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This Tent Will Totally Change Your Thinking About Camping, Just Enter Inside Once…

The summer is here and along with being the bikini season, it’s the camping season as well. But just in case you’re a bit uncomfortable with the thought of intense sunlight and hotness that wouldn’t let your stay in the tent be cozy, relax. We’ve got something amazing for you.
Kaleidoscope and Orange Communication have invented a revolutionary solar tent under the name of Orange Solar Tent which not only absorbs the heat and reflects extra sunlight, but also gives a radiant glow during the nighttime.
So, have you packed your camping essentials already?
How would you like to have a camping tent this fascinating?

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But it’s just not the looks that are breathtaking..

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There’s something really special and awesome about these camping tents.
Kaleidoscope and Orange Communication have come up with a revolutionary invention..

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The Orange Solar tents are pretty comfortable as well..

Four people can spend cozy and comfortable time in the tent together without giving any crowded appearance.

Initially developed for festivals, people have started using them in all sorts of camping and are loving it..

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The solar cells attached are multipurpose..

The tent is made up of solar cells which absorb heat and supply it in the night, thus keeping the tent warm and also reflect excess light and heat in the daytime to make the stay comfortable.

At night, the tents come alive and radiate light with a golden tint

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And the amount of surplus energy generated is excellent as well!

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The orientation is along the natural airflow and direction of the sun to keep the tent airy..

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Article originally on www.architecturendesign.net

New Cape Town City Council submission process

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Up until now the process of submitting plans to the Cape Town city council has been fraught with difficulties. It typically involved submitting 4 sets of coloured in plans and lugging these back and forth from council when and if they needed to be amended. Most times council lost some of the consultants plans and we had to charge our clients for disbursements 3 times over for council’s failure to keep track of the plans.

 

Now the Cape Town city council are introducing a digital submission process called the Development Application Management System (DAMS). This system is an attempt to standardise the processing of Development Applications and to ensure visibility and transparency at every step of the process (we hope!). DAMS is hoped to take council into the “digital generation”. They have taken about 2 years to develop the system and it kicks off on the 1st April 2014.

 
It means that submissions, where they used to consist of hard copies, will now consist of pdf’s on a flash drive. It will be very interesting to see how council will handle this – it is slightly nerve wracking to embark on a new process but at the same time it is commendable that they are trying to keep up to date with the latest technologies in the industry. Time will tell!

 
If you need more information on DAMS then go to the City of Cape Town website.

Article originally on www.peerutinarchitects.co.za

Developing trust in the architect-client relationship

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Building a new home is possibly one of the most exciting, but also one of the most difficult things you will do in your life. It’s not only about investing a large sum of money, but also about investing in your future quality of life and realising your dreams of space that you will call home. But how do you go about choosing the right architect for the job in order to ensure success and the best outcome possible and so, develop a fruitful architect-client relationship?

Trust your architect
Many clients base their choice of architect on fee only. You may have interviewed a few architects and received quite a varied range of quotations. But which one should you choose? David Peerutin, Design Director, says that service is one of the most important aspects you should consider along with cost. Every client is different and unique and every project has different nuances. Ask your architect how they will manage this process with you and realise that they are professionally trained to design, develop and manage the whole construction process from start to finish. Choose an architect that you feel has the ability to understand your needs and then watch the magic unfold.
What should you expect?
· Your architect will likely use 3D software to represent your project during the design phases, however make sure that you fully understand the design before signing it off as later changes can be costly.
· Based on experience, while your architect may assist you with an approximate cost for the size and type of house you would like, only a registered quantity surveyor is qualified to accurately determine the cost of each and every component.
· Despite the best intentions from all parties however, expect the process to be bumpy. The reality of realising your dream will be different to the expectations in your head. The building construction process can be stressful and messy but this is part of the journey. Paint, finishes and furniture have an influence on the experience of a space that only becomes evident once the dirty work has been completed.
Understand that challenges will happen, but if you trust your architect and the professional team, they will assist you in resolving these in order to achieve the best result.
Understand that challenges will happen, but if you trust your architect and the professional team, they will assist you in resolving these in order to achieve the best result.
A word of warning
Avoid shortcuts because you will pay for them later not only in cost but in a compromised result. When it comes to architectural fees, always remember that exceptional quality may cost you more, but in our experience higher fees is usulaly as a result of more resources, a higher level of staff dedicated to the job, or more documentation production which would ultimately help the success of a project.

