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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 514
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    ArchitectureWeek No. 514 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more. This Notes edition is sponsored by Autodesk:


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    by Robert Mallet

    Let us put an end to the endless disputes between those who think that "anything goes" (what the French call bouillon de culture: a sort of "culture medium" or "broth") and those who are unconditional supporters of a single, unique "good taste."

    On one side are those who think that we can ignore human physical and physiological facts and that their only importance is the meaning we give them — never mind the senses; what matters is the sense. A leap, then, toward total liberation, and this without a safety net. On the other side are those who hold the untenable position of believing only in their own "good taste."

    Why not consider this apparent opposition in a different way?

    The formation, or acquisition, of our taste legitimately differentiates us from one civilization to another, from one era to another, from one style of garden to another, and even from one individual to another.

    But we cannot ignore facts that are inherent in the physiological nature of our species (unless and until it mutates into something else!). Therefore the use of perspective and what are pejoratively called "classical" patterns can be easily detected in many forms of so-called modern or contemporary art.

    Meaning and Consciousness

    The meaning we give to elements of our own decor (photography, sculpture, color choices, clothing) is absolutely personal. The formation of particular analogous groups of neurons takes place throughout our lives and makes us unique as individuals. Therefore, it would be futile to try to establish a set of rigid standards for gardens.  >>>




    Comparing Fukushima and Chernobyl
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    Our goal with this article is to provide an accurate, technically grounded, and broadly comprehensible comparison of the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear disasters, to support a realistic understanding of these serious accidents by the technically-savvy ArchitectureWeek A/E/C readership. We aim, in the ArchitectureWeek way, to provide a more accurate, more lasting sense of what's going on than you'll get from the placating generalizations currently widespread in the general media.   >>>


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    Which of the following words is associated with heat exchangers, which is associated with electrical systems, and which is associated with lighting: Anodes, Busbars and Lux?

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    b) Halogen lamps use the gaseous form of iodine. c) John Ruskin is associated with art nouveau architecture.



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