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Dining area “grows” from California artist studio by Mork-Ulnes

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Mork-Ulnes Architects has completed a barn-inspired artist studio in northern California, which includes a white volume that looks like it is growing out of a reclaimed timber-clad building.

Situated on a farm in Sonoma County – a scenic region known for its wineries – the project was completed in two phases over the course of six years. It is located in the town of Sebastopol, about an hour north of San Francisco, and was built for a creative couple with Norwegian roots.

Artist Studio by Mork Ulnes Architects

The main structure is a 2,500-square-foot (232-square-metre) building that houses an artist studio, a storage area and an office. Called the Artist Studio and Workshop, the phase-one project was constructed for just over $ 140 per square foot (£106).

The building’s form and materials recall a dilapidated barn that once stood on the site but had to be demolished.

Artist Studio by Mork Ulnes Architects

“Using the barn typology had an instant appeal,” said Mork-Ulnes, which has offices in San Francisco and Oslo. “The main challenge became to create an ideal art studio within the barn vernacular.”

Clad in salvaged barnwood, the new structure has the same footprint as the razed barn. It features a butterfly roof made of weathering steel and supported by wooden beams.

Artist Studio by Mork Ulnes Architects

By inverting the traditional gable roof, the architect was able to create a distinctive building that references its pastoral context.

The structural system consists of a wooden frame combined with steel moment frames, which “allow for the large utilitarian openings and spans required to manoeuvre tractors and artwork in and out of the building”.

Artist Studio by Mork Ulnes Architects

Inside, operable windows usher in natural light and facilitate cross ventilation, while also providing outward views of the property.

Interior walls are sheathed in plywood, a material choice that was influenced by budgetary constraints.

Artist Studio by Mork Ulnes Architects

For phase two, the architect created a 718-square-foot (67-square-metre) addition for cooking and eating that “grows out from the studio,” earning it the nickname Amoeba.

Uber settles background check lawsuit in California

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Uber promises never to describe its service as the “safest ride on the road” or call its background check process “the gold standard” again. That’s one of the terms it agreed to when it hashed out a settlement agreement with the San Francisco and Los Angeles District Attorney’s offices.

Uber settles background check lawsuit in California

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Uber promises never to describe its service as the “safest ride on the road” or call its background check process “the gold standard” again. That’s one of the terms it agreed to when it hashed out a settlement agreement with the San Francisco and Los Angeles District Attorney’s offices.

California Dreaming: Stephanie Kloss photographs iconic mid-century homes

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Photo essay: German photographer Stephanie Kloss visited some of California‘s iconic Mid-Century Modern homes to create this series of 1940s-inspired images (+ slideshow).

The abundance of film stars and warm weather made California a “hot-spot for architectural experimentation” by prolific west-coast architects including Richard Neutra, John Lautner, E Stewart Williams and Albert Frey during the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

Kloss wanted to capture the spirit of the era in her photographs, so she shot them using on a medium-format analogue camera and staged the scenes with a model in retro attire to give the pictures a vintage quality.

She then pared down more than 500 photographs to just seven to create the California Dreaming series. In this essay, she describes her approach.

I have always been interested in Mid-Century design, so naturally I was pulled towards the one place where the very best examples can be found – California. The wealth and tastes of Hollywood’s Golden Era stars, combined with the warm climate, made LA the hot-spot for architectural experimentation.

California Dreaming Photo Essay by Stephanie Kloss
Palm Springs City Hall (1952) by Albert Frey

California is known as the city of dreams, and it was my dream too: I’ve always wanted to photograph the Mid-Century Modern houses there, selected icons of Modernity, I was particularly interested in the residential buildings by Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Albert Frey.

Fortunately, most of the homeowners were happy for me to enter their properties, though it wasn’t all plain-sailing. I would have loved to get inside Richard Neutra’s Lovell House and Kaufmann House, but I couldn’t get in contact with the owners.

The Stahl House in LA only wanted to sell their own photos, and in Palm Springs, there were buildings I would have liked to photograph but didn’t have an opportunity to get permission. Not everybody was quite so secretive however. Mr Goldstein was present during our shoot, but was as relaxed as if he didn’t even see us. He just made some popcorn and watched a baseball game on his giant flatscreen TV.

The model in the pictures is my very good friend, and collaborator, Anne Retzlaff, a Berlin-based choreographer and dancer. I met her while I was editing RP Kahl’s arthouse film Bedways and she was dancing in one of the scenes. We’ve been friends ever since and have collaborated on various projects.

California Dreaming Photo Essay by Stephanie Kloss
The Sheats Goldstein Residence (1963) by John Lautner

In her dance pieces, she likes to search for the connection between body and architecture, as she did in her solo performance Abandon Window at the opening of the Neue Meisterhäuser at Bauhaus Dessau. That’s why she is in these pictures as a ‘living sculpture’, a little bit like a ghost of old times.

Most photographs of Mid-Century Modern homes from the 1950s and 1960s picture the typical American family whose image was so popular at the time, but I just couldn’t resist the idea of featuring a solitary women prancing about the otherwise empty residences. Anne, wearing the fashion of the era, becomes not only our guide but in some ways the personification of our collective nostalgia for the day. She, unlike the rest of us, will stay forever fixed in time.

2016 Ferrari California T First Drive Review

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Car Tested: 2015 Ferrari California T Road Test No. 645

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 4.27 crores

The Ferrari California T impresses with its new turbo V8 and a wealth of tech improvements

Irony at its best, the least popular Ferrari of modern times is really the best selling model to come from the manufacturer in years. The California, despite being unconventional by prancing horse standards turned out to be a highly successful model and more recently was updated with a turbocharged mill giving a glimpse on the powertrain of Ferrari’s future models to come. The 2016 Ferrari California T is a grand touring sports car which has been produced as a two door ‘2+2’ hard top convertible and is now the newest modern day Ferrari to get a force fed powerplant. Representing a new, fourth model range for the company, the California T arrived in India last year and MotorBeam is the first Indian publication to test the most attainable prancing horse out there. So, does it still continue to give enthusiasts that aural pleasure or has turbocharging ruined the Italian pony? Read on to find out.

The new California T gets a design correction, loses the awkward styling

The 2015 Ferrari California T is an update of the MY2008 California and features new sheet metal, new interior, a revised chassis and most of all a downsized in displacement turbocharged engine with an improved transmission. It was first unveiled on the web and subsequently made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The ‘T’ in the badging stands for Turbo and this model replaces the normally-aspirated variant. Recognisable as the California, Ferrari designers have been quick to address the design niggles associated with the older car. As a result, the detailing has been replaced with simpler lines while maintaining a similar profile. Ferrari claims that every panel has been changed and it’s mainly at the front and rear where changes are most visible. The folding metal roof is retained and does its job in 14 seconds, but only when the car is at a standstill.

With the aluminium roof up, it is really hard to distinguish the California T as a convertible

The Ferrari California T is high on tech that keeps things in total control

Like all Ferraris, the California T boasts of cutting-edge technological solutions that make it absolutely unique. The most notable engineering feature is the new turbocharged V8 engine. Interestingly, turbo technology is not new for Ferrari and has had a place in the Prancing Horse’s engineering tradition. The California T also uses an aluminium-intensive chassis which is lighter, thanks to the cutting-edge aluminium fabrication techniques and construction technologies.

The California T does 0-100 km/hr in 3.6 seconds & has a top speed of 315 km/hr

Technical features are matched by a new, even more extensive choice of colours developed by the Ferrari Styling Centre including two-tone finishes, three-layer paint technology and modern re-interpretations of classic colour schemes which increase the exclusive personalisation possibilities even further. Contemporary features which you will not get include stalk indicator levers, a gear shifter, head-up display or manual parking brake. These are either relocated or use different management systems. Modern conveniences are in abundance on the Ferrari California T including air-conditioning, infotainment systems and satellite navigation. The driver gets a large in-the-face yellow analogue tachometer in the centre with LCD screens on either side offering a multitude of information via graphics. Gear selection and launch control happens via push buttons located on the purpose built floating console.

