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Construction Physics β€’ 13779 implied HN points β€’ 06 Feb 24
  1. Reducing the amount of materials in construction can significantly cut costs.
  2. Structural elements must be designed to resist axial, shear, and bending forces.
  3. Challenges exist in further reducing materials in buildings due to practical constraints, cost considerations, and performance tradeoffs.
Londonist: Time Machine β€’ 199 implied HN points β€’ 31 May 24
  1. Savoy Court in London is not the only place where you must drive on the right; there are other examples like bus stations, car parks, and public roads with reversed layouts.
  2. The Savoy Court's unique right-hand drive rule was established in 1902, but similar scenarios can be found elsewhere, challenging its exclusivity.
  3. Examples exist of public roads with unconventional driving directions, such as the Tottenham Hale gyratory system and minor roads like the one in Twickenham.
Striking 13 β€’ 2156 implied HN points β€’ 23 Feb 24
  1. The BT Tower's unique design makes it stand out in the cityscape, looking both old and modern, corporate yet eccentric.
  2. Skyscrapers often focus on luxury for the rich, but the BT Tower values its impact on the city landscape and the privilege of seeing it from below.
  3. Cities like London evolve rapidly, but iconic structures like the BT Tower provide a sense of continuity and rootedness in the midst of constant change.
Why is this interesting? β€’ 784 implied HN points β€’ 14 Mar 24
  1. Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin was a significant figure in the Gothic Revival movement, known for his diverse design portfolio from churches to furniture.
  2. Pugin's conversion to Catholicism influenced his strong belief in Gothic architecture as a spiritual style that could restore order and morality to society.
  3. The collaboration between Pugin and Charles Barry on the Houses of Parliament exemplifies the power of Gothic design to inspire and uplift a society, leaving a lasting impact on London's architecture.
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Londonist: Time Machine β€’ 159 implied HN points β€’ 10 May 24
  1. Victorian roads in London can feel 'off' because they were built with little regard for existing neighborhoods, often displacing poor residents to create straight through-routes.
  2. 19th-century streets in London were named after monarchs and were designed to flatten slums, resulting in the eradication of historic street plans and poorer communities.
  3. The Victorian approach to road-building in London prioritized efficiency and traffic flow, leading to the destruction of organic streetscapes that had developed over centuries.
Why is this interesting? β€’ 603 implied HN points β€’ 18 Mar 24
  1. Kelsey Keith, brand creative director for Herman Miller, describes her varied background in editing design and architecture publications.
  2. Her media diet includes a mix of work-related and personal interest subscriptions like AD Pro, New Yorker, and Bloomberg Business Week.
  3. She recommends lesser-known writers like Stephanie Madewell and Fred Nicolaus, and praises the app Libby for library downloads on Kindle.
Department of Product β€’ 1434 implied HN points β€’ 16 Jan 24
  1. Headless architecture separates the front-end from the back-end of a website, allowing for flexibility and customization.
  2. Choosing a headless solution means back-end dictates how the website functions while front-end appearance is independent.
  3. Headless solutions offer flexibility to customize the front-end and back-end separately, providing more control over the website's presentation.
The Common Reader β€’ 1098 implied HN points β€’ 02 Feb 24
  1. Ely Cathedral showcases the evolution of architectural progress from Romanesque to Gothic styles.
  2. The transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture highlights the significant engineering improvements that allowed for artistic advancements.
  3. The beauty and grandeur of Gothic architecture in Ely Cathedral represent a high point in Western architectural history.
Londonist: Time Machine β€’ 319 implied HN points β€’ 29 Mar 24
  1. London's least historic hill, Stave Hill, was created in 1984 and stands as a modern mound in Rotherhithe, made from old docklands debris within a nature reserve.
  2. The area where Stave Hill now stands was previously occupied by Surrey Commercial Docks, known for handling timber imports, hence the hill's name reflecting the connection to staves used in barrels.
  3. Despite lacking a historical background, Stave Hill has a unique origin story rooted in the transformation of the industrial landscape of Rotherhithe from the 1970s.
