I die. So funny. Thanks Sara G. Garrett.
This is a restaurant in Okinawa, Japan placed atop a tree. If this blog is about concrete… why am I posting a tree? Because it’s made out of concrete! Bizarre design. To get into the restaurant, you take an elevator up the trunk. Still unsure of the cuisine served… Any guesses?
Super cool bench designs. Particularly this one that looks like it was a strip of pavement lifted up into a bench. This reminds me of several parking-turned-community spaces I saw littered throughout San Francisco when I was visiting a few months ago. They’re dubbed “Parklets” and are designed by different artists and strewn throughout the city making on or two adjacent parking spaces in a neighborhood into a community space with seating and tables that are of aesthetic interest. Obviously this would start in the Bay Area of all places. :)
Promotional video released by Silverstein Properties showing the construction of and graphics of the new World Trade Center. It’s pretty slick. The main uses of concrete on the new WTC are a super strong concrete building core for stability and high strength concrete surrounding all of the stairwells for security. Typical concrete has a compressive strength of 4,000 to 5,000 psi (pounds per square inch). The concrete being used on the WTC ranges from 10,000 to 15,000 psi. This article does a pretty good job of going through the details of the concrete applications on the job. But to be honest, a lot of it seems like it is being over engineered to alleviate anxiety and for political purposes rather than any actual structural or security reasoning. At a certain point, no matter how strong the concrete - there is a force that will be able to overcome it. Live and let live I guess.
Going back to the video … watching it makes me miss construction and want to go back! Anyone need a project engineer in L.A.?
Very cool use of construction materials. Contemporary chair design made of concrete and steel reinforcing bar. Looks decidedly uncomfortable, but kind of a neat take on a park bench for outside spaces. Designed by a Swiss guy, Stefan Zwicky.
Long day in the lab mixing cement paste. You heard that right. So exhausted I could probably fall asleep on this thing stat. Night.