Time for a greener architecture

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The Gestalt school identified several principles of use to artists and architects, but the most important is that of balance – that is, the constantly shifting balance that balances all opposites within the constantly shifting matrix of reality. Interestingly the principles of form found in the natural world are not dissimilar to the Gestalt principles that also operate in the unselfconscious human building traditions I referred to at the beginning of this article. Vernacular building traditions have evolved slowly over long periods of time and thus possess some of the coherent organic order found also in Nature. As in animal architecture, vernacular architecture possesses an inherent beauty: the beauty of integrity and unity. Such beauty emerges from the totally balanced integration of a system, its function and use into the broader realms of Nature.

So have we stumbled onto the reason why so many modern human-made environments fail to come up to the quality of some older towns and cities? At root the problem seems to lie in the spiritual posture that we adopt with Nature. Many people would now accept that as humans we are completely co-terminal with Nature. However, in claiming ownership, as we do, of that part of Nature that we call -self’, we not only separate ourselves from Nature but also separate ourselves from our own environments. Yogis tell us that the transcendental world of the spirit – the world of unity and pure consciousness – supports the relative world at each point. They tell us that the transcendental realm is a world without qualities yet gives rise to and sustains all qualities. They tell us that it is to be found in the -gap’ between the different states of consciousness: waking, dreaming and sleep; in the silences in music; between syllables in spoken language and even between our thoughts. The great 19th-century Indian holy man Ramakrishna Paramahansa was once asked, -Where do I find God?- His reply was, -Look between two thoughts.- This gap between perfectly balanced opposites is where life and spirit enter the relative world. It is also the vital middle ground between a subject and an object that defines the -mean’ and gives the meaning.

In conclusion we can say that it is order that gives life to a work and it is order that gives a work its spiritual dimension. It is in the perfect orderliness of a great work that the two worlds of materiality and spirit conjoin. Order is the agent that serves as the conduit between these two realms. Dare we say that -orderliness’ is next to -Godliness’?

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Feng Shui And Numbers

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Chinese who believe in Feng Shui are extremely superstitious about the figures they choose as their telephone number, house number, car number and the like. The categorization of some numbers as lucky and some as unlucky depends on the way they sound when spoken. For instance, in western numbers -eleven’ sounds like -heaven’ or number -eight’ sounds like -weight’ or number -one’ sounds like -son’.

Numbers considered unlucky by the Chinese: Number 4 (pronounced as Sei) is known to be a bad number because in Cantonese it sounds like the word -death’. Number 13 is unlucky because it adds up to 4. Apart from this, number 24 and 104 are also unlucky for the same reason.

Numbers considered lucky Numbers such as 108, 168, 99, 88, 84, 80, 68, 54, 48, 38, 28, 18, 8, are all good numbers. The main reason why 8 is lucky because if you pronounce the word (patt) it sounds like “faat” which denotes “prosperity and abundance”

Consequences of some lucky numbers and combinations:
289: Long-term prosperity
5: myself, me
518: I will flourish
5189: I will flourish for a very long time
516289: I will tread a long, smooth wealthy road
5918: I will prosper soon
6: smooth and easy
7: together
8: prosperity or sudden fortune

The cure If you have a house or businesses with 4 or 13, then just draw a circle around that number. The circle is tremendously powerful and captures the ill-fated effects of the negative number. There are two ways of doing it, one way is to go to the local hardware store and find a ceramic door number that can be customized with a circle. However, if you cannot afford to shelve out too much money then a simpler method is to simply go out and make a circle around the number. Also note, if you live or work at a place that has an unlucky number but is outside of China, consider how that number sounds in the native language of that particular country. How seriously should one take numbers? If you’re still looking for a house, office or car number then make sure you comply with the norms set by fengshui. However, if you already have bought one with number 4 or 13, don’t worry too much, just use the cure provided above or consider changing the number to a name like “rose cottage” -your company name- etc.

Numbers in Feng shui plays an important role, believers of fengshui always follow the number guide provided Chinese astrology . For more information on Fenghui and related topics please visit www.vaastshaastra.com

Reasons – Why Estate Planning Is For Everyone

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Estate planning is the process of considering and setting up a legal arrangement that may be followed in handling and distributing your estate upon your death as you have directed. Many people think that estate planning is most beneficial for the elderly or the wealthy. However, estate planning is beneficial for everyone, regardless of age, marital status or net worth.

Although an experienced estate planning lawyer can provide you with the specific reasons as to why estate planning may be right for you, below are the top 4 reasons why estate planning is for everyone.

Loss of Mental Capacity – If you become mentally incapable of making decisions as to how your estate should be handled or distributed, a properly devised living trust and durable powers of attorney for financial matters will carry out your wishes and directives.

Guardianship of Minor Children – Without a plan, the decision of who is best suited to raise your minor children will be made by the court upon your death or in the event that you become incapacitated. However, with a plan, you are able to designate the guardians who you decide are best fit to raise your children.

Avoiding Probate – If you do not have a plan, your estate may be subject to probate upon your death. Although you will not have to deal with the slow process of probate, your loved ones will. So, in order to avoid it and ensure that your estate will be distributed as smoothly as possible upon your death and according to your wishes and desires, you should seek the advice of an estate planning attorney while you are still alive.

Comfort – If you have devised a good estate plan, you will be comfortable and confident knowing that you have protected your loved ones and the distribution of your assets upon your death. A good estate plan will avoid the confusion and chaos of an unplanned distribution of your assets upon your death.

The bottom line is that planning ahead, while you are still capable of doing so, can reduce the uncertainty and confusion that may occur over the distribution of your estate and guardianship of your children upon your death.

Call An Experienced Estate Planning Lawyer Today!

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About The Author

Lifetime Legal is a California based estate planning attorney representing clients in a diverse range of matters pertaining to estate planning law, business law, Probate, wills and trusts and real estate law.

Architecture meets Industrial Design

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Title: Architecture meets Industrial Design

Text & Photography: Foster + Partners

Blurring the lines between architecture, interior design and industrial design, F+P once again prove that design is seamless and universal

Foster+Partners has proved its design prowess beyond the building industry and carries it forward to designing the interiors and furnishings for a commercial aircraft, drawing on its previous commissions for yachts and private jets.

Following the successful refurbishment of The Wing, Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, the practice has carried the lounge’s sophisticated design into the first class cabin of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet refreshing the award-winning cabin.

The Wing, which opened earlier this year,is the second in a series of lounges by Foster + Partners for Cathay Pacific at HongKong International Airport. Every detail of the interiors,from the Champagne Bar to the bathroom fittings in the luxurious first class -cabanas’, has been custom-designed by the practice to create an exceptional experience for guests.

Besides the plush interiors, the lounges are furnished with a number of unique pieces designed by Foster + Partners, including a marble reception desk,food counter and a free-standing champagne bar with integrated trays – down to the detail of porcelain plates. Alongside the bespoke products and one-off furniture pieces, The Wing also features the Ilium cylindrical table light, developed with Nemo and the Foster 503 armchair by Walter Knoll.The highlight is the Cathay Solus Chair, the airline’s signature developed with Poltrona Frau that responds to the desire for privacy in the midst of a busy public space with its hourglass form and multi-utility constitution: the circular form incorporates a wide,comfortable seat, an integrated a power supply and a table, which can be used as an informal desk. The ribs of cushion at the back of the chair extend in places to form ridges, which can be used as armrests.

Creating a seamless experience for passengers, the cabin’s design shares the lounge’s palette of warm white leather,reflective dark grey surfaces and walnut finishes to create a calm, understated interior. Every element is considered and refined, including the stitch of the bespoke covers for Cathay Pacific’s celebrated first class seat, the handmade woollen carpet, the refurbished bathrooms and the new reading light, which has been custom-designed to cast fewer shadows when working or dining.

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M3000 Bring Basic Information About Estate Mercedes-benz E Class

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The all-new Mercedes-Benz E Class Estate is innovative, has a dynamic new design with a lot of versions and individual equipment possibilities. Due to large, flexible and really functional load compartment with number of subtle details dominates E Class Estate in market segment. Incomparable is this estate car also in safety, which is assured by assistance-systems known from saloon E Class.

Mercedes E Estate – engineering
Mercedes E Class Estate persuades of course also by its ten (!) reliable, economic, but highly efficient engines with power of 100kW (E200CDI BlueEfficiency) to 285kW (E500, …and E63AMG Estate will come soon). The fuel consumption and emission topic is respected, variety of Blue Efficiency models is available. There are three transmission possibilities depending on motorization – 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic transmission or 7-speed 7G TRONIC automatic transmission.

Mercedes E Estate – design
This vehicle catches the attention not only with its trident star on body front end, but also with rear end, to which wide, good large open tailgate dominates. Tail lights with LED technology are looking really elegant and impressive as well as well-turned roof rails – a detail of aerodynamic line. Dark-tinted, heat-insulated glass is remarkable, too.
Rear air suspension with integrated level control (depending on loading) is series. There is a choice of three suspension set-ups for the E-Class Estate – Comfort-oriented DIRECT CONTROL suspension with selective damping system. Sports-oriented DIRECT CONTROL suspension with selective damping system, lowered by 15 mm, with a harder damping characteristic and AIRMATIC: electronically regulated damping system and choice of sporty or comfortable damping characteristics. Description of car interior can be cut in short: agreeable, elegant, comfortable, crafted with high-quality care, ergonomic perfect together with intuitive transparency.
With those qualities E Class Estate comes on top of the car-segment. In M 3000 company the new E Class Estate will be ready to visit and to test-drive in November 2009.

Vintage And Retro Furniture

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If you wish to enhance the appearance of your home then one of the best options is to decorate your home with unique furniture items. Vintage furniture items are the right choice for furnishing classical style homes and apartments. This type of furniture is sold in all the leading antique shops and second-hand shops. They have a unique appearance due to their age. Genuine vintage furniture will be very expensive, however reproduction vintage furniture that have the similar unique appearance as their parent designs are sold in the market at most affordable rates.
Retro designed furniture items are another good option for offering a unique appearance to your home. This furniture is mostly manufactured with popular materials such as acrylic, plastic, metal in the most embracing shades such as lime green, yellow, blue, pink etc., These furniture pieces are highly suitable for modern living areas and contemporary living areas.

These furniture pieces are not sold commonly in all the furniture shops like other types of furniture. When these furniture items were manufactured for the first time, they were not widely accepted by the furniture purchasers. Hence, authentic retro furniture items are always considered unique furniture due to their scarcity. They can be seen in second hand shops or the vintage furniture shops.

Night clubs are places that must be decorated with unique furniture pieces. Some of the most suitable unique furniture pieces for night clubs include heart sofas, lip sofas, space egg chairs, egg chairs etc. These furniture pieces will be great fun as they are designed in the most attractive shapes and sizes with the utmost comfortable features. They can easily make the nightclub to stand out from other normal bars and pubs.

A heart sofa will be red in color and its back portion will be made in the shape of a scallop. This type of sofa can comfortably seat two to three people at a time, or if it is just a single person, then he/she could sleep on it comfortably. Lip sofas are designed in the shape of lips. They will be red in color and can comfortably seat a minimum of about two persons. Finally a space egg chair will be egg shaped and about fifty percentage of it will be allocated as sitting area. The back portion of the egg chair will be similar to the back side of an egg, and is an iconic design that makes a strong statement.

