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Storytelling through Architecture

By Marina Correa Photography: Philippe Ruault; courtesy the architects

The Giraffe Childcare Centre designed by Hondelatte Laporte Architects introduces a dollop of fantasy into the routine lives of suburban Parisian townsfolk-

Niched between a towering structure, next to a neighbourhood built in the 70s and a newly constructed area, it was imperative that the healthcare centre did not -get lost’ within the urban landscape – hence the building is composed of three tiers and each is identified by a unique concrete animal sculpture.

The facades of the building are made out of white corrugated iron that provides a minimal background to the animal sculptures.

Interestingly, each of the south-facing playgrounds is in continuity with the interior spaces; while the urban landscape is animated using a child’s imagination. The wild animal sculptures appropriate a space: a giraffe appears to be peacefully eating the leaves of the trees from the neighbouring park; a polar bear tries to clamber up the steps, while a family of ladybirds climbs the faade in an attempt to reach the interior patio.

Architecture turns into storytelling. The building changes its identity and becomes a landscape in its own right; a metaphor for the urban jungle. The animals and the trees link the building to nature and motion.

Besides infusing a playful and poetic element, this building has also been awarded a green, zero energy efficiency label, making it not just aesthetically appeasing but also one that respects its environment.

Becoming a prominent landmark for the nursery, the affable animal forms transport us to a make-believe world. When pondered upon, definitely a project that goes way beyond the surface to attribute human characteristics and ethos to the emotional, functional routine of a child daycare centre.

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BIM Modeling- Adding Technical Advantages to Construction and Architecture

With the extensive advancements in technology, the process of construction and architecture have become more organized and streamlined. A highly precision and technology driven process, BIM modeling consists of steps for generating as well as managing digital blueprints of a building, irrespective, of its nature whether a factory, hotel, office or any other form of physical structure. The process of digitizing important data relevant to the construction of a building, aids decision-makers to make critical judgments and evaluations about modification across its lifespan including in habitation, operation, and demolition. It is now highly appreciated by architects, civil engineers, constructors and others occupied in construction of a building and infrastructure sector across the globe.

To carry out the entire project management in an effective manner, a BIM Manager or a VDC Project Manager takes control of the entire process. In projects, they work in co-ordination with Design Construction Team on behalf of the client. However, companies are also hiring BIMs at different stages of the project delivery and handling. Thus, the intensive level of dynamism and ease of customization provided by converting these important data into a suitable digital format, construct multifunctional structure on the surface. The engineering solutions offered by expert companies are now preferred by every construction firm for their projects.

A revelation to traditional building design systems that were initially dependent on two-dimensional drawings of building sections, plans, elevation and other parts, digitization of maps offers numerous advantages. It offers updated technology which include the 3D maps and introduction of factors such as time and cost as an essential part of the project data, the other two important dimensions to modern day digitized maps of home and offices.

It not only included, geometric calculations into building maps but also comprised of other factors as mention of surface space, geographic study, building material study, ergonomics, green building, light analysis, etc. which were neglected earlier. This provides an efficient solution for building construction in the hands of architects and engineers.

Many companies specializing in Engineering Design Services ensure that they make use of this sophisticated technology to offer customized solutions as per the construction concepts, ideas, and design requirements put forth by clients. The design tool of this building solution presents the different views of a building model for construction and other usages of the building. In this model, a slight change in a one object of the model or design, automatically, changes other dependent model and an architect do not need to break model for every change.

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Crystal Soil For Indoor Floral Arrangement

Water Crystals is another name for Crystal Soil aka Water gel beads, crystal mud, or waterbeads.Water Crystals is a water absorbent polymer that is translucent, odourless, bio-degradable, 100% non-toxic, re-usable,stainless and environmentally friendly.

It has various uses including Floral and candle arrangements and can be used in the home, office or at events,weddings and other functions.It costs a fraction of the cost of marbles and comes in assorted colours. The different colours are derived from food dye. When soaked in water it can inflate to more than 100 times its original size.

Because water crystals come in assorted colours you can select the colours that match your home decoration such as your curtains, sofa, walls. Of course you need a clear vase or bowl.You can either use one colour,layer different colours or mix various colours together. One of my favourite combinations is when yellow is mixed with clear Crystals.What about Clear and Red layered on top of each other? It would certainly fit the motif of Christmas decorations. But water crystals are for everyday use and not just for christmas.

