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Unlocking Energy Efficiency

Significantly, by 2020 in most countries, 80% of all buildings will have already been built. The refurbishment of existing building stock and improving energy management is vital in meeting emission reduction targets. Given that in the west, most buildings have already undergone thermal insulation upgrades such as cavity wall insulation, …

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World’s first Plastic Bottle Village

The first of an entire village of plastic bottle homes is being constructed on Isla Colón in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. By recycling plastic bottles for use as insulation in what will eventually be 120 houses, Plastic Bottle Village founder Robert Bezeau is helping to preserve the island’s luscious surroundings …

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The Future of Construction Sector in India

An analysis of various reports on the development and future of India’s second largest employer – the construction industry. The construction sector in India, which employs more than 35 million people, is the second largest employer, next only to agriculture. Therefore, any improvements in the construction sector affect a number …

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Bus Ports that improve quality of life

The concept of developing a transit oriented design in India is a fairly new one. Architect Parin Shah has been appointed to design a transit oriented development (TOD) master plan in four major cities of Gujarat Transit oriented design is a new upcoming sustainable approach to planning large spaces. The …

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The importance of Vertical Transportation Consultants

The increasing complexity in vertical transportation demands that the developers and architects take the help of elevator consultants to get optimum customer satisfaction and cost benefits, writes Amit Maitra, Managing Director, Lerch Bates Pvt. Ltd. The skylines across India, be it in metro cities, or smaller towns are changing fast. …

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Buildings that breathe well, do not yell!

Among a few Indian cities that are waking up to the need to construct green buildings, Pune city is one of them, which has over the years seen most of its buildings are certainly harming the environment. Keeping in mind the norms and needs of the people in Pune, Vk;e …

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Tea House inside a quarry

Trace architecture office (TAO) has constructed a teahouse inside an abandoned quarry in china’s shandong province. Situated near the city of weihai, the building is set within a trench formed by the excavation of local resources. Positioned at the flatter south-western part of the site, the architecture features a solid …

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Fluid Dynamics

The new Navi Mumbai office of Clariant Chemicals by Mumbai-based Planet 3 Studios reflects the company’s vision of an open collaborative and flexible work environment to break down boundaries. A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the …

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Ar. Reza Kabul designs a luxury hotel in Nairobi

Designed by ARK Reza Kabul Associates, the recently completed hospitality project -The Concord Hotels & Suits in Nairobi, combines luxury and convenience with hints of traditional African accents. The double heighted entrance lobby, specially selected furniture & artifacts which reflect local ethos , and playing around with colours are some …

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Robotic furniture developed by MIT

MIT in partnership with Yves Behar has solved one of the key problems of living in small spaces in an extraordinary way which can turn the space into a bedroom or living room at the touch of a button. Meet Ori – the robotic furniture. Ori is not your typical …

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