a degree of her independence at first, she soon became fond of the visits and reported that it’s become something to look forward to every day.“For some clients the friendly faces, someone coming by to check on them means more than just the food they’re receiving,” Burton said.This bond is a two way street for some delivery volunteers.Dick Summerhays, who has been volunteering at Meals on Wheels for 25 years, talked about how his route has become an integral part of his retired life.It all started when his friend Frank was recruited at his local church and Summerhays followed suit. He had recently retired and said he thought it was a good way to stay busy.Years later, he’s hooked on the job and his regular clients. He talked about how he befriends some of the people on his stops and checks in on how they’re doing.“I feel good about the people I think I’m really helping,” Summerhays said.Summerhays makes an effort to get to know the people on his stops and likes to chat when he can. Most of the people he serves are elderly women who don’t have husbands or many people to talk with, he said.“I’d miss it if I didn’t do it and I’d like to think they miss me when I don’t do it,” Summerhays said.To learn more about Meals on Wheels visit their website. ReddIt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday