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Groupe Scolaire Pasteur / by R2K Architectes

Groupe Scolaire Pasteur / by R2K Architectes © Jussi Tiainen

The building is located in Limeil-Brevannes, near Paris. It consists of three preschools and of two elementary schools. As the method of commissioning was used so called “conception-construction” system, where the competition teams propose both all plans and the construction on fixed price. Beside schools, an apartment building of social housing of 46 flats was included to the competition program. Time for the competition was one month. The decision for the winner was made in April 2011 and the inauguration of the building was held 18 months later. The construction of the apartment building starts in next April.
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Remodel Your Home Before Putting It on the Market

House 3098 in Lantau Island, Hong Kong It’s no secret that homes aren’t selling as easily as in previous years. This economy is great for the home buyer, but not so hot for those who are looking to sell. Regardless of the reason you are looking to sell, it is probably a good idea to do some remodeling first.

Making upgrades will improve your chances of selling, while also increasing the listing price. No one wants to go upside down on a home. In an ideal world, we’d all make a profit on our home sale. Unfortunately, homes are selling for less these days and without renovations, you risk selling at a lower price, or potentially not selling at all.

The kitchen is where many families spend a lot of time. Having an outdated kitchen will likely make a potential buyer turn around before seeing the rest of the home. You don’t have to completely redo your kitchen, as it is unlikely a full kitchen remodel (costing tens of thousands of dollars) will ever give you the full return on investment that it would have 10 years ago. Instead focus on simple upgrades.

Replace cabinets, flooring and countertops, if needed. It is also a good idea to add in energy-efficient appliances. Going green is more popular than ever and this adds appeal to potential buyers who are concerned with environmental issues and energy usage.
The bathroom is another room that will turn off buyers at first glance. No one wants a dingy bathroom. Upgrading the medicine cabinet and replacing light fixtures are a quick fix that may do the job. If you have money in your budget, I would also recommend replacing shower doors, vanity and tile.
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Construction Start: Central Business District at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport / by MVRDV

Sincere Property, MVRDV and Aedas have started construction on a Central Business District at Shanghai’s mostly domestic airport Hongqiao. The 4.5ha site is located near Hongqiao Airport train station at the corner of Shenhai Express Way and Shenbin Road. The plan comprises ten office towers, an underground shopping centre, cultural program, parking and a sunken plaza which will bring a more intimate form of urban life into an area currently dominated by large boulevards and urban expressway’s. The project’s completion is planned for 2015.

Central Business District at Shangha Hongqiao Airport / by MVRDV

Just weeks after winning the competition, construction has already started on this urban masterplan for an office and retail centre near the fourth busiest airport in mainland China. The 4.5ha site is divided into a small northern plot of 8,409 m2 and a larger southern plot. The team won the competition with highly energy-efficient architecture combined with an intimate urban plan which allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces.
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Why You Should Consider a Moving Company for Your Local Move

Often when someone is making a local move they don’t consider a moving company, but they can save time and hassle. No matter where you live, or how nearby your new home, is a moving company is worth considering. Here are just a few reasons:

Time—Packing up a house can take weeks if you do it yourself, but an experienced moving crew can do it in a matter of hours. Strong, physically able movers can quickly move your heavy furniture like sleeper couches and your heirloom solid oak table. When planning your move consider how you will find time to pack and move—and what you may have to miss out on to do so.

Injury—Moving heavy furniture and even boxes yourself can cause injuries like strained muscles, pulled backs, and separated shoulders. Moving companies have workers who have the proper equipment to move heavy items and have the physical capacity to move a large amount of things, quickly and safely.

If Uncle Joe and Dad are willing to help out, that’s great—but do them both a favor and leave the heavy stuff to state-endoresed professionals like New York or St. Louis moving companies, depending on where you live.
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International Criminal Court (Ground-breaking) / by schmidt hammer lassen architects

Ground-breaking ceremony for the International Criminal Court

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A historical milestone was reached when the ground-breaking ceremony for the International Criminal Court (ICC) took place on Tuesday 16th April 2013 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects to convey hope, trust and faith in justice, the 54,500 square metre building complex will be the first permanent premises of the unique, international institution.