A typical Ferrari affair, the well appointed cabin is absolutely beautiful

The Ferrari California T gets special instrumentation on the dash including the Turbo Performance Engineer (TPE) and comes with a digital display and provides pointers on making the most effective use of the new engine’s performance. The TPE is activated by a prolonged three-second tap of the screen and has five different displays including time, exterior temperature, turbo pressure, plus two others that highlight the distinguished characteristics of the new turbocharged engine. You also have a Turbo Response (TR) indicator which shows the percentage of the maximum engine response available to the driver depending on engine revs. Even as a roadster, one would want to know a little bit about Turbo Efficiency (TE) on the move and there’s a gauge that shows the percentage of maximum efficiency at which the engine is running.

The F1 inspired steering wheel is extremely responsive & houses all controls

Although it’s more of a roadster than an outright supercar, Ferrari has ensured that the California T’s steering wheel is high tech in its execution without losing the human-machine interface qualities. Improvements have come with the adoption of steering wheel-mounted controls and paddles set more closely behind for greater ergonomics, particularly in sportier, dedicated style of driving. Column stalks are absent and all the main controls are now on the steering wheel spokes. The F1 paddles are longer and flush mounted on to the steering wheel rim for more rapid gear shifting.

Turbo lag is well contained and the engine feels naturally aspirated in middle gears

Under the bonnet of the Ferrari California T resides a new direct-injection downsized 3855cc V8 twin-scroll turbocharged engine. It produces 552 BHP of fine tuned power (vs 453 BHP from the naturally aspirated 4.3-litre unit) at 7500 RPM and 755 Nm of torque available at 4750 RPM. The engine is mated to an improved 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox with TipTronic function. The turbocharged engine is mapped in such a way that it actually offers the best of both worlds – smooth power transition and fuel efficiency. The engine utilises small turbos and a variable boost management system that offset the possibility of turbo lag.

The California T is the newest modern day Ferrari to get a force fed motor

A proposed California law would require drivers for driverless cars

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In what is sure to be seen by some as government interference and general misunderstanding of technology, the California DMV has released a proposal that would require drivers to be present in self-driving vehicles in the state.Continue reading A proposed California law would require drivers for driverless cars

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20 Best Places to Visit in California

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Located along the West Coast of America and home to eight of the most populated cities in the country, California is a state with diverse geography and many places of interest. From the natural beauty of the landscape to the man-made attractions found around every turn, California thrives on tourism. Experiencing everything that this state has to offer can take a long time, but here are 20 of the best places to visit.

20. Catalina Island


Photo source: Rick Warren

For beautiful weather, breathtaking scenery and plenty of activities a trip to Catalina Island comes highly recommended. Check out the shipwrecks and reefs around the island via glass bottom boats or go for a scuba dive in the clear waters. For indoor activities, visit the Catalina Island museum where thousands of items and photographs of the islands rich history can be viewed.

19. Yosemite National Park


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Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited parks in the country and with attractions like Glacier Point, Yosemite falls and the Half Dome it is no surprise. There are abundant opportunities for outdoor activities like biking, hiking and rafting while enjoying the great scenery. For a truly unique experience, try out the full-moon bike rides offered by the park.

18. Lake Tahoe


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Lake Tahoe not only offers plenty of beautiful scenery, but plenty of diverse activities as well. Hikers will love the Sierra Nevada Mountain trails, while snowboarders can head to the slopes of Squaw Valley. For a more sedate experience ride the Heavenly Gondola or soak up some sun at Kings Beach. Golf courses and casinos can also be found in the area surrounding the lake.

17. Golden Gate Bridge


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Connecting San Francisco to the northern counties of California, the Golden Gate Bridge is quite an impressive feat of engineering. It features 746-foot tall towers and an Art Deco styling that makes it a popular tourist hotspot. It’s not just a great location for taking photos, but can be traversed on foot or by bicycle before visiting the on-site center for more information about the history of the bridge.

16. Channel Islands National Park


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For a glimpse of how California looked before becoming the bustling state that it is now, visit the Channel Islands National Park. It is home to rare flora and fauna, which can be enjoyed from the numerous hiking trails. You will find that the islands are untarnished by modern development and also offer some of the best diving destinations in the world. Camping and backpacking and kayaking through the Sea Caves are some of the other highlights of this popular destination.

