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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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Green Architecture’s Urgent Quest For Cheaper, More Sustainable Energy

Over the years, an increasing number of disciplines have become interested in the concept of creating a sustainable environment. Green Architecture is one of these disciplines and its goal is to create green buildings. These are commercial and residential buildings whose science and style accord with the principles of sustainability.

Green architecture has two clear goals. Its first goal is to minimize the resources used when constructing a building. Its second goal is to provide the building with a form of energy that is inexpensive, does not produce harmful emissions and pollution. Moreover, it’s essential for the future that these homes only use renewable energy.

It’s possible that in the future, all homes will be green buildings. Besides improving the environment, green buildings will also create immense cost savings on energy use. However, even if you don’t live in a green building now, you can still enjoy the benefits of cost saving by enrolling in a new electricity and natural gas plan depending on where you live. If, for instance, you live in Alberta, you have quite a few options. Direct Energy Edmonton and other competitive energy suppliers are making it much easier for homeowners to use the same quantity of electricity at a lower rate.
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How to Determine Your Deck Style

Decks and porches both top the list of things that homeowners and homebuyers most want to see on a home. Decks help increase your enjoyment of your yard and landscaping, and increase your living space during the warmer months. Whether you entertain regularly, or the deck is just for personal use, adding one to your home can really help impact how much you use your outdoors space. Decks come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and materials as well, allowing you to build one to suit your particular needs. Determine your deck style before beginning to make most of the project.

Complementary Style

Above all else, your deck needs to complement the rest of your home’s exterior. For example a sleek contemporary home will look better with a deck that has clean lines and a mixture of low-maintenance decking materials with steel cable railings than it will with a deck that has more traditional features.
Take a look at some of the features that your home already has. The shape, lines of the home, size of the exterior cladding, and its footprint should all go into your final deck decision, as well as where off your home the deck will be positioned. For example, having your deck wrap around one corner of the home might be beneficial if your property isn’t level, giving you multiple points of entry from several different areas. This type of deck matching should extend right to the color of the stain. Consider your siding, architectural shingles, shutters, and even front door to choose a color that will match or complement other accents already in place.


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What Factors Affect Property Valuation?

Knowing the value of your property is crucial when you set out to sell your house. Valuation serves as a guide when you are setting the asking price as well as the final price for which you can sell your property.

It is obvious that every homeowner desires to sell their house for as much as they can. However, the house prices are determined against a number of factors. You can get an estimate value of your home with online tool like this. The good news is that there are those that you can influence yourself. Here are some of those factors that affect the value of property during valuation:
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Energy Efficient Home Design

House with Glass louvers, Japan / by StudioGreenBlue

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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