By Team IAnD Photography: Courtesy WAF’13
October 2 -4 2013 saw three busy days of ideation, discussion and critiques on global architecture and design at the World Architecture Festival held at Moshe Safdie designed Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – a venue as awe inspiring as the projects that unfolded within its festive panorama-
The World Architecture Festival opened to enormous numbers (reportedly the biggest yet) with the theme of 2013 bring -Value and values’, -to examine the relationship between perceptions of financial value and the values that architects typically hold about their work.-
Director of WAF’13, Paul Finch commenting on the sheer quality and diversity of the projects entered into the festival, and shortlisted for the final round of awards, said that the array of projects demonstrated the increasingly global nature of the event.
Among various stalwarts from various quarters of the world, Mumbai’s Ar. Sanjay Puri’s corporate project in Jaipur -72 Screens’, was also shortlisted for the awards.
A vibrant, thought-provoking three-day session of presentations of various projects by the architects, seminars and talks on diverse issues that touch and plague the building industry were discussed and debated. Noted international speakers, project critiques and appreciations apart, everyone waited with baited breath as the ultimate honour – the winner of the World Building of the Year 2013 award was announced and granted to the Aukland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki in New Zealand by Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia.
The four main award winners including World Building of the Year Award were Botanical Garden Australia designed by landscape studio Taylor Cullity Lethlean and plant expert Paul Thompson for Landscape of the Year; National Maritime Museum of China designed by Cox Rayner Architects for Future Project of the Year; and Barcelona Apartment by David Kohn Architects for World Interior of the Year.
As part of INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors, an event held in conjunction with the WAF’13 with a concentration on interior projects, shortlisted 59 outstanding interior projects across the 12 award categories, Bars and Restaurants, Creative Re-use, Culture, Display, Education, Health, Hotels, Offices, Residential, Shopping Centres, Shops, and Transport. For the complete list of awardees, do check out:
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Indoor skydiving is an experience for those people that prefer to keep their feet on the ground and aren’t too keen on the idea of jumping out of a plane. Some people have an intense fear of heights; others are worried about how they will land after their jump so that is why indoor skydiving has been introduced. It’s the perfect way to experience the feeling of floating on air without having to jump from a plane.
Indoor skydiving involves using what is known as a vertical wind tunnel, the wind speeds in these tunnels can be anywhere between 80 mph and 140 mph. This wind speed provides enough strength to lift the body and keep it above the wind tunnel floor by a couple of feet. Many regular sky divers use these tunnels to practice their technique, alternatively people curious to try sky diving may take the wind tunnel to learn how to move in the air.
The popularity of indoor skydiving has grown in recent years but it originally was used for the military. In 1964 Jack Tiffany was the first person who decided to try out the vertical wind tunnel. By the late 1970’s a Canadian company was first to build a privately owned wind tunnel. The use of tunnels for fun hit quite a peak during the use of them in the 2006 Winter Olympics. More popularity arose also when a wind tunnel was used in the popular television show ‘America’s Next Top Model’ where a contestant had to pose whilst in the tunnel.
Currently there are two types of wind tunnel available, there are ones that are stationary and are used for indoor skydiving. These usually exist in a large building and can be booked by people to have a go guided by a professional. Other wind tunnels can be moved to different locations and used at different sporting events. If this is a sport that appeals to you, then before you enter the wind tunnel you will have to receive some training on how to deal with the pressure.
Overall all people of different ages and fitness levels can try their hand at indoor skydiving. The sport does tend to draw in those that are afraid of heights and would never be brave enough to try proper skydiving. However if you wish to prepare thoroughly for an actual skydive then it is recommended that you try indoor skydiving as part of your training. This is the closest experience you will have to the skydive and will prove very valuable.
This week marked an amazing fusion of solar and computer technological advancements as two companies announced the release of solar-powered keyboards.
The two products, however, are very different. Logitech announced on Monday the release of its K750 wireless solar keyboard that charges up inside or out in natural or ambient light.
AU Optronics on Wednesday announced the imminent release of its fully-integrated solar laptop keyboard.
“The two products are different ideas and applications,” Katie Chen, AUO corporate communications representative from Taiwan, wrote in an e-mail interview. “The AUO solution combines touch panel and solar module, with much larger surface area to absorb sunlight. People can carry the solar notebook anywhere they like, at anytime.”
The AUO keyboard does look like a solar sheet with the outline of a keyboard imprinted on it, according to reports.
While it will perform best in sunlight, the AUO keyboard, like Logitechs, will charge up in ambient light indoors as well, according to reports.
One advantage the AUO keyboard boasts over Logitechs, however, is its ability to charge the laptop computer.
“The solar power is the backup battery to replace a part of power,” Chen writes. “But in the future, the charging efficiency will increase depending on different solar cell materials.”
This innovation could be the first in an evolutionary chain leading to a fully solar-powered laptop, Chen suggests.
AUO has partnered with SunPower, the largest manufacturer of traditional photovoltaic solar panels in the United States.
The companies announced last month that they had achieved high efficiency in the solar cells produced at their newest plant, nearly 23 percent.
AUO produces computers, televisions and solar panels. This is one of the first integrations of the companys efforts to hit the commercial market.
“AUO pursues green energy and carbon reduction as a green-service provider,” Chen writes. “The company is already working as a vertical integrator in the PV industry for solar energy solutions. Therefore, we keep a bright eye on designing and creating innovative green products.”
The solar-powered keyboard and laptop are not yet available on the consumer market, but will be displayed at the FPD International in Chiba, Japan next week.
Enterprise Architecture or Enterprise Software Architecture is the organizing logic that is used for business processes and software development service. It reflects the integration and standardizing needs of any organization’s operating representation.
Enterprise architects implement several methods and tools to get an idea of structure of an organization. To accomplish this task they produce several documents and models. These models and documents are called -artifacts.’ Artifacts are used to illustrate logical organization of business strategies, metrics and capabilities of business, information resource and networking infrastructure within the organization. A complete set of such artifacts are enough to illustrate the -enterprise’ architectural description of any organization, including software development companies.
The framework of enterprise architecture is an assortment of tools and processing models and assistance applied by architects in production of organization based architectural descriptions.
The main motive of architectural description of an organization is to enhance the efficiency of the business. Hence, it includes an array of tasks. While describing the architecture of an enterprise, architects pay attention to innovative structuring of the enterprise, centralized or federal business processing, quality offering before deadline and a justified expense on information technology. Information availed by architectural description can be used in various ways but its main purpose is to bring an improvement in the business functioning. In the present scenario, it is widely used by numerous companies to improve their business architectures, its performance and productivity.
Currently, Enterprise Software Architecture has become the key component of information technology control in almost every organization. Such companies have used a basic process of enterprise architecture as an important part of their information technology management strategy. The team of enterprise architects stands for different functions such as several aspects of performance engineering, IT portfolio management, management of metadata as well as improvement on custom software development services.
Remodeling the kitchen takes a lot of preparation and should also require plenty of time for premeditated style choices. One of the biggest choices to make when preparing to create a new kitchen is what type of atmosphere you want the room to have. Do you want it to give off a modern feel or a more traditional, homey feel? The way to make this decision could be based on the style of the rest of your home or on a change you want to be made regarding what you dislike about your current kitchen. Whichever style you choose, the kitchen cabinets play a crucial role in creating the atmosphere that you want for the room.
What makes a kitchen look more modern or contemporary? Modern kitchens often look much more sleek in appearance than a traditional one with more of a clean, stark feel rather than a cluttered look. They also often have solid, plain colors to minimize distractions and complement the metallic look of appliances like the refrigerator and the dishwasher. In the case of a modern look, kitchen cabinets should look minimal and geometric with straightforward colors like black or white.
With a traditional kitchen the goal is to be warm and inviting in appearance and not be afraid to create accents here and there to make things look a bit ornate. Traditional kitchens typically utilize wood cabinets because they look classic and timeless while making guests feel instantly at home. The cabinets can also have glass doors to give them an old fashioned style which will work with the atmosphere of the kitchen. The traditional kitchen uses soft colors that can complement the wood color of the cabinets and counters.
Whether you decide to go for a modern look or a traditional kitchen, make sure you are consistent in the materials and styles you choose. What matters most is a cohesive look so that people understand what you are going for with the feel of your kitchen. Take time to plan all the little details and preview the kind of design you want online so that when you get started you will be satisfied with the final result.
Office furniture is among the most essential item at any work place. It comes as an important object in the office where you have to interact with hundreds of people and visitors every day. Office furniture is important thereby as it among the first seen items when you enter any work place. But with the rising cost of these items, it has become hard for people to afford such costly items of luxury. At any such point of time when you do not want to spend heavily in furniture, used furniture can be the best choice to go for. Used furniture dealers can be located without much trouble and they could offer the best deals that you had always been looking for. There are numerable benefits of buying used furniture these days. Obviously the most important one is its cost-effectiveness. Used furniture is generally in good condition when they come to the dealers. These 2nd hand office furniture are also attractive because of their design and aesthetic nature. A huge benefit is that they had been designed especially for official use which makes them more merchantable. This is an added benefit to the buyer as he does not have to keep looking out for products that would meet with official surroundings. Also they are not bulky in size and shape which makes it easy to fit into small spaces. The cost factor is amongst the best aspect of such goods. Due to their second hand nature, the cost comes down drastically which makes it cheaper than ever before. You can get a piece of furniture for almost half the cost than what you had to pay if you bought them brand new from the market. Used office furniture warehouse can be located easily with a simple search on the internet. There are various stores that are spread across the city which offer cheap deals. You can also have a look at the furniture online if you are running short on time to visit any such store. Buying second hand furniture is a great way to kick-off for people who are young and new. As they would not want to invest heavily in official goods, these products prove to be easy on pocket. However there may be apprehensions in people’s mind about the quality of the furniture in question. But this problem is again solved by the assurance of used furniture dealers regarding the quality of the goods. These goods come in various categories. For more durable and cheaper ones, you may go for metal and vinyl products. They are comparatively cheaper and last longer than wooden ones. Used furniture dealers also offer the facility of renting which again meets the needs of many short term business prospects.
Outdoor garden furniture can be used to amplify the natural beauty of the lawn or backyard. The conventional outdoor garden furniture is a collection of table, chair and benches. However be sure to properly coordinate these pieces together in order to create a theme or even design your own personalized arrangement so that the collection would not appear messy or disorderly. Outdoor garden furniture must be properly selected so that they would look compatible with one another.
The designs of the accessories must be cordially compatible with the existent pieces. For instance, the lawn chairs must be paired with beautiful cushions and matching cushion covers. The most common category in outdoor garden furniture design is the patio range which is offered by most online stores. Patio here basically means backyard decoration which usually includes the whole set of table, chair and its matching pieces.
The modern day home dcor would love to add a touch of white painted picket fences in order to sensate an old-fashion feel towards the entire home. The American-dream style of design can be added with proper selection of color, design and texture. Nothing says rugged like rustic. These are the most expensive and most natural of all designs. The rustic pieces are very contemporary yet it provides and earthy and wooden-sort of vibe to the collection of tables and chairs. Rustic is highly recommended for patio designs because it blends well with the theme of nature. If you are interested in looking forward to evening with the friends, sipping tea and relaxing leisurely ala Elizabethan times, then you could try sequencing traditional oak-made tables and chairs with a fancy cushion at each seat.
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Doing your cardiovascular workout with your indoor group and cycling bikes is really a great way to enjoy keeping yourself fit. Having some people around you while you exercise would make the routine exciting and more enjoyable. While you are pedaling, you can, for instance, engage in conversation to keep boredom at bay. Indoor cycling with your friends will make you look forward to your daily fitness activity.
However, like all other forms of activities, cycling, if not done right, would put your body at risk of being injured. So before you start working for a fit body, read and keep in mind the tips below.
Wear appropriate attire
Putting on the proper exercise gear is as important as doing the fitness activity itself. So before you start off, be sure that you are dressed aptly. You should wear cycling shorts with padding on the inner thigh to make you more comfortable. Aside from this, you also have to wear the right footwear. Biking shoes are among your best options.
Keep a bottle of drinking water with you
This is a no-brainer, yet there are lots of people who always forget to bring water when they workout. Keeping water with you is very important because your body needs to replenish the liquids it releases after you engage in physical activities.
Know how to use the equipment properly
If it is your first time to join an indoor cycling group, make sure that you read the instruction on the console or in the manual of the bike. It is important that you check if the fitness machine is properly set. You also have to adjust the seat properly to prevent getting injured; you have to ensure that the your knee angle is 85% straight when you do a down stroke.