15. Universal Studios Hollywood


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Universal Studios Hollywood is not just a working movie studio, but also a theme park. Take part in iconic studio tours, experience the thrills of movie themed rides and marvel at stunt shows. After all the excitement there are also plenty of stores, nightclubs, outdoor entertainment and dining options to unwind with.

14. Redwood National Park

Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Redwood National Park, California

Photo source: Jeremy Mineweaser

The biggest reason to visit Redwood National Park is to witness some of the tallest trees in the world, but this destination has much more to offer as well. The park is home to plenty of rare wildlife and hiking the Fern Canyon Trail with its giant ferns is like stepping back in history. Many of the hiking trails in the park also lead to the Coastal Trail with its stunning ocean views.

13. Disneyland


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Disneyland in California offers the same experience that can be found in Disney World, but without the crowds. The park consists of numerous themed areas, each with their own fantastic rides and scenery. It is also a family friendly destination with plenty to do for both young and old.

12. San Diego Zoo


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With its beautiful botanic gardens and numerous rare animals, the San Diego Zoo offers a memorable experience for all ages. Take a guided tour of the zoo or explore it on foot if you have enough time. Anyone looking for great photo opportunities should also try out the Skyfari aerial tram. Since many of the exhibits use moats and vegetation instead of cages there are some great views of the animals.

11. Vasquez Rocks


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Everything from commercials and television shows to movies have used Vasquez Rocks as a location, because of the interesting landscape. The unique rock formations in the area are the result of rapid erosion and the effects of the San Andreas Fault. Even if you are not a movie buff, the hiking trails and beautiful photo opportunities found in the area make it worth the trip.

A Fiery Weekend in California (30 photos)

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Over the weekend, thousands of people were evacuated as fast-burning wildfires in California overwhelmed several small towns, killing at least one person and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses. A state of emergency was declared by governor Jerry Brown in areas hardest-hit by the Butte and Valley fires. According to Cal Fire, the Valley fire in southern Lake County has grown to 61,000 acres and is 5% contained, and the Butte fire in Amador and Calaveras County has reached 71,000 acres and is now 30% contained.

A firefighter lights a backfire while battling the Butte fire near San Andreas, California, on September 12, 2015. The Butte fire has destroyed 86 homes and 51 outbuildings in rural Amador and Calaveras counties, where it covers an estimated 65,000 acres, officials said. (Noah Berger / Reuters)

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Next California Reportedly Debuting New Modular Platform, But What Other Ferraris Will It Underpin?

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The all-new Ferrari California, a model due in 2017, is said to be the first offering from the brand to be built around a new modular architecture. Apparently, it’s flexible enough to be used as either front- or mid-engined and we wonder what models other than the California will it be used in?
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Tips to Help You Find Cheap SR22 Insurance in California

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Do you know how to find cheap SR22 insurance in California? If you do need to file this type of coverage, then it is important that you know how to go about getting the best possible rates. If you do need cheap SR22 insurance in California, it is likely that you either have had your license suspended, or that you are at risk of having it suspended due to numerous driving law violations. Essentially, the SR22 filing proves to the DMV that you are fully insured. If you lapse on your payments, the DMV will be notified and your license will be suspended.

Why You License May Be Suspended

There are a number of reasons as to why your license may be suspended or at risk of becoming suspended. This includes:

After you have your license reinstated, or when you are on your final warning before suspension, you need to tell your insurance company to issue an SR22, or you can take it to your local DMV office.

How to Find SR22 Insurance

You should always start by speaking to your current insurance company. If you do need an SR22 filing, it is likely that your premiums will rise. By staying with your current provider, the premiums may not go up as quickly.

A hitchhiking robot needs your help getting to California

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If you happen to see this friendly LED face on the side of the road, consider giving it a lift. That face belongs to hitchBOT, of Port Credit, Ontario, Canada.Continue reading A hitchhiking robot needs your help getting to California

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The Ghostly Remains Of Bodie, California

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Tucked just east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California is a sprinkling of empty, wood-paneled buildings that once composed the town of Bodie.

