I am the Architect

Archie is the main character. He works hard to get technical information and then ideas – or what he calls “inspiration” – through travels around the globe and taking photos. So we learn about how an architect works and how an architect gets ideas. All in all, a pretty comprehensive view of all things architecture. (archKIDecture)

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"Hello, everyone." Transport for London's Inclusive Language

"We have reviewed the language that we use in announcements and elsewhere and will make sure that it is fully inclusive, reflecting the great diversity of London."
Mark Evers, director of customer strategy, Transport for London (TfL)

"We welcome gender neutral announcements to be rolled out across TfL as it will ensure that everyone — no matter who they identify as — feels accounted for."

Not only did the Tube change its announcements from "Ladies and gentlemen" into non-gendered "Hello, everyone". It also got "a fabulous Pride make over" by reimagining its iconic roundel shown at Oxford Street and Tottenham Cour Road in rainbow flag colours (Metro).

"The shift in wording comes after months of campaigning by LGBTQ activists, who urged London Mayor Sadiq Khan to scrap the binary "ladies and gentlemen" greeting." (Fortune)

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Ibn-Rushd-Goethe-Mosque: A Liberal Mosque in Berlin

"Seyran Ates' vision of a liberal mosque where all Muslims can pray together — women and men, Sunni and Shiite, straight and gay — turned into reality Friday as dozens of people came together in Berlin to inaugurate a new house of prayer.
Ates, a well-known women's right activist and lawyer, preached in front of the crowd which filled the mosque."

"The mosque is named Ibn-Rushd-Goethe-Mosque, combining the names of medieval Andalusian philosopher Ibn Rushd and German writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe. It is located on a busy shopping street in the immigrant neighborhood of Moabit, which is dotted with Indian and Vietnamese restaurants and Middle Eastern cafes." (abc News)

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Photograph via BZ Berlin

Save the Date: NYC Disability Pride Parade

When: 9 July 2017
Gathering in Union Square Park at 10 AM
Parade steps off at 11AM and goes up Broadway to Madison Square Park
Festival in Madison Square Park from noon until 3PM

Via/More Disability Pride NYC

Weekend City Song: Do you know the way to San Jose? (Burt Bacharach, 1968)

Dionne Warwick and Diana Ross

Do you know the way to San Jose
I've been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way
Do you know the way to San Jose
I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose

L.A. is a great big freeway
Put a hundred down and buy a car
In a week, maybe two, they'll make you a star
Weeks turn into years. How quick they pass
And all the stars that never were
Are parking cars and pumping gas

You can really breathe in San Jose
They've got a lot of space.
There'll be a place where I can stay
I was born and raised in San Jose
I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose

Via Lyrics Freak

The Babayagas' House

“I’m 84, but what time I have left is going to be happy and fulfilled, I’m sure of that. Old age isn’t about being shipwrecked. It isn’t an illness. It can be beautiful ,and I plan to live it that way, with my friends and colleagues here.”
Babayaga founder Thérèse Clerc
"Aging in place: It’s what 90 percent of seniors say they want for themselves, according to AARP. But even after we’ve retrofitted our homes, do we really want robot “companions” and sensor-powered systems that inform friends or family when we haven’t opened the refrigerator for two days? Isolation might not be a good trade-off for independence — apart from anything else, research shows clearly that it can kill us. What’s the option if you’re not the retirement community type or can’t afford longterm care?"

"Thérèse Clerc was in her mid-60s when she started to think about how women could grow into old age without losing autonomy. An energetic, passionate feminist living in Paris, she knew that her generation of French women had not been able to build up retirement funds to cover at-home care, because they had spent years caring for families. Older women in France, as elsewhere, are among the poorest segment of the population. And Clerc didn’t like what she saw when she visited state-run homes, where life was dull and regimented. Clerc knew that living by someone else’s rules or on their schedule was not in her future. A lifelong activist, she also was interested in demonstrating that old age can be a beautiful time of life.

So Clerc got together with some activist friends and came up with the idea to create an exclusively female, self-governing, environmentally friendly cohousing collective for women who want to live independently into old age — yet within a supportive and fully engaged community. They would call it the Babayagas’ House after a supernatural being in Slavic folkore — a witch who offers guidance to younger women."

"The Babayaga model is an urban one. In Paris, the house is close to shops and the metro. Being centrally located is important for the women’s ease in coming and going, and for encouraging the greater community to come in and participate in what the Babayagas have to offer — and their offerings are significant.

A key feature of the Babayaga model is its 860 square ft. ground floor space that’s dedicated as an open university that anyone from the surrounding community can attend. In this intergenerational center, the Babayagas run courses, offer discussion groups, do creative writing and give concerts. One of the tenets of the Babayaga model is that the residents will be actively engaged with the world politically, socially and culturally.
“Staying intelligent will keep us healthy…. I believe women who are happy, not bored, will live healthier lives.”
Thérèse Clerc
“To live long is a good thing but to age well is better.”
Thérèse Clerc

Excerpts via/More Senior Planet

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Photograph via Senior Planet

4. Grazer Christopher-Street-Day-Parade

... und sie findet statt am 24. Juni 2017, von 12 Uhr bis 14 Uhr in der Grazer Innenstadt.

The Restaurant of Order Mistakes

Recently, the "Restaurant of Order Mistakes" opened in Tokyo - a restaurant that only employs waiters with dementia. The staff may get your order wrong but as you know that from the start, that should not be a big problem. The bonus - apart from the possible surprise effect - is that this experience may help change your perception about people suffering dementia. In addition, people with dementia have the chance to be seen as functioning members of society. Another pop-up is planned to open in September to commemorate World Alzheimer's Day (Metro).

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Adaptive Wheelchair Bowling Equipment

"The first piece of equipment that wheelchair bowlers can use is a ball ramp. Ball ramps are perfect for bowlers who have limited range of motion because they allow the user to easily control the ball’s release from their lap."

"An additional tool is the grip handle bowling ball. For wheelchair users, the grip handle allows for better power and easier control by allowing them to use a grip handle rather than finger holes. There are two parts to this special ball—a spring-loaded handle, and the bowling ball. "

"Finally, there are bowling ball pushers. These super simple tools give the bowler control over the force and the angle of their roll."

Via/More 1800 Wheelchair

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Madrid: Manspreading? No, thank you.

Madrid public transportation officials have launched a campaign that seeks to dissuade (male) passengers from spreading their legs limiting the space of others nearby.

"The mission of this new signage is to remember the need to maintain civic behavior and to respect the space of everyone on board the bus." 
EMT, Spanish bus operator

(via Washington Post)

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image via CNN