Friday, December 7, 2012

Sun/Shade & Urban Development - November 2012

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, specific projects, and sun/shade issues.  They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition).

Last week, @nationalpost spoke with Alessandro about a few of the design details in the Pier 27 penthouse model

Retweeted by Ralph Bouwmeester

RT @NewHomeBuyers: Core Architects designs one sweet looking project! Love what @mytributehomes presents us ->

RT @NewHomeBuyers: Core Architects designs one sweet looking project! Love what @TributeCommunities presents us ->

Urban designer Claude Cormier just oozes creativity & charisma. Here's what we're working on with him for #30Ordnance. 

Retweeted by Ralph Bouwmeester

Calgary's Bow: An Iconic Skyscraper Revisited…

RT @NewHomeBuyers: Learn more about Babak Eslahjou of Core Architects ->

RT @brad_tor74: Oxford Debates Building the Tallest Skyscraper in Canada... 

Shorter shadow impacts too > Skyscrapers Are Skinnier Than Ever

Buildings are thinner than ever, especially in places where there isn't much space to build, according to The Wall Street Journal's Eliot Brown.

The trend isn't only being seen in New York. Skinny buildings have been in Hong Kong for years, and are just now popping up in Tel Aviv and

18 Nov Ralph Bouwmeester @SunPosition
"If you can build more slender and higher, you can get more units with good views—and height is valued." -

John Portman & Associates awarded new 400 m tall high-rise in China

John Portman & Associates (Portman) has been selected to design Tianlong Fortune Center, the first super tall skyscraper tower in Nanning, with a height of 1,312 feet (400 meters). As the goal for this project was to create a unique and powerful symbol for Nanning, the architects created a simple compelling form that would be instantly recognizable all over the world… 

Worker to be 'fired'?? RT @CP24: Glass falls from Trump Tower during construction work

Unique idea > Developer wants to let the sunshine in and it will all be done with mirrors

A DEVELOPER wants to install giant mirrors on the side of a proposed 35-storey high-rise to reflect daylight into the narrow gap between it and an existing apartment block.

Developer Highbury Focus4 has lodged a planning application with Melbourne City Council proposing the use of ''heliostats'' - mirrors that turn to keep reflecting sunlight to a specific target.

It is believed to be the first time that heliostats have been proposed in a residential setting in Melbourne, and could set an interesting precedent in a city where developers are keen to find ways to enable high-rise buildings on small CBD sites… 

Cheers, Ralph

Sun Glare While Driving - November 2012

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving and traffic safety in general.  They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition).

Keep eyes on road when adjusting sun visor. School bus rear-ended in Avon Park

Nobody was injured Tuesday morning when a car rear-ended a school bus carrying 19 students in Avon Park Lakes.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the bus was stopped at the intersection of North Olivia Drive and West Rutland Road at 7:45 a.m. to pick up students. The bus had its caution lights on and stop signs displayed.  Jonathan R. Kirk, 21, of Avon Park, told troopers the glare from the rising sun caused him to reposition his sun visor, distracting him and causing him to not see the bus in time to stop…

Especially an avoidable one. RT @ReconGeni: Pls don't drink & drive, don't want to recon another crash MT: @TPSQuinn Taxis at Rogers Centre#100GC

Pls don't drink & drive, don't want to recon another crash MT:@TPSQuinn For trip home-Taxis on Bremner Blvd S/side of Rogers Centre #100GC

Retweeted by Ralph Bouwmeester

Blinding sun glare likely caused head-on crash as driver drifted across centreline

Blinding sunlight may have contributed to last week’s car wreck that sent three motorists to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  The collision occurred at 4:18 p.m.

Witnesses behind both vehicles said a setting sun obscured their vision.

The investigating police officer determined Bumpus failed to maintain her lane of travel and failed to yield to the right of way...

Saw newspaper story today about sun glare causing 3-car crash. Problem is, the time of the crash was before sunrise.

I could see this coming > Electric, hybrid cars to make noise: Vancouver Sun

Carmakers are to be compelled to install artificial noise on new electric and hybrid vehicles to prevent people being run over by "silent killers" at pedestrian crossings.

International standards, drawn up by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, are expected to become legally binding by the end of next year

Wednesday is Canada's National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. On average 6 people die on Canadian Roads EVERY DAY.

Retweeted by Ralph Bouwmeester

RT @Hergott_Law: Today is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims....upwards of 4,000 die, and 100s ...

Shiny road surface makes glare from low sun even worse > Accident fear over road glare

A WATTEN-based Highland councillor is fighting against a dazzling phenomenon on a local road that he believes is an accident waiting to happen.

Landward councillor Willie Mackay has vowed to renew his efforts to secure major improvements to the road surface at the notorious sweeping tree-lined dip at Oldhall on the main road between Thurso and Wick.

He claims to have nearly had an accident due to the low sun reflecting off the surface of the A882 at Oldhall and blinding him last Monday...

Low sun especially dangerous when rounding a curve > Low sun 'blinded' driver in fatal Hanley crash

AN ELDERLY lady died after a car edged into her at a city centre junction because the driver had been blinded by the sun.  Neither Sheila Hopkins, who had an eye condition, nor motorist Michael Boden saw each other as the 75-year-old crossed the road.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, the Coroner said: "This is one of the saddest road traffic collisions I have come across.

"Any experienced driver will have turned round a bend and been completely blinded for a second by a bright, low sun.

"And Mrs Hopkins was in that blindspot as she walked across the road.

"Neither she nor the driver noticed each other”...

Disproportionate number of sun glare crashes seem to involve drivers under about 21 yrs of age. Inexperience? Distracted??

Crashes due to sun glare often involve young drivers. Why? > Pedestrian hit in Vernon BC crosswalk

The mid-afternoon sun is being blamed for an accident that sent a pedestrian to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Wednesday.

RCMP responded to a report of a pedestrian hit in the crosswalk at the intersection of 32nd Street and 39th Avenue at 3:30 p.m.

The driver of the car was traveling west on 39th Avenue when he turned left onto 32nd Street and struck what police describe as a middle-aged female pedestrian who was in the crosswalk.

“The driver advised police he was unable to see the victim in the crosswalk due to the sun in his eyes,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The woman suffered broken legs, and a broken left shoulder as a result of the accident.

The 17-year-old driver from Vernon was issued a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian…

Pedestrian hit, police blame sun glare and remind drivers of changing seasons and recent time change

Pueblo Police officers said sun glare is to blame for a crash involving a pedestrian Tuesday.

According to officers Ralph Trujillo was driving west on Lehigh Avenue and had a green light but not a green arrow, and tried to turn left onto Pueblo Boulevard.

“With the changing of the seasons and recent time change, the sun will become more of a factor on the morning and evening commute," Sgt. Chris Noeller said. “Keeping your windows clean can help with visibility under these conditions.  As always the Pueblo Police Department ask everyone to drive safe.”...

Elderly more affected by sun glare than younger drivers > Blinded by sun, Palmerton woman crashes

A Palmerton woman was injured Thursday afternoon when she was blinded by the sun on Route 209 in Polk Township and crashed her sport utility vehicle into a utility pole, police said Monday.  Lucille M. Rex, 84, was driving southwest on Route 209 at Vixen Drive at 3:15 p.m. when the sun interfered with her vision as she drove up a hill, state police at Lehighton said...

Dressing well, pedestrian safety, and a colourful insurance policy

November 1, nine pedestrian collisions took place in Toronto, two causing death. Nineteen pedestrians have been killed this year, and according to Ontario’s Deputy Chief Coroner, Toronto averages five pedestrian accidents per day.

A report from CBC’s Metro morning cited weather conditions, driver and pedestrian distraction, rushing, and shorter daylight hours as the main causes of increased accidents at this time of year.

I’m always thinking about colour and as we move into winter, there’s less of it, because colour is light, and there’s simply less light during the season…

Retweeted by Ralph Bouwmeester

Sun glare cause of fatal air crash

A pilot who collided with another aircraft causing a fatal dive may not have seen him because of the sun, an accident report has found…

Sun glare becoming a challenge in NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Windshield fogging is bad enough alone, add in sun glare... that's how collisions happen

Concord police arrested a driver for hitting and killing a 78-year-old pedestrian Saturday morning.

The driver, a 42-year-old Concord man, was eastbound in a 2010 Mercury Mariner SUV on Clayton Road near Denkinger Court when he hit the man as he crossed Clayton Road in the crosswalk, according to the Concord Police Department. The incident was reported at 8:39 a.m.

The driver's vision may have been obscured by sun and condensation on the windshield, police said

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items - November 2012

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments.  They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition).

Yes, days are still getting shorter, but good news is Toronto afternoons will start getting longer again by Dec 9th.

Brain's Complex Clock Explains Our Eerie Sense of Time

Independent of a watch or the sun's position in the sky, humans somehow can figure out how much time has ticked by, and a new study reveals how…

November sunrise/sunset tables -

Sun & Shadow Position Modeling: Daylight Saving Time 2012 Ends

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous Tweets - November 2012

The following are miscellaneous comments and news stories.  They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition).

'Echoes' by The Wilderness of Manitoba debuted at No. 18 on CBC Radio 2 Top 20 for Nov 23 - 

Agree 100%. RT @karlbaldauf: Everyone should listen to The Wilderness of Manitoba because they are super lovely fantastic.

This looks pretty annoying.  See video of wind turbine shadow flicker

Family held hostage by turbine flicker in their own home. Saturday November 10th- 12. Getting ready to celebrate their daughters birthday with family and friends. Attached is a video, sent to the Scituate Board of Health, of the strobe like flicker that started at 1:18pm, in every room of their home as well as the front and back yards. There is no where for the children and guests to go that isn't flickering. The flicker stopped at 2:28 pm only because the turbine shut down… 

So, if the time on your computer differs from your clocks tomorrow, you likely forgot to turn the clocks back. 

Right. RT @dsn2012: @AdamStilesCITY clocks go back this Saturday night for Sunday Morning right? **

Turn back clocks 1 hr before bed Sat night Nov 3. At least the mornings won't be so dark anymore!

Cheers, Ralph