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Emerson College Los Angeles. Image © Iwan Baan Emerson College Los Angeles. Image © Iwan Baan

The principal architect of LA firm Morphosis, Thom Mayne (born January 19, 1944) was the recipient of the 2005 Pritzker Prize and the 2013 AIA Gold Medal, and is known for his experimental architectural forms, often applying them to significant institutional buildings such as the New York's Cooper Union building, the Emerson College in Los Angeles and the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters.

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49 minutes 39 seconds ago
ZERZA / CGI Artist: David Dura ZERZA / CGI Artist: David Dura

What happens when the sensor-imbued city acquires the ability to see – almost as if it had eyes? Ahead of the 2019 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), titled "Urban Interactions," ArchDaily is working with the curators of the "Eyes of the City" section at the Biennial to stimulate a discussion on how new technologies – and Artificial Intelligence in particular – might impact architecture and urban life. Here you can read the “Eyes of the City” curatorial statement by Carlo Ratti, the Politecnico di Torino and SCUT.

Technologies of the virtual realm present an opportunity to rethink the experience of space, society, and culture. They give us the possibility to engage with the city of the future, shaping the built environment of the 21st century. 

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1 hour ago

Concrete Slabs and Pier & Beam Foundations are two common options when it comes to building designs, but which one is good for you?  Well, the answer to this isn’t just a mere pick. It depends on where you live, the conditions like the soil on the area where you want to build and pretty much what the experts like engineers say. Let’s delve in deeper to expound more on the two foundations. 

Concrete Slab and Pier & Beam Foundation Differences

A slab foundation is made of concrete that is typically 4 ‘-6’ thick in the center. A house on a concrete slab is often placed on a layer of sand for drainage or to act as a cushion. Houses built on a slab lack crawl spaces or rather, they don’t have space under the floor.

Pier and Beams foundation, on the other hand, is made of beams (often wooden) or concrete piers set deep into the ground that bears the weight of the building. It does not rest directly on the ground instead it is elevated about 18’ above with utility units for plumbing and other cabling work installed in this crawlspace.

Advantages of Using the Slab Foundation

  • Concrete slab foundations are quite common in warm climates where the ground is less likely to freeze creating in like cracks in the foundations. Slab foundations will tend to reduce the risk of damage from flooding or the leaking of gas from a basement or crawl space into the house.
  • A concrete slab can protect a home from termites or other similar insects as there are no open spaces underneath the house that provide access to wooden joists or supports insects could chew.
  • Cost-saving is another one of the biggest advantages when it comes to using slab foundations when compared to other types of foundations like Pier and Beam.

Advantages of Pier and Beam Foundations

Pier and beam foundations actually have a number of cool features over concrete slabs: 

  • The foundations are quite easy to fix, repair, upgrade and remodel. In Pier and Beam Repair, a foundation repair expert can literally get underneath the house to diagnose and fix the issue fast.  
  • Pier and beam foundations elevate homes to protect them from flooding and moisture. The crawl space is often high enough to crawl through and allow extra utilities including plumbing and electrical wiring/units to be installed and can also be easily accessed if issues should occur. 
  • There’s also tend to have an extra bit of insulation from the air and extra ones which will save you on energy costs if you live in a cold place
Which one is better? 

So, which foundation is the best fit for your building?  Well, it depends on your preferences along with other factors like the conditions, the time to build, the costs, etc. The concrete slab foundation typically costs less, and forming can be relatively easy. Creating a pier and beam foundation requires a bit more planning, which can potentially increase your installation costs but it is a great choice if you plan to remodel or even move your house in the future.

1 hour ago

In spite of the widespread use of tablets and smartphones, you will find that there are times when the only phone that can help you is a landline. It could be that you are running a business or that you don’t want to have to deal with spotty mobile phone signals when you’re at home relaxing on your sofa.

Landline phones have been around for as long as many people can remember. As such, many have come to associate a landline phone with an ugly design, and the lack of essential features such as broadband. But who said that landlines had to be ugly? Their design has clearly undergone some changes in the last few years.

Here’s a look at some of the best landline phones of 2020:

1. Panasonic Premium Design Series Kx-Prs120

If you are looking to compare phone deals, this is basically the best landline phone that you can buy today. Reasons to buy it include:

• Stylish design

• Nuisance call blocking

• Graphical user interface

• Large easy-to-read display

This is one of the Premium designs from Panasonic, and its stylistic design shows this. It combines a curved back for ergonomics and style, a large keypad containing square-shaped number keys, and a smartphone-like graphical user interface, which provides you with access to all its available options. The phone is not only stylish, but it also has brains. You can use its Caller ID to block unwanted calls.

2. Gigaset C570a Comfort Telephone

For those looking for the best phone deals, the Gigaset C570a Comfort Telephone is a premium phone offering nothing but the best premium features.

The reasons to buy it include:

• ‘Jumbo mode’ containing extra-large numbers

• Stylish design

• Illuminated keys

• Large color display

This phone proves that broadband shouldn’t be the only reason you invest in a phone. It features a widely spaced illuminated keypad, a user-friendly interface, and a color display. It has a smartphone-like appearance and comes packed with all kinds of features, e.g., a 200 contact address book.

3. Idect Eclipse Plus

As you compare phone deals, you are likely to come across the Idect Eclipse Plus, which is described by many as a landline phone with a difference.

The reasons to buy it include:

• Stylish eye-catching design

• Blue backlit display

• DECT Cordless

The Idect Eclipse Plus comes with an incredible elliptical design that helps you make a statement in whichever room you choose to place it. It’s comfortable to hold close to your ear and comes with curved slots that align with its base very well.

It also features large and easy to read buttons that simplify the call dialing process. As is the case with many other modern landlines, it also helps you to block or silence those unwanted calls.

4. BT HALO

Your search for the best phone deals should help you discover BT HALO. This is a stylish cordless phone that features a host of extensive call controls.

The reasons to acquire this landline phone will include:

• Long talk and standby time

• Stylish design

• Bluetooth for mobile calls

• Nuisance call blocking

The BT HALO is a one-of-a-kind landline that is both practical and stylish. It features a slim, black handset featuring a circular silver-colored base station and a color display. It also comes with an awesomely in-built answer machine. This phone is definitely a looker. But it’s the features inside it that make it a worthy investment.

It comes with in-built Bluetooth connectivity that you can use to pair with any cellphone. This means that you can take and make calls using your BT HALO handset without ever worrying about the signal dropping off.             

1 hour ago

In today’s world, so many aspects of our lives have been made easier with apps — and interior design is no exception. There are countless apps available that will help you with various aspects of giving your home a makeover, and some are better than others. So, once you’ve got comfy with your mobile phone or booted up your shiny new tablet, here are some of the best apps that you can download to your device to help out with interior design…

Pinterest

When it comes to the perfect starting point for your interior design journey, Pinterest is the app to head for. Out of all the social media, Pinterest is the one best suited to those looking for creative inspiration, as it provides an easy way to gather together images relating to a wide range of different topics — including interior design. When you find an image that captures your imagination, Pinterest makes it easy for you to locate other, similar images that will really get your creative juices going! Download the app, and all of this will be available on your mobile device — and given how widely-used the app is, you should be able to count on it working on a wide variety of devices, from Apple to Samsung.

Dulux Visualizer

If you are thinking of giving your home a new lick of paint, Dulux Visualizer will give you an idea of what it will look like, and also help you to choose a colour.

The app uses your device’s camera to show you a vision of your home with the colour of the surfaces altered; you can choose from a wide variety of colours and apply them to many different surfaces, and even order paint testers to be delivered to your home. It is compatible with iOS and Android devices such as Samsung tablets, but be warned that certain devices will struggle with the motion-sensor technology that the app runs on.

Smart Draw

SmartDraw is a useful app for floor planning. Using it, you will be able to build a virtual house in 3D, customising the size, shape and number of rooms and filling them with items of furniture drawn from a vast library of different assets. You will need to pay for the app once the free seven-day trial has expired, but if you have saved money on your phone with SIM only deals, then the additional fee to own SmartDraw should not be too much of a drawback.

iArtView

Every interior designer will know the value of hanging a few choice pieces of art around the home, but they will also know the potential downsides of choosing the wrong piece of art: a painting or design that does not fit the overall mood of the room can ruin it, and buying the wrong sized frame for your art can be even worse. Thankfully, iArtView is here to help. With this app, you can take a photo of your room and digitally add a painting of your choice (you can import images from elsewhere). The app will give you precise measurements, allowing you to find out exactly how much space you will need, how big the frame should be, and where the holes will need to be drilled.

Havenly

Finding a professional to help out with your interior design can be a chore, but it is a job made easier with Havenly. This app functions as a social network designed to link designers with potential customers: you upload a photograph of the room you would like to be altered, choose from a list of professional designers, and have a one-on-one conversation with them to make sure that they are the right people for the job.            

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