Londonist: Time Machine β€’ 179 implied HN points β€’ 19 Apr 24
  1. In 1954, there was a competition predicting life in the year 2000, with a focus on London's transport future.
  2. The competition attracted a diverse group of participants from various backgrounds and regions around the world.
  3. Transportation was the most popular topic in the competition, with the winning proposals envisioning rooftop roadways for London in 2000.
Wrong Side of History β€’ 479 implied HN points β€’ 29 Feb 24
  1. Priority should be given to building more homes in London through ideas like estate regeneration and deregulation of the housing market.
  2. Improving London's aesthetics by creating more open squares and rethinking the design of buildings and infrastructure.
  3. Enhancing transportation in London by expanding the railway system with projects like Crossrail and implementing measures to reduce car dependency and improve cycling infrastructure.
Londonist: Time Machine β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 26 May 24
  1. June 1, 2024 marks the start of the 20th London Festival of Architecture with various activities like talks, walks, tours, and workshops celebrating the city's architecture.
  2. Walking tours during the festival offer a chance to explore hidden historical sites such as the lost Walbrook River, providing insights into London's rich architectural history.
  3. The festival includes a mix of well-known landmarks and lesser-known architectural wonders, making it a diverse and exciting event for architecture enthusiasts.
Londonist: Time Machine β€’ 419 implied HN points β€’ 28 Feb 24
  1. There is a piece about Southwark's forgotten royal palace called Suffolk Place in Londonist's newsletter by Dr Elizabeth Norton and Tudor Places magazine.
  2. Londonist's regular writer, Matt Brown, took a break from the newsletter for a week to spend some time with his kids.
  3. Readers can subscribe to Londonist's Time Machine for a 7-day free trial to access the full post archives.
The Chip Letter β€’ 2466 implied HN points β€’ 25 Jul 23
  1. Intel announced APX, the next evolution of Intel architecture, with improvements in registers and performance
  2. The introduction of APX includes doubling the number of general purpose registers, new instructions, and enhancements for better performance
  3. Intel also revealed a new vector ISA, AVX10, to establish a common vector instruction set across all architectures
The Mill β€’ 707 implied HN points β€’ 08 Jan 24
  1. The debate on Manchester's rapidly expanding skyline raises concerns about skyscrapers' impact.
  2. Manchester's skyline has seen a proliferation of glass towers, with 27 built since 2018 and 70 more in the pipeline.
  3. There is a divide in perspectives on skyscrapers, with some seeing them as progress while others view them as crowding out heritage and creating unaffordable housing.
Technology Made Simple β€’ 379 implied HN points β€’ 12 Feb 24
  1. Space-Based Architecture (SBA) distributes processing and storage across multiple servers, enhancing scalability and performance by leveraging in-memory data grids.
  2. The components of SBA include Processing Units (PU) for executing business logic, Virtualized Middleware for managing shared infrastructure, and data pumps for data marshaling.
  3. SBA offers benefits such as scalability, fault tolerance, and low-latency data access, but comes with challenges like complexity in design, debugging, and data security.
Mindful Matrix β€’ 219 implied HN points β€’ 17 Mar 24
  1. The Transformer model, introduced in the groundbreaking paper 'Attention Is All You Need,' has revolutionized the world of language AI by enabling Large Language Models (LLMs) and facilitating advanced Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks.
  2. Before the Transformer model, recurrent neural networks (RNNs) were commonly used for language models, but they struggled with modeling relationships between distant words due to their sequential processing nature and short-term memory limitations.
  3. The Transformer architecture leverages self-attention to analyze word relationships in a sentence simultaneously, allowing it to capture semantic, grammatical, and contextual connections effectively. Multi-headed attention and scaled dot product mechanisms enable the Transformer to learn complex relationships, making it well-suited for tasks like text summarization.
Londonist: Time Machine β€’ 79 implied HN points β€’ 28 Apr 24
  1. Explore historic East End pubs in London for a unique experience with centuries-old charm.
  2. Visit The Prospect of Whitby in Wapping, London, known for its riverside terrace and long history of serving beer since 1520.
