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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Will A Career In Commercial Real Estate in Detroit Suit You


For investors who have some capital under their belts, commercial real estate in Detroit can be a lucrative way to make more money. While it’s true that you will need some business experience and already have some money in order to make it work, if you are successful, you stand to make a great deal of profit. You do need to know your facts about commercial real estate in Detroit first though, and as with any business venture you will need to do your research before you enter into any kind of venture.

There are six different sub categories of commercial real estate in Detroit: leisure, retail, office, industrial, health and multi-family. The credit crisis has meant that the retail sector may not be as strong as it used to be, but the commercial markets are still pretty lucrative for people who are well connected and ambitious. Leisure incorporates hotels, restaurants and cafes, while retail is concerned with shops, malls and shopping centers. Corporate and serviced offices make up the office commercial real estate sector, while industrial is dedicated to warehouses, distribution and garages. Health real estate is concerned with hospitals, nursing homes and medical clinics.

One tip is to go into commercial real estate in Detroit, in whatever profession you have working experience in. That means, as an ex-hotelier or restaurant owner, you are likely to have a network and insight into the leisure sector and could do well by expanding your knowledge into the property market. Doctors who have made a sizeable nest egg and are familiar with the practicalities of running a medical practice tend to do well when it comes to medical or health real estate.

It’s not only about buying a property and renting it out, so your previous professional experience can only take you so far. In order to be successful, you need to have good interpersonal skills and a strong financial acumen, and having made your money working for someone else for years, it may benefit you to do a course before you plough all your money into a real estate venture.

You also need to be relatively well connected or at least have an idea of where you can find suitable clients that you can rent your properties out to. You will need market awareness of the lease durations your clients will need and the payment terms that will make your commercial real estate in Detroit attractive to potential customers.

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A’bad apparel park 27 garment makers to get land


Over two dozen garment manufacturers in Ahmedabad can finally weave their export plans. In all, 27 companies, mostly Ahmedabad-based, will soon be allotted land in the Ahmedabad Apparel Park, the special economic zone (SEZ) promoted by Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC). Sources familiar with the development said these 27 companies have been selected on the basis of their export performance in the last three years and other criteria. Surprisingly, applications of three major textile players – Jindal, Chiripal’s Nandan Exim and Soma Textiles – have not been considered by the development committee. Sources said Jindal’s application was turned down since the company had submitted a -wrong- balance-sheet. -With the land allotment completed and customs formalities almost done, we expect the SEZ to start production within 8-9 months,- a senior GIDC officer told TOI. Among the 27 companies to be allotted land, eight are from Mumbai and one from New Delhi.wholesale apparel manufacturers Maxwell Industries of Mumbai is so far the biggest investor in the apparel park with proposed investment of Rs 35 crore. The total garment exports from this apparel park are expected to be to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore once it is fully functional. In all, 51 companies had applied for plots in this park, which has been a roller coaster ride for the GIDC. Earlier, it was the Ambika Mills land on which it has come up that became a legal hassle and later an issue pertaining to a corporation road passing through it, which delayed the project. apparel manufacturers india Besides these reasons, this project got entangled in the recent national political fracas over acquisition of agriculture land for SEZs, despite there being no issue of farmland involved.apparel manufacturer The delay in notifying this SEZ had also prompted Chief Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and write to Union commerce minister Kamal Nath for expediting the process. There are 44 plots varying between 1,000 sq m and 3,000 sq m in size in this park. The GIDC has developed the road and other infrastructure over 20 hectares of land in this park.

Savaria Concord Residential Elevators


Elevate your standard of living with residential elevators manufactured by Savaria Concord. In the accessibility equipment industry, Savaria Concord is one of the leading designers and manufacturers offering a wide range of high quality residential elevators for indoor and outdoor use. Savaria Concord offers an economical, dependable and attractive solution for mobility-impaired people to access different floors in their homes.

With unique design capabilities, the residential elevators from Savaria Concord are the best solution to fit your lifestyle and blend perfectly with your home dcor. These are affordable options to help you transport groceries, laundry and other bulky loads between floors. Savaria Concord residential elevators support much more weight than other elevators.

