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Time for a greener architecture

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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Chase Away The Winter Blues At Atlanta Botanical Gardens Orchid Daze

Chase Away The Winter Blues At Atlanta Botanical Gardens Orchid Daze

Enjoy beauty in the midst of winter at Atlanta Botanical Gardens Orchid Daze. From February 9-April 14 the gardens Fuqua Conservatory and orchid houses come alive with gorgeous blooms. Celebrate an explosion of color and intriguing form as the orchids will have visitors longing for spring. Here are some of the highlights of the gardens popular Orchid Daze activities.
The conservatory lobby will be transformed as mirrored walls reflect a dazzling array of orange, yellow, and red orchids. Pink and white dendrobium orchids will trail downward from the ceiling in a dramatic hanging display. Moth orchids, cymbidiums, cattleyas, and colorful slipper orchids will fill the orchid houses.

Garden visitors can enjoy guided exhibition tours of Orchid Daze on Saturdays from February 9-April 13 at 1pm. Tours will leave from the Hardin Visitor Center and are included with garden admission. Orchid Market Weekends are scheduled for February 9-10 and March 9-10 from 10am-4pm and April 13-14 from 10am-6pm. Visitors may purchase live orchids and supplies from local growers, and get expert advice and growing tips. Orchid Care Clinics will be held on February 9, March 9, and April 13 from 10am-noon.

The Atlanta Orchid Society will host its annual Orchid show March 8-10 at the botanical garden. Hundreds of gorgeous orchids will be on display from 9am-5pm in the Day Hall. Some of these beautiful plants will be offered for sale, and there will also be a raffle.

Many people do not realize that vanilla is an orchid. Attend Vanilla Sunday on February 17 from 1-4pm to learn how the plant grows, and how vanilla flavoring is made from the vanilla bean pods and seeds. Local chef Christina Curry will demonstrate cooking with vanilla in the Edible Garden. She will prepare vanilla risotto with crab, vanilla anise biscotti, vanilla tea, and vanilla sundaes. Vanilla Sunday is included with garden admission. Free sundaes will be available while supplies last.

Visitors to the garden this winter will also be treated to another special event, the 65th annual North Georgia Camellia Show on February 16-17. More than 30 growers from around the region will display their colorful blooms in this juried competition. Atlanta Botanical Garden has a large section of camellias growing in the Southern Seasons Garden.

Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Road NE. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 9am-5pm during the winter. Admission is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 3-12. Pay parking is available in the adjacent SAGE Parking Facility, which serves the garden as well as Piedmont Park.

Mexico Beachfront Real Estate Tip Consider Investment in Akumal, near Tulum

Mexico Beachfront Real Estate Tip Consider Investment in Akumal, near Tulum

There are many good tips for those considering Mexico beachfront for sale. One such tip is that buyers can consider Akumal real estate near Tulum on the Mexican Caribbean to take advantage of all the investment potential of Tulum, plus some benefits of its own.

There are many areas with excellent Mexico beachfront for sale, and there are also many little tips that buyers can consider to help them make the best investment. One such tip is that buyers can consider Akumal real estate near Tulum on the Mexican Caribbean to take advantage of all the investment potential of Tulum, plus some benefits of its own.
Lets consider some of these advantages.
Worlds Top Beaches The beaches of the Tulum area have started getting noticed by international travelers; those who know about them are ranking them in the worlds top 5 beaches, if not at #1. The beaches in Akumal share all of the beauty of the rest of the Tulum area; the beaches are wide and white with soft sand and the water is a splendid turquoise. The sand and water are warm, all the time. Owning real estate here means you have something you cant easily find anywhere else, and which cannot be imitated with any amount of investment.
Booming Tourism Following the footsteps of Cancun and then Playa del Carmen, Tulum is begin to grow significantly in tourism. The some of the upper end of tourism is overflowing into the nearby village of Akumal, bringing cash-flow, exclusivity and nice real estate.
Booming Real Estate Tulum is also just beginning its real estate boom. While Tulum is likely to grow into a larger community, Akumal is seeing the benefits of this boom (high-potential for appreciation) without the large-scale growth.
Small Village Atmosphere This means that Akumal will see some growth but will retain the small-village atmosphere (and size) that draws people to the town right now.
Near Cancun and Playa del Carmen Akumals is about 1.5 hours away from the Cancun International Airport. Many major services malls, international stores, state-of-the-art hospitals are available in Cancun. Playa del Carmen offers a smaller number of the same services, plus a distinct European atmosphere, and is only 40 minutes away.

Nature and Ecological Focus Akumal is a village focused on preserving the nature that makes it unique and beautiful. There is an ecological center which offers excellent information on many of the areas natural features, including the coral reef, which is the second largest of its type in the world.
Investing in Akumal basically means you will enjoy all the potential of Tulums boom, but in the context of a small village that is likely to stay that way.

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WAF’13 Landscape Award Winner – Australian Garden

WAF’13 Landscape Award Winner – Australian Garden

By Team IAnd Photography: Courtesy the architects

17 years into the making, the Australian garden, winner of the -Landscape of the Year Award’ at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) with Paul Thompson is a garden of discovery, of multiple experiences and of cumulative knowledge…

The completion of the Australian garden situated within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, comes at a time when botanic gardens world-wide are questioning existing research and recreational paradigms and re-focussing on new messages of landscape conservation and a renewed interest in meaningful visitor engagement.

Attempting to recreate the seductive qualities of the Australian landscape that have inspired many a designer, writer and artist, the landscape design creates a sequence of powerful sculptural and artistic experiences that recognise its diversity, breadth of scale and wonderful contrasts. Via these creative landscape compositions, the project seeks to stimulate and educate visitors into the potential use and diversity of Australian flora.

On the east side of the garden, exhibition gardens display landscapes, research plots and forestry arrays that illustrate a more formal approach, whilst on the west, visitors are subsumed by gardens that are inspired by natural cycles, immersive landscapes and irregular floristic forms. Water plays a mediating role between the two, taking visitors from rock pool escarpments, meandering river bends to Melaleuca spits and coastal edges.

Visitors engage with the botanical collections via an intrinsically interpretive experience. Didactic signage is shunned in favour of a landscape design approach that captures a heightened experience not relying on mimicry or simulacra. Designed experiences such as walking across the tangle of a Eucalypt forest floor, or the passage through wind pruned coastal heath, comprises a narrative that informs the composition, while the experience reinforces the message. It aims to strike a balance between abstraction, metaphor and poetry.

Visitors are invited into the landscape via a pathway system that constantly morphs according to the landscape narrative and garden experience. Crusty paths in the Gondwana Garden shift to become an over water circular grated plate which connects to a field of stones where the actual path is no longer apparent. It allows many layers of emotional and intellectual discovery, so not every visitor will take home the same message, as each will have their own experience.

Developed in a former sand quarry, it allows visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe, bringing together horticulture, architecture, ecology, and art to create the largest botanic garden devoted to Australian flora. It showcases some 170,000 plants across 1700 species all adapted to its challenging site condition.

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Vintage And Retro Furniture

Vintage And Retro Furniture

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.

Enterprise Software Architecture – Improving Business of an Organization

Enterprise Software Architecture – Improving Business of an Organization

Enterprise Architecture or Enterprise Software Architecture is the organizing logic that is used for business processes and software development service. It reflects the integration and standardizing needs of any organization’s operating representation.

Enterprise architects implement several methods and tools to get an idea of structure of an organization. To accomplish this task they produce several documents and models. These models and documents are called -artifacts.’ Artifacts are used to illustrate logical organization of business strategies, metrics and capabilities of business, information resource and networking infrastructure within the organization. A complete set of such artifacts are enough to illustrate the -enterprise’ architectural description of any organization, including software development companies.

The framework of enterprise architecture is an assortment of tools and processing models and assistance applied by architects in production of organization based architectural descriptions.

The main motive of architectural description of an organization is to enhance the efficiency of the business. Hence, it includes an array of tasks. While describing the architecture of an enterprise, architects pay attention to innovative structuring of the enterprise, centralized or federal business processing, quality offering before deadline and a justified expense on information technology. Information availed by architectural description can be used in various ways but its main purpose is to bring an improvement in the business functioning. In the present scenario, it is widely used by numerous companies to improve their business architectures, its performance and productivity.

Currently, Enterprise Software Architecture has become the key component of information technology control in almost every organization. Such companies have used a basic process of enterprise architecture as an important part of their information technology management strategy. The team of enterprise architects stands for different functions such as several aspects of performance engineering, IT portfolio management, management of metadata as well as improvement on custom software development services.

Think Beyond The Surface Hardwood Flooring Services In Cincinnati

Think Beyond The Surface Hardwood Flooring Services In Cincinnati

Bored of basic tiles/marble flooring? Its time to go for hardwood flooring. This is one of the most eco-friendly home dcor items. One main advantages of having this type of flooring is that it is very easy to maintain and clean because stains and dirt does not stick to it. Unlike carpets, whose colour can change in time, the colour in the hardwood floor will remain the same for a very long time. In addition, for people with diseases like allergies, hardwood floors do not hold stuff that can increase their allergies like carpet does. One can go for unlimited number of options.
With hardwood flooring services in Cincinnati, one is not stuck with a certain colour or shade because there are different natural patterns and types to choose from. Hardwood flooring is tough, strong, and even if one drops something heavy on this kind of floor, nothing to worries about getting the floor dented or even scratched.
Nothing enhances the look of a home as hardwood flooring. Enlist the hardwood floor installations at Cincinnati experts to lay your new floor and they care for every detail, from start till the end. It’s worry-free renovating, as all of the installers are experts in their fields, highly skilled and reference-checked – and their work is perfect.
If the hardwood floor is looking tired or planks are buckling or nail heads are poking through, it’s time for a replacement. Whether you prefer traditional woods, such as oak or maple, or exotic varieties, including teak, one will find the perfect look for the style and budget at flooring installation in Cincinnati OH.
Now coming to the cleaning part, there are a lot of problems associated with hardwood floor cleaning. Cleaning hardwood floors can be a tough taskone that extends beyond the capabilities of the mop and broom. They simply move the dirt around, and fall when it comes to extracting unseen, ground dirt. Avoid doing things the hard way. Imagine the better air quality and circulation one will experience when all the dirt is removed from deep within the hardwood floors.
When cleaning hardwood floors, the experts follow a hand cleaning for hard-to-reach areas. Then restore the pH balance of the floor with a professional grade wood cleaner, which effectively captures all the remaining dirt and residue. The entire process is non-toxic, low-odour and dust-freeleaving with one hard act to follow.
Hardwood flooring refinishing services in Cincinnati OH take the hardwood floor cleaning process a step further by offering the exclusive maintenance coat solution. After the hardwood floors are cleaned, the fast-drying maintenance coat for a uniform sheen that helps to extend the life and refinish the hardwood floor. Hence, hardwood flooring refinishing service in Cincinnati is considered to be most reliable.

You Can Have A Garden By Setting Up Your Terrace

You Can Have A Garden By Setting Up Your Terrace

Because of population growth we usually find out that we dont have enough garden space. However, you can still have the garden that you want with the use of garden planters. Planters enable you to grow ornamental plants in your home. There are many plant containers that are available today and they usually come in various colours, shapes, designs and styles. With the use of planters, you can place flowering plants inside or outside your homes.

Choosing a Planter

One of the things you should consider before purchasing a planter is how they are going to look inside or outside your house. You should also put in mind the plant that is going to be transplanted and decide which type of planters would match to those plants. Although appearance is important you should also put into consideration whether the type of planters will support the growth of your plants.

One of the most important factors to consider is the size. Size does matter for two reasons. First, big shrubs cant grow in smaller pots unless it is a bonsai. Secondly, you cant place large planters in the corners of the smaller rooms. When you are planning to buy a planter you should always choose the appropriate size.

Setting Up a Terrace Garden

If you dont have a backyard or lawn but have a terrace, you can set up a terrace garden of your own. You should always bear in mind the theme that you want to emphasize before buying a set of planters. Even if you are only planning to set up a simple shrubbery, having a good set of planters that harmonize with each other will make your terrace look majestic.

When choosing a planter you should always choose quality before anything else. Planters that have poor quality will easily crack when it is under pressure or even with slight movements. There is also a probability that they are going to break when sudden changes in temperature occur. If you want to set up a terrace garden without taking too much time in maintenance, you should invest in more sturdy containers.

You can find planters in your local store and it comes in various styles and designs. You can search the internet beforehand in order to get a good picture of the right type of planter for your plants. Once you have completed setting up your terrace you might be surprised that your simple terrace has been transformed into a majestic courtyard and became an ideal place to rest and relax.

Edward J. Tuccio Has Over 15 Years of Real Estate Experience

Edward J. Tuccio Has Over 15 Years of Real Estate Experience

Edward J. Tuccio is a dedicated real estate professional with many years of experience in structuring, analyzing, sourcing and negotiating highly complex transactions. He is presently working as the Chief Financial Officer at Tuccio Development. Tuccio Development is a family owned and operated general contracting firm that designs and custom builds high quality luxury homes in Western Connecticut. The Tuccio family has build more than 1,000 distinctive homes in the Ridgefield, New Milford, New Fairfield and Brookfield area. Tuccio Development combines the best of contemporary building technology with elegance of old-world craftsmanship to build homes with finely crafted details. founded this residential company to develop residential property and build single family homes with exceptional value. He negotiated and financed deals with leading banking institutions. He also identified unique market opportunities to manage and maintain over $10M in sales.

is a strategic thinker and leader with a passion for devising creative ways to become the industry leader. He has strong skills in financial management, securing financing for developments, marketing and contracting with subcontractors. He has the exceptional ability to access and quantify opportunities and risks. He completed his Bachelor of Science, Business Administration in 1991 from the College of Charleston, Charleston SC. Along with his professional commitments; Ed Tuccio actively participates with several humanitarian organizations. He has been an active member of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) since 1998. He was one of the walkers at Walk to Cure Diabetes, the biggest fundraising event in U.S. organized by JDRF. In 1993, he ran the NYC marathon. He also ran the Boys and Girls Club Turkey Trot.

A real estate professional, Edward J. Tuccio is also a seasoned hockey and baseball coach. His baseball team won the championship trophy on Father’s Day. He and Ed Simoneau helped players to win the title of Ridgefield Little League’s Minors Division champion. Mr. Tuccio is also an avid golfer and he made hole in one in Okemo in the year 2000. To know more about and Tuccio Development, please browse through www.tucciodevelopment.com.

Investing in Luxury Furniture

Investing in Luxury Furniture

Luxury furniture is often thought of as exclusively the province of the very wealthy who live in grand homes. This is, however, a misconception. Luxury furniture is not exclusively the province of the very wealthy. It is actually a very good investment that more people should consider when decorating their homes. One of the advantages of luxury furniture is the quality of the materials and craftsmanship that are generally used in the furniture pieces. The wood frames of luxury furniture are usually crafted of solid hardwoods and constructed to be sturdy and durable. Although finely crafted luxury furniture may be more expensive to purchase, it is also more likely to endure the test of time. Less expensive furniture may last for only a few years before it breaks, sags, or otherwise becomes unusable. Even young people who are just starting out in their careers should consider investing in luxury furniture, especially for items such as sofas that are subject to a great deal of wear, because the investment will be worth it in the long run. Luxury furniture that is well crafted is an investment that can last for generations, becoming family heirlooms passed down from one generation to the next. Some luxury furniture, such as leather sofas and chairs, actually may be said to improve with age as the leather softens and loses its shine. Another advantage of luxury furniture is that it creates a lasting impression. The architectural elements of a house may be unremarkable, but beautiful luxury furniture will make an impression on visitors to the home. The furniture in a home reflects the taste and style of the occupants. Luxury furniture can make a strong statement about the residents’ appreciation of style and quality in design and materials. Luxury furniture is often the product of the finest artists and craftsmen who bring to life the designs of the top designers in the world. Although mass market retailers may attempt to copy the design elements of luxury furniture, the discerning eye will be able to readily differentiate the high quality furniture from the cheap reproductions. Furthermore, because furniture can be moved from one residence to another, luxury furniture can be enjoyed by persons who are renting their homes as well as by persons who own their homes. For persons who are forced to move regularly due to the demands of their careers, luxury furniture is a particularly good investment because they will be able to enjoy its style and comfort as they move from one residence to another. For all of these reasons, persons who are decorating a new home or updating an existing home should strongly consider whether luxury furniture should be their first choice. With some careful shopping and attention to detail, the decision to purchase luxury furniture is not likely to be regretted over the years.

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