Τρίτη, 23 Ιουλίου 2013

Ποιος Είμαι;

Ποιος Είμαι;                       

Ποιος Είμαι;
 
Είμαι το σώμα μου.
Είμαι ο νους μου μαζί με τις σκέψεις του.
Είμαι τα συναισθήματά μου.
Είμαι τα πιστεύω μου.
Είμαι οι πράξεις μου.

Μακάρι νάξερα ποιος στ’ αλήθεια είμαι…
Μήπως…. δεν είμαι ακριβώς όλα αυτά, αλλά,
έχω ένα σώμα
έχω ένα νου
έχω σκέψεις και συναισθήματα
έχω κάποια πιστεύω
έχω ένα τρόπο δράσης μέσα από τις πράξεις μου;

Μα αν όλα αυτά δεν είμαι, αλλά απλώς τα έχω,
τότε, Εγώ ποιος τελικά είμαι;
Είμαι η συνειδητότητα.
Ή αλλιώς, η επίγνωση.
Ή αλλιώς ο χώρος όπου συμβαίνουν όλα αυτά.
Είμαι ο χώρος όπου υπάρχει το σώμα μου,
οι σκέψεις μου,
τα συναισθήματά μου,
οι πεποιθήσεις μου,
οι πράξεις μου.
Όλα αυτά δε θα είχαν δυνατότητα ύπαρξης αν δεν υπήρχε ένα πεδίο να τα εμπεριέχει.
Επομένως, δεν είμαι το σώμα μου αλλά ο χώρος που φιλοξένει το δικό μου μαζί με όλα τα άλλα σώματα.
Δεν είμαι οι σκέψεις αλλά ο χώρος που φιλοξενεί σκέψεις, συναισθήματα, πεποιθήσεις, πράξεις, γεγονότα, δεδομένα κοκ.
Οι σκέψεις, τα συναισθήματά μου, το ίδιο μου το σώμα, είναι όλα εφήμερα, προσωρινά, φθαρτά, πεπερασμένα. Πηγαινοέρχονται, εμφανίζονται κι εξαφανίζονται σαν τα συναισθήματα και τις σκέψεις μου που μοιάζουν τόσο φευγαλέα και ευμετάβλητα!
Όμως Εγώ Είμαι.
Είμαι ο Ουρανός, όχι μόνο τα σύννεφα.
Είμαι ο Ήλιος, όχι μόνο οι ακτίνες του.
Είμαι ο υπολογιστής, όχι μόνο τα δεδομένα του.
Είμαι η θάλασσα, όχι μόνο τα κύματά της.
Τα σύννεφα, οι ακτίνες, τα κύματα είναι μέρος αυτού που είμαι, αλλά μόνο ένα ελάχιστο μέρος. Είναι μόνο εκείνο που φαίνεται ή αλλιώς, η μορφή.

Τι γίνεται όμως μ’ εκείνο που δε φαίνεται;
Ο αέρας δε φαίνεται και γίνεται ορατός όταν φυσάει μόνο. Όμως είναι απολύτως υπαρκτός άσχετα αν δεν τον αντιλαμβανόμαστε με τις αισθήσεις μας παρά μόνο κάτω από κάποιες συγκεκριμένες συνθήκες.
Όπως ο αέρας έτσι η ανθρώπινη και κάθε μορφή ύπαρξης είναι πολύ ευρύτερη, απεριόριστη, άφθαρτη, περιεκτική.
Γιατί όμως εγώ την βλέπω τόσο περιορισμένη;
Διότι δε μπορώ να διακρίνω παρά μόνο την κορυφή του παγόβουνου. Όλο το τεράστιο βουνό που κρύβεται από κάτω είναι αόρατο για τα ανθρώπινα μάτια μου και τις αισθήσεις μου γενικώς. Έτσι πιστεύω στην ψευδαίσθηση αυτού που βλέπω και μπερδεύω το μέρος με το όλο.
Και τι να κάνω για να μη συνεχίσω να τα μπερδεύω;

Είναι απλό. Κάθε πρωί που ανοίγω τα μάτια μου να παίρνω ξανά και ξανά μια εσωτερική απόφαση σχετικά με το που θα δώσω την προσοχή μου κατά τη διάρκεια της μέρας. Σε εκείνο που δεν είμαι ( σκέψεις, συναισθήματα, πράξεις, γεγονότα κλπ) ή σε εκείνο που πραγματικά είμαι ( τον απεριόριστο χώρο μέσα στον οποίο συμβαίνουν όλα αυτά; )
Εν ολίγοις στη μορφή με τις άπειρες παραλλαγές της ή στο άμορφο;
Η επιλογή αυτή είναι που θα καθορίσει το τι θα προσελκύσω και το τι θα βιώσω σήμερα.
Η επιλογή αυτή είναι που θα καθορίσει την ποιότητα και το περιεχόμενο της εμπειρίας μου πάνω στη γη.

Και να θυμάμαι: Η επιλογή είναι δική μου, μόνο δική μου και κανενός άλλου.
Απο καρδιάς


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AA House

AA House by  MVN Architects


This house overlooking the sea in southern Spain by MVN Architects comprises white rectilinear volumes on a base of travertine marble (+ slideshow).
AA House by MVN Architects
Completed in 2007, AA house is positioned on a hillside above the coastal city of Almería.
AA House by MVN Architects
Glass doors slide open to connect the living and dining room with a terrace and swimming pool, where residents can watch the sun rise over the Mediterranean Sea.
AA House by MVN Architects
Bedrooms line the southern facade, alongside a sauna and an artists' studio.
AA House by MVN Architects
Other houses we've recently featured in Spain include one with a transparent glass facade.
AA House by MVN Architects
See more Spanish houses on Dezeen »
AA House by MVN Architects
Here's some more information from MVN Architects:

The AA Home project arose from the need to build a site able to create a meaningful place. "So the house does not destroy this sense of peace that I had the first time I looked at the horizon from this hill, and to protect it" they asked us.
AA House by MVN Architects
All the work was focused on developing project strategies that would enable to open the heart towards the horizon. Rest in light, pick up the nuances of the sunrise and sunset. Be part of a privileged viewpoint, where the inhabitants were permanently welcome.
AA House by MVN Architects
And so was sought to ensure that the limit of the house was the horizon, a boundary that does not want to confine, but permanent opening.
AA House by MVN Architects
A house seeking shelter and protection, quiet at last. And so it calls at all times to the heart without forcing any door, without opening them, without crossing thresholds, to experience the peace of the horizon made of sea, of wind, of rock, the horizon made architecture for many years.
AA House by MVN Architects
Program of Needs and Previous Conditionings
The site is located in Almeria, municipality of Mojacar, in the surrounding area of Cerro del Albar. It is a rugged topography, with steep and open distant horizon over the sea. On the site there exists a small platform, which will be used as base for the building. The project had to answer two questions raised by the client: One, offer a solution that would allow feeling the horizon as part of the house. Two, develop a housing program for a marriage with two children, according to the following needs: garage and kitchen; lounge dining room and office-library; main room, rooms for the children and guests; and a small sauna, workshop of sculpture and painting, and court-warehouse for drying and storage of parts.
AA House by MVN Architects
Setting Up Strategy
The housing places on an existing platform oriented to the east, toward the Mediterranean Sea, in an area with a steep slope. Given the rugged terrain, the general organization of the project has been defined by the need to adapt in a rational way to the topography, avoiding dismantle that might be excessive and so minimize the impact that the building could suppose to the environment. The location of the home taking advantage of the small natural platform, minimizes earth moving and get a perfect adaptation of the architecture to the field. In lower levels, other platforms continue structuring the plot, creating zones of fruit-bearing trees and garden. Some of these platforms use existing stone walls in the plot, remains of ancient terraced plantations, thus recovering the character that had long ago the area. In this sense, the project maintains a constant relation with the environment, promoting the transition of scales and protecting the landscape value of the area.
AA House by MVN Architects
Opening Strategy
The housing is organized into three bands that are displaced longitudinally: The services band, partially buried, anchoring the house on the slope. It organises the uncovered parking, court of service, pantry and kitchen, the latter with a small terrace. The central band receives the main elements of the house. On having been delayed with respect to the other two, it sets up a large patio where is proposed the access, protected behind the fold of the walls. Once inside, a small patio glass distributes the routes, introducing a diffuse light sifted by vegetation. The main double-height space articulates the relationship between the light and the horizon. Dining and living room establish a strong link with the sea, opening fully on a first platform that starts the dialog with the environment. This space is bounded by the dressing room and the main bedroom, which configure a cantilevered body over the visual flight of the landscape, again toward the coast line. The third band is the closure of the housing and its main facade. It includes rooms for the children, the guest room, the sauna, and the space for sculpture and painting, with a courtyard protected from the wind. A somewhat lower terrace provides an open space at noon, resolving the encounter with the ground.
AA House by MVN Architects
Floor plan - click above for larger image
Constructive Strategy
The whole set is proposed as structural system of reinforced concrete, with Thermo-clay closure and solution of ecological flat roof supported by slab Filtron base. It is projected to finished with white monolayer mortar (with contribution of 10% of ochre) according to the architecture built in the area of influence of the Cerro del Albar. The pavement is solved with travertine marble, extending this finish to the outside to run ground platforms linked to the use of housing.
AA House by MVN Architects
Section 1 - click above for larger image
In wet rooms and kitchen it is used compound of quartz and resins type Silestone to run tiled pavements. The interior woodwork is white pre-lacquered MDF. The external joinery is composed of triple aluminium clad: the outer element is a sliding structure of adjustable slats; intermediate carpentry, a Climalit glass enclosure; and the inner element, a sliding mesh anti-insect. At the opening of the lounge toward the horizon, there are provided two spaces where fully collect the woodwork. On the outdoor spaces, surfaces that do not constitute open platforms to the horizon have been finished off with crushed aggregate of rocks from the area. The earth retaining runs through wall of riprap, selecting rocks of the area that will allow the integration of the project on the environment.
AA House by MVN Architects
Section 2  - click above for larger image
Situation: Era del Albar, Mojacar, Almeria. Spain
Date of project: 2004-2006
Date of work: 2006-2007
Architects: Daniel H Nadal, Diego Varela, Emilio Medina
Technical Architect: Maria Isabel García Mellado
Promoter / owner: Private
Construction company: AJCC Constructions
AA House by MVN Architects
Section 3 - click above for larger image
Total budget: 400,000 Euros
Constructed area: 285 m2
Cost material execution: 1,140 €/m2
Financing; Private

dezeen magazine

Competition: five pairs of United Nude's


Competition: to celebrate United Nude's tenth anniversary, Dezeen has teamed up with the footwear brand to give readers a chance to win one of five pairs of the company's signature Möbius shoe.
Competition: five pairs of Möbius shoes by United Nude to be won
Architect Rem D Koolhaas designed the Möbius shoe in 1999 while he was still at university. The form of the shoe is made from a single strip, which twists around the foot like a Möbius band to create the sole, heel, foot-bed and upper.
Competition: five pairs of Möbius shoes by United Nude to be won
As he explained to Dezeen in a recent interview, he was persuaded to start his own brand to produce the shoe because it "didn't look like anything [else] out there".
Read our full interview with Rem D Koolhaas here »
Competition: five pairs of Möbius shoes by United Nude to be won
Koolhaas launched United Nude in  2003 and the company now sells over 200,000 pairs of shoes a year.
Competition: five pairs of Möbius shoes by United Nude to be won
In 2013, ten new colours and two new heel heights for the Möbius shoe were released to mark United Nude's tenth anniversary.
Competition: five pairs of Möbius shoes by United Nude to be won
We have five pairs of Möbius shoes to give away and winners will be able to choose their preferred colour, height and size.
Competition: five pairs of Möbius shoes by United Nude to be won
To enter this competition email your name, age, gender, occupation, and delivery address and telephone number to competitions@dezeen.com with “Möbius shoe” in the subject line. We won’t pass your information on to anyone else; we just want to know a little about our readers.Read our privacy policy here.
Competition: five pairs of Möbius shoes by United Nude to be won
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Competition: five pairs of Möbius shoes by United Nude to be won
Competition closes 20 August 2013. Five winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners’ names will be published in a future edition of our Dezeen Mail newsletter and at the top of this page. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country.
Competition: five pairs of Möbius shoes by United Nude to be won

Cactus

Cactus


Usually when someone thinks of cactus, they visualize a typical segmented Opuntia, stout barrel cactus, or some tall, spiny columnar plant. Cactus come in all shapes and varieties though some do not look like typical cacti, or even like cacti at all. This article is an introduction to some of the more unusual-looking cacti that some might not at first identify as cacti.
Gardening pictureWhat is a cactus? Cacti are New World succulent plants, often, but not always, with spines and usually, but not always, leafless, and that have well-developed flowers complete with stamens and petals. At least that is one definition. Another was any plant member of the family Cactaceae, which I found fairly useless in a circular sort of way. Cacti can often be confused with other plants, particularly other spiny plants that are columnar- or barrel- shaped. Many Euphorbia species fit this description and are erroneously referred to as cacti. But most Euphorbia are old world species and have very different flowers. All cacti, with the exception of one species of African Rhipsalis, are from the New World. But not all cacti look like cacti.
Image Echinopsis terscheckii, example of a typical columnar cactus
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Ferocactus pillosus, a typical spiny barrel cactus; and Opuntia gosseliana in the second photo- these are what most people think of when they think of cacti
The following are some of the less typical cacti.
Ariocarpus. I am not even sure how these plants were identified as cacti as they are very ‘un-cactus-like.' They all have large, tuberous roots and only the thick leaf-like tubercles extend barely above ground. These plants have no spines whatsoever. In fact, they look more like some Aloe relative (like Haworthias perhaps?) than cacti. But their flowers are much more cacti-like, being large, well-developed and colorful. These mostly Mexican succulents are some of the most sought after and prized cacti in collections as they are very slow-growing; large specimens are worth a fortune.
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Ariocarpus varieties can look a bit like some other completely unrelated succulents. First photo is of a few of my seedlings; second photo is of Ariocarpus agavoides, and third photo shows the flowers on one of my Ariocarpus sp.
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Ariocarpus retusus varieties
Image My own Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus barely 1/2" tall, with a huge tuberous root below the gravel
Astrophytum. This genus has some species that are not obviously related to cacti at first glance, even despite their cactus-like shape (globoid and leafless). Some are mostly spineless and a few completely spineless. They have Euphorbia-like bodies, but definitely cactus-like flowers. These are among some of the easiest and most popular of all the pot-grown cacti there are.
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Astrophytum myriostigma and Astrophytum asterias both flowering; third photo are some seedling Astrophytum myriostigmas for sale
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Very old Astrophytum myriostigma (true collector's item) and a weird sport of the same species called 'Lotusland'.
Disocactus. The most common species of this genus, Disocactus flagelliformis, looks at least somewhat like a cactus in that it has lots of itty bitty spines. But the plant itself is made up of many rat tail-like drooping tubes that develop large, flamboyant pink flowers in spring. The other Disocactus species look even less cactus like in that many have no spines at all and are completely flattened, trailing, epiphytic plants (also known as orchid cacti, though there are other orchid cacti genera).
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Disocactus flagelliformis (aka Rat Tail Cactus); and a bit more 'typical' Disocactus phyllanthoides (photo by boojum)
Epiphyllums. These epiphytic, flattened, trailing plants are very similar to the orchid cacti genera and though familiar to most people who have any plant experience, they are not always identified correctly as cacti. These produce flowers that have been hybridized into many dozens if not hundreds of color shapes and sizes, most spectacular and large. The non-hybrids are virtually all white, night-blooming species. Few have any but a hint of spines on them.
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Epiphyllum 'Fruhlingsgold'; Epiphyllum oxypetalum (photo by Happenstance); and Epiphyllum phyllanthus (atypical form)
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examples of some of the fantastic flowers of some Epiphyllum hybirds: Epiphyllum 'Block Party'; Epiphyllum 'French Gold'; and Epiphyllum 'Mondore Bell'
Hatioras are also epiphytic cacti that don't look all that cactus-like. These are highly segmented plants made up of flattened or tubular sections and are closely related to the Rhipsalis cacti (see below).
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Two tubular species: Hatiora salicorniodes and (in second photo) Hatiora epiphylloides
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These two are often referred to as Easter Cacti: Hatiora rosea (photo by PotEmUp) and Hatiora gaertneri because they always seem to bloom conveniently around Easter time
Hylocereus species are climbing rather than epiphytic plants, but they are similar to Epiphyllums in that they are largely spineless, flattened trailing plants with large, white, night-blooming flowers.
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Hylocereus undatus in southern California (plant and flower); Hylocereus ocamponis fruit (also known as Dragon Fruit)
Lepismium species are another flattened, trailing spineless genus that has few onlookers thinking ‘cactus' when they see these plants. I have a Lepismium houlletianum and it definitely does not look like a typical cactus.
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Leuchtenbergia principis is the only species in this genus of ‘Agave cactus'. And it is well named as it looks more like an Agave than a cactus. It does have spines, but they are modified to look like dead, grass-like appendages rather than spines. It is not until this plant flowers that you can see it is probably a cactus.
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two shots of my Leuchtenbergia and one of an older specimen in a nusery with a bit of a woody stem
Pereskias. Though most cacti can be identified easily by their numerous spines on a leafless, relatively featureless body, some cacti do have leaves and even quite substantial leaves at that. The Pereskias are a notably profoundly leafy species of cactus native to various islands of the Caribbean down to Argentina. This is a variable group of plants but most look like your average shrub or tree, only with succulent leaves and some of the most intensely sharp, long spines in the entire family. I have grown Pereskia grandiflora, one of the more common species in cultivation, and it certainly looks very little like a cactus despite its lethal spines.
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Pereskia grandiflora in my yard (amongst the more 'typical cacti'), and a large 'tree' specimen in Huntington Botanical gardens, and shot of mine in winter when leafless showing the spines
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leaves, flower and fruits of Pereskia grandiflora
Rhipsalis is a large group of epiphytic, trailing cactus that look more like some species of mistletoe than members of the cactus family. Not only are these not very cactus like in appearance, but they also tend to be tropical, thirsty plants that do not like a lot of hot, sun exposure nor are all very drought-tolerant. Some are spiny but most are not. Even their flowers are not very cactus-like being small or nearly absent. I am not even sure why these are included in the cactus family.
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Rhipsalis species of mine that is actually spiny; Rhipsalis baccifera middle photo, and some hybrid called Rhipsalis 'Dreadlocks'
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Rhipsalis grandiflora growing in the ground (first photo) and as epiphyte (second photo)

