World Architecture Festival 2013 – a report

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By Team IAnD Photography: Courtesy WAF’13

October 2 -4 2013 saw three busy days of ideation, discussion and critiques on global architecture and design at the World Architecture Festival held at Moshe Safdie designed Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – a venue as awe inspiring as the projects that unfolded within its festive panorama-

The World Architecture Festival opened to enormous numbers (reportedly the biggest yet) with the theme of 2013 bring -Value and values’, -to examine the relationship between perceptions of financial value and the values that architects typically hold about their work.-

Director of WAF’13, Paul Finch commenting on the sheer quality and diversity of the projects entered into the festival, and shortlisted for the final round of awards, said that the array of projects demonstrated the increasingly global nature of the event.

Among various stalwarts from various quarters of the world, Mumbai’s Ar. Sanjay Puri’s corporate project in Jaipur -72 Screens’, was also shortlisted for the awards.

A vibrant, thought-provoking three-day session of presentations of various projects by the architects, seminars and talks on diverse issues that touch and plague the building industry were discussed and debated. Noted international speakers, project critiques and appreciations apart, everyone waited with baited breath as the ultimate honour – the winner of the World Building of the Year 2013 award was announced and granted to the Aukland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki in New Zealand by Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia.

The four main award winners including World Building of the Year Award were Botanical Garden Australia designed by landscape studio Taylor Cullity Lethlean and plant expert Paul Thompson for Landscape of the Year; National Maritime Museum of China designed by Cox Rayner Architects for Future Project of the Year; and Barcelona Apartment by David Kohn Architects for World Interior of the Year.

As part of INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors, an event held in conjunction with the WAF’13 with a concentration on interior projects, shortlisted 59 outstanding interior projects across the 12 award categories, Bars and Restaurants, Creative Re-use, Culture, Display, Education, Health, Hotels, Offices, Residential, Shopping Centres, Shops, and Transport. For the complete list of awardees, do check out:

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Enjoy the Architecture of Guru Ka Tal during Your Agra Tour

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Agra, which is located on the banks of the holy Yamuna River in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is world-famous for the majestic Taj Mahal. The city served as a prominent seat of the Mughal Empire for a long period and was the capital of Hindustan during that time. It lies at a distance of about 200 km from the national capital – New Delhi and easily accessible by road, rail and air transport from different parts of the country. The city has an extreme climate in winters and summers, with moderate temperatures in the rest seasons. October to March is considered as the ideal time to visit this historical city. If you wish to witness the grandeur of Taj Mahal and other prominent attractions of this place, such as Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Moti Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri and Guru Ka Tal, then go for an Agra tour that can be availed from various travel agencies and travel portals.

Guru Ka Tal – History and Architecture

Originally, this reservoir was constructed in the year 1610, during the reign of Emperor Jahangir beside the tomb of Itibar Khan Khwajasara, to collect and preserve rainwater. The walls and embankments of this water reservoir have been made of rubble masonry and brick. It has a square design, with a long and wide ramp paved with stone slabs (khurra) and upright bricks, and stepped ghat. The walls of this structure feature four double-storied towers having an octagonal design. The top storey of these towers boasts of Mughal architecture, with an octagonal spire with brackets and pillars. The material that was used for constructing the ghat was red sandstone while the spire had been decorated with dazzling tiles. Constructed on a four feet high platform, this reservoir features four chhatris on its four corners with 16 pillars, with carved brackets and capitals. The corner domes of this place have a spherical design while the one on the sides have an oblong design.

At the time it was built, this reservoir had 12 towers, but today only eight can be seen. It had effective inlets of northern and western parts of the tank; a canal used for channelling excessive water in to the river and a dam on its south-eastern side. The water collected in this reservoir was used during dry seasons for irrigation. The terrace on the top floor is accessible through a wide red sandstone stairway, located on the southern side.

If you wish to witness Taj Mahal and other important attractions of Agra, then choose for those tour packages that include trips to all these important places. As this city offers a lot of see and to do, it gives the ideal opportunity to experience the best of India holidays.

Most Common Accidents Around the House

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People tend to worry about the dangers they face out in the world, but a lot of the worst dangers are actually ones that are more prevalent in the home. Everybody’s home, even if it has been arranged to be as child safe as possible is full of dangers. From slips and falls to shocks to the sometimes deadly chemicals that people keep stored under their sink, there are plenty of hazards in the home and plenty of things to watch out for.

Slip and Fall

Many of the people going to talk to a personal injury lawyer show up because they suffered some sort of a slip and fall injury. Slip and fall injuries are the leading cause of deaths in the home and are particularly dangerous to young children and older individuals.

Certain areas are more likely to be the sites of slip and fall injuries than others. For example, bathrooms are oftentimes places where people suffer serious slip and fall injuries, for obvious reasons. Stairways are another danger area. There are simple solutions to this, such as making certain there is adequate lighting in dangerous areas and eliminating obvious hazards, such as taking up throw rugs, covering up cords and so forth.

Poisons

From car exhaust to mercury in the water to additives put in foods, people spend a lot of time worrying about the substances that they are putting in their bodies. Unfortunately, approximately 90% of the time, when people are poisoned, it happens in their house. Children are usually the victims of these poisons.

The easiest way to protect your family against being poisoned is simply to make certain that anything that is potentially toxic is locked away out of the reach of children and to make sure that everything is clearly labeled. Remember never to put anything in a mislabeled container. For instance, never fill up an old spray bottle that was used for cleanser with water or vice versa. Clear labeling is one of the best ways to prevent people from being poisoned.

Cuts

Eating well is part of being healthy, but you need to be careful when you’re cooking. Whenever you are using a knife in the kitchen – which is a common way that people are injured – make certain that you’re giving the blade your full attention. If you drop a knife, don’t attempt to catch it. As one final word of advice, when you wash knives, never put them in the dishwater where they may not be clearly visible. Leave them at the side of the sink and put them away immediately after washing them.

Accidents, by definition, happen unexpectedly. You can help to prevent accidents, however, by following simple safety procedures in your home. If you are injured in someone else’s home, consider contacting a Port St. Lucie personal injury lawyer.

Beautiful Antique Furniture for Every Purpose

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It seems like nothing is made quite like it used to be made. Modern furniture and interior decorations are often inexpensive, stylish, and lightweight. Durability and craftsmanship somehow gets lost frequently with modern items. It’s no wonder that the world of antiques is alive and well, not only in America, but around the world. Antiques are often thought by many as anything old. A true antique is more of a treasure than merely something old, although antiques are usually classified as such when they are at least 80 years old. Antiques are collectible items defined by beauty, condition, utility, rarity, and sentimental value. They are sought after for their uniqueness, craftsmanship, and fine detail. If you go back through history, you’ll discover that building furniture, for example, was not done in bulk for the masses. Furniture was created and designed by skilled artisans and carpenters with an eye for detail, style, and beauty. Furniture was made of the finest materials. These are admirable qualities that are more rare to find in furniture stores today. Antiques are typically purchased from estate sales, auction houses, online auctions, and antique shops. Many antiques are inherited and have been passed down through families for hundreds of years. Antique dealers are often members of national trade associations. You can find antique furniture in Los Angeles from many knowledgeable dealers that can help you learn about your purchase. They will be familiar with the history of the time period’s styles. They may even know the history behind the piece. Antiques for Everyone >

Antiques are a wonderful way to add history, style, and uniqueness to any home or business. Many antiques, especially pieces that are older or with more highly skilled craftsmanship, are expensive. However, there are many antiques that are affordable for anyone. People often think of furniture when they think of antiques. Furniture is a big market in the antique world, but there is so much more. You can find antique clothing, jewelry, tools, equipment, clocks, lamps, mirrors, and more. Find a store withantique furniture in Los Angelesand you’re likely to find a variety of other more affordable items to add some history and design to your life. Castle Antiques & Design , open to the public, we are one of the largest importers of antique furnishings in the greater Los Angeles area. Established in 1975 as a major wholesaler to antique dealers and interior designers.We now offer retail, wholesale, rental, staging, repairs, restoration and custom made services at antique furniture in Los Angeles.

Homes For Sale Lake Conroe Should You Choose A New Home Or Buy An Existing Home

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When a family is looking to buy a home they are faced with a decision whether to buy a new home or to buy an existing home. There are a few things that should be considered before buying.

First of all design and layout is something that should be taken into consideration. Newer homes usually have bigger rooms, more closets, and more bathrooms. Also there are more options like paint colour, the type of cabinets, king of flooring, and also custom wiring. Also a new home could feature walk in closets and extra bathrooms. When buying an existing home you are buying what the owner that lived there before you had for a design. To renovate would be a costly job and upgrades can also be quite expensive. For everyone that has a love for Victorian style home or for hardwood flooring will fall in love with an existing home.

An existing home can be cheaper to buy, but in the long run they will usually require more maintenance which will increase the cost. New homes should not need any repairs for some years usually they include aluminium siding, along with pressure treated decks. But negotiation on price should be made with an existing home.

Buying a new home will mean new insulation, newer windows, and a more efficient heating and cooling system. An existing homes use more power, have older windows, and they are less energy efficient.

Newer homes are safer then existing homes because the newer home would have an up it date fire alarms, and also would contain a burglar alarm. Existing homes would have to have these updates made and in turn it would be another expense.

Buying a home is an expensive and an exciting process. It will make everything easier if you create a list of everything you are seeking in a home. This will help you make a well informed choice

Franklin Lakes Nj Real Estate And Housing Market

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If you are looking for an unbelievable real estate market, with diverse amenities, look no further. New Jersey Real Estate Guys is proud to introduce you to Franklin Lakes. F.L. is #22 in Top Earning towns in the United States. With a population of about 11,000, F.L. has a median household income of just over $155,000 and the median house price is a whopping $1.337 million. Don’t write off Franklin Lakes yet if the home price is not in your budget because there are dozense of homes for sale between a half a million and a million dollars.

Recently Franklin Lakes has been put in the nation’s spotlight recently with the hit show Housewives of New Jersey, a reality show based on wealthier women who expose the daily routines of being a New Jersey housewife. Many of New York’s top professional athletes pick this Bergen County suburb as the place to hang their caps and helmets when they’re not on the field of play. Mets manager Willie Randolph and others in uniform enjoy the conservative town’s rural character and easy access to all the metropolitan area has to offer. Say hello to Kelly Ripa as well if you see her walking the town’s well-manicured streets or shopping at the well-known Urban Farms Shopping Center.

Franklin Lakes’ housing inventory consists of a nice mix of design, however, dominated by Colonial architecture. Many homes built in the early 1900’s have been refurbished and modernized, bringing an ecclectic, tasteful, and rich feeling to the real estate market. If you are a backyard lover, look no further than F.L. Most homes have the luxury of backyard privacy where you can enjoy your private pool, barbeque area, or recreation area for you and the family.

Franklin Lakes is a great place to raise a family as well. The Ramapo area school system is the winner of numerous awards and is recognized with Blue Ribbon status.

Enjoy entertainment right at your fingertips. Whether you choose to stay local or take a quick 30 minute drive into New York City, your options are literally endless.

Check out a list of homes for sale and open your eyes to a whole other lavish lifestyle.

Brazilian Real Estate Market Investment Opportunities

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With breaking news emerging that major airline, Etihad Airways, will be offering direct flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Sao Paulo from 2013, Brazilian Housetech Development companies have identified the UAE as a target for potential investors to invest in the Brazilian Real Estate Market.

The Brazilian Real Estate Market has opened its doors to the world in recent months as Brazil property investment opportunities continue to soar with the nation witnessing large scale growth. At present, Brazil has one of the most attractive property markets in the world with a number of experts identifying that house price growth in the country currently stands at 23.5%.

Sao Paulo alone is witnessing property prices growing at a rate of 18.7% on a yearly basis and with the news that a major UAE airline has seen the benefits of offering direct flights to Brazil, savvy Brazilian Housetech Development companies are looking to cash in on investors who will undoubtedly take advantage of better access to Brazil because of direct flights into the country.

Waseem Saddique comments: With the world in such a state of economic turmoil its difficult for todays investor to know where to buy real estate. However, Brazil still retains the highly desired imbalance between supply and demand combined with affordable land prices and a domestically-driven economy. Investors, wherever they are in the world, especially the Middle East recognise this and are committing to projects such as Palm Springs, Natal.

Palm Springs already boasts 70% of its land plots sold, having been snapped up by a number of Brazilian middle and upper class nationals and presents itself as one of the most attractive Brazil property investment opportunities available.

Palm Springs is well renowned for its beautiful natural beaches and is ideally located just 20 minutes away from the location of the new international airport that is set to be built in nearby Natal.

In contrast to other Housetech Developments taking place across the area, much of the essential infrastructure is already in place and is approximately 60% complete. Land plots in the area are currently available at very affordable prices and Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) approved investment opportunities are very financially viable.

The area also offers a range of 2 and 3 bedroom luxury villas that can be bought at very low prices, which represent excellent value for money for any UAE investor looking to take advantage of the current state of the Brazil property market.

Architecture Animation

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In today’s world of instant gratification, Architecture Animation is providing a virtual tour of the property in a future-completed state can be a very intense and emotional experience although it is in the concept stage in reality. Animation usually begins with the panoramic representation of the external features that include landscaping, hedges, fences, roads and exterior surroundings in general. The exterior view of the building shows the faade where architecture, materials and design can be understood. Architectural Animation is a small architectural movie created on a computer. An architectural animation is a series of hundreds or even thousands of still images. When these images are assembled and played back they produce a movie effect much like a real movie. The Architectural Animation project consisted of exterior and interior Visuals to help with design approval. The Architectural Development was accurately shown within the Architectural Visualizations and the Architectural Animation. It is possible to add a computer-created environment around the building to enhance reality and to better convey its relationship to the surrounding area; this can all be done before the project is built giving designers and stakeholders a realistic view of the completed project. Architectural Animation is now a key part in Architectural Project Development. In recent years the accelerating importance of animation in communicating architecture, it can take shape in a variety of ways – slick animated renderings bringing a prospective project to life, a finished project layered with music and a narrative bringing the emotive dimensions of a building to the surface, and even the purely conceptual expression of architecture as an artistic exploration. They represent an animation object of architecture by taking into consideration various geometrical entities and rules. Architecture Animation are made with focusing heavily on different factors like width, height, breadth, lines, surface with curves of building components. Considering in the avenue of film or in current events how time and cost consuming it could be to recreate an event. The architecture animation allows artists to create these events using models, than rendering the models, which provides life into the structure to create a sequence of events. Imagine that you want to make your building better than others in an effective manner. Then you will need something to make you very clear about how to build your proposed building structure. If you have some kind animation of your building well before it gets constructed, then it becomes a lot easier for you to achieve your goal. Animated buildings and animated interiors design for buildings are the best suitable option for you to do this.

Sauna Room Health Benefits

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Sessions in a sauna room could offer the perfect solution for people that may not have time to exercise as much as they would like in order to detoxify their body. By swatting while in the sauna room, you can get rid of more toxins from your body then taking a brisk walk in the park.

Give me a chance to create fever and I will cure any disease. This was a quote by a great philosopher named Parmenides, 2000 years ago. Parmenides had a great influenced in the life of Plato.

This is said because the bodys defends itself by creating a fever. This fever which is the bodys high temperature, fights bacteria or virus growth by helping to speed up metabolism. To put it simply, the temperature of the body gets so hot that the enemy burns from the heat.

A sauna room is a great device for inducing an artificial fever. With a long cession in the sauna room, the body temperature will always rise enough to achieve detoxification. When detoxifying, the body is subjected to therapeutic sweating. Toxins that are harmful to the body will exit the body through the skin.

Sessions in the sauna room attribute to these benefits:
1-Rises body temperature that stimulates the processes of metabolism, thereby helping to stop growth of bacteria and viruses.
2-By causing sweating, toxins are eliminated through the skin.
3-Aids the healing forces of the body therefore accelerating healing.
4-Aids in increasing the activity of all glands and vital organs.

The sauna room also has benefits for people with cancer:
1-Cancer cells that have low heat tolerance are weakened or killed.
2-Oxygen nourishes the tissues because circulation is improved as acidic wastes are flushed out..
3-Stored cancer causing chemical toxins that have accumulated are removed.

Kids Furniture Kids Beds Handpainted Furniture

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You can make your kids beds look beautiful and dreamy if you select the right kids furniture and place it well in your kids room. You may find plenty of online furniture shops offering safe, long lasting and comfortable kids furniture at reasonable prices, some offering unknown kids furniture and some offering known brand names. In my humble suggestion you should only consider branded, top-quality and sturdy kids furniture. This will allow your kids to be safe and comfortable, so look for a quality manufacturer before you buy. Well known furniture brands are slightly high in price but when it comes to comfort of our own kids, the small price difference can be set aside. To find out best option for your kids simply pick up the phone and give the online retail store a ring, ask them the questions you may have in your mind related to item you are interested in.

Kids furniture comes in a variety of styles and designs and some times it is very difficult for you to select the right furniture for your kid as you might think that you need all the items available at furniture shop. Kids furniture indicate that your baby is already tall enough and cannot fit in a baby cot and now he/she needs kids bed.

If you are looking to buy kids furniture you should consider and check few things. Like other purchases, your budget plays the main role in kids furnitures selection. Bright colours and modern designs of kids furniture really complement your kids personality, so try to keep this in mind while deciding on kids furniture.

Themed kids furniture is very popular now-a-days. Matching kids furniture is very much recommended. You need to match bed, nightstand, bookshelf and dresser. One more thing you should bear in mind is that your kids room should not look congested as children really don’t need too much furniture and like to have plenty space for play.

Chartley Bedrooms, a leading online kids furniture shop, offer huge collection of kids furniture that includes beds, wardrobes, desks, chest, bedsides, toyboxes, bookcases, accessories, radiator covers and room sets for both boys and girls, all you need to decorate your kids room. ChartleyBedrooms.co.uk is UKs leading kids furniture store and committed to provide:-

1. Expert Product Advice
2. Huge Product Selection Range
3. Free Delivery
4. Value for Money

Chartley Bedrooms is a flourishing firm, recognised widely throughout the South of England for its high quality, individual, practical yet pretty pieces. You’re sure to find something you like among our range of stunning childrens bedroom furniture. Choose from dozens of available designs or bring us your ideas. Natural wood or painted, Chartley’s range of adult bedroom handpainted furniture has something for everyone.