Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Miami beach Lifeguard towers history
Lifeguard towers act as important landmarks and gathering points on beaches everywhere. People swim close by to be under the care of the lifeguards and use them as meeting places in the otherwise confusing beach plane of people and umbrellas. The lifeguard towers of Miami Beach have transcended the usual role of comfort and safety to become visual icons.
After Hurricane Andrew, Architect William Lane donated his design services to the city and added new stops on design tours in the form of lifeguard towers. His towers instantly became symbols of the revived City of Miami Beach. Today images of the towers are everywhere from real-estate advertisements to city documents and magazine articles. It is really great to have something so recognisable representing Miami. Companies that are associated with a certain image, such as http://www.partycasino.com/ or McDonalds inevitably do well. The same is said for a city. People are attracted to an image they both know and love.
In addition to the towers William Lane designed, two other towers are the result of artistic competitions.
Chris Blackwell, owner of the Tides hotel, commissioned the “Bed” tower on 10th. Ilija Moscrop created this tower shortly after renovating “The Tides” in collaboration with his father, Stuart.
The international architecture competition Bienal Miami + Beach 2001 had an international student competition to design a new lifeguard tower. The winning student from Florida International University designed the 15th Street tower
In addition to these towers designed by architects, there are two towers in South Beach that were designed by Hank Oppenborn of Ocean Rescue. These two towers are widely regarded by lifeguards as ideal towers in which to work. Lifeguards believe these towers would be perfect if the 8th street tower roof extended further over the deck (similar to the third street tower) and if the 3rd street tower railing were lower and more permeable, (similar to the 8th street tower).
8th street tower
Monday, August 27, 2012
The floor plans illustrates a typical open space for an "A frame" cabin found on OAHU’s north shore. A common denominator among most traditional single family homes are the extended roof overhangs and spacious Lanais. The traditional roof shape is either double pitched or in form of an “A” frame. The latter draws its inspiration from the indigenous Halau structure found throughout the islands.
In Hawaii, the Lanai is widely used for recreation and rest, but it is also perceived as a symbol of culture and regional identity
Proven to stand the test of time, lifeguard stations are excellent examples of adaptable structures. Thick reinforced concrete piles will tend to resist severe weather storms and minimize corrosion impact on the foundation below. This particular station has been there since 1994 withstanding unexpected changes in grade due to migration of sand deposits and excessive flooding. I took this picture the day a 25 ft storm rolled in on OAHU's North shore.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Living close to a lake or the ocean has benefits and drawbacks. Recreation and relaxation are a plus. Storms and windy days can cramp your fun. A beach house should be designed to maximize the home owner's exposure to the water and ocean breezes and be built well enough to withstand inclement weather. A sketch model ( built) of the concept house will be uploaded this week! This structure will be designed according to the International Building Code and other prevalent rules and regulations mandated by the state of Hawaii.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
StepsBeach Safety for Toddlers
- Apply sunscreen to your toddlers' skin throughout the day. Sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 can prevent your toddlers' skin from becoming sunburned and causing them discomfort, even in overcast weather conditions.
- Apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before your toddlers are exposed to the sun, and at least every 2 hours or immediately after your toddlers have gone swimming or become wet.
- Dress your toddlers in beach-friendly clothing. Your toddlers should wear clothing with built-in ultra-violet (UV) protection, and flip-flops or sandals to prevent their feet from becoming hot or injured from debris left in the sand by other beach patrons.
- Bring extra sets of clothes for your toddlers so you can replace wet or sandy clothing if needed. Cold, wet clothing, or clothing full of sand can potentially make your toddlers irritable.
- Bring plenty of drinks and snacks for your toddlers. Your toddlers will become hungry and thirsty throughout the day from playing in the hot sun and staying active.
- Bring foods and drinks that are easily manageable for you and your toddlers on a sandy beach; such as pre-made sandwiches, crackers, and bottled water or juice boxes.
- Keep an eye on your toddlers at all times. Powerful waves, currents, and some sea wildlife are hazards that can prove fatal to any person, especially toddlers.
