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A Dublin-based architecture firm and their skilled architectural illustration team has recently been awarded the Royal Gold Medal, an annual award given by the Royal Institute of British Architects, considered to be one of the highest accolades in the country.
Grafton’s founders, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara will receive the award, approved by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, during a special awarding ceremony to be held in London at 2020. It’s only the fourth time that the award has been given to the Irish in at least a century.
The Royal Gold Medal had been given to other Irish before, like Dundalk’s Peter Rice, who was one of the contributors to the design of the Sydney Opera House, as well as the Parisian Centre Pompidou.
The RIBA stated that they’re handing the award over to Grafton Architects not only due to their architectural illustration team, but to their lifelong contributions to the architectural field. They even noted the foundation of the architectural firm, which happened back in 1978.
Grafton was founded by Farrell and McNamara alongside two directors, Gerard Carty and Philippe O’Sullivan, in what they described as a ‘people-centered practice’, one which has grown and received global recognition thanks to its work portfolio.
In 2013, the University of Limerick’s Grafton Medical School was listed as one of the main contenders for the RIBA Stirling Prize. 3 years after that, they managed to snag the RIBA International Prize for their UTEC campus in Lima, Peru, noted for its bold vertical design.
On hearing the news, the Grafton team says that they see architecture as an optimistic profession, with many chances to see how the future will unfold, while translating people’s desires and needs into a built form, via the silent language of spatial measurements. They also went on record to say that they share their award with their clients, teams, contractors, as well as colleagues.
RIBA President Alan Jones said in a statement, that Grafton’s influence is extraordinary, and that they are a role model to the architectural industry; an inspiration to all architects and anyone’s who’s had the pleasure of working with them.
Sports fans will undoubtedly enjoy a new experience if sports stadiums have a custom map illustration that can help with way-finding. During match days, thousands of fans make their way to the stadium and things can get pretty stressful. A custom map illustration of a stadium can be studied at home so that fans can determine different points of interest like merchandise stalls and food and drinks vendors.
Two options are being considered by the Oklahoma City Council for a proposed soccer/multi-use stadium. One of the considerations is for $37 million to $42 million with more or less 8,000 seats. The capacity is ideal for mid-level concerts, state high school football championships, boxing events and cultural festivities. The regulation-size field could host soccer, lacrosse, rugby and American football.
The second option is for $67 million to $72 million with 10,000 seats. It can host 18,000 people for concerts with a roof or shade structure over the seating. There are two stages with the bigger one for concerts and the smaller one for more intimate events.
A multi-use soccer stadium can address some of the biggest challenges like the lack of complimentary pieces in and around the present location at Taft Stadium. Parking is a big problem and concessionaires are not allowed to cook in the venue. Entrance and exit are also serious challenges. There is no regulation-size pitch that can provide an authentic soccer experience.
It is pretty obvious that the Producers Cooperative Oil Mill property would be a good location for a stadium; however, there is also the 7-acre Wheeler Park. If they could find a way to make everything work, the Strawberry Fields west of Scissortail Park would be a good option. The most pressing issue is the league because the United States Soccer Organization will no longer tolerate the present location due to its field size.
In a stadium with 10,000 capacity, it will be difficult for fans to find their way unless there is map for directions. Meanwhile, a custom map illustration will be more interesting to sports fans because it is created in an informative and skillful way using color, style and a human’s point of view.
New York athletes narrate what’s it like living on the trade block.
Two years ago at the Westin in Manhattan, Brandon Nimmo was convinced he was going to be a Cincinnati Red. His name has been mentioned both on TV and online, and everyone was expecting the trade. But as the deadline came close, he did not hear from either the Cincinnati Red or the Mets. Finally a decision was made, and he was to stay a Met. Such New York City Illustrated Map how quickly things could change in the industry, despite each and everyone’s expectations. They will never really know, until it happens. He says it taught him not to count the chickens before they hatched.
For Swarzak, it came unexpected. One day he was talking to Don Cooper, a pitching coach, when Cooper told him that it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was next after Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle. After a week, while he was out with his wife picking up pizza at Eataly in Chicago, he suddenly got a call from their general manager Rick Hahn. He was then on his way to Milwaukee.
