Monday, June 14, 2010

Final Crysis Model Captures

This image shows Miranda Kerr's office apartments as viewed from the bridge below. The Office apartments are built deep into the mountain side but also incorporate the exterior and hang out over the valley supported by large steel beams. Miranda Kerr would prefer a office building which is modern, 'out there' but also a serious space as she is a very powerful model in the world today. 
This is a view from the interior of Helen Keller's meeting area inside her office space. Helen Keller's office space is atop the valley on the plateau, her office space is grounded and solid with the earth. This reflects how she is depicted as a person through writings and information about her across the internet and books.
This is a view from inside Helen Keller's personal office space. The fireplace is important to the space as is depicts the time Helen Keller was from, this contrasts heavily with the bright lights. The warm glow of the fire and the open bright space depicts Helen Keller's power as a writer and person alike.
This is a view from the river bank looking up towards the bridge with Miranda's office buildings beyond. Miranda's office building is built into the mountain to show her down to earth personality. Miranda is an quintessential Australian girl, so her office building become one with the mountain without making to much of an impact.
This is a view from an old, broken bridge at river level, with the new, heavy, dominating bridge above. This image depicts power as overtaking, with the bridge dominating the landscape and destroying other means of getting across the river. The meeting space is in the middle of the bridge and different elements of the meeting space depict each client. E.g. the elevators are glass and curved to accommodate Miranda's modern way of life, and the overall meeting space is solid, heavy, and concrete, to accommodate the fact that Helen Keller is deaf and blind. 
This is an aerial shot of the entire valley showing both Helen Keller's office and Miranda Kerr's opposite. The image shows how powerful the bridge and connecting offices are over the valley below.
This is a view from inside Miranda's office. It has common items such as a desk, computer, but also a mannequin. The 'glass box' depicts Miranda in a fun, young and youthful way, and a glass box-like cantilevered balcony depicts her 'out-there' model personality.
This image shows the stairwell inside Miranda's office. The stair is a huge spiral staircase and the spiral staircase is contrasted with the linear texture on the wall. The staircase dominates the space incredibly, so the treads are made form glass to soften its presence in this room.

This image shows the textured wall inside Helen Keller's office/meeting room. The texture is from the linear group and it ties in perfectly with Helen Keller, as she is a solid, straight person, and this is reflected in her work.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mash Up

The dominant issue for the first 18 months became a triumph. Australia has come to the rescue, Ms. Merkel announced, grumbling, in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell. But Europe's major powers have drastically become a worldwide atlantic alliance and, as a result, developed into a crusading campaign to take over a country. 

News Articles


Angela Merkel became the first female chancellor of Germany  in 2005 at the age of 51. She was also the first eastern German to lead the country after its reunification following the fall of the Berlin Wall. She is the leader of the Christian Democratic Union, a Catholic-leaning conservative party.

Mrs. Merkel was re-elected in September 2009, making her one of the longest-serving leaders among Europe's major powers. But her party had its worst results in 60 years, reflecting widespread unhappiness over the economic downturn, which has cost Germany its position as the world's leading exporter. She formed a coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats, which in theory gave her a the chance to enact the kind of liberalizing economic plans she proposed when she first ran for chancellor in 2005. Rising budget deficits as a result of the economic crisis, however, have drastically limited the kind of tax cuts on which the would-be coalition partners campaigned.

The dominant issue in the first six months of Mrs. Merkel's second term turned out to be the debt crisis in Greece, and the threat it posed to the Euro. Germans were overwhelmingly opposed to a bailout of a country they saw as spendthrift, and Mrs. Merkel took a tough line in months of negotiations with France and the International Monetary Fund over an aid package. Finally in late April 2010, as the crisis threatened to spread to Spain and Portugal, Ms. Merkel's hand was forced, as political calculations had to take a back seat to the more basic task of ensuring the stability of the euro currency that replaced Germany's beloved mark.

Ms. Merkel announced, grumbling, that Germany would do its part to defend the euro.

Born in Hamburg on July 17, 1954, to a Protestant minister, Horst Kasner, and his wife, Herlind, Angela Dorothea Kasner was three months old when her father was asked to take over a country church in Brandenburg. She excelled in school and hoped to become a teacher and translator. But because of her father's pastoral work, she found those careers closed to her. So in 1973, she opted to study physics at Leipzig University.

