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Arbour House / nimtim architects

first_imgSave this picture!© Elyse Kennedy+ 46 Share United Kingdom Manufacturers: Howdens, Koskisen, AJ &D Chapelhow, Keith Brocking, Modular Clay Products Projects Arbour House / nimtim architects Garden Design: Photographs:  Elyse Kennedy Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyHouses•Greater London, United Kingdom ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/870569/arbour-house-nimtim-architects Clipboard 2017 Houses Arbour House / nimtim architectsSave this projectSaveArbour House / nimtim architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/870569/arbour-house-nimtim-architects Clipboard SD Structures Structural Engineers: “COPY” Main Contractor: TW Space Conversions ltd nimtim landscapes Architect In Charge:Tim O’CallaghanCity:Greater LondonCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Elyse KennedyRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorText description provided by the architects. The client, a young professional, approached us to extend her small 1950’s infill terraced house in Peckham to create a more usable kitchen and dining area with a better connection to the rear garden. The existing house had particularly low ceiling heights and narrow, awkward living spaces. The client felt that the house had been built from poor quality materials which compared poorly with the Victorian neighbours. The brief was to create a bright and open living space with materials of quality and character.Save this picture!Sketchnimtim took an ambitious approach for extending and updating this small and unremarkable house. Taking inspiration from the Case Study Houses of the 1950s, as well as traditional and contemporary Japanese domestic architecture, nimtim proposed an addition formed of a series of lightweight timber portals running both front to back and side to side. The timber structure defines a series of openings along the roof and onto the rear garden. This grid extends through the house and out into the garden; blurring the threshold between inside and out. Save this picture!© Elyse KennedyThe design references the original Victorian property that was situated on the site before being destroyed in the Second World War; stepping back in plan to echo the original closet wing, while allowing the garden to extend into the living space.Save this picture!Ground FloorSave this picture!SectionInternally materiality was key; materials had to be high quality, with a distinctive, honest timbre – in direct contrast to those of the existing dwelling. The exposed timber portal frames are in Douglas Fir that creates a warm, pink hue, the floor is poured concrete and an exposed wall of specially selected long bricks runs along one edge of the living space extending out into the garden. A restrained, simple palette is maintained with the translucent white plywood kitchen with wooden and marble worktops. Every material quietly affirms itself independently and collectively.Save this picture!© Elyse Kennedynimtim architects and their sister company nimtim landscapes worked together from the beginning to create a design where the house and garden were completely integrated. A simple and bold garden plan proposed a large paved area of elegant and low cost pavers with a large planted area that mirrored the geometry of the house creating an axis that extends into the stepped plan of the house.Save this picture!© Elyse KennedyThe beds were planted with prickly Berberis and large bulbous Hebes. Yellow Yarrow and Turkish Sage flowers give colour interest and height to the bed. A young pear tree provides a focal point at the back of the garden and a trellis with climbing honeysuckle hides a small shed and provides vertical interest.Save this picture!© Elyse KennedyProject gallerySee allShow lessFaculty of Architecture of the University of Porto Through Fernando Guerra’s LensesArticlesThese Maps Show Why It’s a Bad Idea To Make Things UpArchitecture News Share Year:  Photographs Area:  50 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: nimtim architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” CopyAbout this officenimtim architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGreater LondonUnited KingdomPublished on May 05, 2017Cite: “Arbour House / nimtim architects” 05 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Flintridge Prep Community Backpack Drive Supports Pasadena Thanksgiving Tradition

first_img More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Front Row: Robin, Martha, Socorro, Diane. Back Row: Tina, Kaytee, Jon, Meghan, Courtney, Ann, SteveIn this Thanksgiving season, Flintridge Prep students merge a community outreach backpack drive with a Pasadena tradition known as “Share a Meal”, organized by the Pasadena Sandwich Company. For four years this tradition of inviting homeless families in Pasadena to share Thanksgiving has been upheld, and the City of Pasadena along with other community-oriented organizations have taken part in the annual event.Meghan Fink, a co-owner of the Pasadena Sandwich Company, shares that their small family business began when her and her siblings’ “grandparents founded the restaurant in the 1950s”. The restaurant has maintained its community-friendly feel ever since its founding. She continues, “When my grandparents retired, our dad opened the Pasadena Sandwich Company, and since then we continue the proud family tradition of serving fresh food as fast as we can” As a result, PSC has become a well-recognized landmark in Pasadena. More than a family business, the Pasadena Sandwich Company is the location of a Thanksgiving tradition known as “Share a Meal”, supporting Pasadena Families in Transition. Meghan Fink says that back in 1995 was when her dad, Steven Fink, started this “Thanksgiving concept”. She explains, “He believed that no one should be alone on Thanksgiving, so he opened the doors of the Pasadena Sandwich Company, and people came and brought something to contribute to the Thanksgiving meal”. The “Share a Meal” program started when Fink’s father passed away, in 2010. “Firefighter Steven Lawhorn came to us to remind us of what our dad would be doing at Thanksgiving”, recalls Fink. There after, the Fink siblings collaborated with the Pasadena Fire Department and the Pasadena Unified School District to bring back Thanksgiving “Share a Meal” in their dad’s honor, inviting homeless families in Pasadena that would appreciate a place to go, with pride, on Thanksgiving.For the past few months, Prep students have launched a backpack drive across the greater Pasadena community, with the goal of donating 300 backpacks, filled with school supplies, to Pasadena children in need. Backpacks and school supplies are provided by Sydney Paige® Inc., a Buy 1-Give 1 company supporting education for children in need within the immediate community. The culmination of these Prep students’ efforts in their community backpack drive outreach will happen on Thanksgiving Day at the “Share a Meal” event, held at the Pasadena Sandwich Company. These under-privileged families in the Pasadena area, many of who are supported by the “Pasadena Families in Transition”, will come together to share a Thanksgiving meal, and for the second year, all of the children receive a brand new Sydney Paige® backpack filled with school supplies. To participate in the Community Backpack Drive, go to www.sydneypaigeinc.com/flintprep or visit the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffee House on Foothill Avenue. With each backpack you purchase, one will be matched by Sydney Paige® Inc., and donated to a child in need within the Pasadena area. You also have the option of donating your backpack when you order online.In specific reference to the “Share a Meal” event happening this November, Fink says the Pasadena Sandwich Company, in conjunction with the Pasadena Families in Transition and Sydney Paige Inc. will offer these families “a fun-filled day in a safe environment where they are served a warm Thanksgiving meal, can participate in arts and crafts, can dress up and take photos in a photobooth, are given Blessing Bags with gift certificates and activities from the community, and every child receives a backpack with school supplies”. She concludes in the weeks leading up to the 4th annual ‘Share a Meal’ that the event “is an extraordinary day and event supported by family, friends, and our very own Pasadena and local communities!” Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Unai Emery provides Arsenal transfer update and speaks out on Laurent Koscielny

first_imgAdvertisement Full Screen More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The club is working. We are speaking every day with the club and Edu,’ he explained.‘I prefer to work with patience and calm and take the best decision.‘We have very good players, very young good players. We need someone to help us. The club is working on that.‘We prefer to take the best decision with patience. If we need to wait more time for this reason I prefer to do that.’ Unai Emery is ‘calm’ despite Arsenal only signing one player this summer (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has assured fans that he is working ‘patiently’ with new technical director Edu on bolstering Arsenal’s squad before the transfer window closes.Arsenal have only brought in 18-year-old forward Gabriel Martinelli with less than a month until deadline day, but the likes of Kieran Tierney, Wilfried Zaha and Nicolas Pepe continue to be heavily linked.Though the Gunners have had bids rejected for both Tierney and Zaha in recent weeks, Emery remains hopeful that he will get the reinforcements he needs in time for the 2019/20 campaign.Speaking after Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Colarado Rapids in pre-season, Emery – who reportedly has a budget of around £45million this summer – confirmed that he has been in close contact with Edu regarding the club’s transfer targets.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Laurent Koscielny is looking to force his way out of Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Asked whether Koscielny still has a future at Arsenal, Emery replied: ‘He has one year left on his contract. For me as a coach he’s an important player.‘Now it’s one matter for him and the club.‘The club and him need to speak, they are speaking about his situation. I cannot say more than that.’MORE: Gabriel Martinelli scores impressive chest goal as Arsenal beat Colorado Rapids Unai Emery provides Arsenal transfer update and speaks out on Laurent Koscielny Comment About Connatix V67539center_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Jul 2019 8:18 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Arsenal are pushing hard to land Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney (Picture: Getty)Laurent Koscielny’s future is in serious doubt after the defender refused to go on Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States.Emery revealed that he had held talks with Koscielny and it was now down to the club and the player to resolve the situation.He said: ‘He started training with us this pre-season and I spoke with him three times for his situation. We wanted him to come with us on this tour but he decided to stay.‘Now it is a matter for the club and for the player.’ PLAY Video Settings 1 min. storylast_img read more

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Press Statement: Ghana Weightlifting Federation condemns Juliana Arko

first_imgThe Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF), has condemn the conduct of weightlifter Juliana Arko, who reported officials of Ghana to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over unpaid per diems and subsequently threatened to commit suicide.A statement from the GWF, said “we condemn Julies action in the strongest term and disassociate itself from the conduct of the weightlifter in China”.The statement said, the GWF was aware of per diems and benefits due athletes during international competitions, but the general lack of funding for all sporting disciplines apart from football has been a major headache for all the federations.It however stated that, the Federation shall not condone with any action by an athlete whose conduct sought to embarrass the nation at any international event.According to the statement, the conduct of Arko, was a disgrace to Ghana at the competition, hence the needed condemnation.Arko, it would be recalled she threatened to commit suicide if her per diems were not paid and reported Ghana to the IOC. The Weightlifter, has in recent times, been the nations sensation in weightlifting winning laurels at the last Africa Weightlifting Championship.last_img read more

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Five matches, one goal, as Uganda Premier League starts at snail’s pace

first_imgUPL opening day resultsSC Villa 1-0 SoanaBright Stars 0-0 Vipers SCBul 0-0 Mbarara CityKCCA 0-0 MaroonsMasavu vs. Police (called off)Onduparaka 0-0 ProlineWednesday, September 13, 2017URA v UPDF 4:00pm LIVE ON AZAM TV TVExpress v Kirinya Jinja SSS  4:30pmKampala, Uganda | UPL.CO.UG | Vitalis Tabu came off the bench to score the only goal of day one of the Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) on Tuesday. Goals were elusive in the four other AUPL opening matches, and it took up to the 72nd minute before Tabu’s strike marked the breakthrough in Masaka. The goal meant SC Villa were the only winners as well on AUPL day one.Villa, beat Soana 1-0 at Masaka Recreation Ground to top the table as only other teams started the season goal-shy.Among those included defending champions KCCA who squeezed a point off a spirited Maroons, who could have easily won it but for Charles Lukwago’s inspired display in goal and some half-hearted finishing from the visitors’ forwards.Elsewhere, no goals were scored between Bright Stars and Vipers – which game saw the hosts’ player, Jimmy Kakoza, sent off on 13 minutes, Bul and Mbarara City, and Onduparaka and Proline.Last season kicked off with eight goals scored across six stadiums, while the campaign before that saw the same number of goals in four matches.READ FULL STORIES HERE (click)SC Villa XI: Samson Kirya (GK), Musa Mukasa, John Adriko, Henry Katongole, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Bernard Muwanga, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Abel Eturude, George Ssenkaaba, Allan Kyambadde, Simon SserunkumaSubs: Farouk Musisi, Joseph Nsubuga, Mahad Kakooza, Ambrose Kirya, Vitalis Tabu, Martin KizzaSoana XI: Meddie Kibirige (G.K), Siraje Turyamuheebwa, Dalawusi Kiwalabye, Ibrahim Kizza (Captain), Misi Katende, Emma Kalyowa, Willy Kavuma, Baker Buyala, Paddy Muhumuza, Baker LukooyaSubs: Joel Mutakubwa (G.K), John Muwanguzi, Abdallah Nyanzi, Osman Wejjuli, Owen Kasule, Allan Kayiwa, Anthony BongoleShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Man Accused of Dropping Explosives on Ex-Girlfriend’s Property Via Drone

first_imgA Pennsylvania man is accused of using a drone to drop explosives on his ex-girlfriend’s property, a federal prosecutor says.According to reports, 44-year-old Jason Muzzicato is suspected of instigating a series of explosions that occurred near his home earlier this year.Although he has not been charged with detonating explosives, Muzzicato has already been charged with knowingly operating an aircraft without registration, as well as possession of illegal weapons.Federal authorities who raided his home and business last June recovered several firearms and improvised explosive devices.His girlfriend filed an order for protection from abuse two years ago, meaning that it was illegal for Muzzicato to have firearms, according to reports.last_img read more

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Super Sinead losing her locks for little Conall

first_imgA kind-hearted Letterkenny girl is about to lose her long wavy locks for a very special cause.Sinead Shiels, aged 10, is about to get her biggest haircut yet in a sponsored challenge for the High Five for Conall fund.The 4th class schoolgirl was only too happy to lend a helping hand to the fundraiser for Letterkenny boy Conall Shiels and his family. The fund aims to raise €55,555 to adapt the Shiels’ family home for Conall’s high complex needs before his fifth birthday. Sinead is hoping to raise around €1,000 – and she’s well on her way to the target already!Sinead Shiels, aged 10. Northwest NewspixSinead had always wanted to do something good with her beautiful long flowing hair. She jumped at the chance to help Conall, who she knows from playing sport with his sister Cara.Her mum Lisa Shiels told Donegal Daily: “Sinead was originally growing her hair for the Rapunzel Foundation and it was just never long enough.“When I said to her why don’t we cut it for Conall she was all for it. She said ‘yeah, let’s go!’” Since then, Sinead has been stunned by the level of support for her haircut.Lisa said: “She can’t believe so many people have sponsored her, she thought it would be just family but the amount of people who have given money has been brilliant.”Sinead currently has sponsorship cards at Kernan’s Spar, Lower Main Street Letterkenny and Mr Chippie at the Station Roundabout.The big chop has been scheduled for 30th March and Sinead is delighted to know her charity challenge will benefit not just Conall, but another deserving child elsewhere.Sinead’s hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost hair due to cancer treatment or other conditions. With two great causes benefitting from her challenge, Sinead really is a cut above the rest!Many fundraisers are taking place across Letterkenny in support of High Five For Conall, check out the campaign page on @highfiveforconall to find out more.Super Sinead losing her locks for little Conall was last modified: March 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:conall shielsHaircutHigh Five for Conallsinead shielslast_img read more

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Twitter-like Dating, Brevity’s the Best Opener

first_imgTags:#NYT#Trends#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts dana oshiro The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Don’t pour your soul out into an email, don’t send an online mix tape and whatever you do, don’t write any poems longer than a limerick or a haiku. According to popular dating site OK Cupid, only 32% of dating site messages receive a response. Of the successful efforts, the majority of first contact messages are brief. The ideal message length from men to women is between 200-300 characters and from women to men it’s a mere 50 characters. This doesn’t bode well for chatty romantics, but power Twitter users may find themselves in their element. In a recent blog post, the company writes, “Almost 16% of first messages are over 2000 characters (roughly 400 words), and the average is 743! We’ve found that the most effective messages are much shorter.”After crunching the numbers, it appears that response rates to heterosexual males are extremely low. The baseline rate of reply to messages from men is only 22% and for women it’s over 40%. Essentially, messages sent by men are only half as likely to get replies than messages from women. It would be interesting to see how this dynamic shifts for same-sex dating sites. Nevertheless, one thing is certain across the board – brevity is the key to getting a response. Apparently “being yourself” is less about painting a picture and more about linking to one. Says OK Cupid, “After about 360 words (1800 characters), you start scaring people off, like the online equivalent of a face tattoo.”Given that Twitter offers the ability to link to videos, photos and profiles, what are the chances that microblogging dating has a future? Let us know in the comments below. Photo Credit: Lead – Postcards From Home and Inset – Lord Khan Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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Red flags raised over Southampton’s ‘record’ deal with Chinese company

first_imgView comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess #SaintsFC is delighted to announce sports content, marketing and entertainment platform LD Sports as its new Main Club Sponsor on a three-year deal! 😇— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) May 13, 2019 But the bubbles had barely settled in their glasses when questions began to emerge about the three-year tie-up with the hitherto unknown Chinese company, with one analyst warning that the deal was raising ‘red flags’.Southampton called LD Sports “a brand-new sports content, marketing and entertainment platform”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics The deadly odds of pigeon racing in the Philippines Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The clink of champagne glasses in the Southampton boardroom could almost be heard in China after the Premier League team this week announced “the biggest sponsorship deal in the club’s history”.Chinese-owned Southampton said it was “delighted” at the agreement with LD Sports, though financial details were not disclosed of the deal that will see the firm’s logo emblazoned on the team shirts.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Why on earth would Southampton fans have any confidence that this company is going to be around in three months, never mind three years?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The website, which contains incomplete and conflicting information, says LD Sports’ founder is Daniel Knox, who it says is a Chinese-American who studied in Britain.Reclusive ownerIt makes no mention of the Southampton deal and Knox — rather like the company — has scant online presence in English or Chinese.It says the firm, which carries the same blue logo as the LD Sports now associated with Southampton, focuses on youth football training.AFP emailed the company but received no reply.There is no suggestion of wrongdoing, but some Southampton fans and those with knowledge of China’s sports business market are wary.Southampton, rescued from relegation in the just-concluded season by their charismatic Austrian coach Ralph Hasenhuttl, did not reply to an AFP request regarding concerns about LD Sports.But the Southampton-based Southern Daily Echo called the deal “a clear nod to Saints’ attempts to broaden their appeal in China under the ownership of Gao Jisheng”.“The Daily Echo has been told LD Sports is not linked to Gao or Lander Sports,” said the newspaper.Gao, founder of Lander Sports, whose myriad interests include building stadiums, keeps a low profile. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES But the club, based on England’s south coast, also said that LD Sports was not up and running yet and will “launch this summer for the Chinese market”.A press release provided a link to www.ldsports.uk, but the site was also yet to launch.“Our website is in progress…” the page says, urging readers to follow them on social media, but without providing links.Adding to the sense of intrigue, a contact number on what appears to be LD Sports’ Chinese-language website goes through to an unrelated company called China Galaxy Securities.ADVERTISEMENT He and his family paid a reported £200 million ($256 million) to acquire an 80 percent stake in the club in 2017, Southampton becoming just the latest European football team to fall into Chinese hands.Worry for fansGao is 65 and as well as a real-estate magnate “holds a National Grade II Basketball Referee title in China”, according to a Lander profile.In contrast to the club’s celebratory announcement, some Southampton fans are alarmed about where the club is heading — and not just because LD Sports’ logo is the same blue as hated rivals Portsmouth.In April, the Financial Times said that the Premier League was probing whether “the Chinese state has gained a significant stake in Southampton football club”. The club denied that.Mark Dreyer, founder of the China Sports Insider website, says Saints fans ought to be worried.“There are just so many red flags with this whole deal,” said Beijing-based Dreyer, citing Chinese investments in English football that have gone awry, such as Tony Xia’s ill-fated spell as owner of Aston Villa after he came out of nowhere to buy the club in 2016.Two years later the money dried up and Villa found themselves in a perilous financial position.“Typically when it comes to Chinese investment you’ve got to pay attention to the red flags,” said Dreyer.“Nobody has heard of this company (LD Sports), nobody has heard of this guy supposedly behind it and there’s no information about how much money they’re supposed to be paying for this ‘record’ deal. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

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