They say that these sudden changes could be jarring sometimes. They look back at all the relationships that they have built over the years, and suddenly, it’s time to leave. This hasn’t been easy.
While the first two were fortunate that the shift happened—or did not happen– before a new season started, Drew Smith’s experience was something else. He was sent to the Mets from the Rays in summer that year. While on the road in Tennessee, he had to return to his home in Alabama to pack his things and meet his new team in Binghamton, New York, which was an 18-hour drive away. It was his second trade in two months, and he says the second one has been easier than the first. He says that he wasn’t even able to formally say goodbye to his close friends the first time. Such mid-season changes could be mind taxing, they say.
Part Of The Job
Despite feeling in limbo at times or suddenly getting a call and having to switch teams without saying goodbye to old friends, they all understand that it’s all part of the job. Besides, they say, being moved from one team to another is an opportunity for bigger roles in better teams.
It was seven years ago when Housing New Zealand decided to use synthetic carpets. The KiwiBuild programme of the government with a funding worth $2 million is set construct around 100,000 affordable houses which will be offered to first time home buyers in the next decade. The only problem is that they are not choosing to shift to wool carpets. Companies specializing in carpet cleaning in Perth believe that wool carpets are better for the home.
According to the acting prime minister of New Zealand, Winston Peters, recommended the use of wool carpets in offices of government departments as well as on the floors of state houses. New Zealand First is dedicated in purchasing natural and wool fibres because these are sustainable, natural and renewable. These materials are going to be used as floor coverings and the same materials are going to be used as insulation. Peters has already expressed these sentiments last year but his spokeswoman said that the policy was not approved during the Labour Party’s coalition.
Miles Anderson, the chairman of Federated Farmers in the meat and wool department, said that since the taxpayers are the one funding the housing and the public establishment then the safest and healthiest choice should be used and it is none other than wool. They are still trying to convince the government to use woolen products for their future projects.
He added that the government should be using wool instead of synthetic materials that are known to be petroleum-based as it counters their aim in following through with policies such as zero carbon. Wool is not only resistant to fire but it is completely natural and the material is biodegradable. Nylon carpets, on the other hand, are dyed with a solution and manufactured using fibres that are man-made and with petroleum products.
Anderson said that the wool carpet industry of New Zealand is currently in a poor state because the sales and the prices continue to decline therefore advocating for it will be beneficial to the sector. While there is a big price difference, carpet cleaning in Perth believes that the benefits of wool outweigh that of synthetic carpets.
There are different types of maps but one of the most preferred type is the Illustrated Map as it has illustrations and drawings to emphasize landmarks and structures to guide the user better. There are illustrated maps that can be ordered online or you can create one for your consumption. You don’t have to be an expert on the field to create an effective illustrated map. All you need is a little creativity and accuracy in order to render the map useful. Make sure that you have the right information and materials to make the map effective.
Pick an area
First, you need to choose an area. If you are creating your first ever illustrated map, it would be best to choose an area that you are very familiar with such as your own city or your favorite town. You can create more challenging maps as your skills advance.
Study the area
The main purpose of having a map is for its user to get to a particular point as fast and accurate as possible and this cannot be achieved if your map lacks accuracy. Research on the area or you can do a transect walk to determine the important institutions and highlights of the area. You can also refer to old maps for reference.
Identify important landmarks in the area then indicate them with illustrations or drawings. Identify popular areas such as churches, parks, valleys, schools, mountains or rivers that will help the user determine his exact location.
You can add images on your Illustrated Map in different ways. One option is to manually draw the images or you can add graphics and illustrations on the map by pasting them. You can also make use of online applications or install software on your computer to digitally create maps or a soft map. You can Photoshop images or create a hyperlink to add illustrations on the map.
Add routes and connectors
Lastly, connect the landmarks of the area with roads, highways, streets, pathways and other connectivity patterns. At the bottom of your Illustrated Map, create a legend to indicate the meaning of the connectors and other illustrations.