Mrs. Merkel was settling into a career at the Academy of Sciences in East Berlin in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell. A month later, she joined a coalition of pro-democracy parties.

When she first took office as Germany's chancellor, Mrs. Merkel seemed less a phenomenon than a fluke -- squeaking into office amid predictions that her government would be hobbled by internal problems and might soon collapse. But she later emerged as a leading political actor in Europe, and, having forged a surprisingly warm relationship with President George W. Bush, the go-to person in Europe for Washington. Reinvigorating the Atlantic alliance was at the top of her agenda.

Mrs. Merkel has professed to want to work closely with American President Barack Obama. But in the spring of 2009, her government became the most vocal of a group of Europe's better-off nations who were resisting calls for large-scale spending or deep interest rate cuts to help buoy not only their own economies, but those of their weaker neighbors to the east and south.

Her reelection freed her from a coalition with the more left-leaning Social Democrats, who had blocked many of her more ambtious ideas for economic restructuring. But the new alliance did not mean smooth sailing: In what should have been a simple formality, Mrs. Merkel's official re-election as chancellor was dampened on Oct. 28, 2009 by the fact that at least nine members of her coalition withheld their votes in the secret parliamentary ballot.

Ms. Merkel sought to rebuild her standing by resisting demands by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and others for swift action in early 2010 to bolster Greece's standing with the credit markets. Ultimately, she forced Mr. Sarkozy, to his fury, to agree that the International Monetary Fund would play a role in creating an aid package -- a step seen as a blow to hopes for a European Union that would be self-sufficient in good times and bad.

With deep resistence to a bailout among German voters, and a critical by-election coming in May, Mrs. Merkel seemed to be playing for time on Greece, stalling on assistance until after the vote. In the process, she carved out a new role for Germany on the European stage: as a nation that overtly pursues its own interest as aggressively as any other.

April 29, 2010, The New York Times.


SUPERMODEL Miranda Kerr has come to the rescue of the Macquarie Bank broker whose job is under threat after he was caught on TV checking out steamy shots of her on his work computer.

Kerr has offered to sign a petition to help red-faced broker David Kiely save his job.

"I am told there is a petition to save his job and of course I would sign it," said Kerr, who is in Australia.

Mr Kiely, who until Tuesday was an anonymous suit, has become a worldwide sensation after footage of him getting caught on TV ogling Kerr's curves became a YouTube hit.

He was opening emailed pictures of Kerr while behind him a colleague, Martin Lakos, did a live television cross to Channel 7 news.

The international model said she hoped his employer would not come down hard on Mr Kiely.

Banking news website yesterday started a campaign urging colleagues to email Macquarie Bank and save Mr Kiely's job.

Supermodel Miranda Kerr speaks out in support of embarrassed bank broker David Kiely By Fiona Byrne
From: Herald Sun February 05, 2010


Triumph Out of Tragedy


For the first 18 months of her life Helen Keller was a normal infant who cooed and cried, learned to recognize the voices of her father and mother and took joy in looking at their faces and at objects about her home. "Then," as she recalled later, "came the illness which closed my eyes and ears and plunged me into the unconsciousness of a newborn baby."

The illness, perhaps scarlet fever, vanished as quickly as it struck, but it erased not only the child's vision and hearing but also, as a result, her powers of articulate speech.

Her life thereafter, as a girl and as a woman, became a triumph over crushing adversity and shattering affliction. In time, Miss Keller learned to circumvent her blindness, deafness and muteness; she could "see" and "hear" with exceptional acuity; she even learned to talk passably and to dance in time to a fox trot or a waltz. Her remarkable mind unfolded, and she was in and of the world, a full and happy participant in life.

What set Miss Keller apart was that no similarly afflicted person before had done more than acquire the simplest skills.

But she was graduated from Radcliffe; she became an artful and subtle writer; she led a vigorous life; she developed into a crusading humanitarian who espoused Socialism; and she energized movements that revolutionized help for the blind and the deaf.

June 1 1968, The New York Times

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Colorado River USA

A Canyon along the Colorado River.

Crysis Environment based on Colorado River Valley.
Waterfall is not actually from any pictures of the River I researched on the internet, but adds a different feel to the valley and gives the river in my environment a place to start from.