  3. Discover the rich history of The Prospect of Whitby, where famous individuals like Charles Dickens and Samuel Pepys once visited.
Londonist: Time Machine β€’ 119 implied HN points β€’ 12 Apr 24
  1. The Crystal Palace, built for the Great Exhibition of 1851, was a marvel as the largest glass building ever seen. Its architect, Joseph Paxton, had previously built another impressive glass structure called the Great Conservatory.
  2. Paxton's Great Conservatory, completed in 1840, was a massive glass building that showcased innovative construction and design. It was created in collaboration with architect Decimus Burton and was meant to be a tropical paradise.
  3. The experience gained from building the Great Conservatory was instrumental for Paxton when planning the Crystal Palace. The conservatory was designed to accommodate a central thoroughfare wide enough for two carriages to pass, illustrating its grand scale.
In Bed With Social β€’ 452 implied HN points β€’ 20 Jan 24
  1. Escapism serves as both a flight and a quest in different realms like cycling, architecture, and literature.
  2. Digital escapism reconfigures our interaction with the online world by introducing the concept of 'pulse' - a natural form of interaction.
  3. Future personal assistants may evolve to prioritize our attention based on the concept of 'pulse,' respecting our fundamental human needs.
The Mill β€’ 884 implied HN points β€’ 15 Oct 23
  1. Deansgate Square luxury apartments attract a mix of residents, including working professionals, families, footballers, and influencers.
  2. Residents of Deansgate Square describe a lack of community and a divide between working professionals and influencers/footballers.
  3. There is a perception of a certain expectation of how Deansgate Square residents should look, often associated with being 'pretty people.'
One bag many places β€’ 79 implied HN points β€’ 17 Apr 24
  1. The Atomium in Brussels is an iconic structure from the 1958 world fair, with a cold war aesthetic and impressive views from the top
  2. Exploring the Atomium allows for a unique experience with pulsating lights, neon-filled rooms, and a TARDIS-like vibe that is unexpected and enjoyable
  3. Brussels' Grand-Place offers a breathtaking mix of gold embellished buildings, gothic architecture, and a lively atmosphere that transforms beautifully at sunset
The Planet β€’ 373 implied HN points β€’ 10 Jan 24
  1. Paris has made significant progress in becoming a green and sustainable city.
  2. Paris is evolving into a 15-minute city where residents can easily access various amenities within a short distance.
  3. The concept of a 15-minute city prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists over cars, which differs from traditional American urban design.
Londonist: Time Machine β€’ 59 implied HN points β€’ 21 Apr 24
  1. London has various places with fragments of Canadian history, often overlooked, that can be explored.
  2. 128 Regent Street holds significance as the location where Lord Stanley purchased the original Stanley Cup trophy in 1892.
  3. Canada House, located in the heart of Little Canada in London, offers a gallery promoting Canadian art across different regions and eras.
Unseen St. Louis β€’ 235 implied HN points β€’ 04 Feb 24
  1. Shapleigh Hardware Warehouse No. 3 in St. Louis was destroyed in a devastating fire, reflecting a trend of historic buildings facing neglect and destruction.
  2. Augustus Frederick Shapleigh, an important figure in St. Louis, founded the Shapleigh Hardware Company, contributing to the city's industrial and commercial growth in the 19th century.
  3. The Shapleigh Hardware Company's Warehouse No. 3, built in the early 20th century and a symbol of the company's success, faced destruction in the fire and is likely to be demolished.
Confessions of a Code Addict β€’ 465 HN points β€’ 18 Oct 23
  1. GPUs are designed for high throughput and massive parallelism, while CPUs focus on executing sequential instructions quickly.
  2. GPU architecture includes streaming multiprocessors with cores, various memory layers, and dynamic resource partitioning for efficient execution.
  3. Executing code on GPUs involves launching grids of thread blocks, with each block consisting of threads that work in parallel to optimize performance.