portfolio ~ kai kasugai
about this website (portfolio)

This Website shall give an overview as up-to-date as possible of my work regarding the studies of architecture. It is running since 2004.

A RSS Feed allows a user to subscribe to the latest projects of this site. You will need a RSS reader. (Opera comes with one, Firefox offers extensions like NewsFox).
RSS is available for this site. Either use the RSS-Feed button of your favourite browser (appears bottom right in Firefox, or in Version 1.5 and higher right next to the URL in the address bar). Or use this URL in your RSS Reader:
RSS Feed - Latest Projects

My other websites

www.voellerei.com my recipe Database. Recipes as words and pictures. Users can submit their recipes.
www.raumgeist.de Photo Stream - I created this Site/Database to easily publish my recent Photos that are than shown chronologically and with applicable filters.
www.raumgeist.com Domain for this portfolio.
www.dencity.net In collaboration with Philipp Hoppe. With this project, we try to change the perception of the city and urban space with mobile phones. See project description.
www.konzeptrezept.de A list of my websites.
www.kasugai.de Not much more than a list of websites of my family. I mention it here, since the domain name might be easy to remember.
fotos.konzeptrezept.de my Photo Database (same DB and Interface as this portfolio)
pixelgrid.konzeptrezept.de I programmed Pixelgrid to allow users of voellerei.com to draw their own icons for recipies and ingredients. Pixelgrid takes extensive use of Javascript, PHP and MySQL.
  technical stuff
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The Website is written in PHP and accesses a mySQL Database.
PHP is a programming language, especially developed for web applications. PHP in combination with mySQL allows me to add and modify projects and texts to the website without writing a single line of HTML and thus without needing FTP access to upload the files. All changes are made in an administration interface and, once submitted, appear on the website without delay. The effort to write a website in PHP is high. However, once the site has reached a certain size, the effort is rewarded. And if one wants to constantly add content to the site, PHP/mySQL is indispensable.

One of the main reasons for which I have chosen PHP for this Website is the seamless integration of image processing in PHP. All thumbnail-images are created by PHP once the image is accessed for the first time. It is then saved on the main server (on which the script is being executed) and can thus be accessed very fast the next time they are needed.
The pictures can be distributed on different servers. Only the thumbnails are saved on a central server. That balances the amount of traffic between different providers (most of the pictures are being loaded from www.konzeptrezept.de, since I pay for much traffic on this domain).

Furthermore it is possible to create bilingual pages with only one code. I do not have to create two different sets of pages. If I haven't translated a text yet, the German version is automatically displayed.

On the welcome page of the photo database and on each picture page, Javascript is (if activated) used for the slideshow. I use AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) to load the next image without actually regenerating (and thus reloading) the whole page. This also enables me to blend the images (supported by Internet Explorer, Firefox and maybe Safari (?), not by Opera). (If Javascript is disabled in the browser, slideshows are supported by delayed page reloads.) The entire site can be browsed and viewed without any disadvantages (apart from the just mentioned) without Javascript.

  browser recommendations
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This Site has been optimised and written for Mozilla and Firefox. Opera is good, too. It does not support transparency, though, and the slideshow is thus rendered without these smooth image transitions. MS Internet Explorer is to avoid, but even here, the Site runs stable and without any major display problems. In case of any problems, please report via "contact". However, the Site has been thorougly tested (for Mozilla 1.7, Firefox 3.0.1, Opera 9.5 and MS IE 7).
Apparently, the site also displays on Mac computers (heard from Mac-Firefox and Safari), please write me if experienced otherwise.

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I do not have any influence on the content of the third party internet webpages I link to. Therefore, I herewith refuse to take any responsibility for the contents of any document I link to. This statement shall apply to all links made from any of my pages.
project created: 17.04.2004
last modified: 24.12.2005
All images © by Kai Kasugai (unless other source stated)
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