Tuesday 29 March 2016

Tech Talk: Windows 8.1 - Desktop

Windows 8.1 introduced the Desktop as a way to add familiarity of the previous operating systems as well as to run legacy programs that could not be launched in apps view. The Desktop can be accessed through the Start Screen or the Apps View. Alternatively, it can be booted straight into the Desktop.
First look at the Desktop will show:
  • Taskbar - the taskbar will contain the start button, pinned icons for quick launches, the system tray and the display touch keyboard (for touch screen/tablets users)
  • Background - can be personalised to the users preference and application icons and shortcuts
Shortcuts can be pinned to the taskbar from the Start Screen and Apps View, which can also be added vice versa. The desktop arrangements can be arranged just like any predecessor formats with options to sort, view and add shortcuts.
Jump list
Jump lists can be accessed from the taskbar which will show miniature screens of the program opened and gives the option to easily "jump" from one application to the other with ease. In the taskbar properties, you can add privacy to clear the selection so the content does not show on the jump list.

The Snap feature can be utilised to view programs side-by-side. It can be done by dragging the program to one end of the screen on the left or the right. To put it into full screen, you can just drag the window up to the top of the screen.

Some handy short-cuts to know:
  • Windows key + M: minimises all open windows
  • Windows key + D: opens all the windows and returns back to the last used window
  • Windows key + E: opens up Windows Explorer

Monday 28 March 2016

Instagram March 2016

David Batchelor - Evergreen #Sculpture #Art

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Glasshouse at Skip Garden

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Berkeley Square Gardens

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Paddy Molloy's art installation Crossing Time at Granary Square, King's Cross #crossing #time

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Monday 21 March 2016

David Batchelor - Evergreen

David Batchelor’s Evergreen provides a vibrancy of colours as it adds a glowing green in between buildings made of steel and glass. It’s hidden away but truly comes out during the dark hours of the night as it illuminates encouraging people to explore More London. It remains completely the same during season changes as the trees around it changes.


Friday 11 March 2016

Skip Garden

Skip Garden is an award-winning project run by Global Generation, a charity providing opportunities for young people to create a sustainable future. It gives a set of invaluable skills for young people building upon gardening skills and even a business acumen. It is partly funded by the Big Lottery and the materials are provided by The King’s Cross Partnership, BAM Nuttall, Carillion and Kier.
Initially, Skip Garden was positioned in different spots in King’s Cross and has now just above Lewis Cubitt Park and the King’s Cross Pond. It used to be garden plots built into skips and has expanded by the local community. Some of the structures on site were created by students of the Bartlett School of Architecture in collaboration with Global Generation.
The garden was built collaboratively between children as young as 7 years to businesses, local families, teenagers, students, architects and engineers in helping build and providing resources to bring it together. Recycled materials were used to build the garden with most of the materials found from the construction sites at King’s Cross.

The plot grows fruits and vegetables such as apples trees and pumpkins. The garden is for the most part self-sustaining employing such practices as aerobic and worm composting, fertilising with comfrey juice, companion and rotational planting, rain water harvesting and bee-hive maintenances. The produce from the garden are harvested and used to create delicious food at the Skip Garden Kitchen.
Earthbag Coolstore - the structure made from recycled timber was created by Aleesandro Conning-Rowland of Bartland School of Architecture. The structure is layered with recycled coffee sacks from a local coffee rostery and each one is filled with earth. A cooling effect is provided from the evaporation of the moisture of the bags and helpfully collects rainwater to keep the plants within the structure hydrated. Ventilation is added in through the designed stacks that give the structure the maximum area to absorb the sun keeping the produce fresh.
100 Hands Wall is created by Christophe Dembinski and features a walled space made entirely from earth, showcasing the sustainable ways we can adopt in construction.
Rain Loos by Carrie Coningsby uses reclaimed railway sleepers and boarding are stacked against each other to create two cubicles. Water is collected from the rain water streamed into a membrane covering a steel beam, which is collected into the cisterns of the toilet.
Glass House is created by Rachael Taylor used for a growing space and hosts Twilight Gardening sessions. The skirtings of the Glass House is made from low-tech curtain wall made from recycled sash windows. These are held up with scaffold board wall that leans against a shipping container.
The Chicken Coup is created by Valerie Vyvial which completes the link to the closed system of the ecological cycle of the garden by bringing in a structure to house three chickens. At the centre of the structure houses a 2.4m long silver birch tree from Hampstead Heath. The structure is built with bamboo put into place with steel fixing cast.
The Grey Water Dining, created by Yangyan Liu, utilised a small reed bed system at the back of the kitchen, which cleanse the waste water from the kitchen ready for watering. This design provides a wetland dining area. Pedal pumps are used to lift the filtered water through a water storage tank which is then used for gravity-led irrigation.
The Welcome Shelter is created by Charlie Redman. It is situated by the Skip Garden kitchen and due to its mechanism, it can provide shelter through changeable cover.

Friday 4 March 2016

Berkeley Sqare Gardens

Berkeley Square Gardens is a green space in Mayfair, London, which dates back to the 1740’s. It houses different sculptures which are rotated to different pieces yearly. The garden has come quite a way from its hey-day.
In 1727, Berkeley Square Garden was built as an enclosed space. It had a water meadow that ran off the River Tyburn which was situated just south of the square. The Vestry minutes referred to meadow as the “the Common Sewer”.
Arrangements were made through an agreement between the 4th Lord Berkeley, his son and two carpenters Cook and Hilliard, who developed the square. 3 ½ acres were enclosed on the south and west end by “dwarf wall and wooden rails and pallisadoes set thereon.”
Emily Young - Earth/Cassandra II (2014)
There was no upkeeping of the garden of laying it out and keeping the garden tidy, as no one took responsibility of the garden. It was then enclosed for strict access during the mid-1740s.
During the 1760s, the railings and walls of the garden were taken down and by 1766, the garden “had gone to ruin”. An Act of Parliament was granted to enclose and adorn the square as proposed by residents who took it into their own hands to plan for fencing and laying of the garden. In the same year of 1766, the act gave residents the power to “raise money to pave, light and adorn the space”, which caused the rates to rise for the maintenance of the square.
“The plan approved at Gwynn’s Tavern in Berkeley Square. There is a grass plot in the middle, a gravel walk around, and iron pallisadoes; but there is no statue or bason in the middle. The undertaker of the work has engaged to finish it completely for £7,000.”
The following year, fences were up and the grounds laid with the layout kept to the original. A report from 1767 says that the square became “a handsome green walk next the railing, then a terras walk, and the rest laid out as a grass plot”. London Plane trees were later planted in 1789 by Edward Bourverie and is said to be the oldest Plane trees in London.
A statue of George III was erected but was taken down and replaced by a pump house/gazebo, which still stands there today. The statue was an equestrian sculpture cast in lead made by French sculptor Beaupre. But due to weather conditions and the weight of the rider, the legs of the horse snapped off, consequently causing it to be removed in 1827.
31 years later, Henry (3rd Marquess of Lansdowne) commissioned a nympy statue created by Alexander Munro in 1858, which was created of Carrara marble. It was located on the south side outside of the park offering water to any passer-by. It was later relocated inside the square when a path was laid leading up to the pump house. The water feature was restored in 1994.
During the World War II in 1941, the railings were removed and the square used for armaments manufacture for the units of the US army. After the war, the City Council reinstated it back as a garden, removing any air-raid shelters and replanting the lawns.  
In 1977, the Berkeley Square Ball was held in commemoration of the Queen Silvere Jubilee, which ran through the 1980’s and raised £800,000. The square is reference in Eric Maschwitz’s wartime ballad A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.

Thursday 3 March 2016

Paddy Molloy - Crossing Time

Crossing Time is an art installation by Paddy Molloy, commissioned by the House of Illustration. The installation, situated at Granary Square from 13 February to 10 March 2016, turns on from 6pm to 10pm.
The installation at 4 metres employs a level of interaction as the sun goes down. The installation is motion-activated as it changes the sequence of images as a person passes by it. The installation displays dramatic images, which the sequence is unique to each interaction.
The installation takes inspiration from King's Cross, it's history and landscape, especially of the King's Cross monument. The monument was built in 1830, and contained a camera obscure that viewed the ever-changing landscape of King's Cross. This work is a reference to that as it casts a new "eye" on the landscape.

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Instagram February 2016

Neon Dogs by Deepa Mann-Kler for Lumiere London 2016 #Neon #Dog

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On the Wings of Freedom - Aether & Hemera #light #art #installation

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mosaique 4x4x4 bw by LAb[au] #light #art #installation

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Abraham Cruzvillegas's Empty Lot art installation at Tate Modern #emptylot #tatemodern

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