Demolition is the process of completely destroying a structure without regard to salvaging it’s materials. This is unlike deconstruction, which is the process of slowly and deliberately taking a structure apart and saving as much as possible.
The demolition of a residential building or small business, usually three stories or less, is usually done by manually pulling it down with the assistance of cranes, excavators and bulldozers. The structure comes down on top of itself and onto it’s own property and is then loaded, by bulldozers, into a waiting truck to be hauled away. The demolition and clean-up can be done in as little as one day with no effect to neighboring buildings.
A commercial demolition is usually done with a wrecking ball. The ball hits the building pushing debris inward and then it falls down, within the structure. This works well when there is considerable space between the building being demolished and it’s neighboring structures.
However, urban environments are seeing more and more demolitions using explosives. When done professionally and correctly, the structure is destroyed in a matter of seconds. It falls into itself without debris flying outward. But, weather does play a factor in the implosion of buildings. The implosion creates a shock wave. On a clear day the wave goes up and disperses into the sky. On a cloudy day. where the ceiling is 1200 feet or under, the shock wave goes outward instead of up. This can cause broken windows and other damage to neighboring buildings. Implosion is used as a last resort when conventional methods, such as the wrecking ball, won’t get the job done without damage to others.
As we broke ground into the 21st Century, the electronic age became defined by the appearance of technological gadgets. The education system is feeding the frenzy by encouraging today’s youth to embrace the newest technology under a guise of continuing education.
In a country that is making strides towards recycling and reducing its carbon footprint, it seems natural to crave the developments that include paperless note taking, electronic texts, and less overall consumption. This tech savvy generation is incredibly proficient at understanding the complexities involved in computers and handheld technology and thrives on the process of taking this knowledge into the classroom. The Ipad has become the staple electronic in the education system. It empowers students, builds confidence and improves participation. It creates an equal platform between teacher and student, allowing otherwise shy students to break a barrier and become engaged in the classroom.
However, what type of negative consequences will the upcoming generations face? Study hall becomes a time of social networking. Cell phones are happily left in lockers due to an increasing number of apps available for chatting. Teacher student conversation is done through email, leaving students with little accountability and spelling class is non-existent due to the ease of spellcheck with the tap of a finger.
While it’s important to encourage our youth to accept technological advances in the classroom, it’s also important to merge these concepts with traditional teaching styles. By incorporating both yesterday’s methods and modern expectations, tomorrow’s youth will be fully competent to succeed.
Branding a product or a service is not an easy decision to make. The details of a brands logo, design, and concept are needed to make the product standout from the crowd. Whether it is on a store shelf or a commercial on television, branding is often rooted in the imagery and icons used and popularly associated with that product. Yet, branding need not be limited to what the physical drawing or graphic element of a product is. Branding goes hand in hand with the messaging of a product. The following explains more.
Seeing a logo or image and associating it with a particular product or a particular service is only the first part of branding. The second is making sure that that connection that is made is a positive one. Branding that elicits a negative connotation or viewpoint on a product is not successful or positive. Instead, the image is being connected with a negative thought or bad evaluation. For that reason, branding must go hand in hand with a positive message in order to be successful. The message is the intended thought, theme, or slogan that is connected with a product. When either branding and messaging are congruent and positive, the product or service itself has a better chance of success.