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doanepaperDoane paper is the greatest product humanity has conceived.

It may seem a bit premature for TimberPalace to be giving endorsements but the Internet allows for my hastily timed advice.  In the old days, if I decided to start a newsletter or some-such, the words of my testament to the wonders of Doane Paper would have one chance to make an impact on my readers.  To really impress upon the masses how excellent Doane Paper is, I would have to wait until that point where I had millions of eyes following me.

Nowadays I have a blog.   Anyone who searches for “Doane Paper” or maybe “tools for architects”, or “the greatest product humanity has ever conceived”, will eventually reach my words here.  Then, they will be educated to the wonders of Doane Paper.  The timing doesn’t matter.

Just what is Doane Paper?

It is good-quality, white, lined-paper with a graph-paper background. It is a simple but fantastic idea.  If you’re having trouble visualizing what I am describing you can download a sample and experience  the awesomeness.

I am a Historic Preservation student. It is a course of study that is part: history, law, philosophy, art and architecture.  This mixture makes Preservation a fascinating course of study but also makes note-taking quite difficult.  I often find myself taking regular notes on the history of a structure one moment and then, soon after, drawing sketches of its facade and site plan.  Doane paper is absolutely indispensable to my studies.  Using it for the first time was revelation.  I am not sure how I ever lived without Doane paper but now that I have used it I hope never to be without it again.

TimberPalace officially endorses Doane Paper and suggests you purchase some of your own today!



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I have been smited by the techno-gods yet again.

I am away from home and away from my computer at the moment which means Architecture School season pass is useless.  It really is quite frustrating but it could be worse.

Some people can’t watch the show at all.  It has been reported in the comments the show is not available for download in Australia.  Why would the producers, or Apple or whomever made this decision not want the show to be for sale to every iTunes user?

Lucky for me Sundance channel will be re-airing the episode Saturday and I will post a recap and response soon after.  In the mean time has anyone seen it?  What were your thoughts? Do you know how to share it with our friends in Australia?  COMMENT and let us know!

For those of you who, like me, have not gotten a chance to see it yet the re-air schedule is:

  • Saturday, Aug 30, 2:30pm e/p
  • Sunday, Aug 31, 6:30pm e/p
  • Wednesday, Sep 3, 8:30pm e/p
  • Wednesday, Oct 8, 9:00pm e/p
  • Thursday, Oct 9, 1:00am e/p

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Microsoft’s immersive 3D photo-stitching software is now live and ready to use.  The project (the subject of my very first post) is bound to be a boon to Architectural historians who must maintain, organize and interpret large archives of photographs.

Utility aside, it is just damn cool.  If you still don’t get it I have re-posted the developer’s YouTube explanation below:

Now that you understand it!  GO CREATE YOUR OWN!

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Portland’s historic Heathman Hotel has just completed a remodel of its 155 rooms with a eye toward sustainability.  “Greening” a historic structure can be touchy subject to some preservationists.  The ever-so-complex balancing act between profitability, utility and historical accuracy is made even more difficult when sustainability enters the rubric.   I once took part in a spirited discussion over whether or not incandescent light bulbs should remain in use in future historic structures.  It was my opinion that they should be replaced with LEDs even if it affected the authenticity of a space. There are many beautiful buildings but only one earth after all.

It appears that Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects, the firm that designed the remodel, agrees.  They used LED lights throughout the remodel.  Sustainable woods, low-flow toilets and water saving showers were also used and (perhaps this will satisfy any hardcore preservationists out there) 95% of the materials removed from the bathrooms were donated to ReBuilding Center where the hope is they will be recycled into new buildings.  The designers also opted to use local artists in the redesign plans to reduce shipping and transportation; a move that likely kept costs down and definitely lowered the remodels carbon-footprint.

Perhaps the most green thing about the 1920’s palace is that it is still standing.  Nothing is more wasteful and nasty than a needless tear-down.

I’d love to see the new interior.  I will have to stop by.


Hat-tip to: http://www.greenlodgingnews.com and http://greenbuildingelements.com

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Microsoft has teamed up with the University of Washington on a project that uses the nearly limitless cache of photos on Flickr and arranges them algorithmically into an explorable three-dimensional view. They call it Photosynth and it is absolutely amazing.

This may seem out of place in the first post of blog that is, at least in part, devoted to history but what you are looking at is the future of art history education. I first learned of this technology in a TED talk sometime ago and I immediately fantasized about presenting students great works of architecture by floating through them and allowing pupils to virtually crane their necks at the ceiling of the Parthenon and explore the nooks and crannies of Falingwater.  Since that demonstration it appears the technology has only gotten better.

Historic Preservationists should be excited too!  This would be an awesome supplement to standard photographic documentation.  Putting together all of the pictures ever taken of a building would not only allow you to travel through its place in space, but time as well.  You could watch its surroundings change and get a sense of its use and place in a community all while immersed within it.

Even better, the technology was created as a way to organize and contextually understand large quantities of photos, one of the biggest pain the @!%& things about studying and documenting architecture.

Those of you with who use Windows are invited to try it.  If anyone reads this and does I would love to hear about your experience.  Sadly (in this case only), I have a Mac.

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