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Hackney Townhouse / ZCD Architects

first_imgSave this picture!© Charles Hosea+ 21 Share Peter Deer & Associates Photographs Architects: ZCD Architects Area Area of this architecture project Hackney Townhouse / ZCD Architects Hackney Townhouse / ZCD ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHackney Townhouse / ZCD Architects Structural Engineer: Area:  158 m² Area:  158 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/487989/hackney-townhouse-zcd-architects Clipboard Services Engineer: United Kingdom “COPY” CopyHouses, Extension•London, United Kingdom “COPY” photographs:  Charles HoseaPhotographs:  Charles Hoseacenter_img Year:  Year:  Projects Houses Stace (Pre-Construction only) City:LondonCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Charles HoseaRecommended ProductsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 AD This project involved the complete refurbishment and extension of a late 1960’s 3-storey terraced townhouse. An ex-local authority property, the building sits at the end of a row of 6 houses which form a block within a street made up mainly of semi-detached late-Victorian houses, many of which are listed. The terrace is an anomaly within the Conservation Area context of the street. Save this picture!© Charles Hosea The brief from the client was to create a large and special family home. Being practising Buddists, one specific requirement was the careful consideration and positioning of the Butsudan within the house. This I felt needed to be at the heart of the house, so much of the internal remodelling was centred around this, as well as considering the connections between new and existing volumes at ground floor and lots of natural light. Save this picture!Elevation The existing building was in fairly poor condition and much of the existing external fabric needed to be up-graded. The refurbishment included removing all of the exterior wall panels and windows, leaving only the solid sections of brickwork to the side and front elevations. The articulation of the façade through horizontal banding, the original brickwork and the window fenestration were all considered during the design phase, and a decision was taken at an early stage to acknowledge the rhythm of the rest of the terrace. Save this picture!© Charles Hosea New larger windows within the existing openings were proposed to the front of the house and the upper rear façade, to maximise natural light. The 1st floor rear façade (the second living room which also houses the Butsudan) was replaced with full-height glazed sections which slide to open up over the future green roof of the extension and garden below. Save this picture!Section New insulated cavity walls replace the thin white PVC wall panels below the windows and here a black engineering brick was introduced to contrast with the existing. The new brick walls not only improve the overall thermal performance of the building, but the exterior brickwork introduces a playful articulation of surface with protruding bricks to the upper exterior walls. In counter-play, an inverted and perforated brick surface was introduced to the rear external and internal walls at Ground floor level. The new walls create a textured and patterned surface, which changes in relation to shadow and light. Save this picture!© Charles Hosea The extension to the side and rear at the Ground floor level, provided an additional 50m2 of space to house a new entrance, playroom, kitchen, dining and living area, which wraps around the existing footprint of the building. At the rear of the side extension, a large fixed timber framed window overlooks an external terrace and frames the garden beyond. The rear extension, which sits forward into the garden is framed by two large aluminium framed doors, one of which slides to open up the living/dining and kitchen area to the exterior. Both side and rear extension are unified by a large concrete external terrace, framed by dark brick walls, and an extended galvanised steel frame at roof level that provides a structure for a future brie soleil. A 7m long double timber beam stretches across the full width of the rear and side extension. The pocketed and perforated dark brick walls, now populated with trinkets and ornaments, extend inside to define the living area, marking the threshold where the original footprint of the house ends and the new space starts. Save this picture!Floor Plan The existing garage previously positioned and extending back into the front of the house, was reclaimed as internal space, and the original entrance converted into a ground floor bathroom. A continuous flow of circulation is created around and between the new spaces and the existing house. Save this picture!© Charles Hosea At 1st floor level, a new opening was made in one of the existing walls, to allow the 1st floor living room to be opened up to the rest of the house, creating an uninterrupted flow of circulation through the living room and around the stair landing. Two full height doors at either side can be opened to sit flush against central walls of the same depth, giving a sense that the space is open plan with a full height cabinetry unit in the middle. The introduction of large skylights in the existing roof was an important Project gallerySee allShow lessEarthquakes – How Well Are We Prepared?EventConstell.ation / LIKEarchitectsSelected Projects Share 2013 Quantity Surveyor: 2013 Constructure ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/487989/hackney-townhouse-zcd-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeZCD ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionLondonHousesRefurbishmentUnited KingdomPublished on March 21, 2014Cite: “Hackney Townhouse / ZCD Architects” 21 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Germany’s 1966 World Cup goalkeeper dies at 84

first_imgRelatedPosts Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood UEFA Nations League: Sterling saves 10-man England against Iceland Eberechi Eze pulls out of England squad Former West Germany goalkeeper, Hans Tilkowski, who played in the 1966 World Cup final against winners England, has died at the age of 84, his family told German media on Monday. That final match featured one of the most controversial goals in football history. This was when Geoff Hurst’s shot bounced off the crossbar and landed on the goal line with Tilkowski beaten, before the ball was then headed clear. The goal, however, was awarded with the referee saying it had crossed the line, and put England, who eventually won 4-2, ahead in extra time. Tilkowski, who was a back-up goalkeeper at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, played club football between 1952 and 1970 for Westfalia Herne, Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt. “Very sad to receive a call earlier to let me know that Germany’s goalkeeper from 1966 World Cup, Hans Tilkowski, has died. “Terrific player for his club, Borussia Dortmund, and country and a very fine man, I very much enjoyed the time we spent together over the years,” Hurst said on Twitter.Tags: 1966 World CupEnglandHans TilkowskiWest Germanylast_img read more

Exclusive: Southampton can stun ‘tired’ Chelsea and get back in top four chase

first_imgNathaniel Clyne says Southampton are ready to heap more misery on Chelsea on Saturday – and prove they are still serious contenders to finish in the top four of the Premier League.Jose Mourinho’s side is unbeaten in seven league games heading into the Stamford Bridge clash but suffered huge disappointment in midweek when they crashed out of the Champions League after 120 exhausting minutes against Paris Saint-Germain.“We saw them play against PSG and thought they looked a bit tired. Hopefully, can we capitalise on that,” said Saints full-back Clyne, in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.“We are fresh at the moment and, if we take the game to them, we can cause an upset.“If we play the game we can play, it will be a good game, and hopefully we can get the points.“It will be difficult – Chelsea are a good team with quality players, but we are up for the challenge.”Southampton’s form dipped in February, with just one win in five games seeing them slip from third to seventh in the table.That has led many pundits to write off their chances of securing a Champions League spot, but, having kicked off this month with victory over Crystal Palace, Ronald Koeman’s players are not giving up hope.“When people say we can’t do it, it makes us push on, work harder, and fight for it.” said Clyne.“No-one expected a club like Southampton to be fighting for the top four. We are a good team and we are going to keep pushing on.“There are a lot of games left and a lot of points to play for. If we stay positive and keep playing how we are playing, we can fight for it and hopefully we can get in there.”Tune into talkSPORT for live and exclusive national radio coverage of Chelsea v Southampton on Saturday (kick-off 13:30)Listen to the full interview with Nathaniel Clyne on Players’ Lounge on talkSPORT from 7pm on Friday nightlast_img read more

Dating Method Assumptions Can Be Way Off

first_imgPoking holes in long-held assumptions can make you very unpopular.Are scientists immune from false beliefs? No; scientists are people, too. Often, they don’t have time to investigate everything outside their narrow specialty, and so, like politicians and laymen, they rely on what other experts have told them or taught them. Here’s an uncontroversial example of an assumption that led to vastly incorrect calculations, and how scientists and politicians reacted when told what they had long believed was wrong. The response was to shun the messenger. This can be a warning about trusting assumptions about more controversial subjects, like Darwinism.How Old Is This Tree?A man named John White came up with a formula for estimating the age of trees: measure the tree’s circumference, and you can know how old it is (see details in this 2005 PDF). This was a convenient rule of thumb, because you could get a ballpark estimate of the age without cutting the tree. Phys.org now says that other scientists “poke a hole” in this formula:Some of Britain’s most majestic ancient trees are probably not as ancient as we previously thought, one of the country’s leading tree-ageing experts has suggested.Until now, the ages of some of Britain’s best-loved trees, including yews, sweet chestnuts and oaks, have largely been estimated from measuring the girth of their trunks—measurements which often result in a tree being declared hundreds or sometimes thousands of years old.Even White himself realizes that many other variables than girth could distort the results of his formula. Dr. Andy Moir of Brunel University London and colleagues decided to test White’s formula against tree ring data. How wrong could the formula be?Most recently, Dr. Moir, alongside his colleagues Toby Hindson from the Ancient Yew Group and Peter Thomas from Keele University, published a paper in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry which used tree-ring analysis—taking a core from the tree and measuring the annual rings—to demonstrate that some of Britain’s oldest yew trees are thousands of years younger than previously thought. Old yew trees previously declared as 5000 years old using a derivative of White’s formula, were calculated to be only 950 years old when their rings were measured.Needless to say, an error of 526% is embarrassing. This was not an isolated incident:“People have been applying up to 6000 years onto the age of our largest yew trees—we’re saying we don’t believe there is anything still standing over 2000 years old. So potentially we have a 4000-year gap. Of course, two thousand years is still ancient for a tree—these yew trees are ridiculously old. All we’re doing is getting rid of some of the mystique and exaggeration.“One of Moir’s colleagues also sifted through records, and determined that Britain’s famous sweet chestnut trees—which were thought to have been brought by the Romans—were probably a medieval introduction. So did scientists, politicians and tree owners congratulate these scientists for setting the record straight?Dr. Moir said that some people had now stopped asking him to age their trees, for fear that he’ll give them an age far younger than the one they want to hear.“We have a lot of huge oak trees on commons and cricket grounds in England, and each generation of locals will basically add a hundred years to the age of the tree,” said Dr. Moir. “So, within a few generations you have a supposedly three or four-hundred-year-old tree. It comes back to myths and legend which can be incredibly strong, but that’s where I become involved to add a bit of science to it.“I don’t do oak trees on cricket greens any more though, because when I tell people they’re not four or five hundred years old, I’m not very popular.“Moral: Truth seeking is not necessarily the best way to win friends.The next question to ask is: what are the assumptions that go into tree-ring dating? Before thinking every ring represents one year, you had better be sure there are no exceptions. Could unusual cycles of wetting and drying in a single year produce multiple rings?If a case this accessible can be this wrong, what about dating methods that cannot be cross-checked? What about formula-based ages based on stalactites, or radioactivity, that yield ages in the hundreds of thousands, millions, or billions of years? People have experienced thousands of years, but not billions. And what about “molecular dating” that assumes rates of evolution? We have found some evolutionists adjusting the rates of evolution to get the date “they want to hear.”Let this case be a reminder that experts do not know everything, and neither do other experts who falsify the experts. (Visited 562 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestlast_img read more

Cab Cam – Farm Science Review 2015 Corn Harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On September 8th, Nate Douridas and the Farm Science Review crew began the 2015 corn harvest. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins got a glimpse of the first field Douridas opened up and talked about the yield and moisture to start harvest and about what to expect at this year’s Farm Science Review, September 22nd through 24th at The Molly Caren Ag Center in London, Ohio.last_img

