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What's the Difference Between a Megacity, a Metropolis, a Megalopolis and a Global City?

20 June, 2018 - 10:00
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You can’t define modern civilization without mentioning its cities. These urban settlements vary in culture, size and specialty, with certain areas becoming more significant throughout the development of a region. Historically, the size or population of a settlement was a general indicator of its importance—the bigger city, the more power it yields—however, with the large rural-to-urban migration of the last century, it has become harder to define what makes a city important. There are many types of urban landscapes, and for architects and planners it is vital to efficiently categorize settlement types in order to successfully develop designs and city plans. The following list provides four key definitions that have emerged in the last century.

Global City

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Water and Wellbeing: Projects that Explore the Potential of Public Baths and Pools

20 June, 2018 - 08:00
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There is something about water that continually captures our imagination. Tranquil, dramatic, or ever-changing, the architecture of public baths and swimming pools can enhance the inherent qualities of water. Bathhouses were traditionally meeting-spaces where social differences bled away into skin and steam. Even in contemporary architectural projects, spaces for swimming and bathing often feel like a separate world, therapeutic and intimate. 

Below are 12 projects that display stunning spaces for communal bathing and swimming.

Summer Pool In Godella / Álvarez Cubells Arquitectos

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Royal College of Music / AIX Arkitekter

20 June, 2018 - 07:00
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  • Architects: AIX Arkitekter
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Lead Architects Building: Tobias Rosberg, Margareta Källström
  • Lead Architects Concert Halls: Annika Askerblom
  • Lead Architects Stage And Theater: Torsten Nobling
  • Lead Architects Studios: Anne Lagerheim
  • Area: 21000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman, Peder Lindbom
  • Architectural Team Building: Jasmina Jovanović Holm, Helena Ekelund, Anders Rosenberg, Silvia Las Heras, Marco Antonio Martins Ferreira, Sigrid Zenger, Filip Håkansson, Björn Wikmark, Lena Lynch, Sabbe Puskas, Mats Duvnäs, Mats Dahlgren, Eva-Lena Hanses, Per Odebäck, Linnéa Zickerman, Christine Lavelid, Lars Pålsson, Peder Lindbom, Lars Öste, Ethna McDermott, Susanna Bremberg, Sibylle Maurer, Lotta Lindgren
  • Architectural Team Concert Halls: Therese Alston, Jonne Lidström, Bo Jacobsen

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20 June, 2018 - 06:15
DAY CARE CENTER . BENAVENTE studioVRA . photos: © Javier Bravo Fotografía The new Day Care Center for People with Alzheimer’s Disease in Benavente (Zamora, Spain) arises from the aging of the region’s population. When designed, there was no proven scheme for this typology, despite the growth of the disease in recent years in some … Continue reading studioVRA

House with Gable / mia2/Architektur

20 June, 2018 - 05:00
© Kurt Hörbst © Kurt Hörbst
  • Architects: mia2/Architektur
  • Location: Roßleithen, Austria
  • Lead Architects: Sandra Gnigler, Gunar Wilhelm
  • Area: 156.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Kurt Hörbst

Futurium Berlin / Richter Musikowski

20 June, 2018 - 04:00
© Dacian Groza © Dacian Groza
  • Architects: Richter Musikowski
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Lead Architects: Christoph Richter, Jan Musikowski, Sebastian Haufe, Elke Sparmann, Martina Huber, Nele Gessner, Daniel Eckert, Domenico Foti, Yvo Coseriu, Christine Dorn, Elisabetta Vito, Johann Schulz-Greve, Phillip Rohé
  • Area: 14007.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Dacian Groza, Schnepp Renou
  • General Contractor: BAM Deutschland AG
  • Controlling: Partnerschaften Deutschland AG
  • Landscape Architect: JUCA architektur + landschaftsarchitektur
  • Structure: Schüßler-Plan Ingenieursgesellschaft mbH
  • Building Physics/Sustainability: WSGreen Technologies GmbH, Stuttgart / Müller BBM GmbH
  • Client: Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben (BImA)
  • User: Futurium gGmbH

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SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort / onion

20 June, 2018 - 02:00
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  • Architects: onion
  • Location: Ko Samui, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand
  • Lead Architects: Siriyot Chaiamnuay, Arisara Chaktranon
  • Area: 10757.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Wworkspace , Wison Tungthunya
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Text description provided by the architects. Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort has a panoramic view of Chaweng Beach on Thailand’s third largest island. Ko Samui lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of Surat Thani Province. It is known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves, crystal clear sea, mountainous rainforest, luxury resorts and spas. It has a domestic and international airport. Travelers stop over at Chaweng Beach before joining the Full Moon Party on Ko Pha Ngan.

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Casas da Baixa. Pedro Ferreira

20 June, 2018 - 00:10

Fotografía: João Morgado

Ubicado en la Rua de D. João IV, Oporto, las Casas da Baixa, tiene como objetivo la rehabilitación de un pequeño bloque del siglo XIX.

Es posible comprender el conjunto por sus cualidades formales, así como interpretar sus singularidades dentro del contexto urbano de la ciudad, ya que muestra una imagen completamente diferente de las otras manzanas del centro de la ciudad, acercándose a los centros rurales, periféricos a la ciudad en escala y forma.

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Private Equity Company, London by align | Office facilities

20 June, 2018 - 00:00

align has designed a striking, elegant and highly-contemporary workspace scheme for a financial services company client, with a unique 18th century visual twist. The client is based in a central London building with a Grade I-listed façade and a new-build structure directly behind and the new project specifically relates to the redesign of one entire floor. The scheme had to be delivered in three phases, with staff moving round the space to allow working to continue throughout. ‘The client’s business had grown substantially when the need arose for this redesigned work floor’, align Director and Co-founder Nigel Tresise explained, ‘with the existing layout proving not only overcrowded, but spatially disjointed.’ A flowing and open floorplan was a key tenet of the brief. The remit was to incorporate three closed meeting spaces; a small number of private offices; a series of open collaboration spaces and a kitchenette/tea-point area, incorporating additional seating and meeting spac… continue

Le Signe / Nationales Grafikzentrum, Chaumont by Forster Profile Systems | Manufacturer references

20 June, 2018 - 00:00

Nationales Grafikzentrum „Le Signe“, Chaumont FR In unmittelbarer Nähe des Stadtzentrums von Chaumont, im Herzen eines Kulturviertels hat „Le Signe – Centre national du Graphisme“ seine Pforten geöffnet. Das nationale Grafikzentrum befindet sich in der ehemaligen „Banque de France“, einem Gebäude aus dem neunzehnten Jahrhundert, das durch die Architekten Moatti et Rivière umgestaltet und mit einem Erweiterungsbau kombiniert wurde. 3.500 m2, davon 1.000 m2 Ausstellungsfläche auf zwei Ebenen, eine Schulungswerkstatt, eine Siebdruckwerkstatt, ein Dokumentationszentrum ..., die Architektur musste vielfältigen Anforderungen gerecht werden; nämlich das nationale Grafikzentrum zu einem Treffpunkt und Ort des kulturellen Austauschs zu machen, welcher der gesamten Bevölkerung offen steht. Der angegliederte Neubau besticht durch die puristische Kombination von Stein und Glas, Materialen welche dem Gebäude trotz seiner Grösse eine überraschende Leichtigkeit verleihen. Die unregelmässig… continue

Cafe Oriente / LABOTORY

20 June, 2018 - 00:00
© Yong Joon Choi © Yong Joon Choi
  • Architects: LABOTORY
  • Location: 682-16 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Area: 58.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Yong Joon Choi
© Yong Joon Choi © Yong Joon Choi

Text description provided by the architects. A space needs not only to deliver beautiful visuals but offer a unique emotional experience filled with nuance to visitors. There are numerous cafes these days, but we hope that Cafe Oriente would become a unique place that resonates with people rather than simply being a place to have coffee.