It helps to experiment with different colours and find the best colours that work for you.Its also amazing to see how these crystals grow from being as small as sesame seeds to the size of acorns.Dont stay up and watch it though as its like watching paint dry.

Water Crystals do not only come in different colours but also shapes. There are three main shapes most commonly used. The Pearls, which is probably the most popular, the cubes, and irregular crystals.

Water Crystals cost less than you think and are ideal gifts for friends and family.They not only provide aesthetics for your home interiors but are functional in supplying a steady stream of water to plants and cut flowers. You dont even have to water your plants as often.The steady stream of water ensures plants and flowers get water as and when they want it and not before and this results in healthy plants and cut flowers that last longer.

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World Architecture Festival 2013 – a report

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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Meenakshi Temple Madurai The Best Of Dravidian Architecture

Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple which is located in the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. This is among the most famous temples of India which is known throughout the world for its outstanding and impressive architectural beauty. In Hindu religion temple is the place which is reserved for spiritual and religious activities that include prayers and analogous rites.
Sri Meenakshi temple of Madurai is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Meenakshi (Parvati). Goddess Meenakshi is an incarnation of the Goddess Parvati who is worshiped mainly by South Indians. The utmost architectural wonder of this templeis a testimony to the affluent Dravidian Culture. Some of the prominent features of this colossal temple are:

Temple Architecture:
This temple was built by Kulasekara Pandyan around 2000 years ago. The colossal structure of this temple is among the finest preserved monuments of the Dravidian style of temple architecture. Architectural and sculptural magnificence is the aspect of this temple which makes it popular throughout the world. The temple premise is surrounded by elevated wall which is adorned with various paintings and sculptures. The main deities of this temple are Lord Sundareswarar and Goddess Meenakshi, whose sanctums are encircled by number of smaller shrines and majestic pillared halls. Among the several magnificent structures the most striking ones are the 12 gopurams which are known for their bright colors painting and decoration of stucco figures of deities, animals, monsters, demigods, and celestial nymph.

Ashta Shakthi Mandapam:
This is located at the eastern entrance of the temple which is known for its 1,008 lamp holders. During festive occasions these lamps are lighted which gives spectacular sight to this place. Pillars of this structure are known for their carvings which depict the stories related to Meenakshi’s birth and LordShiva’s Thiruvilayadals (miracles). These pillars are carved on various mythological themes which mesmerizes visitors.

Meenakshi Nayakkar Mandapam:
It is situated adjacent to the Astha Shakthi Mandapam which is known for its 110 pillars. These pillars are famous for their beautiful carvings based on various religious and non-religious themes. A figure of animal with a lions body and an elephants head called Yalli is extremely beautiful.

Porthamarai Kulam (Golden Lotus Tank): >
This is the sacred lake situated inside the temple premises, in which devotees take bath. According to the Indian mythology it is believed that Indra bathed in this tank to wash away his sin, and then worshiped Lord Shiva with golden lotus flowers from the tank. It is surrounded by the corridor which is known for its beautiful sculptures based on various religious themes. The pillars on the northern side of this corridor are decorated with 24 poets of the Third Tamil Sangam.

Some of the other well known attractions of grand Dravidian style edifice are Oonjal Mandapam, Swami Sundareswarar Shrine, Kalyana Mandapam, Aayiram Kaal Mandapam or Thousand Pillar Hall and many more.

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Management Colleges For Mba In Architecture Designing

A profound understanding of management courses with that of architecture course is essential for bringing forth the best of architecture into the business line. While for the most part, architecture is a blend of science and art, business pertains to bringing this art to the line where its creativity is admired and kept to its highest terms. The difference between potentially good trades as opposed to a fallacious trade-off can only be brought through appropriate management courses. It would be a good practice for an architect to opt for mba courses in order to gain the maximum from their respective architecture course.

Not only does professional mba courses is responsible for helping an architecture major to develop the necessary trading skills but it also helps in giving the person a better gist about the skills that are essential to turn the architecture course into a prominent business venture. MBA coaching classes are often beaming with the necessary skills that could turn a graduate from an architecture college into a prominent business magnate. Most of the courses include detailed analysis of the contemporary practices in the architecture as well as the management industry to bring forth the best of both the fields into one.

A typical business school offering management courses for architecture would include subjects that talk about management behaviour and processes pertaining to it. Furthermore, the course would include managerial economics, as well as the basics relevant to accounting to help architects discover the business potential that architecture has in the current times- things that an architecture college would miss out on. The papers also include managerial communication, the key to impress clientele and increasing the business ventures for the company. Furthermore, the management courses also deal with the business laws and ethics that make a business stand out from the others. It should be understood that architecture is all about the elements of designing, which is why the mba courses pertain to the space planning, as well as project management in order to bring forth the best results for the clientele.

Management would vary as per the real estate projects that come by. For instance, a housing project would require a different management approach as opposed to that of commercial projects. Management courses make sure that every aspect of architecture course is dealt with the elements of management. The integration of management along with architecture comes with equal opportunities to turn ones luck. Architects would require effective mba coaching classes in order to open themselves to the rules of management to carve out a specific place in architecture- a varied and yet a complementary association.

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Time for a greener architecture

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The Gestalt school identified several principles of use to artists and architects, but the most important is that of balance – that is, the constantly shifting balance that balances all opposites within the constantly shifting matrix of reality. Interestingly the principles of form found in the natural world are not dissimilar to the Gestalt principles that also operate in the unselfconscious human building traditions I referred to at the beginning of this article. Vernacular building traditions have evolved slowly over long periods of time and thus possess some of the coherent organic order found also in Nature. As in animal architecture, vernacular architecture possesses an inherent beauty: the beauty of integrity and unity. Such beauty emerges from the totally balanced integration of a system, its function and use into the broader realms of Nature.

So have we stumbled onto the reason why so many modern human-made environments fail to come up to the quality of some older towns and cities? At root the problem seems to lie in the spiritual posture that we adopt with Nature. Many people would now accept that as humans we are completely co-terminal with Nature. However, in claiming ownership, as we do, of that part of Nature that we call -self’, we not only separate ourselves from Nature but also separate ourselves from our own environments. Yogis tell us that the transcendental world of the spirit – the world of unity and pure consciousness – supports the relative world at each point. They tell us that the transcendental realm is a world without qualities yet gives rise to and sustains all qualities. They tell us that it is to be found in the -gap’ between the different states of consciousness: waking, dreaming and sleep; in the silences in music; between syllables in spoken language and even between our thoughts. The great 19th-century Indian holy man Ramakrishna Paramahansa was once asked, -Where do I find God?- His reply was, -Look between two thoughts.- This gap between perfectly balanced opposites is where life and spirit enter the relative world. It is also the vital middle ground between a subject and an object that defines the -mean’ and gives the meaning.

In conclusion we can say that it is order that gives life to a work and it is order that gives a work its spiritual dimension. It is in the perfect orderliness of a great work that the two worlds of materiality and spirit conjoin. Order is the agent that serves as the conduit between these two realms. Dare we say that -orderliness’ is next to -Godliness’?

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Architecture Today Getting The Feeling Of Home

Being elderly and needing daily support from a long term residential care facility doesnt mean your accommodation has to be plain, unstylish, boring, or worse – institutional. With a diverse selection of affordable architectural styles today, even long term care accommodation can let go of the utilitarian architecture and begin with a fresh new start of appealing design that reflects a home-like atmosphere in a functional package.

Designing senior living with a reflection of the past, a base of the practical present and a touch of the future are sure to meet the needs of the aging population as it continues to grow. The senior consumer of the future will come with many profiles and will be looking for living arrangements that reflect a wide expanse of taste, living requirements and values, at a range of price points from affordable to extravagant.

If you had the option to design and build your own home, or a facility that would become your home, wouldnt you let your imagination run wild and creativity soar to include and consider the many possible design options that exist in the resource bank of architecture?

Architecture today is a wide-open array of taste from the old world style with the accents of stone and stucco, tile roofs and heavy beams all very suitable to homebuyers looking for a connection to the historic past. A farmhouse or a country home with simple floor plans, warm colours and cozy spaces would please many individuals looking for a connection to an era of not so long ago. Ranch style homes of the 1950s are ever popular for those looking for a one floor living plan who are not afraid to recapture a retro look, or something more open with glass such as garden doors opening onto a landscaped patio or view of a park like backyard. Designing for seniors means paying attention to details such as uncluttered hallways and wheelchair accessible traffic zones, but it doesnt preclude the designer from planning style and space that feels like home.

