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How do you escape from an oil rig? You use a freefall lifeboat, such as those manufactured by Verhoef. ‘The only aspect that is needed to clear the dangerzone is the ever available force of gravity. The specific design of the Verhoef Freefall Lifeboat made it possible for seamen to get away far from the disaster area in a matter of minutes. Lateron the design was perfected by adding features like self righting (even when it’s full of water) and a sprinkler system that can withstand the test of sailing a mile through a burning sea while the temperature inside the boat only reached 85°F. Extensive tests with the Verhoef Freefall Lifeboats, launched at up to 42 meters above sea level, were withstanded (sic) without a problem.’ Watch the 70-person Schat-Harding FF1200 set a launch height record of 55 metres.

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Someone has built it before, the roots of architectural inspiration / Preservation Lovin’, images and thoughts on architectural preservation / related, The War against Sixties Architecture, in particular the threat to the Mummers Theatre in Oklahoma by John Johansen. The Philip Johnson Glass House Blog on the enduring friendship between Johansen and his New Canaan neighbour Johnson: ‘[Johansen] lost touch with Johnson. “I didn’t see him for 15 or more years. And then I came to New Canaan to see my other friends there. We drove down his driveway late in the afternoon unannounced and I walked across the lawn, and he walked across to me, and we embraced each other, and he said “You’re just in time for martinis.”’

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Paragliding Simulator for Google Earth / illustrations by Marcos Martinez / illustrations by Adam Cruft / A Nave do bom gosto, architecture and design / beta knowledge, ‘raw data and weak signals for futures research’ / The Little Magazine Coalition, a new publishing collective (via MagCulture) / the UK railway accident archive, plotted on a map / Cutaway Mania at Invisible Themepark / an exhaustive collection of medical kits at the WW2 US Medical Research Centre.

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