Urbanbase To Launch Vr Tools For South East Asian Market

Jul 26, 2017

Seoul-based startup, Urbanbase who has virtual reality tools for interior design and planning is soon to expand its reach. It recently received around $ 1.8 million in a Series A funding. With a large customer base already in Korea, it plans to expand in the South East Asian market to countries like Japan and China. Providing 2D plans to change to virtual spaces in minutes, it offers customers a cheaper option as compared to cameras like Matterport. They are currently in over 40 partnerships with more than 4,000 items available on their platform. The founder and former architect, Jinu Ha also plan to launch smart phone applications in augmented reality tools for interior planning. 

Roomba Plans To Sell Maps Of People's Homes

Jul 26, 2017

Roomba’s robot vacuum cleaner uses mapping technology to clean the user’s home. This technology maps the floor plan of the home to understand the entry of dust into the space. The company now plans to sell this data to Google, Apple and Amazon. In a bid to help these companies understand floor plans while designing connected smart home devices which can tell about the size of the room, the type of furniture, the furniture location among other details. Roomba's terms of service currently give the company permission to share customer data with third party vendors and subsidiaries. Given the current terms, Roomba could sell user information in bulk without notifying customers. Though at the moment, the company asks for user consent before sharing information with advertisers. Roomba could start sharing the map data with tech giants within the next couple of years, according to report by Reuters. 

Credai–mchi Announces ‘change Of Guard’

Jul 26, 2017

Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India -The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (CREDAI–MCHI) announced ‘Change of Guard’ as Dharmesh Jain (also the chief of Nirmal Lifestyle) handed over to the newly elected President, Mayur Shah (also the chief of Marathon Realty) amidst presence of luminaries from across Banking & Finance, Legal and Government – Gautam Chatterjee, Chairman, Mahar RERA; U.P.S. Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner of MMRDA; Ajoy Mehta, Municipal Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) ; Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, Additional Municipal Commissioner (projects) of MCGM and Ramesh Pawar, DMC TO MC OF MCGM amongst others. The ceremony unveiled the flag of CREDAI-MCHI alongside its ‘Vision Manifesto’ outlining the key objective for the need for 'Ease of Doing Business’. The focus of the new President Mayur Shah, CREDAI-MCHI would include rationalising processes by ensuring better timelines to get approvals on projects, improve business viability given the high land costs, build capabilities for delivery of projects in parallel to clean, green and skilled Mumbai.

World Architectural Travel Announces Tour To The Mayan Mexico

Jul 25, 2017

World Architecture Travel an international network for architectural tours announced its this year’s guided tours to the ‘Mayan Mexico’ in October 2017.  The tour is designed and planned integrating architecture, design, art, and culture metamorphosing into a memorable 360 degrees experience. The tours are interspersed with a blend of explorations, interactions, lectures, a peek into the lesser known, escapades and much more that stimulates, enlightens and exhilarates. The team of professionals and travellers are bound by the common thread of our intense love and passion for travelling, places and architecture. The tour features some of the architectural marvels in the region namely Chichen Itza, Cuernavaca, Merida, Puebla, Tulum Ruins among others.  

Hansgrohe India Unveiled Its First Exclusive Axor Showroom

Jul 25, 2017

Hansgrohe India, the bathroom fixture major unveiled its first exclusive AXOR Showroom in association with its longstanding partner C. Bhogilal West-End in Mumbai. Aquaarius - the first AXOR showroom has all the revolutionary product ranges and collection by AXOR designed and developed in collaboration with world renowned architects and interior designers. C. Bhogilal West-End established in 1914, is a pioneer in sanitation retail industry. The team of knowledgeable individuals over the years have worked with customers to deliver the best in the industry to them.

Twelve Properties To Be Added In India By Louvre Hotels By The End Of 2018

Jul 25, 2017

Under its expansion plans, Louvre Hotels Group is to add 12 properties in India by the end of 2018. Hotels will be unveiled in Mumbai, Goa, Bengaluru, and Delhi among other cities and will be under all three Golden Tulip brands to target largely the mid market segments of the market. In January this year, Louvre Hotels Group had acquired a majority stake in Indian hospitality chain Sarovar Hotels. Founded in 1976, the Paris-based hospitality major is part of Shanghai based Jin Jiang International Holdings Co Ltd, one of China's largest tourist and travel conglomerates.

Steelcase And Microsoft Launch Creative Workspaces

Jul 24, 2017

Steelcase and Microsoft have joined forces in a partnership to explore how the workplace can more successfully drive creative performance by co-developing ‘Creative Spaces’, an interdependent ecosystem of spaces and technologies designed for the diverse modes of creative work. Some of the key areas would include a focused studio, a Maker Commons, an ideation hub, a duo studio and a respite room.  The focus is on acoustics, privacy, proximity, employee health and other psychological factors to provide a wholesome office environment. Maker Commons: Socializing ideas and rapid prototyping are essential parts of creativity. This space is designed to encourage quick switching between conversation, experimentation and concentration. While the focus studio provides room for individual creativity, the Maker Commons is designed to encourage quick switching between conversations, experimentation. The ideation hub serves as a high-tech destination that encourages active participation and equal opportunity to contribute as people co-create, refine and share ideas with co-located or distributed teammates. The duo studio, on the other hand, promotes working in pairs and creates a space where two people can co-create shoulder-to-shoulder, while also supporting individual work. The Respite Room as the name addresses the need to balance active group work with solitude and individual think time. 

Havwoods Launches Its Signature Handgrade Collection For India

Jul 24, 2017

Havwoods’ Handgrade collection is designed for large spaces that need a very different approach to flooring than regular ones. In this collection, the planks are an enormous 2 to 4 meters long and come in mixed widths of up to 480mm. The thickness comes in various options, ranging from 19 to 23mm. They are made from engineered 3-layered oak and birch plywood, 1-strip plank, hard-waxed oil finish and come with the T&G ends matched. The planks are made with the deepest seen bevelled edges to give it a smooth worn surface & allow for finesse in fixing. Every plank in this collection is hand worked, lending a unique character to each of them. The tiles are all distressed, cobbled, bevelled and spawned to give it a unique, rustic character that is impossible to attain with regular flooring. Havwoods Handgrade collection planks come in 8 shades, viz. Consul, Galway, Walcot, Duke, Hallam, Shaklin, Neston and Ryder, offering a range of shades and choices to fit into every design requirement.  With a range in thickness, sizes and width, the Handgrade collection offers a wide variety of sizes, for an array of spaces. The C2C certification ensures that the flooring is of the top quality. 

Godrej Garden City Becomes The Largest Township To Be Certified At The Platinum Level By The Indian Green Building Council

Jul 24, 2017

Godrej Properties Limited, Godrej Garden City (GGC) township project in Ahmedabad, received the Indian Green Building Council Green Residential Society Platinum Certification. The IGBC GRS Platinum certification is recognised as the highest rating for residential societies. With this achievement, Godrej Garden City becomes the largest township in India to be GRES Platinum certified. GGC is located just off SG Highway in the heart of Ahmedabad. The project is within Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation limits and is easily accessible from any part of the city. GGC is currently home to over 1500 families and has a fully functional International School with 900 plus students, a City Square retail facility with over 33 brands, and a 70,000 sq ft club house. The project also has facilities for health-care, recreation, hospitality, and banking.  Important planned civic facilities and public utilities will make GGC fully self-sufficient. The master plan has been created by world-renowned architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill who have also designed numerous landmark projects across the globe such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is currently the world’s tallest building.

Kitchenaid India Has Launched Its Major Appliances With The Launch Of Kitchenaid Built- In

Jul 21, 2017

 KitchenAid India has launched major appliances with the launch of KitchenAid Built- In. These major appliances include a number of new built-in and freestanding ranges, and refrigerators. The range will feature a total of 30 appliance models including refrigerators, wall ovens, ventilation hoods, dishwashers, under counter beverage centres and more. The appliances bring a seamless, high-end aesthetic to the kitchen, crafted with unique visual elements on the outside that hint at the superior performance inside. KitchenAid is also presented, its stainless steel made-to-measure kitchen special top: spaces crafted with artisanal attention to detail with the newest technology. KitchenAid made to measure special top can be fully personalised. One can decide the shape and size of their kitchen top and choose from additional features such as fully equipped rear splashbacks, raised worktop edges and rounded corners. Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks.