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04/19/2007


Austrian Artist Reinvents The Door: VIDEO

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And it looks pretty cool. Klemens Torggler apparently decided that doors were a bit boring and decided to make some changes to basic door design. The result is the torggler door, of which Torggler has created a few variations on the theme of "two large squares that roll out of the way."

The first is the Evolution Door - or "flip panel door" or "Dryehplattentür" - which folds outward, origami-like, as it rotates before flattening out once again. The second presently unnamed version uses careful placement of steel rods to rotate the door open and closed.

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Jon Stewart Celebrates the New NYC-Chicago Skyscraper Rivalry: VIDEO

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This week NYC's One World Trade Center was declared the tallest building in the United States, a title that Chicago isn't giving up so easily.

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Dartmouth College Approves Plan For $3.6 Million LGBTQIA 'Triangle' House

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Dartmouth College, an Ivy League institution in Hanover, NH, has approved plans for a multi-million dollar housing complex created specifically for the school's LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendre, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Allied) community. The project, referred to as the "triangle" house, will house twenty-seven students and host a variety of college-wide events and activities. Just two years ago, Towleroad reported on a less-than-exciting gay development at the school: homophobic graffiti. Perhaps the "triangle" house will encourage and support more conversation and understanding around campus. 

Campus Reform reports:

The ‘triangle’ house is named after the triangle symbol gay men in Nazi concentration camps were forced to wear during World War II, LGBTQIA adviser Reese Kelley told Dartmouth Now, a school publication.

According to Reese, the three points of the triangle also symbolize “community, knowledge, and action.”

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The triangle house will function as a living space and will also host programs on “sex, gender, identity and expression, sexuality, and interpersonal relationships.”

JohnsonThe Dartmouth board of trustees made the official decision, but others are just as excited about what the new housing project could offer the school.

Dartmouth College Dean Charlotte Johnson, told Dartmouth Now she is in full support of the measure.

“By engaging our students outside of the classroom, Living Learning communities such as affinity houses further enhance the core mission of the institution by tying what we learn in the classroom to who we are, what we do, and how we live,”” she said.

The triangle home will be part of Dartmouth’s affinity housing option, which provides students communal living spaces with peers who share a common language, culture, or religion.  Other affinity housing options include a sustainable living center and a gender neutral program.

What do you think of the new "triangle" house? Do you wish you had had a similar housing option in college? And what about the name; is appropriating the pink triangle a meaningful or divisive idea? Share your thoughts below.

Photo via Dartmouth College Offices of Planning and Design and Project Management.


Epic Nocturnal Time-Lapse Honors Europe's Greatest Buildings: VIDEO

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Photographer Luke Sheppard writes:

Nightvision is a celebration of the brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe. Over the course of three months I journeyed with a friend through 36 cities in 21 countries with the ambition of capturing some of the greatest European structures in a new and unique way. Comprised of thousands of carefully taken photographs, strung together and stabilized in post-production, Nightvision aims to inspire appreciation for these man-made landmarks.

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What's your favorite European landmark?

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One WTC Peeks Through the Clouds: PHOTO

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One WTC, snapped by Delta Airlines Captain Jerry Walsh. (via WTC Progress)

Rebuilding Fire Island's Iconic Pavilion: VIDEO

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In November 2011, a fire destroyed the Pavilion and other structures that form the hub of New York's Fire Island Pines gay resort. The complex has been rebuilt, and in advance of the opening of the iconic Pavilion nightclub, its developer and architect have put out a video talking about the reconstruction and what it means for the social life in this longtime gay getaway.

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Also, you may want to check out a related article in this week's NYT about the architecture and history of Fire Island Pines.

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