The ICC is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. It was founded in 2002 and has grown to the present-day size of 122 member countries.
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Home Renovations You Can Do Yourself

Home renovations can be expensive but taking the Do-It-Yourself approach will cut the labor costs as well as give your family an entertaining, productive task. Here are some fix ups that are helpful around the home.

Reface or Refinish Your Kitchen Cabinets

Refinishing your kitchen cabinet doors is inexpensive, all it requires is your choice of paint, stain, or laminate. To reface your cabinets means to put new doors on the already mounted kitchen boxes. The re-facing process is quite simple: order the appropriate amount of doors and drawer fronts but be conscious of the costs. There are many sets that are cost friendly and pleasing to the eye as well.

Cabinet knob renovations to wooden cabinets can always be given a nice touch with new knobs from a relatively cheap place like BedBathStore.com including stainless pieces, or stained colored knobs. It will give your kitchen an attractive fix and compliment your new kitchen cabinets at the same time.

Improve the Lighting

Lighting is a perfect way to change the style of your home and you are capable to do it yourself. Track lighting covers a lot of surface area and is an innovative way to brighten your living room or bedroom. If you like to keep your home coordinated, match the style of track lights with other lighting in your home. Choose lighting with stainless steel tracks or black tracks to continue your home’s theme.

Under cabinet lights can improve your kitchen renovations and give off the sense of comfort; not to mention the usefulness of them. Hanging a chandelier from your dining room ceiling is a possible DIY fix up as well, choose a selection that fits your home’s style at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s.

Cut Energy Costs with Renovations

There are many cracks around windows and between floorboards where air can escape which will ultimately lead to higher energy costs. Caulk the area around your windows and doors so that your home stays at your desired temperature. Also insulate pipes to prevent heat loss and from air creating a draft which can also raise energy costs.

Install New Faucets

Modern faucets can change a kitchen sink or your bathroom sink from a traditional style to a completely brand new look. Make sure that your faucet installations will fit in the sink hole and won’t require any molding. Choose faucets of the same size so that there is an easy transition.
Paint a Room

Painting requires some preparation but a great DIY renovation that will obviously change the look of a room completely. If you aren’t looking to make as much as a commitment as to paint a room then add a painted accent to rooms around your home. Add bold accent to your living room walls or white trim to surrounding ceilings which won’t require as much paint.

Give Your Floor a New Look

It is often overlooked but your hardwood floors can easily get scuffed and show signs of wear and tear. Refinishing wood floors will turn your home from dull floorboards to shiny wood. Old, worn carpet doesn’t get much attention as well, take the time to clean your carpet and freshen the carpet’s color.

The Beam, Villeneuve d’Ascq / by MVRDV

Development corporation ADIM Nord with MVRDV and de Alzua+ have been announced the winners of an urban renewal competition in the French town of Villeneuve d’Ascq, beating four other entries. The masterplan for a crucial site in the town centre adjacent to an inner city motorway, is the starting point of a wider regeneration of the area’s public space. An iconic building, The Beam, will hover over the motorway signalling urban renewal and acting as visual reference point for the town’s centre. A hotel, offices and retail space, totalling 15.000 m2, will be built on the site of a former petrol station, with construction expected to start in 2015.

The Beam, Villeneuve d'Ascq

Villeneuve d’Ascq is a new town located near Lille in the very north of France. The Beam will be icon of a larger urban generation effort in the town centre which is currently characterised by parking lots, large volumes and undefined green spaces. On an urban level the masterplan aims at a more sustainable form of development by densifying the town centre and adding identity and diversity to the site. The creation of pedestrian zones, and the demarcation and connection of the existing green spaces together also form part of the plan.
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GROUPON 1st Concept Store in Hong Kong / by Head Architecture

Groupon 1st Concept Store in Hong Kong by Head Architecture

Groupon (a portmanteau derived from “group coupon”) is a deal-of-the-day website that features discounted gift certificates usable at local or national companies.
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