Social housing project with two "faces" channels Parisian duality

October 25, 2016 by  
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The design of the building reflects the dual nature of its surroundings and uses different materials to eliminate borders. It channels the dynamism of the urban development zone of Batignolles and connects two different urban conditions. Its southwest facade reflects the numerous brick buildings of Clichy-la-Garenne, while the southeast facade with perforated metal and louvered shutters echo the activity of the city. An array of ornamentation on the brick facade connects the two expressions of the city-its center and the suburbs. Related: Modern Green Social Housing Complex Rises East of Paris Large glass surfaces dominate the ground floor dedicated to commercial spaces. The hall acts as a transition between the exterior and interior, establishing visual connections from the sidewalk into the garden at the heart of the lot. The 38 social housing units have double exposures thanks to balconies and loggias either hidden behind perforated metal or cut into the brick facing the street. + Avenier Cornejo Architectes Photos by Takuji Shimmura / Avenier Cornejo

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Don’t panic, but a massive hydrogen cloud is going to crash into the Milky Way

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There’s a big cloud heading toward us, but it’s not the kind that looks like an elephant or your Uncle Todd. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has been tracking the so-called Smith Cloud , which is charging toward the Milky Way at some 700,000 miles per hour . Made up largely of hydrogen gas, Smith Cloud can’t be seen by the naked eye, but it can be detected with radio waves. Of all the gaseous clouds floating around in space (and there are a lot of them), this is perhaps the most famous and possibly even the most beloved, as its path toward our galaxy has been well-documented since its initial discovery in the 1960s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmmjpcl5mBk Earlier this year, NASA reported that the Smith Cloud began its journey toward the Milky Way around 70 million years ago, a conclusion scientists based on new data obtained by the Hubble telescope . The Smith Cloud, like others on the outskirts of our galaxy, contains the amount and types of gas plus heavy metals that suggest it could wind up producing millions of new stars. NASA data estimates the cloud, which has a comet-like shape, is “11,000 light-years long and 2,500 light-years across,” according to an earlier report . “If the cloud could be seen in visible light, it would span the sky with an apparent diameter 30 times greater than the size of the full moon.” Related: Newly discovered “ghost galaxy” full of dark matter is as big as the Milky Way Essentially, the Smith Cloud is getting whipped back into the outer edge of the Milky Way. It could be 30 millions years before the giant cloud of hydrogen gas  meets the edge of our galaxy, but in the meantime, NASA scientists are working to learn more about its composition, which would offer new clues about its origin. So far, they’ve learned the cloud is as rich in sulfur as the Milky Way’s outer disk, a region about 40,000 light-years from the galaxy’s center. That discovery indicates Smith Cloud was enriched by star material, leading scientists to believe it may have been hurled out of our galaxy at some point, rather than having its origins in a separate failed galaxy. What caused the hydrogen cloud to be ejected from the Milky Way is anyone’s guess, and NASA researchers are continuing to study the data and perform other tests to unlock more secrets hidden within this mysterious, invisible cloud. Via ABC7  and NASA Images via NASA

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