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UrbaNerd

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  1. Once again, I'll have to park near the freeway and walk all the way to the COA this semester. Parking is especially bad if you have later morning classes, but I'd rather not get up at 5:30 AM like I used to.
  2. Oh joy, more EIFS clad, faux-mediterranean, red tile roofed, turreted "luxury apartments" just west of downtown.
  3. It would be absolutely phenomenal if they renovated that structure like they did to the Keeland Building, just outside the College of Architecture.
  4. Say, does anyone know what happened to the Phoenicia that was supposed to open at One Park Place?
  5. Wasn't there that huge flooding event in Pakistan a few months ago?
  6. It's sad that I go to UH, and I have no clue where these projects are going up. I blame the fact that I am a hostage in the architecture building 24/7...lol Any of my fellow students care to fill me in?
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    Agora

    Wow, I was there the night before, hanging out and studying for a few hours! This was one of my favourite coffeeshops and places to relax; Brasil across the street is nice, but usually too loud, and had a much less intimate atmosphere than Agora. I hope they are going to rebuild!
  8. I went to Market Square park after classes yesterday...it was buzzing with activity, and the line was rather long at Niko Niko's; I waited about 15 mins before I got to the front. People kept talking about how much nicer the park was, as well as how nice the weather was. I took some pics, and I'll see if I can post them later or something.
  9. And that is why I miss PBS from the 90's. They had some decent edutainment in the form of Bill Nye, The Magic School Bus (which is the stuff I was raised on!), but they also would air those top notch nature and science shows, such as Nature, Nat Geo, Scientific American, etc. You cannot forget anything narrated by Sir David Attenborough, of course. As far as I know, they didn't have too many programs similar to American Chopper; I don't remember whatever I didn't watch on their schedule, so perhaps someone could fill me in on that. Discovery sometimes has some shows on construction and architecture, but those are more akin to "Coffee Table Architecture Books", in terms of content; they're only satisfying to casual viewers, and would not be fulfilling for any disciples to the art. I've just grown weary of television in general, which is why I tossed my television to the curb a few years ago. There are far more fulfilling venues for entertainment and edutainment these days.
  10. Pelli ex-Enron building on cover of this AutoCAD book
  11. Hmm, maybe they decided to lay Bermuda sod instead of St Augustine? Ya know, since Bermuda requires less watering and the like...
  12. Furthermore, express home deliveries will be conducted utilizing a series of trebuchets/catapults. Accuracy between 40-60 percent...if it does not fall within 100 metres of your property, it's 10% off!
  13. And Dallas was no 2! Ya know, with all that awesome neon, and the lack of anything like our new 22 story Embassy Suites downtown and all!
  14. How about the "Midnight Special"? IIRC, that song was written about the former(or still operating?) prison in Sugar Land, which is awfully close to where the new stadium shall be constructed!
  15. Oh, that's interesting. The irregular shape would also allow for an interesting scenario of whatever gets built there. Hopefully, it's tall enough to block the view of the ES from DG.
  16. I'm hardly even an "amateur photographer", and I've been "escorted away" from various buildings and sites many times, and questioned by employees and bystanders countless times in the past couple of years. Yes, security and all that is important, but I don't get why they have to be so paranoid about a harmless architecture student with a crappy little point and click camera!
  17. They might just be testing the lights for now or something. Perhaps they will change it according to seasonal events/etc. It would be neat if they could emulate another "big sleek box with a hole on the top"; ie the Memorial Hermann tower, whose lights change colours now and then. But hey, as stated by others, there is elegance in restraint.
  18. Yeah, it COULD be a lot worse. IIRC, there were more windows on the renderings on the narrow ends. We'll just have to accept the fact that they have made some changes, and wait for the final product.
  19. What's with the lack of windows? The narrow ends seem to have more cladding than glass! And of course, the thing does not have the "top tier", as someone discussed above. IDK, but this thing might be giving the Mercer some competition as one of the ugliest new buildings in town...
  20. It would result in a major displacement of water indeed, but probably not a massive tsunami as described. The initial vertical displacement of water/methane mix collapsing into the wake of water rushing to fill the void could create a major disturbance, along with the rush of water going towards the void from the rest of the surrounding ocean. If anything, we'd just end up with a large scale version of what happens when you flush your toilet; the water and waste goes under, and the water coming back to replace it collides on itself , causing ripples to radiate out. I wonder what the net effect of this seafloor collapse would be on global sea levels? Perhaps we have an unorthodox solution to rising sea levels then!
  21. Yeah, T&C itself actually constructed some more "dense" retail along the border with CC, and it seems to help bring the two together.
  22. And at least he won't get a phone call telling him that he's been laid off... HE STARTED IT!
  23. If I can recall correctly, the Big Dig was "finished" at a cost of 16 billion, not including all the repairs and lawsuits involved with the leaks, and poor construction. The original cost was projected to be about 2 billion, which was the approximate cost of the I-10 expansion (Not sure if this also includes all the ROW acquisition, etc). There have been countless other "lower double digit billions" projects in the past few years, and those may be on another chart/list somewhere else. On that note, does anyone know how much Eisenhower's Interstate project cost, both in actual, and inflation adjusted costs? Furthermore, what would the combined costs of the entire Interstate system be ever since its inception? How about compared to other national highway systems?
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