15 Amazing Stone Pathways That Will Steal The Show

Garden paths not only mark the safe places in your garden to walk, they give your garden a sense of completeness, dimension, and charm. Garden paths come in many styles and it is up to you to determine not only which style fits your garden best, but which you can commit yourself to creating and maintaining.
Some take much more time, effort, and expense than others. For example, gravel and mulch paths are inexpensive, but stone and brick are more durable. Stepping stones add charm, while mosaics add elegance and beauty but are incredibly time-consuming.

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Article originally on www.architecturendesign.net

This 309-Square-Foot Micro Apartment Has A Home Theater, Full Kitchen, And Even A Guest Bedroom

Hong Kong-based architects LAAB have just completed an incredible home that maximizes every inch of this 309 sq ft (28.7 sq m) flat in Hong Kong’s Central district.
The clients had a long wish list that included: full kitchen, bathtub, home cinema, gym, storage—and cat-friendly features for their three furry roommates. After 40 iterations, LAAB came up with a solution that is both functional and elegant.

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most expensive cities where an average square foot costs about US$1,416. The clients, Andy Knight and Michelle Tennant, had a decision to make: purchase a flat with about 90 more square feet, or completely redesign and renovate this 309 square foot apartment which was in the location they loved.

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To realise their ambitious plans, the team at LAAB had to think beyond static spaces. They began considering time as a factor, eventually designing the space around a “Form Follows Time” philosophy, which means that spaces open and close depending on the purposes needed at that particular time.

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Article originally on www.architecturendesign.net

This 309-Square-Foot Micro Apartment Has A Home Theater, Full Kitchen, And Even A Guest Bedroom

Hong Kong-based architects LAAB have just completed an incredible home that maximizes every inch of this 309 sq ft (28.7 sq m) flat in Hong Kong’s Central district.
The clients had a long wish list that included: full kitchen, bathtub, home cinema, gym, storage—and cat-friendly features for their three furry roommates. After 40 iterations, LAAB came up with a solution that is both functional and elegant.

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most expensive cities where an average square foot costs about US$1,416. The clients, Andy Knight and Michelle Tennant, had a decision to make: purchase a flat with about 90 more square feet, or completely redesign and renovate this 309 square foot apartment which was in the location they loved.

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To realise their ambitious plans, the team at LAAB had to think beyond static spaces. They began considering time as a factor, eventually designing the space around a “Form Follows Time” philosophy, which means that spaces open and close depending on the purposes needed at that particular time.

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Article originally on www.architecturendesign.net

Stunning Tubular Glass House Built Around Tree

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Kazakh history is rife with stories of people throwing stones, making this glass tree-house, by Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov, the perfect weapon to combat stone proliferation. First designed in 2013, the dream was shattered when investors pulled out; now, however, with a glass and solar panel manufacturer expressing interest, A. Masow Architects’ ‘Tree in the House’ could soon become a reality.
“The main purpose of this project is to offer an alternative to the bustle of city life,” explained Almassov. “We wanted to combine the capabilities of modern industrial design and the natural wealth and beauty. And more importantly it doesn’t do harm to the environment,” he added. “This is an opportunity to escape from the sweltering concrete boxes and feel the present unity with nature.”

 

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Article originally on www.architecturendesign.

Sustainable Architecture And Irregular Bricks

Sustainable architecture needs quality and comfort which is very important for the life worldwide. Constructing materials are different but there are several basic ones that stayed for centuries. Such are clay bricks.

Columbia and other warm countries have a lot of difficulties with the hot weather. That’s why the Architects Miguel Niño and Johanna Navarro formed the Sumart Diseño y Arquitectura SAS studio that has a main goal to develop Sustainable Architecture solutions.
Bloque Termodisipador BT is their famous solution which is actually a clay brick that has irregular shape and protects the house of the heat. Solar radiation is high and the transfer of the heat is avoided in huge level by using this type of bricks in construction.

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Sustainable Architecture with Geometrical Bricks

There are several types of these bricks and they are all looking like geometrical figures. Actually a rectangle and some type of triangle are mixed for better effect in the home interior. Many channels are used for the shape so the heat has several tunnels to pass till it gets to the interior of the house. That’s why this cooling system is functioning that well.
Those triangles has less exposed surface on the sun so they don’t get too much heat. The irregular form is also good sound isolation so the noise is turned on minimum.

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The top of the block holds the mortar so it also avoids wasted materials.  The UV rays are this way redirected from the ground. The natural finish that those bricks give to the façade also protects the owners of giving extra money for façade building. Those bricks on the way they are installed look very unique and interesting so the façade is already made with the building of the building. Those facades will be used a lot when the effects of the sustainable architecture will be shown and practically confirmed of the owners.

  • Reduce thermal discomfort in order to minimize the use of climate control devices.
  • Address the lack of new sustainable energy solutions in construction that are available to everyone.
  • Decrease the amount of installation materials, finishes and construction time.
  • Promote the clay industry through design, taking advantage of manpower, adjacent primary materials and traditional industrial systems.

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Article originally on www.architectureanddesign.net

These Flower Lamps Bloom When People Stand Under Them

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Pedestrians in Jerusalem’s Vallero Square can stop for some respite under these self-inflating, giant flowers. Installed by HQ Architects in 2014 and titled “Warde,” these nine by nine-meter flowers “bloom” when someone approaches, or when a tram is about to arrive, brightening an otherwise depressed part of the city

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“This project is part of the municipality’s effort to improve the urban space of the city center and in this specific case, of the [square’s] poor condition,” reads the Designboom submission. “Warde’s attempt was not to fight the chaos but instead to try and lighten up the urban space, by spreading around these four elements that have a hint of fantasy, and with their help, overcome the reality of the square.”

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Article originally on www.architectureanddesign.net

Solar Roof Tiles Are The Future Of Eco Homes And Friendly To Home Budget

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Solar roof tiles are new invention that can help a lot in saving energy and lowering the electricity bills. The solar energy is what can provide so much for your home heat without too many costs. There are many alternative energy solutions that are more and more attractive lately but solar energy is maybe something that is endless and easiest one.
Having a warm home and water is a big problem that needs a serious solution. With the great earth pollution and heating materials that do harm to the planet we are done. We should consider about other ways of bringing heat in our home instead of cutting trees and ruining the natural eco system.

In the past this solar systems were so expensive and not everyone could afford it to buy and install it for their home. But, trough the years it became not so expensive and people can install it to their homes using it trough every season of the year. It is important to have a sunny day so the water of the system will be hotter. If not, there is always an alternative way to heat the water or the home interior.

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This solar photovoltaic tiles are very nice looking and are way better than the old panels on the roof of the houses. Those panels can go and retired because this is new innovative solution that works fabulous! The tiles are made of natural clay or slate slabs that have small solar panels inserted on the flat surface that should be exposed to the sun. Installing of those panels is very easy because of their shape and double function – tiles. They have so high energy yield although they are so small and flexible.
There are also transparent solar tiles with highest aesthetical look. Those tiles are also very resistant to all weather conditions although are made of Plexiglas or PMMA. This material is even way better because it allows the sun come in trough the roof. They allow 90% of the natural light to come in your home.

Article originally on www.architectureanddesign.net