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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 ...

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Energy Efficient Home Design

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Your home is a system. You can save money and improve the performance by taking measures that are cost – effective that will reduce the building loads, and then by installing systems as appliances that happen to be just the right size in order to meet those reduced loads.

The strategy that is the most effective for improving the energy efficiency of your household is to target the envelope of the home – walls, windows, attic, and doors. Once you have done that, you can improve the efficiency of the various systems, like heating and cooling, appliances, and lighting. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things that can be done to make your home one that is more energy efficient:

Energy Suppliers

You might happen to live in an area where energy suppliers are still regulated. Most of us do. That means that there will typically be a single source of a type of energy in the area and that is the one that you have to use. For example, in Mobile, AL, the only supplier of electricity is Alabama Power, so that is what people have to use.

However, some states are becoming deregulated. This means that you will be have more local energy companies to choose from. This can help you to be more energy efficient. How? Well, the energy companies will want to be competitive to be able to get your business. This means that most of them will have a variety of plans and pricing options. This will allow you to get only the energy that you need as opposed to getting and using more than what is necessary.
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Using Art to Inspire Your Home’s Interior Design

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Artwork can play a huge role in your home’s interior design by adding character, color, and texture to any room. The art chosen can be unique or traditional; it all depends on your preferences and how you’d like the room to look. Choosing and placing artwork goes beyond just hanging it up in any room – the right piece of art can breathe life and style into any room.

Choosing the Artwork

Choosing the right artwork for each room is all about personal preferences. Browse paintings to gain inspiration and insight as to what you’d like to see when you walk in the room. If you see a painting you like but it doesn’t match the décor in any of your rooms, buy it anyway because a painting can easily become the focal point of the room. If you want to have multiple paintings in one room, try to go with a similar style so they complement each other.
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KANVA wins the City of Montréal’s competition ‘Vivre le Chantier Sainte-Cath!’ to animate the construction site

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Montréal, Canada, 2016-09-28 – IMAGO is the winning entry of the City of Montreal’s two-phase competition entitled ‘Vivre le chantier Sainte-Cath!’. St. Catherine Street, an important commercial artery in downtown Montreal is undergoing a four-year infrastructure improvement plan along several blocks, including underground infrastructure upgrades, incorporation of new public transit systems and increasing pedestrian sidewalk area and access. The project seeks to ameliorate the streetscape’s overall appeal, improve its functioning and promote economic growth over the long term. During the construction different segments of the street will be closed to car traffic, however pedestrian traffic and access to all stores will remain functioning. It is inevitable that this period of transformation will have an impact on people’s daily routine and the operation of the city.

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Home Improvements that Actually Improve Your Home

Home improvements can be tricky business. Perhaps the trickiest part is knowing which improvements to do yourself and which to have a professional do for you.

A certain big box home improvement retailer used to be fond of saying, You can do it. We can help. Far too many do-it-yourselfers were encouraged to take on projects they shouldn’t have done themselves. The only thing they could do is sell you stuff. The retailer will never be there to help when things take a turn for the worse.

It can also be tricky to know which home improvements are actually improvements. First, one must be clear about what an improvement is. An aesthetic improvement may only be an improvement in the eye of the current beholder.
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What type of air conditioner is cheapest to run?

Air conditioning systems are used to keep rooms at the optimum temperature, whilst also filtering the air that you breathe, cleaning it from dust and other unwanted particles. They can be great for making your home more bearable to live in during the very hot summer months, but there are some things that you need to be aware of when making your purchase. For example, there are a few different types of air conditioner on offer, all of which can be purchased in varied sizes and maintenance needs.

This guide can get you started, but it’s always advisable to speak to a professional before putting any money down. This will ensure that you get a system that is suitable for you, that fits in your home, and that you’re happy with.
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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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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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Tips and Tricks to Remove Mold

Even if you keep a pretty clean house, mold can still crop up unexpectedly just about anywhere.

Cleaning up some mold problems on your own can be a quick and inexpensive solution, if you don’t mind the unpleasant nature of the task. If you prefer to have a professional help you out, there are many services like PuroClean, that offer mold mitigation in new Jersey, that can do the work for you.

But if you’re tackling that mold or mildew yourself, here are some tips:

Protect Yourself

You can get seriously ill if you expose yourself to mold too closely. Even small amounts should be treated carefully. Wear good rubber gloves and a face mask while cleaning and handling moldy materials for disposal.

Cleaning Mold

There are really 2 approaches to removing mold in your home safely, and they depend on what kind of surface you’re dealing with.

Mold on a hard smooth surface, like metal, plastic or ceramic tile, is the easiest and safest to clean up on your own. For these surfaces, you need a dilute solution of bleach (roughly 1 part bleach to 10 parts water) and a cloth or sponge. Give the effected area a good wiping to remove any signs of the mold. You don’t need to rinse. In fact, a little bleach residue will help ensure any remaining spores are killed off.
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