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How To Get Started Building Your Own House In 2019

So you’ve decided you’re going to build your own home instead of buying one. You’re excited to embark on your new DIY project and you’re dreaming of custom kitchens from DIY Homefit, gaming rooms for leisure, and the view from your new bedroom. Your mind is already racing with things you could do to fill your new home with memories and joy. “Once it’s done” is becoming your new personal mantra. I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. We know how it feels to finally complete a new house and be excited at the prospect of living in something you’ve created.
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New Kortimed Headquarters in Spain / by Pierattelli Architetture

For an Italian company specialized in liquid food transportation, Pierattelli Architetture designs an innovative hub to set new quality standards on working environments.

Valencia (Spain) | A contemporary headquarters that integrates all strategic, management, operational, logistic and symbolic functions in a single construction. This is the avant-garde Kortimed hub that the Florence firm Pierattelli Architetture has designed in the name of total quality: aesthetic, technical, engineering, operational and representative.

Kortimed, is an international leader in the tanker transport of liquid foodstuffs. Founded in Italy in 2005, today Kortimed has an international distribution network. Spain is the company’s first commercial venture abroad, a natural location for creating a hub to serve as a cornerstone on which to consolidate an intermodal transport network involving land, sea and rail transport between Europe and North Africa.
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How the Steel Industry Can Reduce Energy Consumption and Improve Efficiency

The steel industry remains one of the pillars of the American economy, and as concerns about the environment and carbon footprints are growing, it has to confront its energy consumption issues. At the same time, efficiency allows companies to do more with less and expand less energy while increasing their throughput. Both concepts go hand in hand, and reducing energy consumption doesn’t only have to be done by adopting sounder practices and alternatives to energy inefficient equipment; it should also focus on improving processes. Let’s take a look at how steel manufacturers can improve both their efficiency and energy consumption.
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T20 in Xujiahui / by Jacques Ferrier Architecture and Sensual City Studio

Paris, Lisbon and Shanghai-based practices Jacques Ferrier Architecture and Sensual City Studio have turned what could have been an ordinary ‘office plus car park’ into an opportunity to radically reassess the surrounding urban district of Xujiahui in Shanghai.
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Red House / by TOPROJEKT

Recently nominated for the EU Mies award 2019 ‘red house’ by Biuro Toprojekt is situated in a Cistercian landscape of Rudy Wielkie, a vast area in Upper Silesia of Poland. The walls of the building were made out of hand-sorted waste bricks from nearby brickworks making it a perfect fit for the vicinity of Rudy where one can find a number of brick buildings built in a masterly way.
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Bahá’í Temple of South America / by Hariri Pontarini Architects

At the heart of this building there is a belief and an aspiration: that even now, in the fractured 21st-century, we can respond to a human yearning to come together, to connect to one another, and to something that moves the spirit. The Temple sits on the edge of Santiago and nestles against the spine of the Andes mountains. It was commissioned by the Bahá‘í House of Justice and is the eighth and final continental temple for the Bahá‘í Faith. But, central to its brief and its design is that it be a place of welcome, community and meaning for everyone.
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A Guide to Renovating Your Property into Your Dream Home

As a homeowner, you no doubt had a long list of requirements for your next property, to ensure it met your standards, fitted you and your family comfortably, and was in the best location possible. Unfortunately, the likelihood of finding your dream home, while also staying within your budget, can be slim, meaning you may have to compromise on specific aspects you were searching for.

For example, maybe the location was crucial, allowing you to commute easily into work and for your children to enroll in the best school, yet the garden was unkempt, and the room layout was outdated.

In these circumstances, renovating the property is a great option. Not only do you get to enjoy the first feature of the home, which made you buy it, but you can also put your individual stamp and personality on the house. Which renovations would be worthwhile for a homeowner, however?
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Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton, Canada / by DIALOG

The new Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada creates a striking new entrance into the downtown and a unique gathering place in the heart of North America’s largest urban parkland.
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