Fluid Assembly Furniture from Self-Assembly Lab, MIT on Vimeo.
Fluid Assembly is part of a research project conducted by MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab looking at autonomous construction in complex and uncontrolled environments (water, air, space etc). In this experiment different components are released into a basin of turbulent water. Each item is completely unique from one another and has a precise location in the final arrangement. The process was videotaped over 7 hours, after which a fully constructed, precise chair was developed. The chair was selected to show differentiated structures as opposed to repetitive growth or self-similar structures. This experiment points towards the idea that one can self-assemble arbitrarily complex structures from furniture to components, electronics / devices or other different structures.
Posted in All Things Considered, Paris
- Tagged ACS Nano, Advanced Light Source, AZ Electronic Materials, Fluid Assembly, Furniture, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, MIT, Molecular Foundry, Self-assembly, Self-Assembly Lab, uncontrolled environments, Wired (magazine)
Eat Till You Bleed. Now that’s a name for a website.
But Food Porn as a Category? We had to investigate.
And what we found was a food lovers, hmnn… Paradise or a Bacchanal festival of mouth watering delight?
You be the judge.
Check out this recipe, Coq au vin. As synonymous with the French as hamburgers are with America. Only here, unlike the beloved burger this sauce is brimming with flavor to be accompanied with classically boiled or mashed potatoes. As the raw chicken marinates overnight, the wine and aromatics fully penetrate and develop. Add a pinot noir’s bright acidity to complement the rich fullness of the dish and you truly have something simple but oh, so special.
Click on the photo for the full recipe…Your welcome.
There is a big difference between American and French food servers. Never ask a French waiter what he plans to be in the future.
“Food service is an honorable career in France,” writes Cristina Nehring. “To suggest he’s bussing tables on his way to becoming an actor, film director or psychiatrist is an insult. The actor, director or psychiatrist is as likely to be training for a career as a waiter.”
Click here an interesting and insightful article posted in The Wall Street Journal called In Defense of the Notoriously Arrogant French Waiter.
It comes complete with a list of Do’s and Don’ts for the novice.
They’re infamous for being snooty and snobbish, but the garçon de café can be a source of endless entertainment once you understand what they’re really all about.
Whether you are in town to oversee the renovation of your home or if you are in Paris for a vacation, this free app is a must have for your mobile device.
Did you know there is a ‘night bus’ route that runs throughout Paris after the Metro closes? They run about once an hour but it’s good to know they exist! And it’s through this app we made this discovery.
But that’s just the beginning of it’s online and offline surprises and features.
Click the link here to download and check it out for yourself
Rue Monge, Paris. Example of haussmannian architecture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is difficult to grasp the true enormity of Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s renovation of Paris. This massive undertaking was begun and much of it was accomplished before the age of electricity. And although it was commissioned by Emperor Napoléon III, Haussmann’s work was met with fierce opposition, and as a result he was finally dismissed by Napoleon III in 1870.
This development project involved the demolition of entire medieval neighborhoods that were over crowded and plagued with disease. In their place wide avenues, parks and squares, were built along with the construction of new sewers, fountains, aqueducts, bridges, churches, theaters, hospitals, city halls and even public toilets. The street plan and distinctive style of Paris ‘centre ville’ we all know today is largely due to the result of Haussmann’s renovation.
Here is a video we put together. We’re trying to give the viewer a feel of the scope of this grand construction project with a run time of under 3 minutes.
Posted in Before and After, Demolition, Renovation in Paris, Uncategorized
- Tagged Construction, Culture of France, France, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Haussmann, haussmannian architecture, Napoleon III, Paris
Once condemned as ‘pointless’ and ‘monstrous’ by notable writers such as Maupassant and Zola, 125 years after its completion the La Grande Dame de Paris is finally getting a face lift. The Eiffel Tower has been under a 30 million euro construction project over the past few years and recently unveiled the result. Long overdue repairs to elevators were made that sometimes left visitors waiting in line up to 3 and 4 hours. Solar panels were installed but the most impressive feature is the new glass floor that hovers a jaw dropping 57 meters (167 feet) above the ground.
Click here for an interesting article that talks about the economics behind the renovation. In 2003 the Eiffel Tower topped out at about 7 million visitors per year. So the purpose of the glass floor is to get people to spend more time in the shops before heading to the top. Talk about a rénovation intérieur au Paris!