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The Subtle Latent Pests In The Bedroom You Should Know About

19 June, 2018 - 22:29

Pest are usually menacing to people for the disturbance they cause and also for the fact that they spread diseases to us. Most pests usually get inside people’s houses when the weather is fine especially during the summer and spring seasons. While most pests that get into the house are easily visible, there those that are so subtle and may need keen observation to detect. These latent pests can wreck lots of havoc to your family and household pets.

In this article we are going to take you through a detailed discussion of the most common latent pests that like residing in the bedroom without your knowledge. Read on to find out more about these pests.

The cockroach

Well, cockroaches are common household pests that are most commonly associated with the kitchen because they are known to feed on food debris and leftovers. While this is true for cockroaches, these pests come in varied species. The German cockroach specie for instance, likes to hide in dark places and will find a dark bedroom a safe haven to reside in. To help keep of this type of cockroach from hiding in your bedroom better keep your bedroom tidy and ensure enough light gets into it. Learning about German cockroach facts may help you know how to get rid of them altogether.

The bed bug

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How to Avoid Drain Flies in Your Kitchen

19 June, 2018 - 22:24

Drain flies are small flies that are most commonly found inside drain pipes or sinks of your home. They are usually black in color but there some varieties that can appear brown. You can easily identify these flies by a characteristic vein-like pattern appearing on their wings. There are various names given to these flies which may include; sewer flies, moth flies, or the filter fly. These disgusting flies usually have a smudge that is powdery that can easily remain on your hand if you touch it. The main habitat that these flies like is the drain where they lay so many eggs that hatch quickly.

Where do drain flies breed?

Drain flies just as their name suggests like mist and dump areas to breed and therefore find drains the perfect spot for breeding. If they are not checked their numbers can greatly multiply within the shortest time possible. They basically like to breed in drains that are not frequently used and you may most probably notice them hovering around your sink when returning from vacation. This is not to say that they won’t breed on your house’s drain sink pipe even when it is frequently used.

So how can you possibly get rid of drain flies naturally?

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Soundproofing 101: How to Soundproof a Room Without Breaking the Bank

19 June, 2018 - 22:03

There are a lot of reasons you may want to soundproof a room. Perhaps you live in the city and you want to cut down on the noise coming into your bedroom so you can get some sleep. Or, maybe, you want to soundproof your home office so you can hear better on those important phone calls and have fewer distractions. Perhaps you live in an apartment and your neighbors are loud or you are tired of listening to footsteps through the ceiling from the apartment above yours. One of the most common reasons is that someone in the home is learning, or wants to learn, how to play a loud musical instrument and needs to be able to practice without disturbing the entire house.

If you have been hesitant to let your child take music lessons because of the noise, we’ve got some tips to help you soundproof a room in your home so that he or she can practice without driving you nuts! In fact, with online music lessons from Music To Your Home, your child could take his music lessons right in your newly soundproofed room, without you ever getting one complaint from the neighbors! It doesn’t have to be expensive, either. We’re going to tell you about some quick fixes as well as some more advanced techniques to help you get the level of soundproofing you need, without breaking the bank.

The Purposes of Soundproofing

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Onyx Lit House / Emerge Architects

19 June, 2018 - 22:00
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  • Architects: Emerge Architects
  • Location: Yilan, Taiwan
  • Architect In Charge: Sam Yang, Ally Chang, UZ Liu
  • Participants Of Project: Yingchen Ling
  • Area: 271.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016

Andrey Avgust reimagines US dollar bills as vertical designs

19 June, 2018 - 21:00

US dollars by Andrey Avgust

Belarusian designer Andrey Avgust has turned American banknotes 90 degrees and created graphics for the new format, in this conceptual take on the country's currency. Read more

Bamboo Sunyata / akasha+associates architecture

19 June, 2018 - 21:00
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