Working with an architect to bring together your design ideas, your creativity, an outline of what your needs may be for comfort, space, budget, maintenance and functionality, are all necessary details and requirements that go in to the design of a building that not only serves its occupants but feels inviting like home.

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Traditional Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner And Architecture In Taiwan

Meal cult is an important part of countrys culture. Food and drink are the main necessities for sustaining life, and Taiwan cuisine takes a special place among the great cuisines of the world. Taiwan has a broad variety of dishes because of great ethnic diversity. The diversity of cuisines contains 8 principle types: Hoklo (or Taiwanese), Hakka, vegetarian cuisine, northern style cuisine, Hunan, Jiangzhe, Hong Kong, and Sichuan. Seafood is used in all these cuisines as a culinary culture of Taiwan that is simple and light.

In Taiwan people prefer to drink tea or coffee with some sandwiches for breakfast. They like fruits and sweets which are laid in a big plate on the table. For example, when the time for lunch comes, people eat salty dishes such as steamed and chopped chicken, steamed streaky pork with dry mustard cabbage, or dried mustard greens. Besides, they like rice with boiled eggs or fried potatoes with meat or fish. In Taiwan people have hundreds of receipts of dishes with rice and fish. Traditionally, Chinese dinner is laid at the round table in the center of which there is a flat circle on a revolving stand. It is necessary to point out that meals are served on big plates and are put in required amount on small plates by a person. At first cold snack is served, then time comes for hot dishes and only after these dishes the so called principle dishes are served.

In Taiwan people like to eat dishes with rice, meat and fish. In the end of dinner a soup or a broth is served. There is no dessert fruits and sweets are on the table during all the dinner and they are very often used in the principle dish (Bates 2005). Consequently, Taiwan cuisine represents one face by which a country is famous for. Traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Taiwan are similar to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Europe; however, there are some details you should know about Taiwan cuisine.

Taiwanese architecture is composed of variety of styles. The old traditional architectural model of houses in Taiwan still exists here. However, traditional architectural features of Taiwanese style become unimportant when entertaining and commercial institutions, such as shops and theaters, are built. We should emphasize that modern Taiwanese architecture unites traditional Taiwanese and European architecture styles. There appear buildings in European style, such as buildings of foreign consulates, foreign concessions, banks, hotels and clubs in big cities.

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Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 Review

Buildings informational modelling (BIM) from Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 may be the a fresh high engineering, which connects architects, developers and constructors. BIM engineering allows to formulate and talk, successfully create digital models at any period of method, to review behaviour of buildings in real conditions due to creation and using of coordinated, unified and connected designing information.

This post is used for producing essential selections, formation high-quality engineering specifications, operational characteristics predicting, an evaluation of expenditures and civil work planning, and then for creating infrastructure management.

Revit Architecture 2011 provides chance to focus on the main thing – the creative portion of buildings designing. You are able to assist model in different convenient rendering, easily and rapidly make changes, get ready working drawings on the basis of 3D models. Three-dimensional views will help to present your ideas towards the client a lot more visually. Even at past due periods building model customization will not bring any difficulties, because all cuts, facades, specifications along with other files are up-to-date immediately.

The building informational modelling supplies the full method of the structure designing due to electronic reproduction of actual construction process. You train with an uniform model, avoid separate files. The design parametrical changes technologies ensures coordination of all interconnected elements of the project – from types of models, cuts and plans approximately sheets of drawings and specifications.

The first type of a building is established from simple form building components in Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 ; they can be received through the volume geometry created in Rhino, Sketchup, AutoCAD, 3D MAX, etc. In Architecture 2011 the imported objects are transformed to objects of the architectural composition, which then are transformed to objects to construct designing – walls, roof slopes, overlapping and safeguarding frameworks.

In Revit Architecture 2011 all 2D and three dimensional views, drawings and specifications are representation of the building database. All modifications extend on all model simultaneously, including the design documentation.

Autodesk Architecture 2011 will help you considerably reduce time and practical information on projecting, and also to improve quality of designing. Demonstration videos and interactive presentations will present link between your projects visually realistically. Revit Architecture offers architect several advantages both for private and group.