Samsung Galaxy Note II: The Tale Of The Comically Large Smartphone

first_imgThere is a bulge in the pocket of my jeans and I am not quite sure what to do about it. I shift, I fidget, I try to adjust but there is little I can do. Oh, this is awkward. A friend turns to me and asks, “What’s wrong? Are you happy to see me or is there a comically large smartphone in your pocket?” Sheepishly, I grin and pull out the source of my discomfort. “Indeed,” I say. “There is a comically large smartphone in my pocket. This is the Samsung Galaxy Note II.”A Smartphone By Any Other NameSamsung calls the Galaxy Note II a “phablet.” For the uninitiated, that means half smartphone, half tablet. This is the second iteration of Samsung’s phablet, following the original Note released last year. This one is even bigger than the first, with a 5.55-inch touch screen compared to the original’s 5.3 inches. The phablet declination can be confusing. In broad terms, a tablet is a media consumption device that can be used for utility purposes. A smartphone is a little more personal, used for communication, utility, productivity, etc. Of course, there is a lot of overlap between the two categories, but usage patterns show that smartphones are mostly used when you are out and about, while tablets are most often used in the home. Purposefully Big vs. Purposefully Small: Droid Razr M (left) and Galaxy Note II (right)The Galaxy Note II tries to be all of these things. Samsung has focused many of its own custom apps on media consumption, but it also makes sure there are plenty of productivity options. But let us get one thing straight: The Galaxy Note II is a smartphone. A comically large smartphone, but still a smartphone and not a tablet.Like any other smartphone, it is sold through the major cellular carriers on contract, it is intended to be the device you use for text messaging and phone calls that you carry around everywhere you go. You can leave a tablet at home and not worry about missing out on your messages, a smartphone is in your pocket at all times.Which brings us back to that bulge in my jeans. For an average-sized person, the Note II is weird. It does not fit well in your pocket (especially with the flip cover case on it) and is too big for a woman’s clutch. I am not aware of any belt clip for the Note II but that would brand you as a nerd from a mile away.  Really, for a device that is meant to be with you whereever you go, the Note II is just plain awkward.S Pen, TouchWiz & InterfaceThe awkwardness does not end with Note II’s size. Samsung has worked hard to improve the Note’s stylus, called the S Pen. From a design and development standpoint, the S Pen is intriguing. It can control most aspects of the device, from browsing to email, note taking and even doodling. When you slide the S Pen out of the phone (it fits nicely into the casing) a screen automatically pops up with a variety of apps specifically designed for the S Pen. In addition, some 50 apps in Android Google Play are designed to work with the S Pen. (They mostly come from large developers, like Adobe). The S Pen can be fun to use as an input mechanism. Give Samsung marks for creativity, it really did think outside the box creating the S Pen and coming up with novel uses for it. Tags:#Samsung Galaxy What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The problem is, I have no idea when I should be using the S Pen. I don’t use it for email, text messaging, Web browsing, phone calls, my favorite apps or… well, anything. It does not help that I have the handwriting of a four-year old child, so I am obviously not going to use it for handwritten notes. Spending a week with the Note II, I have tried to be cognizant of how and when I could use the S Pen, but for the most part it just slips my mind and I interact with the device in the same way I would any other smartphone. The Note II is representative of Samsung’s general approach to mobile products. Essentially, Samsung thinks that more is better. Bigger screen, bigger battery, lots of added features like the S Pen and customized apps for watching video, playing music, email, calendars, etc.It does not help Samsung’s case that Google has already built most of these apps for Android – and Google’s versions are better. LIke the interfaces on Samsung’s earlier smartphones, the TouchWiz skin on top of the Galaxy Tab II’s Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system is often intrusive and confusing. But that’s not the phablet’s biggest problem.The Bottom LineSamsung touts the Note II as the culmination of its “year of innovation.” By that, the Korean manufacturer means that it has made advancements in both hardware and software and bundled it all up in one, mammoth device. From a design and functionality perspective, Samsung has achieved its goals. The Note II is beautiful and well-designed and boasts unique features such as the S Pen and S apps. The problem with the Note II does not lay in the hardware, the S Pen or even in Samsung’s overexuberant customization. The Note II’s problem is conceptual. It is trying to be too many things to too many people – and inevitably falls short. That said, I can recommend the Note II to a few groups of people:First, large people – with fat fingers – who have had problems with smaller touch-screen devices. This a very real market and it is good that Samsung was thinking of the giants among us.Second, elderly folks who have trouble seeing and typing on smaller smartphones.Third, people who want to use stylus for input. It is not a bad input method but it is certainly not for everybody.Fourth, anybody that appreciates the “more is better” approach.If nothing else, the Note II certainly exemplifies that aesthetic. It’s the super-sized version of Samsung’s Galaxy S III flagship.    Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

The Return of MLBs Youth

In 2013, about 28 percent of all Wins Above Replacement were created by the under-25 set. That was the ninth-largest share for any season since 1976. Output from youngsters has been on the upswing since the mid-to-late 1990s, when the percentage of WAR from young players hit its nadir. That nadir happened to occur at the height of baseball’s so-called steroid era.Further research is needed on the subject, but recent work on aging curves in the post-PED (performance enhancing drug) period suggests that today’s players are better earlier in their careers, and then decline much sooner and more sharply.Given that, it’s no surprise to see the game’s fresh faces producing a larger share of wins. A few years ago, Bill James — baseball writer and pagan god of sabermetrics — was asked whether baseball was in the midst of a golden age of great young stars. James created a “young talent inventory” (pay-walled), a somewhat elaborate methodology to measure whether runs were being created or saved by players aged 25 or younger.I’m not going to delve into so intricate a technique. But I like the 25-or-under cut-off (as do other prospect-watchers), so I decided to add up the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) produced by players in that age range for every season going back to 1976, the dawn of the free-agency/arbitration era. (Before then, player movement was far more restricted than it is now.)What proportion of total WAR in all of Major League Baseball has been generated by young players? read more