Friday, July 21, 2017

Schoolbus storage, near Chicago

I love finding places where you see lots of things from above that normally you only see one or two at a time, like this storage yard filled with dozens of school buses.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

High density housing near Chicago

Tight straight townhouses forming a strained approximation of the curves of roads and cul-de-sacs.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chicago neighborhood

Back to America now, and the complex suburban sigils of our low-density housing patterns.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Intruding medieval tomb, Rimini, Italy

While the modern discoverers of these ancient Roman homes have done their best to preserve them, this was not the case in other eras. Scattered through the site are intrusions from the medieval era, when a cemetery was located atop the site and the deeper burials smashed right through the mosaics to construct their tombs. Ironically, these acts of vandalism are now also ancient historical sites well worth preserving, being well over a thousand years old themselves.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Roman hypocaust, Rimini, Italy

Roman homes were often heated by a hypocaust (literally "under-burn" in Greek): channels beneath a floor into which hot air was forced. The air then heats the floor, which keeps the rest of the house warm as well. Here we see those channels exposed by the breakages of the floor. Hypocausts are a really nice solution that is both efficient and comfortable, and they're occasionally used in modern construction by people rediscovering this architectural innovations---which is how I know that a hypocaust feels really nice on one's feet on a cold winter morning.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Roman mosaic, Rimini, Italy

Mosaic of overlapping circles, blurred by damage but still overall quite clear.

Saturday, July 15, 2017