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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The recent news that existing home sales in the United States had the biggest monthly slump in nearly two decades came as the murmur about the infamous housing bubble is reaching a crescendo. Fueled by predatory lending habits and Americas lack of monetary common sense, foreclosures are skyrocketing and home sales are stalling. The steep slump in housing over the past year has been a major factor slowing the overall economy. It has subtracted around 1 percentage point from growth since mid-2006. This may just be a blip on the map, but many industry experts are morose at the future prospects.

If United States real estate prices continue this downward trend, it is important to examine whether this will begin to deflate the Panamanian Real Estate market as well. When housing prices fall in the U.S., it becomes cheaper to buy in top retirement destinations like Florida and Arizona, the areas that Panama is currently in direct competition with. As those prices fall, as many are currently doing, it would be hard to imagine retirees finding overwhelming benefits of investing and moving to a third world country rampant with corruption, no provisions for disabled people, a major pollution problem, an impending traffic nightmare, almost no personal health or safety codes and all with foreign laws in a foreign language.

These factors combined with the amount of real estate and development that is currently going on in Panama could spell a major disaster. A new real estate agency is popping up almost weekly and the amount of listings are growing at an astonishing rate. One has to wonder if the supply of Panamanian real estate isnt outpacing the demand. Developers are pushing anything and everything they can, from one hundred story skyscraper condos to multi million dollar beach houses, and investors, not residents are buying them up. If the housing slump in the United States continues and real estate in The States begins to edge back towards realistic and affordable prices, it will be interesting to see the affect that it has on Panama and this golden egg we call the boom.

It would appear that one of the main targets for this terrible and dangerous crime is people who are elderly or physically disabled. Criminals who commit home invasions often target the weak and unprepared. They often use a weapon such as a knife or other cutting instruments to intimidate or even assault their victims.

Home Invasion statistics report that the crime is on the rise. People typically think of a home invasion as a robbery or a burglary. While in most cases this is the intended crime to be committed, in several cases home invasions occurs with the intent to commit a rape, an assault or even a murder. Money and expensive belongings may be the motivation behind most break-ins, but sometimes it is a secondary intention of criminals. Because the reasons, methods and intentions of home invasions are so varied it can be difficult to define reliable statistics on the crime. According to a report by the United States Department of Justice, 38% of assaults and 60% of rapes occur in the home during an invasion.

There are some startling statistics and facts about home invasion in the United States. It is estimated that in the U.S. at least one property related crime occurs every three seconds. In the United States there were over 3,600,000 each year between 1994 and 2005. Statistics Canada reported over 289,200 per year in the last five years. Statistically there are over 8000 reported home invasions each and every day across North America. These are just the facts for the crimes which are actually defined as home invasions. There are many burglaries and thefts which occur under different circumstances which do not fall directly into that category of a home invasion for one reason or another.

Typically, criminals convicted of home invasions or porerty related offences indicate that they see residential homes as viable alternatives to robbing a bank or a convenience store. The reason for this is because of more and more businesses using high tech security systems on their business properties. It is becoming harder and harder for criminals to pull off robberies of business properties, leading them to target private residences instead.9 out of 10 convicted criminals who have committed home invasions have said that they would not attempt to break into a home with a home security system installed. Violent crime is on the rise in North America, and it is estimated that 1 out of every 5 homes are just as likely to experience a robbery as they are to have a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. Having a home security system installed makes your home three times less likely to be targeted by burglars.

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Furniture isnt a cheap purchase, and whether it is one room or the entire home that needs filling, you can easily find high quality furniture that will meet all of your expectations while also saving a bit in the process. How can you find the best bespoke furniture?

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When shopping with a trustworthy company you can count on getting high quality furniture that meets your price range. Again, reviews are a great way to find a reputable company. Consider shopping on the web as well. Many times furniture can easily be found on the web, and you are always assured a larger selection than what can be found sitting inside of local furniture stores. And, the costs may be less when using the web to find your furniture. You can shop online any time that you like, and might even prefer doing a bit of online browsing and shopping as well as a bit in store as well.

Do not settle for less. It is your home, and having furniture that you like, that meets your style, will ensure a happy home is made. Even if it takes a bit of extra time and searching, dont stop until you are satisfied, even thrilled, with the furniture you are getting. This is a true statement regardless of the room or rooms you are buying for.

If you are on a tight budget, compare costs before you buy. This is great even for those who are not, however essential for those who are. This is a free service most easily completed on the web. It will take you only a few short minutes to compare prices, and doing so could result in taking home savings of as much as 50%!

Finding bespoke furniture is an important decision when wasting your earnings is a no-no. You want stylish furniture made to last that looks great inside of your home. Take these tips with you when shopping and great furniture that you love will always be yours. You might even save a little bit while you are at it!

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Concord Adex recently addressed the issue by writing to the worried residents directly in the three high-rise building in the CityPlace complex in Toronto notifying them that plans were in place to provide protective mesh on their glass balconies as a safety measure.

The installation of this protective mesh comes following safety doubts after tempered balcony glass exploded across some condos in the city during the summer last year. Furthermore, thestar.com stated that last summer panes of glass dropped onto the street and some pedestrians minor injuries.

Concord decided to keep the same glass supplier for their three building and decided to take action by installing wire mesh.

Arash Beheshti, Concords vice-president of construction, was mentioned in the correspondents posted out to local residents as stating that although there is no conclusive evidence suggesting that the glass is faulty, “we are not taking chances with people’s safety”.

Mr Beheshti further said to CBCNews: “I can’t speculate at this point as to what the cause of it is and therefore we’re taking a proactive measure to protect the community while we’re doing an investigation to make sure that the safety of our residents are not jeopardised.”

Trudy Clark is one of the concerned residents. She was happy with the way that Concord had addressed the issue and for being very proactive in its efforts to put in meshing as a safety precaution.
“They are doing this to prevent any accidents and for the safety of all the people in the condos,” she said to thestar.com.
“It’s good. It seems like they are doing the right thing and that’s the way they presented it,” she further stated.

John Barber, who has been a glass producer for over 30 years, said to CBCNews that vast numbers of suppliers and developers look to buy and make the best use of glass that has been produced with cheaper materials.
“We’re seeing an influx of glass with no controls, no mechanism at all for quality,” he told CBCNews.

Torontos building department stated that after conducting an extensive investigation into the incidents of falling glass said that the provincial building code may need to be assessed.

However, area councillor Adam Vaughan suggested that the problem seemed to be “more of a manufacturing issue than a code issue”.

“Glass spanned the way it is and mounted on the outside of a balcony is not the problem if it is manufactured properly, he declared. The question then becomes, is it an external coating on the glass or an internal laminate? Whats the best way to strengthen it so the span can still be reached?”

Living room concepts are amongst the most sought-after designs that individuals want for the interior of their properties. Living space decorating does, just after all, effect one of the most shared space in the home, plus the spot where you likely devote the most of one’s time with each other.

For that reason, it’s important that when you happen to be decorating your living room, you are employing living space decorating concepts that fit everybody’s tastes, though nonetheless getting practical, appealing when guests are over, and uncomplicated to keep. Nonetheless, as so many individuals uncover, such decorating ideas for a living room are often a lot easier said than accomplished. With such an extended list of critical criteria, it’s not tough to understand why!

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Be careful when selecting your colours. When decorating a living room, light, and neutral colours are often the safest. This way, after you need to decide on or adjust your furniture and accessories, you’ll have the ability to do so together with the most freedom.

The flooring, when decorating the living space, must be classic looking and durable. This frequently suggests waxed hardwood floors, or neutral wall-to-wall carpeting that has provided flair with region rugs.

Interior decorating living space usually means proper furniture positioning. You are going to must feel this out ahead of time. The most beneficial technique to make use of is to think about the way the folks applying the room will group within the space. Living space decorating tips normally divide spaces up into two or three seating regions to offer a cozy setting no matter how quite a few folks are there. Decorating suggestions for living rooms also often direct the furniture toward a focal point within the space for instance substantial windows, a fireplace, or a big piece of artwork.

Apart from this, there is no limit to decorating ideas for living space.

Getting a pre-approved housing loan can save a lot of time and hassle for all parties involved in a property transaction. In fact, it is getting more common that real estate agents actually decline potential customers who do not have a pre-approval in hand before searching for a home. This is understandable as knowing the parameters of your property search eliminates the prospect of finding a place you want to buy but cannot afford to. In that scenario, everybody’s time and resources are wasted.

If you are new to this term, these are the main benefits of obtaining a pre-approved housing loan.

1) When house hunting, you can easily screen out the properties that you cannot afford. Property listing are all over the internet and daily newspapers. There are so many available places for sale that sometimes you can be full for choices. Knowing your budget will enable you to easily use a filter option to discard listings that you cannot afford. Your real estate agent will also be more productive by only seeking places for you that are within your financial budget.

2) A seller wants a concrete buyer who has the financial capacity to agree to a deal. Your pre-approval provides the confidence for the seller to commit to an agreement. The buyer can then take the property off the market with more confidence that the deal will be honored.

3) You may have heard of stories of people who had paid a down payment for a home purchase and had to later forgo the down payment because they couldnt find a lender to support their purchase. These circumstances do happen. It will be terrible to lose your hard earned cash this way. A pre-approved housing loan eliminates this anxiety altogether. You can go about agreeing to deals fully knowing that you have secured the funds to close the transaction.

Pre-approval housing loans have been around for a long time because it serves a very useful purpose for a home buyer. Make good use of its availability and go about house hunting with more peace of mind.