Posts Tagged ‘flickr’

CS_Glass sponge_Introduction

Our first presentation is mainly a synthesis of the following article:

Hierarchical assembly of the siliceous skeletal lattice of the hexactinellid sponge Euplectella aspergillum/ Journal of Structural Biology 158 (2007), pages 93–106.

Most of the following informations and illustrations are directly taken from it.

For the GH definition click here

J Struct Biol. 2007 Apr;158(1):93-106. Epub 2006 Nov 10.

Hierarchical assembly of the siliceous skeletal lattice of the hexactinellid sponge Euplectella aspergillum.

Weaver JC, Aizenberg J, Fantner GE, Kisailus D, Woesz A, Allen P, Fields K, Porter MJ, Zok FW, Hansma PK, Fratzl P, Morse DE.

Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, and the Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA.

flickr page

So, as Nathaniel emailed us, we have now access to a PRO flickr account, where we can share pictures. We were thinking about adding a maximum of 10 pictures per student. That the collection won’t get too messy, we were thinking about putting each picture into one of the following four sets:

  • piraeus tower
  • ancient buildings
  • urban fabric
  • athens_stuff

In addition to sort the pictures into the sets, you should put your name into the picture’s name and if you wish you can also add a description or/and tags. We already uploaded a selection from our pictures, so the four sets exist already. But of course in future there might be some more sets added for other pictures.
As Stéphane and me are flickr beginners too, these are just some suggestions and please speak up if there is another (better/easier) way.

As Nathaniel mentioned after each use you have to log out from the account, that other can access it!



The Piraeus tower, also called the “sleeping giant” is a  special building for many reasons. The regulation of Athens doesn’t allow to build higher than 10 floors for a simple reason: higher building would obstruct the view to the Acropolis. At the time the tower was built, some construction permits were issued for buildings that don’t respect those rules.  These exceptions clearly appear as non-belonging to the city. The size, the facade and the shape of the Piraeus Tower is quite unique.

As a first analysis, we can say that the Piraeus tower is divided in three parts.

  • the base: two floors high have the size of the plot
  • the first 10 floors correspond to the major hight of the surrounding buildings.
  • the last 10 floors are visible from far away, it can have a strong iconic importance for the tower.

Following this statement, the main idea is to create a facade that allows to bring those three part in one: base+place into the city+icon. In the small esquisses on the right part we can see that there is many ways to do so, but it seems that the analysis of the Trutec building could be a good starting point for the design of this new facade.

Elevation and section showing the transition between the city scale and the iconic part

The first 1 to 9 floors would have a dialogue with the surrounding buildings: small windows and expression of the horizontality of the slabs. Then, from 5 to 15, the intermediate slabs would generate the connection between the base and the icon. A smooth transition would probably be interresting. From the original planar windows to the more fragmented one. The top of the Piraeus tower would then be the icon part. The windows frame would be bigger and the fragmentation of the glass higher.


flickr page for the studio

Hi everybody!

we had the idea that everybody who was on the trip to Athens should upload some pictures for everybody’s use. For that reason we opened a page for our studio. Of course this page can also be used as platform for uploads of other photos that anybody wants to share if they are too big for the blog.

After setting up the flickr account, we realized that there is a limited upload of 100MB per month, what would be by far not enough. But there would be the possibility to pay US$ 25 for unlimited upload for 12 months. The picasa site would also be a possibility, but there we’d have similar problems…

So please just give us your opinion. Do you think that would be useless? Would it be worth US$ 25? Or does somebody know another way for sharing pictures?