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This fine, almost thread-like species, Rhipsalis clavatum, is about as uncactus-like as you can get
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Schlumbergera are a group of non-cactus-like succulents that are popular holiday houseplants (sometimes known as Christmas cacti). These are flattened, segmented trailing plants that, like the Rhipsalis species, act more like a tropical exotic than a drought-tolerant, sun-loving cactus.
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Schlumbergeras blooming right around Christmas (hence the name)
Tephrocactus articulatus var. diadematus (pine cone cactus). This is a fantastic plant for both pot and garden use, but is not always recognized by all growers as a cactus, having no spines. It does look just like a bunch of pinecones growing together. The other Tephrocactus species are more obviously cacti as they all have at least some spines.
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Tephrocactus articulatus var. diadematus (first photo by Xenomorf); third photo is another weird Tephrocactus: T. geometricus that also is sort of un-cactus-like
So as you can see, not all cacti are cactus-like. In fact, from this group of plants it is not any clearer what makes a cactus a cactus. I leave that to the professional taxonomists. But they are certainly an interesting group of plants and great fun to grow and show.
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A few more odd cacti: Lophophora williamsii, aka Peyote; grafted cacti that look more like candy than cacti; Lophocereus schotti monstrose looking like the right shape for a cactus, but smooth as can be


davesgardenBy Geoff Stein