In the late 19th century, miners discovered astonishing quantities of gold ore within the area. Soon, people around the world traveled en masse to the site, extracting nearly 10,000 tons of ore from the mines.

The once-untouched land soon became home to vast amounts of wealth and then-modern amenities such as a bowling alley, numerous gambling and dancing halls, as well as 200 restaurants for the town of 10,000 people.

An Oil Spill Fouls the California Coastline (17 photos)

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An oil pipeline burst yesterday, spilling an estimated 21,000 gallons (79,500 liters) of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, California. The oil slick spread at least four miles along Refugio State Beach by sunset, as emergency response and cleanup crews converged on the scene. The pipeline was secured hours after the discovery of the spill, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

An oil slick spreads along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, after an oil pipeline ruptured on May 19, 2015. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters)

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bespoke ferrari california T shows tailor made program at auto shanghai

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sourcing styling from jacqueline kennedy and actress ingrid bergman, the exclusive ferrari ‘california T’ reflects class, sportiness, versatility and timeless sophistication.

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How Amy Friend Shot Her California Sunday Magazine Cover on Death, Redesigned

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Fantastic art photographer Amy Friend points out the process powering her latest protect commission for the new California Sunday Journal.

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Salton Sea: The Rise And Fall Of A Toxic California Lake

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The California drought has diminished a lot of the state’s lakes, rivers and streams, but the rise and demise of the Salton Sea occurred on a diverse timeline. Although the man-produced lake was when one particular of California’s most well-liked water resorts, the sea is now dried up, deserted and virtually overlooked. Here’s what took place.

The Salton Sea was developed by accident in 1905, when water from the Colorado river spilled out of a improperly-made California Development Company irrigation program. The lake grew in excess of the following two years, till staff ended up able to staunch the substantial flow. By this time, a 400-square-mile entire body of drinking water had shaped on the Salton basin in southern California. They referred to as it the Salton Sea.

Aerial View of Southern California Sea

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For the earlier a hundred a long time, the Salton Sea has been referred to as an endorheic lake, meaning that its waters never ever discharge to the ocean they possibly seep into the ground or evaporate. This condition has resulted in water with an very large salinity level—more than that of the Pacific Ocean—that carries on to increase with time.

bjarke ingels and thomas heatherwick reveal google’s california HQ

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alternatively of setting up immoveable structures, the proposal comprises lightweight structures that can be moved to accommodate for foreseeable future use.

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The Tufa Towers of Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in California, USA

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Traveling around California won’t be complete without visiting the famous Yosemite National Park, which is best known for its deep valleys, high waterfalls, and vast wilderness area. If you’re visiting Yosemite, don’t forget to make extra time to visit Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. The reserve is 21 kilometers east of Yosemite National Park, just near the town of Lee Vining, California.

Photo Source :Stephen Oachs

Photo Source :Stephen Oachs

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve was established to preserve the spectacular rock formations called the “tufa towers”. These towers standing on Mono Lake create an otherworldly feel around the area attracting visitors. Tufa towers form in a variety of ways in Mono Lake but if you want to see the greatest concentration of these towers, you can head to the South Tufa Grove. The grove is located just off Highway 120 East at the south end of Mono Lake.

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Photo Source :Jeff Sullivan

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Photo Source :Hal Janzen

How are tufa towers made? The underwater springs rich in calcium mix with lakewater rich in carbonates. This mixture creates a chemical reaction that builds a calcium carbonate limestone. The calcium carbonate precipitates around the spring and the columns will start growing for decades to centuries.

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Photo Source :Hal Janzen

However, one must take note that these limestone formations differ from the hot spring (thermogene) travertine, which is created from geothermally heated hot-springs but with less porous carbonate deposits. Tufa also differs from a porous volcanic rock called tuff.

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Tufa towers grow underwater and can reach to a height of over 9 meters. Nowadays, it’s easier to see the tufa system in Mono Lake due to the water diversions in 1941 that made the lake’s water level drop dramatically. The drought from 2011 made the lake’s water level drop to almost one vertical meter but manage to attract more visitors since more tufa towers became visible.

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