July 25, 2015photo by Tomiaki TamuraEast Housing, together with West Housing, is bookending (buttressing) the iconic Arcosanti South Vault. As the name implies, East Housing has been a collection of apartments, some are private and others are shared by the residents. Originally a family occupied the main quarter that includes a large kitchen and living area. However, over the years, the spacious interior was devided into smaller units as the building’s needs changed.After some discussions, we have decided to remove the walls and ceiling to open up the space, closer to the original conditions. This approach will reveal its dynamic silcast ceiling to all people visiting the East Housing main floor, instead of blocking the view to accommodate one occupant.[Text and photos by ttmr]photo by Tomiaki TamuraThe demolition of the interior walls and ceiling, mostly made of lumber, plywood and sheetrock, has begun. Construction staff Issac Mueske (with bloom), and contruction volunteers Conor Denison (on the stairs) and Anna Petrovska gather debries from the initial teardown.photo by Tomiaki TamuraA peek at the Soleri-trademaked siltcast work through the holes in the peeled ceiling. The spiral design on the concrete ceiling done in early 1970s was originally seen by every visitor to the building. However it has not been visible for consequent decades unless invited by the occupant upstairs. Hopefully we will reveal more details of the building as the project makes further progress.
France’s TF1 Group has put the final piece in place to secure universal fixed-line IPTV distribution after striking a deal with Iliad Telecom/Free.As with previous deals, TF1 said the agreement with Free covered both its linear channels and associated non-linear services, with Free subscribers set to benefit from “innovative functionality” from new services.The agreement covers catch-up services on the MYTF1 service, with extended windows for content, the availability of some programmes in an avant-première window ahead of their airing on terrestrial TV and unspecified advanced functionality that will “allow free to launch new services”.In addition, the deal will bring two time-shifted channels to Free customers – TF1+1 and TMC+1 – later this year, as well as event-based programming in 4K UHD.The carriage deal also covers digital channels TV Breizh, Ushaïa TV, Histoire and TFOU Max.TF1 did not reveal terms of the agreement, which appears to bring Free into line with other fixed-line service providers that have made concessions to secure an agreement.The broadcaster had been in dispute with IPTV providers Orange and Free along with pay TV operator Canal+ over its demand for retransmission fees for the carriage of its channels, having earlier struck carriage agreements with Bouygues Telecom – with which it has a shared owner in the form of Bouygues Group – and Altice France/SFR, which has itself called for retransmission fees for its own channels.TF1 struck an agreement with Orange in March after a long dispute with the operator, leaving Free as the only hold-out among fixed-line telecom players.The broadcaster has yet to strike a deal with Canal+, which briefly suspended broadcasting TF1’s channels in March.TF1’s agreement with Free also follows a deal between the IPTV provider and the country’s other main commercial broadcaster M6 Group, which had also demanded retransmission fees. That deal meant that M6 has struck agreements with all the main distributors in France, including Canal+.