Apartment Grid- Japan

I thought this was an interesting use of the grid:

“The intention is to inspire a new form of interaction via accidental and instantaneous communication, so adding to the charm of life.”



Our discussions…in Malaysia.

This is basically all of our discussions, being considered in Malaysia. Most of us were together in a class last Spring that studied building National identity in South and Southeast Asia, but I like this architectural methodology to considering this.

Forays into Building Identity

Instead of posting into comments (moderated), you can create a new post (no moderation)…



You are all authors, so you should be able to create new posts on the blog without moderation. Posting comments requires moderation. I’ll look into changing this, but until I figure that out, you can create posts rather than comments. Here are some step by step instructions for posting:


1- Make sure you are on the “Building a Better World blog. Select “Dashboard” (highlighted in blue in the image below) from the drop-down menu on the upper left side of the screen.

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2- Once you have accessed the dashboard, select “Posts” and then “Add new”, to add a new post.

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3- Type your text in the space provided. You may upload images by selecting the “Add Media” tab on the upper left. If you are inserting a link into your post, you may select “Link” from the formatting menu on the right side of the page. Directly below the formatting menu is the categories menu. We currently only have one category for “Clippings”. If you check this box, your post will go into clippings. Otherwise, it will be posted as “uncategorized”. Both of these will show up on the blog roll, but please select clippings if what you are posting qualifies as such (So we may all select the clippings category from the front blog page to access clippings and exclude other posts).

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I hope this is helpful!


Olmsted documentary

You can watch the entire documentary online – http://www.olmstedfilm.org/ – I managed to watch a few minutes here and there and its really quite good.

From the site:

Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks a one hour documentary, examines the formation of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century through the enigmatic eyes of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822 – 1903), visionary urban planner and landscape architect. The film features Academy Award winning actor Kevin Kline as the voice of Frederick Law Olmsted.”

National Park Suicides

After reading about parks in this weeks texts and the conversation last week about suicides at Foxconn I recalled a documentary on  Suicide Forest in Japan.  This lead me to research current national park suicides in America. It’s interesting how contrasting the factory is to the national parks and yet the manner in which each  group responds to the deaths are similar.  Foxconn puts up nets while the national parks are still trying to figure out what to do to prevent more suicides. So far the parks suggestions are similar to  Foxconn in that creating  physical obstacles will detour or prevent intentional deaths. Another interesting concept is how the increasing number of suicides effect park planning and policies.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention