MARTIAN EMBASSY / by LAVA

And they’ve set up their very own embassy in inner city Sydney! The new embassy was designed by LAVA, with partners Will O'Rourke and The Glue Society, as a fusion of a whale, a rocket ...

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Plinthos Pavilion / by mab architects

The Plinthos Pavilion is built using 21816 clay bricks to make a continuous floor and walls. Usually hidden perforated sides of the bricks are exposed thus creating permeable surface.

Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center, Taiwan / by MADE IN

Situated in the taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, the project proposes a responsible urbanism based on the heterogeneity of the program, on the urban porosity and on the adaptability to the different situations and events.

Triangular House, Ecuador / by WE Architecture

The starting point of the project was to create a house around a patio as we know it from a lot of colonial style housing. By triangulating the house we minimized the distances from 1 ...

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Viewpoint Emerging Dining, Chile / by Javier Rodríguez Acevedo

The project was built using wood waste bins, impregnated poles, raschel mesh, river rocks, and wire recycling. It seeks no more than resolve a request from the rural, through the material and the ...

 

What Should I do for a Plumbing Emergency?

Emergencies in the home are never good, and plumbing situations can be the worst. Leaks and floods can cause a huge amount of damage, bot to your home and all your belongings. Next time something unexpected happens, know the right steps to keeping a cool head. Professionals like the Plumbing Detectives (plumbingdetectives.com.au) know the best ideas for staying on top of emergencies.

Turn off the Water

Turning the main water supply to the house off can be an important first step in almost any plumbing emergency. No matter what might be leaking or broken, stopping the flow of water will keep damage to a minimum.

You should also know where the various other localized shut-offs are (under sinks, behind washing machines etc). In an emergency, it can be faster to simply turn off all the water at once. But once the situation is a bit more under control, you can adjust what’s on and what’s off to keep the problem isolated.
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WHITE FUTURA / by Alexander Wong Architects

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Shanghai has always enjoyed an unparalleled interest in redefining Western Cultures within a Chinese context and proud of its iconic as well as seminal status in the History of Modern Chinese Cinema. At the brand new urban hub named Shanghai Hopson International Plaza, built & managed by Hopson Development Holdings Limited at Shanghai’s Wujiaochang (上海五角场), China Film Cinema has just launched their latest flagship.
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MLA+ Felixx consortium wins the Bao’an Urban Design Competition in Shenzhen China

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MLA+ in collaboration with Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners and Chinese partners China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) and Shenzhen Municipal Design & Research Institute has won the first prize in the design competition for the regeneration of the area along the G107 highway in Bao’an district in Shenzhen. The other competing teams consisted of Nikken Sekkei, KCAP, OMA and ISA- Internationales Stadtbauatelier.
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How to Choose the Right Window Accessories for Your House

Window treatments and accessories can really transform the way your house looks and feels. A simple curtain with the right colour and pattern, for instance, can actually make a room warmer or colder. There is no shortage of options too. Today, you can do anything with the right window treatment and accessories. Before you get started, however, here are a few important tips to keep in mind.

Stick to What You Have and Plan Ahead

It is always tempting to go with that trendy electric curtain or the latest window tint on the market, but you should never jump to a purchase decision without taking into account several factors. For starters, the existing ambience, colour, and tone of the room must be considered. The accessories you want to add to the windows should always match the existing tone nicely.
Don’t forget to plan ahead too, especially if you can’t add all the accessories you need (and want) at once. You can add a curtain now and apply window tinting later to make budgeting for the projects much easier to do. However, you need to have a clear picture of what the end results will look like from the very beginning.
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Save on Your Energy Bills: The Stylish Way

We often think saving money and staying sleek and stylish can never go hand in hand. This is actually not true. With the advancements in architecture and interior design, gorgeously styled properties and interiors are actually more affordable than ever. Even today’s trend of making a property as energy-efficient as possible can be both stylish and moneysaving at the same time. Here are some of the things you can do to get started on reducing your energy bills and increasing energy efficiency.

Better Window Treatments

You can do so much with the right window treatment. For starters, you can control the amount of light that enters a room; this is always a key component in designing and creating a comfortable yet stylish room. There is no shortage of options too. You can, for example, choose materials other than fabric. Bamboo and plastic composite blinds are quite popular these days.

Another good thing to add is double glazing. Double-glazed window panes have an air-tight, insulated layer in between two pieces of glass. This layer of vacuum makes it much cheaper to maintain the interior climate of the room. In fact, some manufacturers are beginning to introduce triple-glazed window panes to further increase the benefits.
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Piuarch wins the competition to build the new Latteria Sociale Valtellina cooperative dairy

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The competition awarded the design by the Milan studio, which proposed a building with a unique territorial identity.

The competition, called by the Latteria Sociale Valtellina S.C.A. cooperative dairy, was aimed at renovating the old building, adding a new space to incorporate a sales outlet, restaurant, conference room and a small museum.
Located in the municipality of Postalesio in the province of Sondrio (120 km north of Milan), the project is an opportunity for Piuarch to make the most of the landscape and the economic and historic context of the area.
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Am I Drinking Enough Water Every Day?

We all want to stay properly hydrated during these hot days of summer but the recommendations on how much water to drink keep changing. Even if you don’t have an exact figure in mind, you probably know that you need to drink more. So you probably should carry water around with you, or know where you can find refill stations like Aquafil (click this link). How much should you be aiming for?

Don’t Wait Until Thirsty
The most important tip to getting enough water is to not wait until you feel thirsty to get a drink. By the time your body starts to show you symptoms of thirst (starting with dry mouth usually), you are already starting to dehydrate. You really need to have a drink before you feel like you need it.

Water is Best
Plain water may not be the most exciting beverage but it is the best one to keep your body hydrated. A long-standing myth that coffee and tea will actually make your body lose water has proven untrue, so both would count towards your water intake though the caffeine and other compounds aren’t all that healthy in large amounts. Juice has a lot more flavor, along with a huge amount of sugar.

One healthy way to improve the taste of your daily water intake is to add a few chunks of fresh fruit to a pitcher of cold water. Leave it overnight, and in the morning you have some lightly fruit-flavored water that is very refreshing but without the sugar content.

So How Much?

Back to our original question. How much water should you drink each day? The old adage that we’ve all heard is eight 8-oz cups of water per day, or just a little under 2 liters. One great thing about this rule is that it’s easy to remember (8 cups of 8oz) but it may not really be quite enough. More current thinking has the number closer to 9 cups of water for women, and 13 for men.
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Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurant created / by Adam Fisler

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This is a Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurant created by Adam Fisler with the 3D modeling program,Trimble Sketchup. Quaker Steak and Lube is a chain restaurant that can be found all over the United States. They serve burgers, wings, salads, and various sandwiches. The interior is decorated with sports and nascar memorabilia. This model, in particular, is a replica of the Mechanicsburg, Pa location. Adam, as usual, paid attention to all the small details and gave an accurate representation of what the real building looks like.

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