Attune your pacing with your body
Although you are going to do your indoor exercise with some people, you have to keep in mind that the fitness activity that you do is still about your own body. If you get caught up in the enthusiasm of other participants, make sure that you still do your exercise according to what your body can do.
If you want to engage in indoor group cycling, you can go to a nearby gym and join an indoor cycling class or you can buy your own equipment and invite some of your friends to do their cycling exercise with you. If you opt for the latter, it is best that you buy a DVD containing cycling videos.
New style and fashion happens to be the major need of the new age. People believe in change and that is the reason why you need to keep pace with this innovative and modern furniture new trends. Decorate your office and home with the contemporary pieces of furniture. Contemporary furniture is highly popular for adding the sparkle in the bed room, living room, kitchen, study room, bath room or garden.
Gone are those days when furniture was designed with the main intention to make them long lasting and durable. Today, modern furniture new trends relate to style, innovative and functionality as well. Therefore, with modern furniture came a fresh new change which stands unique in every respect. Every piece of furniture conveys uniqueness and exclusivity.
The latest contemporary furniture trends show the use of newer materials like plastics, steel, plywood and so on to create new, innovative designs. The furniture industry has experienced a huge change. With the modern furniture trends, there came trendy looks as well as flexibility.
Todays contemporary pieces of furniture can easily fit at any office and house. They can be used to raise the beauty of your office and house with different designs, shapes and colors and allure the eye of the friends, relatives and guests at the same time.
In fact the growing interest of people in modern furniture and stylish designs and easy of use has encouraged the artisans to take this creative challenge. The valor and imaginative mind of the European artisans is evident all over the world. Also, the African and Asian designs are slowly gaining popularity. In this respect, the German Art and the Japanese designs needs to be mentioned. Japanese designs especially with its use of solid color, simple look and use of contrasting material occupies a major half of the furniture market in the Europe.
Overall, modern furniture new trends are all about the latest trend towards systematic perfection, distinctiveness, brightness and style in creating something new for people to choose so as to enhance the look of the office or home. Nonetheless, there are influences and manufacturing measures that add to the beauty of your home or office.
Many people think that RERA is stand for Real Estate Regulatory Agency. However in reality RERA is stand for Real Estate Regulatory Authority in Dubai. RERA Dubai is the policy-making Dubai Land Department. It is a head agency which forms, governs and authorizes the real estate sector in Dubai.
RERA Dubai was founded on the 31st of July, in 2007 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, prime minister ruler and vice president of Dubai. RERA is different from the Dubai Lands Department (DLD) eventhough both authorities are involved in issues to do with property and real estate purchases and rentals.
The aim and objective of RERA Dubai is to set policies and plans in the real estate sector in Dubai in order to grow foreign investments. RERA is a part of Dubai Land Resources Department. The authority has its own financial and administrative independence with full legal authority to regulate the property sector in Dubai.
RERA Dubai also tell people on regulatory acts while purchasing the realty in Dubai. State resources can be in security department until the establishing up is complete. The estate can be broken but only later a particular commendation according local planning. The land given cannot be either purchased nor traded till the scripted instruction of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum is acquired. Tallying to the policy of confidentiality the Dubai Land Department don’t publish any info about its customers. Data relating the land conditions could be provided while the Dubai Land Department studies the condition of Land relations.
Associate the guidance of the declaration by RERA Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the Dubai principal plan 2015 to promote economic development and government modernization and allow substantiating growth and successfulness for all sectors, Dubai has provided great strides in placing the standard for the world in several sectors. This residential area and marketplace is the exceptional address for all the authoritative and reliable information regarding the Dubai real-estate sector.
RERA is set to model a pure international real estate approach system which factors the ‘old and the new’, the ‘customary’ and international ‘best practice’ approach. RERA main goal and objective is to ensure Dubai real estate practices and practitioners are raised to the highest condition known world wide for quality service, practices and simplicity of making out business in Dubai.
The Dubai Real Estate sector is attracting top talent from around the world and millions of dollars of Foreign Direct Investment(FDI). This unforeseeable development and interest at a international scale, provides Dubai authority to present a new concept of an on-line, virtual, real estate residential district.
The RERA Dubai website is at www.rpdubai.ae but rera.ae & rera.gov.ae can get you to RERA Dubai also.