Savaria Concord residential elevators are compactly designed for vertical transportation and add convenience to your daily life, as well as increase the resale value of your home. Savaria Concords commercial quality residential elevator package includes Eclipse elevator, Telecab elevator, Prolift Voyager and Infinity Luxury elevator – all offering smooth and stable ride.

Try Proflit Voyager available in a large variety of sizes, colors and finishes to make your ride more enjoyable. This heavy-duty model comes with safety features such as interlocks, slack rope safety, flow control valve, and negative pressure module. It has a variable speed valve to provide automatic soft stops and start. With a rated speed of 30 fpm, this accessibility equipment can carry loads up to 1400 lbs (635 kg) over 50 feet.

The Eclipse residential elevator requires no mechanical room and utilizes minimal space. This elevator can be customized in 15 different finishes. With a capability of six stops, it travels up to 60 feet with a standard weight capacity of 1000 lbs. The equipment delivers fully automatic operation and runs at 40 fpm speed. There is no need of concern if some disturbance occurs in the electricity supply, since it has the option of battery powered operation. It is equipped with energy efficient, variable speed motor drive, home landing feature, modular rail sections for quick installation, recessed gate pocket, lockable control panel, stop switch and slack chain brake system.

Due to the safety these ensure and other unique features, the residential elevators from Savaria Concord are in great demand in the accessibility market.

Making The Most Of A Small Living Room


While everyone has certainly fantasised at some point about living in a Surrey mansion, the reality is that the majority of people have limited living space to make use of. Small living rooms are common in many types of studio and other apartments. For the millions of 20-something college students and 30-something couples that have found small housing in big cities, every square-inch of space needs to be maximized.

Although the knee-jerk reaction is to be turned off or inconvenienced by a small space, it isn’t so much about the size of the living room, but rather how it is utilised. Foolish design and placement of furniture can make a large room clunky and uncomfortable in the same way that innovative design and creative placement of furniture can make a small room very efficient and comfortable.

Luckily, furniture makers and home decor stores have had a few decades to adapt their products to fit smaller living spaces. Gone are the days of grandiose bureaus and large dressers that take up more room than a car parked in a garage. Much of today’s furniture is built with a minimalist approach of space saving and multi-usage.

Always use light and soft colors when putting together a small living room. By using a series of creams, beige or a variety of subtle greens and violets, an aura of peace and tranquility can be established, making the space feel welcoming and safe.

The size of the furniture that you place inside of a small living room should obviously be minimized, but the shape of the pieces is important to preserving space as well. Look for a couch, table and chairs that are all compact and square-shaped. Avoid pieces with large armrests that protrude outward from the base of the piece. It is important to maintain a decent portion of visible floor space in order to avoid the feeling of being cramped.

When purchasing desks, shelves and items that can double as storage areas, look to go vertical instead of horizontal. Stacking small pieces on top of one another will bring the focus of the room toward the wall while creating substantial storage areas that have a minimal impact on the overall square-footage.

Fold-out or stowaway furniture is also a friend of a small living room. Many designers have hired engineers and artists in recent years in an attempt to create cutting-edge styling that serves a double or triple purpose. Soft, block-shaped stools can be tucked away underneath a coffee table when not in use and a bevy of other modern innovations are multi-functional.

By using the benefits of modern design with living room furniture and a little creativity and resourcefulness, small living rooms can be big successes.

Architecture meets Industrial Design


Title: Architecture meets Industrial Design

Text & Photography: Foster + Partners

Blurring the lines between architecture, interior design and industrial design, F+P once again prove that design is seamless and universal

Foster+Partners has proved its design prowess beyond the building industry and carries it forward to designing the interiors and furnishings for a commercial aircraft, drawing on its previous commissions for yachts and private jets.

Following the successful refurbishment of The Wing, Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, the practice has carried the lounge’s sophisticated design into the first class cabin of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet refreshing the award-winning cabin.

The Wing, which opened earlier this year,is the second in a series of lounges by Foster + Partners for Cathay Pacific at HongKong International Airport. Every detail of the interiors,from the Champagne Bar to the bathroom fittings in the luxurious first class -cabanas’, has been custom-designed by the practice to create an exceptional experience for guests.

Besides the plush interiors, the lounges are furnished with a number of unique pieces designed by Foster + Partners, including a marble reception desk,food counter and a free-standing champagne bar with integrated trays – down to the detail of porcelain plates. Alongside the bespoke products and one-off furniture pieces, The Wing also features the Ilium cylindrical table light, developed with Nemo and the Foster 503 armchair by Walter Knoll.The highlight is the Cathay Solus Chair, the airline’s signature developed with Poltrona Frau that responds to the desire for privacy in the midst of a busy public space with its hourglass form and multi-utility constitution: the circular form incorporates a wide,comfortable seat, an integrated a power supply and a table, which can be used as an informal desk. The ribs of cushion at the back of the chair extend in places to form ridges, which can be used as armrests.

Creating a seamless experience for passengers, the cabin’s design shares the lounge’s palette of warm white leather,reflective dark grey surfaces and walnut finishes to create a calm, understated interior. Every element is considered and refined, including the stitch of the bespoke covers for Cathay Pacific’s celebrated first class seat, the handmade woollen carpet, the refurbished bathrooms and the new reading light, which has been custom-designed to cast fewer shadows when working or dining.

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Contractor’s Plant & Machinery Insurance- Benefits And Exclusions


Coverage: Plant and equipment often constitute a considerable part of a building contractor’s investment. Contractor’s Plant and Machinery insurance is an exclusive all risks policy covering the plant and machinery used by the contractors at the site for various projects.
Contractors Plant and Machinery Insurance covers the property whether they are at work or at rest, or being dismantled for the purpose of cleaning or overhauling, or in the course of operations or when being shifted within the premises or during subsequent re-erection, but in any case only after successful commissioning.

Interest Covered: Illustrations of machineries/equipment that can be covered under Contractors Plant & Machinery insurance are-
– Earthmoving equipment: Bulldozer, grader, scraper, excavator, loader, dumper, etc
– Concrete mixer, concrete pumps
– Lifting equipment and drilling equipment Road surfacing equipment:
– Batching plant for production of concrete of asphalt
– Concrete or bitumen paving machines
– Bitumen tank sprayers (iv) rollers

Duration: Normally on annual basis and to be renewed periodically

Scope: It is an all risks insurance policy covering loss or damage to the property by any cause other than those excluded-
– Fire, lightning, explosion, aircraft damage
– Riot, strike, malicious act
– Flood, inundation, storm, cyclone and allied perils
– Landslide, subsidence and rockslide
– Burglary and theft
– Collision, overturning and falling of foreign object
– Any other sudden, unforeseen, accidental damages not explicitly excluded

Exclusions: Some of the special exclusions under the policy are-
– Electrical /mechanical breakdown
– Vehicles designed and licensed for general road
– Hull and machinery of waterborne vessel/crafts
– Plant/machinery working underground
– Equipments undergoing testing
– Replaceable parts
– Loss or damage due to explosion of boiler/pressure vessel
– Total or partial immersion in tidal waters
– Whilst in transit
– Consequential Loss

Extensions: Cover can be extended to includes up to a limit chosen by you on the following on payment of additional premium-
– Owner’s surrounding property
– Clearence and removal of debris
– Additional customs duty
– Express freight
– Air freight
– Third party liability
– Floater cover
– Dismantling
– Earthquake
– Escalation”””

How To Hire Flooring Contractor In Orange County


Every once in a while, we feel to have a new and different feel in our home, especially when we talk about changing the floors or modifying some finishes, and other things. You may have started the search by looking for what is best for your room or what can be a different addition or finish to your existing interior design. There may be some moments where you feel a bit aloof since changing the carpeted floor into hardwood flooring may be too much of a challenge and it may entail costs too expensive to handle.

If the focus is all about changing the different floorings in many sections of your home, then you can get an assistance that can be more than worth the time and the budget. Especially when you are in Orange County, getting a group that can take care of your flooring problems and modifications can be easy. In fact, they do not just accommodate installation of wood floorings; they also take care of hardwood bamboo flooring in orange County where it can be done in full section, or select placement, according to your preferences and suggestions.

