‘London topped Paris to win the 2012 Games with a promise to deliver the greenest Games ever,’ said Hattie Hartman last year. The promise wasn’t unfounded, even though such a mega-event delivered at breakneck speed to a tight deadline, seems incompatible with a sustainable agenda.

Hartman, an American architect and an expert on sustainability, reveals that the London Olympic Games are surprisingly green, with environmental thinking underpinning each and every project. Quite rightly Hartman sees sustainability not just in the aesthetic design of individual buildings but also in the social and economic benefits for the wider community. Her book is


Artists’ Murzilki. «

Journal For October tend to receive a letter from October. But I read a letter from a correspondent already Komsomol age: «I am eighteen years old, I write to you, since recently learned that the artist V. Losin — a member of the editorial board of» Murzilka. » One day I picked up a book with his illustrations of Malchish-Kibalchish and was pleased to see that the artist loves Kibalchish just as I love this glorious, brave boy. Give him my admiration. «

Frankly, the letters readers have grown up in a special account. They often contain expensive recognition.


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Everyone can be an honest-to-goodness flmmaker thanks to Lomography, that champion of analogue film. Fancy making a movie for Blueprint? Read on…

In these all-encompassing digital days Blueprint has decided to look in the opposite direction for a while and celebrate the warmth and humanity of the analogue age, when the letter ‘i’ was just another vowel.

Lomography has long-championed the world of film, keeping its eye focused on the world of sprockets and emulsions. A few months ago it launched the Lomokino, a hand-cranked, 35mm movie camera, so we grabbed some and passed them to a hand-picked group of

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Artistic Ceramics in the Moscow subway.

A year ago solemnly marked the 70th anniversary of the Moscow Metro. Moscow Metro — a unique underground museum, which contains works by the most talented artists working in a variety of genres, styles and techniques. In the early 30-ies of XX century, young architects, designers and artists have managed to create an unprecedented synthesis of three different styles. They combined classic architecture, rationalism and modernism in art system stable. Later, a new style incorporates sculptures and mosaics, paintings and ceramics, metal and glass from their rich palette of possibilities. In the metro imprinted life, dreams and aspirations of several

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Logology. Fascinating Fasteners.

Logs take a stand against nature’s worst.

Old World Origins.

Log cabins built on the frontier or even in later settlements didn’t use fasteners. Logs supported themselves at the corners, which were formed where walls intersected. Although these early American dwellings weren’t erected with any intention of permanence, corner-supported log walls provided durability. They were the premise of log building and had been such long before Scandinavians introduced stacked construction to America.

In his 1942 work Der Blockbau (translated into English as The Craft of Log Building), German architect-scholar Hermann Phleps observes that log walls «derive their structural strength primarily

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Lose weight is not harmful

Fighting obesity Julia TSIMAHOVOY assisted laser beams, vacuum and electric discharges

This summer, I realized that I can not go on living: none pants are not fastened on me without exhalation shirts treacherously stretched at waist level, unable to hide the growing «lifeline», the scales every day persistently crawling all right. Realizing that one diet does not save the situation, I rushed to the assistance of Mary Taranenko, our beauty director. «Nothing is easier,» — cheered me Masha and sent to the clinic «Lantan».

Having listened to my complaints and categorical refusal to resort to surgery, chief physician of the

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Crystal Apple

Cucumber-Lemon was named for its unusual fruit — round or elliptical shapes and bright yellow, almost indistinguishable from the lemon. Homeland of the cucumber is India — in the Bhagavad Gita and other sacred ancient chronicles preserved information about its cultivation as a crop, thousands of years ago. In India today, a significant number of cultivated varieties of this type of cucumber fruits with round, oval, cylindrical, ovoid, elliptical shape. Some varieties grown in the Himalayas — early maturing, medium-sized cucumber spherical shape.

Europeans could learn to grow only one kind of «round» Indian cucumber — in Western Europe, he

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Log-home: planning

Dream to Reality

Understanding what’s involved can clear the path to log-home ownership.

EVERYONE THAT NOW LIVES IN A LOG HOME has overcome two major obstacles:

(1) the log-home buying process itself and

(2) their budget. While the obstacles may seem obvious, methods of surmounting them may not.

If owning a log home were as easy as walking into a sales representative’s office with a floor plan and a checkbook, the hillsides and meadow’s of America would be blanketed with log homes. Unfortunately, obtaining a log home is more complicated than buying a conventional home.

Buying Reality

When conventional-home buyers

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Log-home: buying

Choosing a Company

There’s a system to how log homes are designed and built.

THE FIRST STEP toward buying a log home almost always is to choose a company that sells the logs. This seems like an unusual arrangement to many people, who reasonably expect the process of buying and building a custom home to begin with either a builder or the designer not with the company providing the primary building material After all, if you’re building a Stud-framed home, you wouldn’t start at the lumberyard.

Of course some people do begin their log home by first contacting a builder

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The architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown do not believe in the axiom «less is more». Their amazing house in Pennsylvania seemed to enjoy the beauty of the calls, rejecting stereotypes.

Spouses architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown are connected not only to the marriage bond, but also the general dislike of minimalism. The principle of Mies van der Rohe «less is more» always gave Robert a sarcastic grin. «Less is more boring», — he declared in defiance of the classics. Venturi grew up in a Quaker family — Representatives of the Protestant sect that preaches the ultimate

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