Inspired by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin’s 1961 novel The Woman Who Had Two Navels, the country’s official representation at the 16th International Venice Architecture Biennale, billed as “The City Who Had Two Navels,” tackles how the Philippines’ colonial past and the neoliberal era — that affect the urban landscape of the present societies — work together to shape and alter the identity of the country’s built heritage and the culture of its people. Curated by Cincinnati-based P rofessor Edson Cabalfin, the exhibition is in response to the 16th Architecture Biennale’s theme “Freespace.” Curators Yvonne Farrel and Shelley McNamara, the curators of the 2018 Architecture Biennale, asked participating countries to focus their exhibits on the “question of space, the quality of space, open and free space.” “The City Who Had Two Navels” highlights two forces — colonialism and … [Read more...] about Examining our architectural navels at Venice Architecture Biennale
Life and Law in Thailand with Robert Virasin As land prices in prime locations in Thailand go up, condominiums are getting smaller and more expensive. Many people have chosen the option to purchase larger, less expensive properties with the goal of renovating the property. There is a risk to making this choice. There is a lot of misleading and inaccurate information available when attempting to choose a contractor. Locating a contractor to do the job, within your price constraints, can be difficult. Many contractors are unlicensed, do not have experience, and provide low estimates to obtain the job without the ability to complete the job. When researching contractors it’s important to review their references, talk to previous clients, and to even physically view their work. It is easy for a contractor to point at a picture and say that it is their work. Experienced contractors should provide drawings and architectural blueprints covering every square metre of the property … [Read more...] about Renovating a property in Thailand? Read this first.
caption Cornell Tech grad students John Quinn, Noshin Nisa, Kiyan Rajabi, and Carolina Peisch talk before their Startup Studio class. source Harrison Jacobs/Business Insider Cornell Tech is a new graduate school in New York City that wants to “build a better digital future.” The Studio Program, the school’s core curriculum, helps students build a company from conception to prototype. Over Cornell Tech’s six-year history, 40 startups have raised around $32 million in funding. “We are definitely not the startup school,” Daniel Huttenlocher, the dean of Cornell Tech, said to me recently. One might be forgiven for thinking so. Cornell Tech, a joint partnership between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the oldest university in Israel, was born from a public competition launched in 2010 by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg to develop an … [Read more...] about Inside the Ivy League’s new startup factory — the tech grad school trying to mint the next generation of Mark Zuckerbergs
What could be better than working at a company beloved by its employees? How about getting paid a lot of money to do it? If this sounds like a dream you want to turn into reality, then Glassdoor is here to help. The jobs and recruiting site, which recently scanned its massive database of company reviews and ratings from current and former employees to find the 50 best places to work this year across the US, has released a new report featuring a sample of the highest-paying jobs at these companies. Here are 13 jobs that could pay $100,000 a year or more at some of the best places to work in 2018, counting down with the Best Companies ranking:Siri quality engineer core client at AppleMedian base salary:$99,000 to $137,000Company best places to work ranking: No. 84 Job description: · Play a part in ensuring the quality of groundbreaking technology for large scale systems, natural language, big data, and artificial intelligence.· Interact with … [Read more...] about 13 of the highest-paying jobs at the best companies in America
Like a number of coastal areas around the world, the United Arab Emirates is becoming increasingly vulnerable to sea level rise. According to a 2017 study from the Emirates Wildlife Society and World Wildlife Fund, researchers expect ocean levels to rise around three feet by 2100. If that happens, water would inundate about 8.1% of the Emirate of Ajman, 1.2% of the Emirate of Sharjah, and 5.9% of the Emirate of Umm Al-Quwain. Many UAE residents live in these coastal areas.A new type of floating home could withstand future rising sea levels. Waterstudio, a Dutch architecture firm that exclusively designs floating structures, is creating 33 private villas on artificial islands off the coast of Dubai. Developer Dutch Docklands will build the first one this month.The buoyed islands will bob up and down with water levels so they won’t flood, Waterstudio founder Koen Olthuis told Business Insider.Take a look at the project below.This year, Dubai is getting its first of … [Read more...] about Dubai is building these stunning $23 million floating villas that can withstand sea level rise