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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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Walking meetings. The idea sounds absurd but you will be surprised to know that walking meetings are more productive than boardroom meetings. Steve Jobs and Sigmund Freud, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey also believe in the power of walking meetings.

Just a few months before the death of Steve Jobs, both Jobs e and Zuckerberg were reportedly taking a walk together to discuss a joint venture between the two companies to have a -music social networking- service and a recommendation engine for iTunes.

If walking meetings work for business tycoons, then they will probably work for the others too. Studies reveal that most employees feel the time they spend in meetings is a total waste and hardly brings any productivity.

In addition, if we look at the statistic of inactivity in today’s world for an average employee, it is startling. Most of us spend more than nine hours a day sitting and nearly eight hours sleeping. Sitting has become so incredibly prevalent in today’s time that we do not even think about it.

This sedentary lifestyle has become a reality of today’s time. Sitting hour after hour is bad for efficiency, which decreases with bad health conditions.

Instead of meeting in conference rooms, if meetings can be held outside, while taking a walk, then the entire work culture can change. Employees will be more enthusiastic, energetic and full of fresh ideas perhaps. Five Benefits of Walking Meetings

Energizes people and makes them more alert, inspiring new ideas. Helps burn calories, stimulates oxygen flow and increases ability to solve problems faster.

Improves confidence and allows for work without interruptions. Saves office resources, keeping fewer machines running. Sets people at ease and enhances positive work spirit.

However, not all meetings can be walking meetings. Usually one to one meetings or meetings with not more than five people can be walking meetings. Also, for walking meetings, everything needs to be organized beforehand. The participants should be informed about the meeting in advance so that they may prepare themselves with comfortable clothes and shoes. Weather conditions, employee fitness and meeting time are also some of the considerations that should be taken care of.

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Residential vinyl siding has many benefits for the homeowner. If you are looking to replace the exterior surfaces of your home, vinyl is well worth considering. Here are some of the features and qualities that make vinyl siding a favorable choice.

1. Low Maintenance

Residential vinyl siding is advertised to be maintenance free, and in some cases that is true. Even if you have minor problems with your siding that need to be fixed, it is very easy to do the repairs yourself if you have the right tools and instructions. Vinyl siding does not have to be scraped and painted or have holes filled in like other types of exteriors do.

2. High Resistance to Impact

You will find that residential vinyl siding has a high resistance to impacts such as sports balls thrown or kicked against it, rolled up newspapers hitting it, or animal damage. It does not dent when struck by flying objects. It also has high wind resistance in the case of storms.

3. No Grounding Required

Since residential vinyl siding does not conduct electricity, there is no need for grounding it. It is safe and impervious to lightning strikes. You do not have to worry about your house burning down in an electrical storm because of a stray lightning bolt coming near the siding.

4. Does Not Corrode

There is no corrosion with residential vinyl siding. The vinyl does not rust, and it withstands moisture with no problem as long as it is installed properly. It does not flake or peel as paint on metal or wood siding does, because it is made of one solid piece rather than a coating applied after it is manufactured. If you get good quality residential vinyl siding, it will also not fade in the sun.

5. Inexpensive

Residential vinyl siding is certainly one of the least expensive of house exteriors. Even the most premium quality vinyl siding is reasonably priced and not a drain on your budget. Installation is also less expensive than with products that are more difficult to put onto your home.

6. Green

The newer residential vinyl siding is very environmentally friendly. Insulated vinyl siding increases the R-value of your home, so it is more energy efficient. There is little waste in the manufacturing and installation of vinyl siding as well. Vinyl siding is not hazardous to your health, and since it is lightweight compared to some other forms of siding, it requires less fuel for transportation. These advantages of residential vinyl siding make it a good option for your exterior walls.

Tortoises and dragons have been known to be the two immensely powerful symbolic items of Feng Shui. The dragon alone has several symbolic meanings and it stands for wealth, positive energy, fertility and immortality, to mention a few. The dragon is believed to have a positive influence on humans according to the Chinese mythology.

The tortoise also has potential symbolic meaning and it represents permanence, of committed efforts and of premeditated actions that would lead to inevitable success. The unification of these two powerful symbols- the Dragon and the Tortoise results in the formation of one Feng Shui item that possesses the power of both these animals and brings in longevity and success.

The symbol of Dragon Tortoise is portrayed with the dragons head and the tortoises body. A tiny turtle is usually found on the tortoises shell at the back, and the Feng Shui item stands on precious metal ingots and coins piled up together. A coin can often be found inside the mouth of the dragon.

The Dragon tortoise happens to be one of the four ancient propitious animals dragon, tiger, phoenix and dragon tortoise. This Feng Shui Product is believed to have tremendous potential because of combined effects derived from its unique figure; which is the combination of a dragon and a tortoise. Dragon tortoises can bring in Gui Ren to your life, which means people who help. Gui Ren can be either your boss or colleagues, customers or anyone who can do good to you. Apart from that, this Feng Shui cure can also help in avoiding disasters and converting negative energy into valuable positive energy. But the major potential of the Dragon Tortoise lies in its ability to attract wealth.

The Dragon Tortoise which is the combination of two celestial animals of the four used in Feng Shui practice is an amazing combination that produces a well harmonized unification of enhancing qualities of both the dragon and the tortoise. This is one such traditional symbol that was used in ancient palaces to indicate peace, the emperors long life and prosperity, and the countrys steady rule. Today, this Feng Shui item is used in homes as a symbol of peace and harmony, long life, status and prosperity.

Dragon headed tortoise is commonly known as the Lou Shu and it is used in homes for protection, good fortune, success, prosperity and development.

Feng Shui items are to be placed in ideal positions to have its real benefits. A Dragon tortoise is to be placed in such locations where you need certain beneficial influences. Feng Shui is believed to have tremendous properties and there are several Feng Shui cures and Feng Shui enhancers to be availed in kits from Feng Shui Stores and shops. These kits contain almost all the Feng Shui remedies to help you gain maximum benefits.

Fall is a fabulous time of year to visit Atlanta Botanical Garden. The entire family can enjoy harvest and Halloween activities throughout the month of October. The garden comes alive with pumpkins, scarecrows, goblins, and seasonal fall blooms. Adults may enjoy special seasonal festivities during the Fest-of-Ale on Thursday evenings. Here are the highlights of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens fun fall activities.

Visitors can enjoy Scarecrows in the Garden October 2-31. Local businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals have created more than 100 unique scarecrows for the Childrens Garden and the Southern Seasons Garden. Viewing the zany, whimsical, and spooky creations has become a favorite fall tradition in Atlanta. After finding all the scarecrows, families can participate in free fall crafts and games every weekend from 10am-4pm. Each Saturday and Sunday local Atlanta chefs will showcase seasonal recipes in the Edible Gardens outdoor kitchen. Demonstrations are scheduled at noon, 1pm, and 2pm. Be sure to check out whats in bloom this fall including beautyberry, perennial mums, and spider orchids.

Adults will find live music and seasonal brews in the garden on Thursday evenings in October. Fest-of-Ale takes place from 5-10pm. Enjoy an evening stroll through the garden with your favorite cocktail. On October 11 join a garden expert for a creepy night tour of the Fuqua Conservatory. On October 18 the garden will host its fall market with local artisans offering unique gifts. Vendors will showcase jewelry, accessories, clothing, stationary, glass pumpkins and other ornaments. Its the perfect opportunity to do some early holiday shopping. Attend a free horticultural forum at the Science Caf on October 18 from 7-8pm. On October 25 local celebrity chefs will compete in a pumpkin carving contest. Attendees can place a bid for their favorite jack olantern at the silent auction. Allow time to explore the gift shop for a selection of garden themed books and gifts.

Bring the kids to the garden in their costumes on October 28 for a day of Halloween fun at Goblins in the Garden. A variety of festive activities and treats are planned including crafts, games, and pumpkin decorating. Enjoy the musical entertainment or ride the train or a pony. The Goblins in the Garden celebration runs from 10am-4pm.

Atlanta Botanical Garden is located adjacent to Piedmont Park in midtown, at 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE. The garden is open Tuesday-Sunday. Hours are 9am-7pm April-October and 9am-5pm November-March. Admission is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 3-12. Parking is available in the adjacent SAGE parking garage.

Like everything else, house plans have also evolved with the times. Gone are the days when building construction plans included labyrinthine corridors, domes, and arches and carved pillars. When thick walls were the necessary support to erect anything beyond the ground floor and filigree work over the verandah was considered indispensable.

Factors behind modern housing

There are several factors that have driven the change to a modern system of architecture. The first of course, is the impact of modernity as a cultural movement. This movement, which has its founts in rebellion against the traditional during the later half of the nineteenth century, affected everything from poetry and literature to architecture and building construction plans.

The shift to a modern system of architecture is best captured by Ayn Rands famous book The Fountainhead. The book lays down the salient features of modern architecture though its emphasis on underlying construction plans of the building rather than the superstructure. The impact of modernity in this sense is essentially the impact of and ideology; peoples perception of how modern house plans should be made, changed.

But at the same time, much of this change was made practically possible by technological innovations. Stronger materials made thinner walls possible. The use of steel beams made arches redundant as supporting structures. The development of glass that was tough and hard to break led to its widespread use in construction; and so on.

Modern house plans take advantage of this innovation to save space and create clean uncluttered spaces.

To these two, let me add a third factor that led to the adoption of modern techniques in house plans: the modern lifestyle.

Just as industrial revolution made black suits fashionable, similarly, fast paced, high stress, modern lifestyles have resulted in minimal, no frills building construction plans, the use of soft and soothing colors in the interiors, and the use of simple geometric shapes in modern house plans.

The impact on design

If you look at some of the iconic modern structures, their common features would become clear.

(a) An emphasis on simple geometrical shapes in building construction plans.
(b) The materials used are all man made, they do not occur freely in nature. For example steel is an amalgam of iron, carbon, tin and some other materials.
Plastic, cement, and Glass, all processed also finds wide usage in modern house plans.
(c) Efficient space utilization is a key feature of modern architecture. Modern house plans leverage special materials to free more and more space which would have otherwise gone into creating supporting structures.

Modern architecture has for a long time been considered the art of building mere boxes. It is only now that building construction plans have evolved to give attention to the aesthetic aspects of building construction as well.

There are many app developers who can help in developing the app for the hand phone. This will helping in making money. It is better to build one app for the mobile to earn a lot of money. The app idea has to be put into the app store. If the users find the app useful, then they will try to download it and use it. Each download will fetch money and thus developing the app will mint money. The app should be attractive to the users, and they should find it interesting to use. It is better to hire an experienced app developer Huddersfield for getting maximum profits.

The app developer will take the idea and add his commercial experience to create a new app. It is better to go for a talented iphone app developer Huddersfield so that he will put quality and also entertainment into the app. This will create a special interest in the user to download the app. The use of the app will give more money to the creator. The app should be completely the bug free for getting a good quality on the download. The app developer will test the app for its quality. The app has to be placed in the right place to attract the attention of the visitors.

Mobile is the common gadget in everyone’s hand and this proves to be the best means of communication. IPhones also have become a common gadget in everyone’s hands. So it is easy to get the users to the applications. Mobile app development Huddersfield has many ways to develop the app. for the mobiles. The person who has put the apps on to the ads will get money as the users download the apps. The youngsters are very interested in the apps, and they will surely download it is they find it interesting. The market is full of competition, and it is the best time for upgrading the apps. There is a lot of competition for the apps also. Almost all the people have the mobile phones. So there is lot of chances for the apps to be a success. It is better to give amazing features for the apps to attract the users. This will make the users to download the apps and thus there is a lot of profit for the apps developer. App development Huddersfield is facing a lot of challenges as there are a lot of models in the iPhones and there are various features.

Crafting your own furniture is a time consuming process. Though it can take a great deal of time to design and sculpt your own pieces, many people enjoy the challenge. They are able to design the exact piece that they are interested in and then make it to their specifications. This means that they can get the exact piece of furniture that they want. Essentially, if they dream it, it can be made.

The first step is to decide exactly what they are looking for in furniture. They will need to know where the piece is going to go and the approximate dimensions. The next step is to decide who will be making the furniture. While there are many carpenters that will make the piece for you, you may want to make it yourself. You will need to take precise measurements and know the best pieces of material to use.

After you have determined the style and size of the piece you will begin construction. You will need to make sure that you are using sturdy materials. If you have never made a piece before, you should start small. You will not want to start on a very large project or piece unless you are confident in your skills. If you truly want to make a piece, but are unsure, hire someone to assist you. A carpenter can help you with the more difficult aspects of the molding of the piece.
After the piece is constructed, you will get to choose varnishes, cloth and other finishes. For most people this is the best part of the process. You will want to choose a high quality fabric. These can be found at most fabric stores and even online. Many people choose to have their own furniture made, because they are unable to find the colors and fabrics that they want. This is your opportunity to truly step outside the box and choose fabric that is fun and edgy.

The cost of having your own furniture made can be substantial. You will need to keep in mind that you may need to hire someone to assist you. Do not be afraid to call someone in if you feel that you have gotten in over your head. Ultimately you will have a piece that is fun, comfortable and one of a kind. Both the experience and the piece will be incredibly memorable for you.

When people near the age of 60, they start thinking of moving to a new housing location. There are several reasons for the person to move to a new housing location. They might want to live near their children or their current neighborhood is unsafe for elderly people. The current home might contain a number of rooms that are located in the upper floor and to reach that the old person may have to climb up the stairs, which could be difficult with the old person’s health. After retiring, the person might be looking to live a completely different lifestyle, which may not be available in the current house.

Various studies have come out with findings that the seniors want to move away from the city and enjoy a peaceful life in a semi urban or a rural area. There are actually a number of housing options available to choose from for a 60+ senior. There are age restricted retirement communities, which come with all the facilities required to lead a healthy life style. Some of the facilities that are available in this community include tennis courts, swimming pools, spas, fitness centers and golf courses.

Another option that is available for the senior citizen are apartments exclusively constructed for seniors. This is different from the community in the aspect that the senior person will get to stay in an apartment rather than in an individual house. But still he gets to enjoy all the benefits that are available in the individual house.

Shared housing is another popular option that seniors have started to explore. In this approach, the seniors will be sharing their house with another senior or one senior person can move and stay with another senior person in his/her house. Most seniors don’t want to be alone and they want to be active in their later years by communicating and interacting with a number of similarly aged persons.

There is also the option of continuous care retirement community where the elderly person will be given the additional care like support for doing daily chores. This support can also be in the form of medical support where a qualified nurse will be at the side for providing assistance and treatment for the ailing senior person. The other options available include Alzheimer’s facilities, which are an assisted living community for the seniors who are in their early stages of Alzheimer’s.

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.