You can hire someone by using modern methods these days. This is one of the best and most effective ways to confirm that they can provide the superior kind of service fit for your home. You may Google it to see what flooring contractor sites are available. Once you have that done, you can also check to see if they have other methods of showcasing their work, such a YouTube videos, or Facebook web pages. Why would someone go for such extent in just looking for a contractor that can do bathroom flooring? This is because the more modern and updated they are, the better of you will be since they are keeping up with the demands and needs of modern day customers.

When you have that done, just go back to the website being endorsed by different YouTube videos or blogs. You can email them, call them, or even chat with them to see that they can come to your place and do an on-location estimation of the price of the job to be done. If you also need additional resources like what different options there are for wood, bamboo, kitchen and even tile flooring, then you can go to their showroom where you can see different selections of tiles, carpets, and wood finishing available.

Housing For The Elderly


When people near the age of 60, they start thinking of moving to a new housing location. There are several reasons for the person to move to a new housing location. They might want to live near their children or their current neighborhood is unsafe for elderly people. The current home might contain a number of rooms that are located in the upper floor and to reach that the old person may have to climb up the stairs, which could be difficult with the old person’s health. After retiring, the person might be looking to live a completely different lifestyle, which may not be available in the current house.

Various studies have come out with findings that the seniors want to move away from the city and enjoy a peaceful life in a semi urban or a rural area. There are actually a number of housing options available to choose from for a 60+ senior. There are age restricted retirement communities, which come with all the facilities required to lead a healthy life style. Some of the facilities that are available in this community include tennis courts, swimming pools, spas, fitness centers and golf courses.

Another option that is available for the senior citizen are apartments exclusively constructed for seniors. This is different from the community in the aspect that the senior person will get to stay in an apartment rather than in an individual house. But still he gets to enjoy all the benefits that are available in the individual house.

Shared housing is another popular option that seniors have started to explore. In this approach, the seniors will be sharing their house with another senior or one senior person can move and stay with another senior person in his/her house. Most seniors don’t want to be alone and they want to be active in their later years by communicating and interacting with a number of similarly aged persons.

There is also the option of continuous care retirement community where the elderly person will be given the additional care like support for doing daily chores. This support can also be in the form of medical support where a qualified nurse will be at the side for providing assistance and treatment for the ailing senior person. The other options available include Alzheimer’s facilities, which are an assisted living community for the seniors who are in their early stages of Alzheimer’s.

Noida Residential Home Options For Every Class Of Society


As the real estate roots began to gripping Delhi, the land needed to construct newer projects has begun shrinking. The need for vacant land to develop more residential and commercial projects led the builders to look for other regions. In the process, Noida has emerged as a very good option. Besides being close to Delhi, the national capital, land prices are comparatively lower here. Over the past few years, Noida has turned out to be the one of the favorite real estate investment options in northern India. Much has been invested to transform the outlook of the city completely. From residential to commercial infrastructure, everything becomes posh here. High rise buildings in the premier locations of Noida, recreational centers, schools, colleges, malls and hospitals have made the city stand out in the competition of developing metro cities. For residential options, you can find luxury villas, condos, farmhouses on one hand and affordable 2 and 3 BHK flats in Noida Extension on the other hand. In other words, there is a home option for middle class section as well as the affluent section of the society.

Noida is a city where you can find almost everything that a well developed city possesses. The city has seen stupendous commercial growth as well. A number of small as well as multi national companies have set up their offices in the city. This in turn has led to increased employment opportunities in the city. The jobs are varied too in profiles. From pure technical jobs to jobs requiring soft skills, even part time opportunities are in plenty. It is due to the increased number of options that more people are migrating to the city with the purpose of settling down. For those with sufficient financial back up, there are high end residential options in the form of villas and farmhouses, while for persons with normal income, they have to look for affordable home options. There are many developers which are focusing on this section of the society. With a view to cater to the middle class home options, projects as Gulshan Ikebana by Gulshan Homz group of developers and the Nirala Aspire project by the Nirala group have come up in different sectors of Noida and Noida Extension. 2 and 3 BHK flats in these and many more such residential projects are available in easy installments to reduce the burden of a normal home buyer. The prices of residential properties in Noida are bound to increase in a few years time, so it would be a wise decision to invest in Noida homes now. w.