- Keep your toddlers near you while they play in the sand, and only allow your toddlers to go into the water when you are alongside them.
- Collect shells from the beach. Talking a walk along the beach with your toddlers and examining shells and other wildlife can be an enjoyable and educational activity for your toddlers.
- Build sandcastles and surrounding moats. With shovels, spoons, or your hands, you can build and mold sandcastles alongside your toddlers.
- Draw pictures or write words in the sand. With the use of an object such as a stick or shovel, your toddlers can write their names, or draw shapes and pictures in dry or wet sand.
- Dig large holes in the sand to sit or stand in. Digging holes is often a manageable task for toddlers, and can be made deep enough for your toddlers to sit or stand in, or deep enough for you to be buried by your toddlers.
- Go snorkeling in the water. In calm waters, you can place masks and snorkels on your toddlers and take them swimming to search for coral reef, wildlife, shells, and other ocean wildlife.
- Play ball games. Playing catch with a beach ball or with other beach-related catching toys can be a fun activity for your toddlers and other family members.
- When arriving to the beach, look for a spot near other families with children who are playing happily and behaving nicely. This can encourage positive behavior in your toddlers and keep them relatively safe from other families and children displaying rowdy behavior, such as throwing water or sand at one another.
- Never leave your toddlers unattended or in the care of lifeguards. Lifeguards are not responsible for babysitting children, and may not have the opportunity to prevent certain accidents from happening.
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Lots of people dream about a beach vacation, but hesitate to take one because they do not want to leave a pet behind. There is no need to settle for a kennel or a pet sitter, however. You can enjoy some fun in the sun on a beach vacation with your pet. It is easier than ever to find accommodations on the beach that welcome your pets. A little extra planning and preparation is all that is required. Take pets on beach vacations by finding a place to stay that is pet-friendly, and preparing your pets and yourself for the trip.
- Take your pet to the vet. Before you leave for vacation, have your pet get a check up to ensure all vaccinations are up to date, and to make sure the animal is in good health.
- Talk to your vet about your vacation destination. Some locations may require extra precautions if there are dangerous conditions. For example, a heavily wooded beach area might require a vaccination against Lyme Disease.
- Determine how you will travel to your beach destination.
- Get a crate to accommodate your pet if you are flying. Most airlines will not allow you to carry a pet onto the plane unless it is very small and will not disturb other passengers who may have allergies.
- Make frequent stops if you travel by car or RV. Let your pet get some fresh air and exercise. Stops can also provide an opportunity to give your pet food and water, and allow the animal to relieve itself.
- Find a hotel or other lodging that is pet-friendly. Most accommodations will advertise themselves as pet-friendly on their websites.
- Check sites such as Petfriendlytravel.com and Petswelcome.com for lists of pet-friendly hotels, resorts, house rentals and bed and breakfast facilities.
- Expect to pay a pet deposit. Most hotels charge pet deposits of between $10 and $30 per night.
- Consider camping on the beach. This is a good way to keep your pet close. You can find a campground, a beach cabin or an RV site along many coastlines.
- Make sure you are vacationing at a beach that allows pets. California has the most pet-friendly beaches in America.
- Check the beach's website, or the parks and recreation department of the city where you will be traveling. They will tell you about any restrictions on pets at the local beaches.
- Follow all rules and regulations for having pets at the beach. Most beaches will require you to keep your pet on a leash or in a harness.
- Clean up after your pet. This is especially important on the beach, where many people are walking, running, sunbathing, and swimming.
- Keep your pet hydrated. Being in the sun and getting extra exercise means more water is necessary.
- Remember to be considerate of other people. Even if your pet is well-behaved, you never know how an animal will react in public. Some people are scared of animals, especially children. Be aware of other animals on the beach
- Bring several toys and treats for your pet. This will keep your pet occupied, and remind him or her of home.
- Do not take dangerous or exotic pets on your beach vacation. When an establishment calls itself "pet-friendly," that often means it allows small dogs. Some people might travel with cats and other small animals such as rabbits. However, pets such as snakes and other reptiles should probably be left at home.
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