Archive for January, 2010

Architecture and Conflict at the Union Terrace Gardens Aberdeen

I am fascinated with the concept of a ‘city centre’ primarily because Sydney doesn’t have one! (unless we count George Street which is a big ass congested road) and also because of their public contribution to city. I have recently come across two conflicting proposals for the historic Scottish city of Aberdeen.

Different plans have been developed to revive the area and attract more people to the city centre.

The Ultimate Trottoir Roulant Guide

What’s the difference between a ninja and a trottoir roulant? One we know; the other is a complicated moving walkway system first introduced in Paris in 1900. Don’t get mixed up, though – the trottoir roulant isn’t your typical airport walkway, designed to move groups of sluggish Americans (usually) from one domestic gate to the next. The trottoir roulant is, however and in fact, the ninja of moving walkways: avant garde, complex, multi-faceted, able to operate at multiple speeds and sometimes, even, in multiple directions.

Trottoir Roulant – Exposition Universelle 1900

“When Paris hosted the Exposition Universelle in 1900, it unveiled its vision for the future of transport. Below ground, the city’s stylish new Metro made its debut, while above ground was something more avant garde. The trottoir roulant was a moving walkway that circled the fair in a 3-kilometre loop, its articulated wooden segments “gliding […]

Burj Khalifa (Dubai) – The Truth Behind the Bling

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock – which is most un-ninja-like – then you’ve certainly heard about the Burj Khalifa (formally known as the Burj Dubai) tower designed by Chicago-based architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The Burj Khalifa is a building that breaks many records; not only has it claimed the title of […]

NinjaFuel | Readings for the Urban Ninja (10/01/10)

“In the olden days, ninjas would develop their strength by wrestling with dogs, playing video games, and just plain hanging out. Fortunately, not much has changed.“ (excerpt from: Real Ultimate Power : The Official Ninja Book) NinjaFuel is a theme for posts that will keep you and your Ninja senses alert. NinjaFuel combines recent spottings […]

Top 9 Ninja Characteristics of Awesome Architecture Blogs

I’ve searched far and wide to find some of the most awesome Architecture blogs known to man, which I’m sure can only be written by real Ninjas.

9 Awesome Architecture blogs, each possessing a unique Ninja trait, contributing to their blog’s awesomeness: