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Old Cooper Union Dead: Trustees Approve $20K Tuition: Gothamist

Old Cooper Union Dead: Trustees Approve $20K Tuition: Gothamist:

Cooper Union will officially start charging its undergraduates tuition, after the Board of Trustees rejected a 54-page report compiled by a Working Group of alumni, staff, students and trustees that outlined a plan to keep the school free.

In a statement yesterday, the Board of Trustees announced they had voted against the Working Group’s report [pdf], which, among other things, suggested the school reduce faculty’s salary expenses, sell the school’s sole resident hall and slash the president’s salary. The report, which was submitted to the Trustees last month, offers a sobering look at Cooper Union’s already lean amenities, but those who worked on it hoped it would be a last ditch effort to keep a school founded on the principle of free education from rejecting that fundamental purpose. “If the vote goes one way, a new, lean, careful Cooper Union will tiptoe forward, tuition-free,” Kevin Slavin, a Cooper Union alumnus and one of the Board’s 23 Trustees, wrote on Thursday. “If it goes the other way, all of that will disappear. Not just the free tuition, but everything that was built on it. In its place we’ll find a tragic fraud. A joke. A zombie.”

darklyeuphoric: Banksy, astute architecture critic. "Today’s...

darklyeuphoric:

Banksy, astute architecture critic.

"Today’s piece was going to be an op-ed column in the New York Times. But they declined to publish what I supplied. Which was this…”

via http://banksy.co.uk/

Slaves of the Internet, Unite! - NYTimes.com

Slaves of the Internet, Unite! - NYTimes.com:

Well, I suppose it’s better than when I’m expected to contribute my own money to get a project for which I’m not paid realized, but this piece by Tim Kreider rings very true.  

Milgram

Milgram

A Machine That Makes The Land Pay

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In his famed statement on the skyscraper as a machine to make the land pay, Cass Gilbert was not so much speaking of the magic of the skyscraper but rather of the immense value of land in the metropolitan city core.

A Saturday on Strava, Mapped « Strava Engineering

A Saturday on Strava, Mapped « Strava Engineering:

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On Saturday July 20th Strava athletes covered 4,890,000 miles in over 326,000 combined hours. To get a look at what all that riding looks like [Paul Mach] built the Saturday on Strava Heatmap, a visual on all those miles, broken down by hour.

archimaps: Floor plans for the Villa Virginia,...

archimaps:

Floor plans for the Villa Virginia, Stockbridge

This is rather nuts to find on Tumblr as I grew up here.

Before you come to the conclusion that I’m filthy rich, my father bought the place for very little as it was near ruin. As a retired artist, he spent a decade fixing it. And my spent a decade, I mean spend a decade of hard work. It was, well, crazy to live in a place like this. It took 3 days to cut the grass every two weeks.

In the winter, we could only afford to heat the wing at the top left of the lower level. The rest stayed between 45 and 50 degrees (Fahrenheit not Celsius). I lived in the sewing room on the second floor and we used two electric space heaters to keep that warm. It didn’t work very well.  I think that’s why I still get bronchitis often and I can’t handle cold rooms in the winter. 

My parents sold it when my father started his museum in Vilnius. It’s amazing how little you can get for a place like this if your kitchen is essentially still from 1917 and most of the bathrooms don’t work. The present owners ripped off the original red tile roof and put on a slate roof even though my father had it registered as a National Historic Landmark. I’m afraid to think of what has happened inside.

Perhaps this is why bricks and mortar bookstores are having...

Perhaps this is why bricks and mortar bookstores are having trouble staying in business?

Thank you, @bookculture.

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the world

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the world:

In China, a "nail house" is a home whose resident refuses to leave in order to make way for new construction. Builders have to elaborately construct around it, often leaving behind an eyesore so awesome that it’s almost a sculpture. Here are some of the most famous examples of nail houses.