Realty sector booming up due to New Residential Projects in Noida

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People having workplace in Noida and Greater Noida prefer Noida Ext as their desirable location. In Noida Extension several projects are lined up to develop which provide the best housing ideas for both buyer and investor. New Residential Projects are developing rapidly in NCR. Noida Ex. is quite suitable location because it is equally distant from Noida and its nearby areas. Apartment culture is widely accepted by the residents. Builders are also taking on account of requirements and designing the supreme quality standard architectural units to set up a sky high reputation in the real estate industry. They provide the most luxurious and comfortable residential units. Development in New Residential Projects in Noida is mainly having the existence in villas, studio apartments and 2/3/4 BHK apartments. Furthermore, there is a splendid growth is marked in Noida Extension with all the modern amenities. Several new projects are designed exclusively in the manner to provide a lavish lifestyle to buyers. An exotic location surrounded with greenery makes it more viable and gives immense soothing atmosphere to the buyers. There are various specifications available in varying price range which can be picked by the buyer according to the requirements. Builders of such projects provide a chance to live the way of life as you seek. Keeping your privacy intact the luxuries are served in the best level. The multiple numbers of investors are in search for a better option to invest so this is the right time and right place to invest with tremendous results. Builders are offering an adequate discount to the buyers on their left inventories.

Residential Properties in Noida Extension makes the dream come true for buyers and investors in the sense of developing the residential units. They offer you the world class luxury and all the ultra modern facilities to avail in such significantly low price. To possess your dream home near the beginning and in credibly good price there are various options to reside. As the lavishness comes to the general mentality, the life is imagined in an own unique way of each so they provide you with the enchanting services are like Spa, Jacuzzi and Sauna make your selection worth. The apartments are designed in an artistic and robust manner which would introduce new valuable features like gas pipelines and wifi enabled premises. The most important thing to consider is an advanced technique fire extinguisher. Thus, planning to invest capital in residential unit will surely be fruitful if invested properly. The uniquely defined and purposely made green apartments make people feel joy in the commendable location. Projects in Noida Extension are very much precious to commend about their location and services provided in such a feasible amount of price.

Savaria Concord Residential Elevators

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Elevate your standard of living with residential elevators manufactured by Savaria Concord. In the accessibility equipment industry, Savaria Concord is one of the leading designers and manufacturers offering a wide range of high quality residential elevators for indoor and outdoor use. Savaria Concord offers an economical, dependable and attractive solution for mobility-impaired people to access different floors in their homes.

With unique design capabilities, the residential elevators from Savaria Concord are the best solution to fit your lifestyle and blend perfectly with your home dcor. These are affordable options to help you transport groceries, laundry and other bulky loads between floors. Savaria Concord residential elevators support much more weight than other elevators.

Savaria Concord residential elevators are compactly designed for vertical transportation and add convenience to your daily life, as well as increase the resale value of your home. Savaria Concords commercial quality residential elevator package includes Eclipse elevator, Telecab elevator, Prolift Voyager and Infinity Luxury elevator – all offering smooth and stable ride.

Try Proflit Voyager available in a large variety of sizes, colors and finishes to make your ride more enjoyable. This heavy-duty model comes with safety features such as interlocks, slack rope safety, flow control valve, and negative pressure module. It has a variable speed valve to provide automatic soft stops and start. With a rated speed of 30 fpm, this accessibility equipment can carry loads up to 1400 lbs (635 kg) over 50 feet.

The Eclipse residential elevator requires no mechanical room and utilizes minimal space. This elevator can be customized in 15 different finishes. With a capability of six stops, it travels up to 60 feet with a standard weight capacity of 1000 lbs. The equipment delivers fully automatic operation and runs at 40 fpm speed. There is no need of concern if some disturbance occurs in the electricity supply, since it has the option of battery powered operation. It is equipped with energy efficient, variable speed motor drive, home landing feature, modular rail sections for quick installation, recessed gate pocket, lockable control panel, stop switch and slack chain brake system.

Due to the safety these ensure and other unique features, the residential elevators from Savaria Concord are in great demand in the accessibility market.

How to Find the Right Austin Air Conditioner Installation Contractor

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It is important that one find the best air conditioner installation contractor in the city.

Hiring the right contractor isn’t a simple matter, especially if homeowner is serious about finding a Austin Air Conditioner Installation contractor with building science training or a familiarity with deep energy retrofitting techniques. Give oneself plenty of time; one or two months aren’t sufficient. Not only will you need to find a reliable and competent contractor, customer will also need to be slotted into that contractor’s schedule, which can sometimes be backed up quite a few months. The better the contractor’s reputation, the longer the waiting list. To find a contractor, start by asking friends and neighbors, or knocking on the doors of homes that have recently been remodeled. By talking with people who have just been through the process, customer will get a version of a remodeling story that isn’t softened by the fog of time. Ask them about whether the contractor is open to new ideas and whether the project stayed on schedule. Even simple things, like end-of-day site cleanup or a willingness to show up on a weekend to reposition a tarp that’s blown off, can tell customer a lot about the character of a contractor. Don’t be afraid to ask how disputes were handled, and whether the contractor’s prices are reasonable.

Customer will also be spending a lot of quality time with the contractor and crew, and customer is investing lots of time and money to make this project work, so interview at least three contractors to find someone who fits the budget and personality. Customer might pay a little more for someone who is willing to try some newer techniques, like advanced framing or spray foam insulation, and that contractor might jump at the chance to learn some new skills related to deep energy retrofits. Companies could potentially be a big part of new business for a contractor, so being among the first contractors in a given locality to acquire those skills and training could give him or her leg up on the competition.on.

Even when working with an excellent Austin air conditioner installation contractor, unforeseen problems will undoubtedly arise. Unexpected structural problems may come to light in the midst of the retrofit, or changes may need to be made to the original plan. Both customer and the contractor will need to be flexible in working through such problems. In most cases, the cost will lie with the homeowner and deadlines will have to change. Being reasonable and calm is the best thing customer can do to keep the process moving forward in the most positive way possible. Keep all of this in mind, and select a contractor who scores highly in enough categories to make sure the project is a success.

Dainy Morsen is a professional writer, presently writing for Austin AC repair

Garden Gnome Statutes Bringing A Bit Of Luck And Whimsy To Your Outdoor Decor

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The history of Garden Gnomes Statues has it’s start in folklore and fantasy. Long before the first gnome appeared in that first English Garden in the 1800s these little people were the subject of various stories that were told and retold.

It seems that according to legend gnomes lived underground where they would protect various buried treasures. Of course they sometimes did appear above ground and having a gnome visit your property was thought to be extremely good luck. So, as the story goes a landowner in England decided to purchase a statue of a gnome and put it in his garden for good luck. This first charming little fellow struck a cord with other property owners and soon these little people were popping up all over. Many of these original garden gnome statues were handmade of clay and so each had their own distinct personality which made them all the more appealing to those who sought the luck of these little fellows.

While the gnomes in the stories were never described in any great detail, the garden gnome took on a distinct look. The male gnomes all had white beards, red hats, and simple clothing. The women were dressed pretty much the same, with long hair and they originally looked very much like a witch.

Then along came the 1960s and the manufacturing of cheap plastics which resulted in the mass production of rather bright colored and garish looking garden gnomes. For awhile, these cheap imitations were popular, but they soon died out as those who owned original gnomes found these cheaply made plastic creatures something of an affront to the statutes of old.

However, with the advancement of technology and new resins hitting the market, the manufacturing of garden gnomes once again began to take on a more polished and appealing look. However, these newer garden gnome statues do not simply sit or stand around in the garden but, seem to be quite active. While some hold watering cans or nap among the tomatoes or beans, others moon passerby or even take a bath in the middle of the yard.

While those who are set in their ways still turn up their noses at these newer more brightly colored little people and their various activities, a new generation of gnome lovers find these gentle little visitors a complete delight and a way to add a little color, personality, luck and whimsy to their yard and garden.

With the resurgence of their popularity these little fellows are popping up in all sorts of interesting places. You might find one sleeping in a hammock, peeking from behind a tree or simply sitting on a rock reading the latest adventure or fairy tale. Wherever you find them and whatever they may be doing these little garden gnomes are sure to bring a delightful smile to your face and a lot of charm to outdoor decor. And who knows, they just might bring you a bit of luck as well.