Amazon to make available service for smart home device set-up

Jul 11, 2017

Amazon releases its own set of in-home product installation service. The Amazon Smart Home Service Store allows the user to book free consultation appointments for its various smart home devices.The service price to set up the various devices may vary. The servicing team are experts onboard with Amazon and not third-party contractors. These service men have been licensed and certified for the task. Amazon is starting this service with an aim to increase sales of its smart home devices by increasing the accessibility and understanding of various systems for its new customers.

 The world’s first building made from hardwood cross-laminated tulipwood opens in Oldham

Jul 10, 2017

Maggie’s Oldham, the world’s first building made from hardwood cross- laminated timber (CLT), was opened recently in the UK. Designed by dRMM Architects and supported by the American Hardwood Export Council, the opening is a pivotal moment for modern architecture and construction. Maggie’s is a charity that provides practical and emotional support to people living with cancer. Built on the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing. dRMM chose tulipwood for the design of Maggie’s Oldham for the positive influence wood has on people and for the beauty, strength and warmth inherent to American tulipwood. Wood is known to significantly reduce blood pressure, heart rates and recovery times; it has more health and wellbeing benefits than any other building material.

Senior Living, a new trend in real estate

Jul 10, 2017

One of the projects of Brigade Group is Parkside at Brigade Orchards, Devanahalli very close to International Airport. It is one of the first real estate companies to bring in the concept of 'Senior Living' also known as 'Retirement Homes' to India. Important aspects of medical care and security are looked into on highest priority by most builders.The entire area is designed keeping in mind the elderly. There are special walking trails created in most complexes.  Recreation areas like the library, indoor games room and community hall contribute help seniors connect with each other and bond amongst themselves. Most homes use solar power and energy efficient techniques that keep them cooler and healthier.The rooms are larger, corridors extra wide with ramps and hand rails in key areas.  Materials like anti-skid tiles and scientific lighting are used.  Kitchens with cabinets and drawers placed at convenient levels, ergonomically designed seating and light indicators are commonly used. Rising incomes, higher life expectancy and the rising percentage of nuclear families are some the factors leading to the increasing demand.

Window Magic brings eco-friendly uPVC Windows and Doors

Jul 10, 2017

Window Magic’s uPVC Windows and Doors are completely recyclable. Each window/door contains Calcium zinc stabilisers instead of lead stabilisers, thereby keeping harmful toxic fumes during production at bay. Bearing in mind all the eco-friendly attributes of uPVC, Window Magic carries the tagline of ‘Green Line’. uPVC Windows and Doors are built to resist the strongest natural elements such as air, water, storm, strong sunlight, etc. Some of the other advantages are noise resistance, weather resistance, wind resistance, fire resistance, cost effectiveness, recyclability and low maintenance. Window Magic, in association with one of the leading Glass manufacturers in the world, bringing Solar Control Glass for windows, canopies and skylights. This specially-made glass helps to control heat penetration during the summers and allows optimum daylight to enter the interiors besides also saving on electricity cost.

Zaha Hadid unveils the renders of hotel tower in Melbourne inspired by stacked vases

Jul 07, 2017

Zaha Hadid unveils the renders of hotel tower in Melbourne inspired by stacked vases. The 185 m proposed tower will have white filigree lattice facades with Oblong window openings. It will be located in the heart of the business district at Collins Street. The hotel for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel group is set to open in 2023. The tower will contain 196 guest suites and 148 apartments, which will be located on its uppermost floors. Residents will have access to private amenities including a lounge, as well as the hotel's restaurant and bar, which will have a planted terrace on the roof of the lowest block.

Prefab home in the UK for £150k by Kodasema

Jul 07, 2017

Kodasema, an Estonian design collective launched prefabricated 25 sq m micro homes to solve the evolving housing crisis in the UK. The home can be relocated to any site and take only a day to build. This idea largely addresses the lack of space and increasing home rates. The costs include charges from planning to installation including the connections of water and sewage lines. It can be transported in the back of a lorry and can easily be used on vacant plots, encouraging this type of living. Use of untouched plots can receive a serious boost with this game-changing idea.

The Royal Academy of Arts in London will now include a permanent exhibition space for architecture

Jul 07, 2017


After the David Chipperfield's renovation, the Royal Academy of Arts in London will include a permanent exhibition space for architecture. Set to complete next year to coincide with its 250th anniversary is Chipperfield's refurbishment of the Burlington Gardens building. Although plans were first announced in 2015 but have now been updated to include a new home for the institution's architecture programme after the seven-figure donations towards the same.The Architecture Studio, or Dorfman Senate Rooms, will host temporary architecture exhibitions in a space adjacent to a new day-lit lecture theatre. Unlike a traditional exhibition space, it will provide a place where people can “come together”. The historic Burlington House building that was originally a private house in a courtyard off Piccadilly characterises of the architecture of the institution.

Springfit unveils its ultra glamorous range of mattress – ‘Autograph Collection’

Jul 06, 2017

Springfit mattress, a brand of progressive sleep accessories and solutions, has unveiled its latest range of premium and ultra-glamorous mattress – Autograph Collection. Endorsed by Bollywood power couple Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover, the new range is designed to ensure 6 hours of complete sleep. Made with all natural materials like viscose fabric, natural latex and organic fabrics, the Autograph Collection comes with the unique Mdi foam, a new technology in mattress industry which ensures the product is highly breathable and has no toxic residues for a healthy sleep. As a brand that cares about the health of its customers, the new collection offers firm spine support.

E-City brings the world’s best sound experience to Dubai

Jul 06, 2017

Considered as the best wireless speaker in the world, Devialet has revolutionised music. E-City, the leading retailer of a chain of world-class multi-brand electronics retail stores across the UAE and part of the ALBATHA Group, has announced the Dubai release of the latest range of wireless speakers from Devialet's Phantom Speaker Line -- Gold, Silver and White. The inclusion is the part of E-City's 2017 agenda of expanding the range and in providing its customers with the experience of the 'Future of Electronics.' Devialet's Phantom line will surely give customers a one-of-a-kind audio experience; accessible via Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet or optical cable,” said Dirk Raemdonck, Marketing & Retail Development Manager, E-City. “We promise you, once you've experienced the world-class audio quality from Devialet speakers, there will be no turning back--offering a sound range that spans 14Hz to 27kHz, 108dB playback with zero saturation, zero distortions and zero background noise. To date, Devialet has received 62 industry awards and 108 patents. Currently, Devialet Phantom range of speakers is available only at the E-City store in Dubai Mall.

Leaders Study Program to Malmo & Copenhagen on Architecture & Urbanism

Jul 06, 2017

The Urban Vision, a Think-Do -Tank on Livable Cities is hosting the Leaders study program in Malmo & Copenhagen in mid-September to study innovations in urbanism, architecture & real estate development. This flagship program is in its fifth year and allows leaders to experience pioneering urbanism, architectural and development innovations first hand and hear from visionaries who made it possible. Alumni of the program include some of the key leaders from India's Built Environment Industry. This year's program is taking place in the world’s leading exemplars of sustainable cities of tomorrow- Malmo & Copenhagen. Copenhagen ranks as the world's most liveable city & Malmo is one of the world's most sustainable city. This program breaks down the various design ideas and strategies that lead to making of these great cities along with meetings with some of the world’s leading visionaries on city building. The goal of the program is to empower leaders with knowledge on innovations in urbanism with interactive roundtables, closed door meetings with key leaders and site visits led by visionaries who were at the helm of affairs in these cities.