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Decolonized Housing
« on: July 20, 2020, 08:48:58 pm »
What do you folks think of this one? (I already know what you're going to say about the meat-eating part mind you....)

Modern Cave House is Man's Life Long Dream - 5,700 sq ft!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqPtClvahWw

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Re: Decolonized Housing (America Edition)
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2020, 10:09:52 pm »
I prefer Pueblo architecture and sun dried brick houses. Cave houses seem too Paleolithic.

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Re: Decolonized Housing (America Edition)
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2020, 12:07:45 am »
Rammed Earth : You won’t Believe How They Build This!
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Magical houses, made of bamboo
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2020, 11:25:15 pm »
Magical houses, made of bamboo
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You've never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. "We have had to invent our own rules," she says.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK_UjBmHqQw

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THIS IS AKONCITY
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2020, 02:26:15 am »
THIS IS AKONCITY
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THIS IS AKONCITY

AKONCITY project seeks to address the need for vibrant new community development, with a vision to create a Business district, residential districts (high-rise ) education district, healthcare district, technology district, Media district, entertainment district and sport facilities with a recreational enclave for the surrounding area to address the market need for the development in Senegal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UdXHtrs_Ho

Definitely less western than Wakanda, no? Step in the right direction for Africa I'd say. There really aren't that many straight hard edges at all....

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Re: THIS IS AKONCITY
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2020, 02:29:01 am »
Akon: Akon City Opens 2026, There's No Taxes & We Have Our Own Police Force
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Re: Decolonized Housing
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2020, 12:10:18 pm »
Why doesn't China love skyscrapers anymore?
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Over the past 30 years, China has been called a "heaven for architects" by some due to its appetite to build super-tall buildings. But the government has issued a ban on buildings over 500 meters this year. What is the logic behind this move?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVklyKOhksI

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Re: Decolonized Housing
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2020, 11:31:05 pm »
While I am definitely no fan of height competitions, we should first aim to demolish the actual colonial-style architecture before considering what to do with skyscrapers (which are strictly speaking not colonial). Unfortunately, the actual colonial-style architecture is what many Eurocentrists in China want to preserve(!) (repost):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWABR67KWW4



My commentary from the old forum:

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This is what it means to be colonized from within. Not so much the colonial-era Western buildings themselves, but the residents' blind worship of them (and simultaneous generalized denigration of post-colonial buildings). It reminds me of domestic violence victims defending their own abusers. The interior decor of their meetup place takes the cake. Dugin is laughing.

It's not just Harbin either; here are the type of buildings in Shanghai that should be demolished first, for example:











etc..

On the other hand, it has actually been shown by a talented artist that, due to their simple grid-based exteriors, skyscrapers (so long as they are limited to rectangular cross-sections) actually go rather well with the classical Sinosphere roof style:

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This proves that skyscrapers are not a Western form of architecture at least in terms of pure aesthetics. With that said, I am of course aware of the negative environmental impact of skyscrapers, so on those grounds I agree with the ruling you posted about.
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Re: Decolonized Housing
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2020, 12:30:15 am »
It is odd to see those same building styles you would find in downtown San Francisco or a city in Germany in China. I did not realize those styles were that pervasive in China of all places.

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Re: Decolonized Housing
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2020, 12:49:07 am »
"It is odd to see those same building styles you would find in downtown San Francisco or a city in Germany in China."

You should find it no less odd to see such building styles in San Francisco. Western architecture is as un-American as it is un-Chinese.

By the way, about the last building:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Hotel

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The larger North Building is called Sassoon House. The building was built by Sir Victor Sassoon, of the Sassoon family, which built a Shanghai business and real estate empire in the early 20th century. He was a British Sephardic Jew of Iraqi origin, educated at Harrow School and Cambridge University. His family owned the trading company "E.D. Sassoon & Co.", which managed extensive business interests in Bombay, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

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Re: Decolonized Housing
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2020, 12:59:28 am »
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You should find it no less odd to see such building styles in San Francisco. Western architecture is as un-American as it is un-Chinese.

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Re: Decolonized Housing
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2021, 04:52:32 am »
Las Vegas wants to look more American!

https://www.yahoo.com/news/las-vegas-pushes-become-first-154922041.html

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Las Vegas pushes to become first to ban ornamental grass
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Las Vegas-area water officials have spent two decades trying to get people to replace thirsty greenery with desert plants, and now they're asking the Nevada Legislature to outlaw roughly 40% of the turf that's left.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority estimates there are almost 8 square miles (21 square kilometers) of “nonfunctional turf" in the metro area — grass that no one ever walks on or otherwise uses in street medians, housing developments and office parks.

They say this ornamental grass requires four times as much water as drought-tolerant landscaping like cactus and other succulents. By ripping it out, they estimate the region can reduce annual water consumption by roughly 15% and save about 14 gallons (53 liters) per person per day.

Lawns should never have existed on American soil:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawn#History

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Lawns may have originated as grassed enclosures within early medieval settlements used for communal grazing of livestock, as distinct from fields reserved for agriculture.
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Lawns became popular with the aristocracy in northern Europe from the Middle Ages onward. The early lawns were not always distinguishable from pasture fields. The damp climate of maritime Western Europe in the north made lawns possible to grow and manage. They were not a part of gardens in other regions and cultures of the world until contemporary influence.[7]
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Eventually even the grasses of the Great Plains were overrun with European species that were more durable to the grazing patterns of imported livestock.[12]
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According to study based on satellite observations by Cristina Milesi, NASA Earth System Science, its estimates: "More surface area in the United States is devoted to lawns than to individual irrigated crops such as corn or wheat.... area, covering about 128,000 square kilometers in all."[24]

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Re: Decolonized Housing
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2021, 08:33:47 pm »
Since the last drought in California a lot more front yards around here are also looking similar to the last picture. California actually pays you to get rid of your lawn.

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/us/in-drought-ridden-california-the-classic-lawn-loses-ground.html

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Re: Decolonized Housing
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2021, 11:30:36 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/senegal-architects-ditch-concrete-earth-090707537.html

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Senegal architects ditch concrete for earth in revival of old techniques
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Concrete is inexpensive and used with abandon in Senegal's capital, but it is poorly suited to the West African heat. On summer days, when temperatures frequently reach 100 degrees fahrenheit (38°C), the buildings become furnaces, cooled only with blasts of air conditioning.

Earth naturally regulates heat and humidity, say the founders of Worofila, an architecture firm specializing in bioclimatic design.

Since 2016, they have been pushing for the material to make a comeback. They say it could reduce pollution from cement factories and electricity production - and keep people cool.

"Before air conditioning, people paid attention to materials and orientation for the natural regulation of heat," said Worofila co-founder Nzinga Mboup, while workers laid bricks for the upper floors of what will be a family home with a pool.

"The moment A/C arrived, these considerations went out the window."
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Senegal's traditional dwellings were made of mud, but that has been abandoned. Dakar's sidewalks today are littered with piles of sand and stones that are mixed with cement to make cheap building blocks.

To make modern earth bricks, workers mix soil with smaller amounts of cement and water to create a mixture that they cut into blocks, compress with a hand-operated machine and leave to dry for 21 days.

Unlike concrete, earth bricks require little energy to produce. Cement, the main ingredient in concrete, accounts for 8% of carbon dioxide emissions, according to British think tank Chatham House.

It goes without saying that Western air conditioning wastes even more energy. Here is a good example of how Western civilization, instead of recognizing its obvious inferiority, tries to compensate with more inferiority.

For reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_concrete

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_conditioning#Environmental_impacts
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Re: Decolonized Housing
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2021, 10:24:19 pm »
Signs of hope:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-turning-cities-giant-sponges-005323851.html

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Conventional [WESTERN!] flood water management often involves building pipes or drains to carry away water as swiftly as possible, or reinforcing river banks with concrete to ensure they do not overflow.

But a sponge city does the opposite, seeking instead to soak up rainfall and slow down surface run-off.

It tries to do it in three areas. The first is at the source, where just like a sponge with many holes, a city tries to contain water with many ponds.

The second is through the flow, where instead of trying to channel water away quickly in straight lines, meandering rives with vegetation or wetlands slow water down - just like in the creek that saved his life.

This has the added benefit of creating green spaces, parks and animal habitats, and purifying the surface run-off with plants removing polluting toxins and nutrients.

The third is the sink, where the water empties out to a river, lake or sea. Prof Yu advocates relinquishing this land and avoiding construction in low-lying areas. "You cannot fight the water, you have to let it go," he says.

Leaving space for water also means lowering population, which is also what we want.

Related:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/colonial-era/new-world-raft-design-and-colonialist-response/

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Much of the concept is influenced by ancient farming techniques Prof Yu learnt growing up in the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang, such as storing rainwater in ponds for crops.

Related:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/mythical-world/aryan-hydraulic-empire/

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"The technique that evolved in European countries cannot adapt to the monsoon climate. These cities fail because they have been colonised by Western culture and copy their infrastructure and urban model," he says.

Someone gets it!

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The Zhengzhou flood earlier this year, he says, was a classic example. The city had paved over its ponds, so not enough water was retained upstream when the rain began.

The main river had been channelled into concrete drains, causing water flow to speed up "like a flushed toilet", he says. Important infrastructure such as hospitals were built on low-lying land.
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Using concrete to manage a flood is thus like "drinking poison to quench your thirst… it is a short-sighted view," he says.

So is using any other aspect of Western civilization to solve any other problem. But will enough people see this before it is too late?

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-right/if-western-civilization-does-not-die-soon/
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