Minecraft is an open world (non-linear) game that has no specific goals for the player to accomplish, allowing players a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game. The core gameplay revolves around breaking and placing blocks. The game world is essentially composed of rough 3D objects—mainly cubes—that are arranged in a fixed grid pattern and represent different materials, such as dirt, stone, various ores, water, and tree trunks. While players can move freely across the world, objects and items can only be placed at fixed locations relative to the grid. Players can gather these material blocks and place them elsewhere, thus allowing for various constructions. Such is the popularity of Minecraft that it has spawned gameplay music and the channel Yogscasts: (thanks to Maui!)


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Le Corbusier talked about the free plan; WHAT_architecture talks about the free lunch thanks to our weekly “sushi CPDs”:



Giulio Tomasi, architetto pizzaiolo alla “COSA”

WHAT_architecture presents… Exit Interviews!

WHAT_architecture is part research, part practice. Or is that part-design, part-research!? Part university, part office!? Part educational, part commercial? WHAT_architecture seeks to make research a commercially viable yet authentic design vehicle.  Whilst the procurement of larger scale work naturally comes with the mediation of risk, at times experience is a trade off for creativity. Here we present WHAT_internomics. Young talented architects who we give a design voice to demonstrate their capabilities and contributions to both the project as object and also the project as design experience... WHAT_architecture puts the ‘fun back into function’ by joyfully exploring the boundaries of design practice! Agnieszka Kamocka  Cesar Cordoba Ciro Garcia Lopez  Dorota Korolczyk  Karl Lenton  Karolina Knapek Ola Jarodzka Pablo Camara Tadeas Riha [Private]

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SHOOTING MODEL STILLS: Using Tungsten Light Setting for 7D White Balance (WB button)
  1. set camera to manual M
  2. set to stills
  3. go to WB button, push and change setting to TUNGSTEN LIGHT (light bulb)
  4. set QUALITY: S RAW = 8Mb for example
  5. set JPEG: high powered SMALL or MEDIUM
  6. set sensitivity say 800 standard, with lots of light (artificial)
  7. shoot at 1/200 sec approx hand held against desired depth of field and check exposure balance if zero
  8. set motor drive High Burst to take multiple frames say 2-3 photos
  9. 50mm good lens
10. use tripod ideal for architectural models Get shooting! Don’t kill anyone or break anything. SHOOTING EXIT INTERVIEW MOVIES:
  1. Sort out the sound: use a lapel mic (if you cannot hear anything no one will watch or listen: think Radio with Pictures: its radio with some imagery
  2. Work between 100-800 ISO
  3. Auto Focus on a tripod
  4. Can plug laptop into camera (Camera Utilities software): good for time lapse
  5. Optimise for viewing experience: web 800 x 600?
Get shooting! Make someone famous! © WHAT_architecture 2013.


Courtesy of  A survey conducted by BD has revealed that 22% of qualified architects in the UK are currently unemployed. The survey included fully qualified architects as well as graduates who are still in training, and paints a bleak picture of the current state of the British architecture industry. Other trends which the survey highlights are a reduction in job security as many architects move to freelance work to stay active, and an average 30% wage reduction for those still in employment.

192bul_Bouldergaria: rock and role!?

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Sydney and Melbourne climb list of world’s most expensive cities

Australian cities third and fifth in annual EIU cost of living index, and Tokyo reclaims top spot from Zurich

Sydney is the third most expensive city in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit index. The cost of living the Australian dream has surged with Sydney and Melbourne among the five most expensive cities in the world, according to an annual survey. Asia and Australasia account for 11 of the top 20 most expensive cities, Europe eight and South America one, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s worldwide cost of living index showed. No North American cities featured in the top 20. Tokyo reclaimed the title as the world’s most expensive city. Last year currency swings pushed Zurich to top spot, but government exchange rate controls relegated it to seventh this time. Osaka was ranked the second most expensive.
Jon Copestake, editor of the index, said one of the most notable changes was the rising costs in Australia, with Sydney third in the list and Melbourne fifth. Sandwiched between them was Oslo. “Ten years ago there were no Australian cities in the top 50 and I have not seen this sort of climb with any other cities,” Copestake said. “But economic growth has supported inflation, and the strength of the Australian dollar against other currencies besides the US dollar has driven up costs. Visitors will certainly feel the difference and people living there will have noticed prices have crept up.” The survey is based on costs of more than 160 items ranging from food and clothing to domestic help, transport and utilities. Also featured in the 2013 top 10 were Singapore, Paris, Caracas and Geneva. London moved up one place to 16. Asia and Australasia may have 11 of the 20 most expensive cities, but they are also home to six of the 10 cheapest. Mumbai and Karachi were the joint cheapest locations in the survey, followed by New Delhi, Kathmandu and Algiers. Referring to India and its forecasts for growth, the EIU said: “Income inequality means that household spending levels are low on a per capita basis, which has kept prices down, especially by western standards.”

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

1. Tokyo, Japan (+1 place) 2. Osaka, Japan (+1) 3. Sydney, Australia (+4) 4=. Oslo, Norway (+1) 4=. Melbourne, Australia (+4) 6. Singapore (+3) 7. Zurich, Switzerland (-6) 8. Paris, France (-2) 9. Caracas, Venezuela (+25) 10. Geneva, Switzerland (-7)

The 10 least expensive cities in the world

1=. Karachi, Pakistan 1=. Mumbai, India 3. Delhi, India 4. Kathmandu, Nepal 5=. Algiers, Algeria 5=. Bucharest, Romania 7. Colombo, Sri Lanka 8. Panama City, Panama 9. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 10. Tehran, Iran