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  1. ProducerBob Williams

    Bob Williams

    14/11/2017
    [Company Study Project - MaBu] SMEs In Construction: How Do They Achieve Their Growth?
    [Company Study Project - MaBu] SMEs In Construction: How Do They Achieve Their Growth?A key objective for all companies is to hire the right people and keep them in the job. One such example that shows a company's commitment to this mission is MaBu construction company; which has been specialising for many years in the development...
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  2. ProducerJoquim Fernandes
    Rookie Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Flats in Mumbai
    Rookie Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Flats in MumbaiHome is where the heart is. When choosing a home, most people tend to use their heart instead of their brain. It is true that a home that appeals to the heart stays there for a long time but there are several factors to bear in mind as well. This...
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  3. ProducerShruti Tendulkar
    Five Skills Every Trader Should Possess
    Five Skills Every Trader Should Possess To become a trader is not as simple as signing up with a broker and placing buy or sell orders. One needs to possess skills critical to the trade. You can pick up these skills at a course or from the learning centre of a broker’s website or on...
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  4. ProducerPrahlad Parmar

    Prahlad Parmar

    08/11/2017
    3 Ways Architectural 3D Rendering Services can manage the best Real Estate needs
    3 Ways Architectural 3D Rendering Services can manage the best Real Estate needsIn the architectural field, changes are constant. New designs keep on popping up on daily basis. So, for the next big architectural plan, you might want to harp on the latest techniques implied. You might have heard a lot about Architectural 3D...
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  5. ProducerDevin Caldwell

    Devin Caldwell

    11/10/2017
    5 Easy Steps to Design Your Dream Home If You're a Busy Mom
    5 Easy Steps to Design Your Dream Home If You're a Busy MomRemodeling a house to create your dream home can be a daunting task, especially if you have children to care for and other family responsibilities. However, it is a task that can be completed while you keep your sanity if you follow the five...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    06/11/2017 #2 Claire L Cardwell
    Great tips here Devin!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    12/10/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    My daughter and her husband have decided to remodel their home and make it their dream home by adding on. Great tips... will pass them on!
  6. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    The Ribbon Chapel - one of my favourite buildings - Part One
    The Ribbon Chapel - one of my favourite buildings - Part OneThe Ribbon Chapel designed by Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP is one of the many buildings on my list of places to go and see someday.  It takes its name from the pair of timber clad staircases that wind around the exterior of the glazed wedding chapel.The...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    06/11/2017 #9 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Javier 🐝 beBee!
    Claire L Cardwell
    06/11/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell
    It is @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess ! One of my favourites that's for sure... Thanks so much for the share and have a great day!
    Claire L Cardwell
    06/11/2017 #6 Claire L Cardwell
    #1 Thanks @🐝 Fatima G. Williams - glad you enjoyed the article, I would love to visit it someday!
    Claire L Cardwell
    06/11/2017 #5 Claire L Cardwell
    #2 @Aleta Curry - At first I thought the staircases were mainly decorative, I didn't realise that they were a key structural element... I have seen some other buildings designed by Hiroshi Nakamura and his imagination and the beauty of his buildings do not fail to disappoint.
    Claire L Cardwell
    06/11/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell
    #3 @Proma 🐝 Nautiyal - I think it's one of the most stunning buildings I have ever seen, when I first came across it just over a year ago I was blown away.
    Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    06/11/2017 #3 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    This is amazing, @Claire L Cardwell! Thank you so much for sharing this gem. Would love to visit it.
    Aleta Curry
    06/11/2017 #2 Aleta Curry
    That's a 'wow'. From the 'you learn something new every day' department.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    05/11/2017 #1 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    Beautiful buildings @Claire L Cardwell

    It is fascinating to read the reasons behind the birth of any building. Thank you for sharing all the beauty behind these bricks & walls
  7. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Bizarre Buildings Part Two - Space Age Fantasy
    Bizarre Buildings Part Two - Space Age FantasyI am a Sci Fi fan.  I also love weird and wacky architecture.  Here are some of my favourite flying saucers and the bizarrely beautiful futuristic buildings  :-So tell me - people - wouldn't you love to live somewhere like this?  It's so great that...
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    Jerry Fletcher
    06/11/2017 #13 Jerry Fletcher
    Claire, Wonderful! the pyramid house is, for me, a design exercise but the John Lautner designs make me want to see them though I'd probably not find one I could buy.
    Claire L Cardwell
    06/11/2017 #12 Claire L Cardwell
    #10 @Aleta Curry - I do really like the pyramid, but the Malibu house by John Lautner ticks all the boxes for me. Glad you enjoyed the article!
    Aleta Curry
    06/11/2017 #11 Aleta Curry
    #2 If you've got the money to buy it, @Ken Boddie, you aren't worried about getting the windows cleaned!
    Aleta Curry
    06/11/2017 #10 Aleta Curry
    Wonderful piece, @Claire L Cardwell; informative and written with a lot of humour.

    I love seeing this out-of-this-world architecture, even if many of them are to my mind 'a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there'.
    Claire L Cardwell
    05/11/2017 #9 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher!
    Claire L Cardwell
    05/11/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell
    #7 That would be awesome @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! The only place I can think of that might have a collection of space age buildings would be China - I did a piece a while back about their copy cat architecture - whole towns and villages have been built with certain themes in mind - for example Paris, Venice and London

    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@claire-cardwell/copycat-architecture-is-booming-in-china
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    05/11/2017 #7 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Wow, so many designs! Some of the designs seemed too aesthetic, like Naomi's. Interesting but not something I'd want to spend any length of time in. Others, were so intriguing. So many talented architechs! I wish there was ONE place with prototypes of many designs we could visit. Sort of like a Disney World for Adults :)
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    04/11/2017 #6 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    "Marqués de Riscal Restaurant, Spain by Frank Gehry." My fav
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    04/11/2017 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Amazing structures, @Claire L Cardwell. Window cleaning - interesting thought!
    Claire L Cardwell
    04/11/2017 #3 Claire L Cardwell
    My Mum would also make that comment @Ken Boddie - she was always very practical. I think that window cleaning some of these giant structures wouldn't be possible without a little spaceship of your own...
    Ken Boddie
    04/11/2017 #2 Ken Boddie
    I am the only one who worries about how on earth (pun intended) you are supposed to clean those windows?
  8. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Out and About Part One - The joys of dealing with Committees
    Out and About Part One - The joys of dealing with Committees"Your Plans are crap," a jowly, florid man glared at me.  His glasses twinkled in the light and I (no doubt sitting in his chair at the top of the table) smiled sweetly at him.Somehow or another I took a deep breath, smiled again and said, "you are...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    04/11/2017 #3 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks @Cyndi wilkins - I am actually looking for more strings to my bow... going it alone again is pretty tough! I would like to get more into Architectural Journalism - we shall see what happens!
    Cyndi wilkins
    04/11/2017 #2 Cyndi wilkins
    You Know @Claire L Cardwell...As I sit here drumming my fingers in shared frustration for the obstacles being placed in your path, I keep getting the intuitive sense that they are coaxing you in another direction....Go with the offer to partner with the controlling architect...You've worked with her before and she obviously likes and respects your work...Even if it should not work out with her, it will open you up to new possibilities and partnerships...You go girl!...and grab the world by the balls;-)
    Claire L Cardwell
    04/11/2017 #1 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Javier 🐝 beBee! Hope your weekend is fabulous!
  9. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part Two - The Nautilus House.
    Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part Two - The Nautilus House.The Nautilus House near Mexico City has to be one of my favourite weird and wonderful buildings.  A real blend of Architecture and Modern Art.  It was designed by Javier Senosiain of Architectura Organica.  Senosian calls this style...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    06/11/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks @Ian Weinberg - there's a big part of me that would love to work on something as wacky like this... I think that Joburg is missing out!
    Ian Weinberg
    06/11/2017 #7 Ian Weinberg
    Fascinating. Thanks for sharing @Claire L Cardwell
    Claire L Cardwell
    05/11/2017 #6 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Milos Djukic!
    Claire L Cardwell
    04/11/2017 #5 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Javier 🐝 beBee!
    Claire L Cardwell
    04/11/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell
    I love it too @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador - I am thinking of doing a piece on the Architect himself - he's done several buildings that he calls 'organic architecture'.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    04/11/2017 #3 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Very interesting and more than just unique. I don't have words to describe this building except it's awesome.
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #2 Claire L Cardwell
    I know I stated the other day that I was going to do a blog post every day no matter what... Well unfortunately life (and work with site visits all week) sometimes intervene. So it will be 2 x architecture blogs from me a day until I've caught up!
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #1 Claire L Cardwell
    @Milos Djukic - using fractals as architectural inspiration is coming back into style - but then again that's probably a blog post all in itself!
  10. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Building Green?  How about a Rammed Earth Home?
    Building Green? How about a Rammed Earth Home? Building with Rammed earth (pise de terre) is an ancient method of building that has been dated back to around 7000 BC in Pakistan.  In Egypt the grain stores of Ramasseum built in 1300 BC still exist and parts of the Great Wall of China have...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    06/11/2017 #16 Claire L Cardwell
    @Aleta Curry - I certainly did not know that parts of the Great Wall of China were built with rammed earth!
    Most people I work for are still stuck on the brick and mortar or concrete and it's a bit of a battle to get them to even think about using alternative building techniques. Council is also an issue, the best way is to put the plans through twice, once with conventional brick or concrete and then again with the alternative as you are actually building...
    Aleta Curry
    06/11/2017 #15 Aleta Curry
    Interesting! I had no idea so many famous places were made of rammed earth.
    Claire L Cardwell
    04/11/2017 #14 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee - this was supposed to be last saturday's post, but I got bogged down with it. I loved the concept of a rammed earth wall when I first heard about it, now I've seen them - I would love to design with one or even better own a rammed earth house!
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    04/11/2017 #13 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    great article - I love the colours and textures as well. I was in Tasmania a few years back and went into a rammed earth house it was amazing. It sounds great to do AND a bit complicated.
    Cyndi wilkins
    03/11/2017 #12 Cyndi wilkins
    #11 Yes...The Mother of us all certainly has a way of getting the attention of her misbehaving children doesn't she?!?! It's been a very active storm season here in the US as well with two category 5 hurricanes hitting back to back on the Southern coast of Florida and the Islands...Hurricane Harvey flooding much of Texas and a massive earthquake in Mexico to boot finally shook us out our complacency...and then there's poor Puerto Rico decimated in the aftermath left to essentially fend for themselves for a long while before any kind of help arrived...This Country for sure has been on the radar for a HUGE wake up call for a long time...Let us hope we don't pull the covers back over our heads and fall asleep at the wheel again...
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #11 Claire L Cardwell
    That's for sure @Cyndi wilkins! We've been having scares here in Joburg for the last few years now, earthquakes (partly caused by allowing the mines to flood), no frosts in our highveld winters for the last 4 or 5 years now, decreased rainfall, hotter (much hotter) summers and people STILL deny that climate change is not a fairy story - it's happening, right here, right now!

    About 3 weeks ago we had a major cloud burst, flash floods, hail and a tornado here in Joburg... I was driving home at the time praying that my little car would not stall - the water was over my wheel arches and that the hail would not break the windscreen. We are definitely not geared up for unusual weather up here!

    https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-10-10-storm-pummels-joburg/
    Cyndi wilkins
    03/11/2017 #10 Cyndi wilkins
    #8 Agreed...That is exactly what I meant by having a 'community mindset' and doing what we can in our own spheres of influence to help right the ship here and make a significant enough impact to correct some the damage already done by changing our ways and paying more attention to the natural order of things...We have tried to control the environment to the point of depletion...and perhaps our own extinction if we don't smarten up. Now Mother Nature is taking her life back...and it doesn't matter how much money you have if you are in the direct path of her 'cleaning house.' ...You know what they say...Hell hath no fury;-)
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #9 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Don Philpott☘️, have an awesome weekend!
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell
    #6 Absolutely @Cyndi wilkins - and most of us aren't even slightly organised or forward thinking when it comes to climate change.

    How many times are we told to switch off lights in unoccupied rooms, not leave electrical equipment on standby? How many governments are making it easy to invest in alternative energy or even let's face it to grow your own fruit and vegetables? Do we really need to run that A/C 24/7?

    Why do people who live in areas that consistently flood not build houses on stilts? Why aren't round houses being considered an option in areas prone to high winds?

    Even though the powers that be - in what seems to be most countries in the world - are like Nero fiddling whilst Rome burnt ; we all have to take responsibility for our future and do our bit. The optimist in me used to say 'it's not too late' but we will all start really feeling the consequences of global warming soon - that is if we haven't noticed already. I am hoping that if we all take more responsibility we could at least slow climate change down or at least halt its progress.
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #7 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share Yedu, have an awesome weekend!
    Cyndi wilkins
    03/11/2017 #6 Cyndi wilkins
    That Grand Mosque of Djenne is the coolest sand castle I've ever seen! Thank you for this fascinating post @Claire L Cardwell...It would seem to me, at the rate we are exhausting our natural resources and destroying vital forests crucial to our own survival, (not to mention killing ourselves with chemicals) this would be a fabulous 'alternative therapy' with respect for Mother Nature and all she has provided...Imagine how cool the world would be if we were all living modestly and cultivating our own little corner of the world living a simple yet prosperous life with the community mindset of these ancient civilizations...

    The lost city of Atlantis was said to be an extremely advanced civilization that as it grew in power, began to lose sight of it's ethics...Sound familiar??? As Mother Natures punishment...the earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions ensued and the island disappeared into the sea...What goes around comes around...right?!?!
    Robert Cormack
    03/11/2017 #5 Robert Cormack
    Amazing stuff, @Claire L Cardwell. Thanks for educating me on rammed earth.
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell
    #3 I just love the colours and textures of rammed earth walls. I know if I lived in one I would be constantly stroking the walls!
    Gert Scholtz
    03/11/2017 #3 Gert Scholtz
    @Claire L Cardwell Very interesting Claire - thanks for posting. Amazing how old some of these ramned earth structure are - and how aesthetically pleasing the modern building look.
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #2 Claire L Cardwell
    @Ken Boddie @Lada 🏡 Prkic - rammed earth walls are nothing new, but wouldn't be great if we got to see more of these buildings?
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #1 Claire L Cardwell
    I know I stated the other day that I was going to do a blog post every day no matter what... Well unfortunately life (and work with site visits all week) sometimes intervene. So it will be 2 x architecture blogs from me a day until I've caught up!
  11. ProducerScarlett Morgan

    Scarlett Morgan

    03/11/2017
    How to Pay for a New Roof
    How to Pay for a New RoofWhen your existing roof is failing and it’s time for a new one, the ideal solution is to pay for it with money you’ve put away into savings for just such an occasion. But not everyone has the luxury of several thousand dollars sitting in the bank in...
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  12. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Bizarre Buildings Part 1 - Animal Crackers
    Bizarre Buildings Part 1 - Animal CrackersAnimal shaped buildings are nothing new - take the Sphinx for example.   I come across new zoomorphic architecture (buildings made to look like animals) regularly and decided to put together a list of my favourites. Lucy the Elephant is a six...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #19 Claire L Cardwell
    @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador - the basket case building was on my list of buildings to add to my list of my bizarre buildings series. Perhaps I should do one on endangered odd buildings now!
    Claire L Cardwell
    02/11/2017 #17 Claire L Cardwell
    #14 Thank you Ali Anani!
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    28/10/2017 #15 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Wow--Thanks for the view. Leave it to the stunning mind of you to think of such things.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    28/10/2017 #14 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Really imaginative and fascinating compilation of animal-like shaped building by the authorative @Claire L Cardwell
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    28/10/2017 #13 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    What unique buildings @Claire L Cardwell! It's difficult to choose a favorite because each one has its own unique personality. Here is one you can add to your list and it has a rather sad story attached to it.
    Claire L Cardwell
    28/10/2017 #12 Claire L Cardwell
    #9 Thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - glad you enjoyed it! I actually can't quite decide which one is my favourite, or where I would like to go first. I would however love to see the floating buildings that Waterstudio NL have designed - and hopefully get an inside scoop on how they did it! I think there's a whole post on floating buildings in itself.
    Claire L Cardwell
    28/10/2017 #11 Claire L Cardwell
    #8 @Ken Boddie - I am going to check out those giant buildings @Ken Boddie, I am particularly intrigued by the idea of a Giant Prawn! I just googled 'giant buildings in texas' and was delighted to find Bruco a giant caterpillar - http://www.monolithic.org/commercial/bruco-a-very-busy-caterpillar @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher you might like him too.... Looks like my list is definitely going to get longer!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    28/10/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #8 Just ask any Texan, ha, that was funny. I'd love to see pics one day of the large buildings in Oz too @Ken Boddie! I find the land of Oz fascinating !
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    28/10/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Wow, I loved this trip! What unique buildings/architecture! I love the Octopus, would love to visit there. My son spent time in the Maldives back in 2009, he loved it there. Thanks for sharing.
    Ken Boddie
    28/10/2017 #8 Ken Boddie
    We have so many of these giant something or other buildings in Oz, Claire, but most that I have visited house tourist trap shops. A few that come to mind are the Big Merino (ram) in Goulburn, the Big Oyster in Taree, and the Big Prawn in Ballina. Then there are huge statues of various things like the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour and the Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth. But there again I’m sure there are bigger and better things elsewhere. Just ask any Texan. 🤣
    Claire L Cardwell
    27/10/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell
    Thank you for the share @@Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez! Have an awesome weekend!
    Claire L Cardwell
    27/10/2017 #3 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess! I had a lot of fun checking out all the weird and wonderful buildings I included....
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    27/10/2017 #2 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Bizarre buildings, indeed, @Claire L Cardwell! Thanks for adding to the fun today!
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    27/10/2017 #1 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Oh my, @Claire L Cardwell! Those are wonderful, and I'm going to add the link to my next Friday Funday post!
  13. Producersatish singh

    satish singh

    26/10/2017
    Proficient 3D Floor Plan Rendering for your House
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  14. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Is our behaviour the Catch 22 in Energy Efficiency?
    Is our behaviour the Catch 22 in Energy Efficiency?Behavioural Energy Efficiency is a term I have heard bandied about a lot recently.  Experts describe how homeowners use Energy as "behavioural energy use".  We've all heard and heard again how measures such as not having electrical equipment on...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #3 Claire L Cardwell
    Oops two generallys for one in my last comment....
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #2 Claire L Cardwell
    #1 @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee - it's a habit we all have to get into - my Dad is anal about unplugging the TV. I must also admit to generally turning everything off so that 'red light' is not glowing, but I don't generally bother to power down my PC....
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    29/10/2017 #1 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    I struggle with energy use. I was brought up during a time when everything was cheap. I endeavor to shut things off, but there are things I should unplug.
  15. ProducerClaire L Cardwell
    Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part One - The Dynamic Tower
    Weird and Wonderful Buildings Part One - The Dynamic TowerImagine watching the sunrise and then the sunset from the comfort of your hotel room....  Architect David Fisher has designed a 420 metre (1,378ft), 80 floor revolving skyscraper due to be built in Dubai - which will be known as the Dynamic Tower or...
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    Claire L Cardwell
    28/10/2017 #24 Claire L Cardwell
    #23 @Lada 🏡 Prkic - I saw that, it's not just planning regulations that have held up the project, it's structural issues, particularly the plumbing... It's an incredible concept and I would love to see it become a reality.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    28/10/2017 #23 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #22 The construction should have been started in 2008, but it didn't start yet. It says that even in Dubai such structure isn't easy to build. :-)
    Claire L Cardwell
    27/10/2017 #22 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Lada 🏡 Prkic!
    Lisa Vanderburg
    27/10/2017 #21 Lisa Vanderburg
    #20 Hadn't thought of basically EVERYTHING that would be effected by magnets...lol. Anyway, it would spoil a perfectly amazing building, that I'm sure Martians would wanna park on :)
    You're son rocks @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA View more
    #20 Hadn't thought of basically EVERYTHING that would be effected by magnets...lol. Anyway, it would spoil a perfectly amazing building, that I'm sure Martians would wanna park on :)
    You're son rocks @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA!! Close
    Claire L Cardwell
    27/10/2017 #20 Claire L Cardwell
    #15 @Lisa Vanderburg - I am not sure what a magnetised outer wall would do... I don't think magnets are very good for cellphones or complicated electronics... I must admit to being a bit of a 'clutter bug' and despite having yearly clean ups it doesn't take long for the mess (and missing keys etc.) to start creeping back....
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    27/10/2017 #19 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #18 Fit young man..triathlete and all! He's aiming for under 8 min next year. Senior record is 6.20! Many people walk it for fun...@Claire L Cardwell
    Claire L Cardwell
    27/10/2017 #18 Claire L Cardwell
    #17 Wow @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA - I think the staircase run is definitely beyond me... I can't believe how fast your son did it - that's truly amazing! Did he borrow Mercury's winged sandals by any chance?
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    27/10/2017 #17 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    #13 Glad you liked these @Claire L Cardwell. The Torch is the hotel within Aspire Tower....we stay 5 min away from it.There is an annual staircase run up Aspire Tower..all 51 floors and 1100 steps.My son won the u18 section last year in 8 min 30 secs!
    Claire L Cardwell
    26/10/2017 #16 Claire L Cardwell
    #14 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador - I've also been in a rooftop restaurant that revolved (this was in Singapore - my folks lived there for a few years in the 80's). Like your Pier 66 Hotel the views were amazing and as a child I really enjoyed the novelty. I would love to see the Dynamic Tower in action and to find out how they managed to solve the structural issues that have dogged this project before it began.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    26/10/2017 #15 Lisa Vanderburg
    This is magnificence! I love engineering and architecture @Claire L Cardwell - I am smitten! The details you have offered us are just a tease...I want more!
    If it weren't for my husband who has metal in his brain and chest, I want one with magnets on the outer wall...can't lose stuff then :) What would a magnetized outer wall DO to such a building, just for curiosities sake?
    BTW, thanks for the share, I return because I adore this!!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    26/10/2017 #14 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Truly fascinating, @Claire L Cardwell. I'm not too sure I would like some of the movement, even though I have been in a building where the top floor revolved but it wasn't nearly as tall as these buildings. No doubt, the views are breathtaking. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/tourism/fl-hyatt-pier-66-hotel-for-sale-20160203-story.html.
    Claire L Cardwell
    26/10/2017 #13 Claire L Cardwell
    #11 Wow @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA - I have just checked out these buildings and they are amazing - Tornado Tower definitely is a top contender for my Weird and Wonderful Buildings series. I love the exo-skeleton effect on the outside and the Navigation Tower reminds me of a very elongated ships prow.. The Aspire Tower (or The Torch) is also an incredible building!
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    26/10/2017 #12 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    Aspire Tower too - has a revolving restuarant at the top @Claire L Cardwell
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    26/10/2017 #11 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    I get dizzy just thinking about it @Claire L Cardwell! On a side note we have some architectually interesting buildings here in Doha too..not sure if you are aware of some of them. Zig Zag apartments; Tornado Tower, Navigation Tower (my office) etc.
    Claire L Cardwell
    26/10/2017 #10 Claire L Cardwell
    #9 Thanks @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA - I don't think the building is moving fast enough to make the average human feel dizzy, but if you are incapacitated in some way then no doubt it could! As I said earlier to Susan Rooks, the main issue I have is getting off a lift (which obviously has a stationary floor) onto the moving floor - especially with luggage / furniture... would you have to step onto some sort of ramp/walkway that would 'catch up' with the rest of the building?
    Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    26/10/2017 #9 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA
    Amazing @Claire L Cardwell.Would the rotation not lead to some dizziness for the occupants?
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    26/10/2017 #8 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #5 Yup, @Claire L Cardwell, those were some of my thoughts! Gorgeous building, but ...
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    25/10/2017 #7 Claire L Cardwell
    #4 Thanks @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee ! It is a bit scary I have to admit.... currently the cost of construction is estimated at $350 million dollars, however I think the usual thumb suck add 15% onto the building costs and hope for the best is not going to apply with a building like this! So we shall see if it ever gets built....
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    25/10/2017 #6 Claire L Cardwell
    #3 Thanks @Paul Walters! Yes the promo video is very cheesy... couldn't resist posting it!
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    25/10/2017 #5 Claire L Cardwell
    #2 Thanks @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess - apparently one of the main problems is with the plumbing! I think the stairwells and elevator shafts would be in the central core, but my mind has started boggling with the idea of getting off a stationary lift / stairwell floor onto a moving floor... I know it's not going to be moving that fast, but even so....
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    The Taj Mahal - under Environmental and Political Threat.
    The Taj Mahal - under Environmental and Political Threat.I have wanted to visit the Taj Mahal for a long time now, my father has been fortunate in that he has been five times!  I am not going to go into an exhaustive recounting of the history and the architecture of the Taj Mahal, more on the current...
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    03/11/2017 #12 Claire L Cardwell
    #9 I understand how you feel Ravi Ranjan, however most people search online for information before they travel or visit a building like the Taj Mahal. The articles pointing out the environmental and political dangers to the Taj Mahal were all on the front page, and unfortunately people are starting to stay away in droves.

    Now the Taj Mahal has been left out of the official tourism book for Uttah Pradesh and illegal building work is taking place all around the monument and decreasing water levels and increasing pollution is destroying it.

    I simply did not feel that another piece extolling it's beauty and brushing over the fact that this building is not going to stay the distance was right...
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/11/2017 #11 Claire L Cardwell
    #8 Thank you @🐝 Fatima G. Williams - it's not only India that is enforcing the 'divide and rule' policy - it's here too...

    Yes perhaps some monuments are upsetting to certain people here, but to re-write history and burn down libraries is a dangerous trend.
    A quick drive through downtown Johannesburg reveals many stunning buildings - a lot of them in the art deco style. Unfortunately many of them are in a poor state or repair, derelict or hijacked.

    You might argue, what does a building matter when people are starving/homeless? They are conveniently forgetting the boon the tourists bring when they visit iconic monuments such as the Taj Mahal.

    The abandoned buildings in town (and indeed in many inner city centres) could be converted into shops, small businesses, skills training schools, gyms and accommodation.

    Instead it's easier to re-build and ignore existing building's potential, whether it is a work or art, or something with a more practical purpose.
    Debasish Majumder
    28/10/2017 #10 Debasish Majumder
    cogent buzz @Claire L Cardwell! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.
    Ravi Ranjan
    25/10/2017 #9 Ravi Ranjan
    #7 I agree with you and appreciate @Claire L Cardwell work, the only concerned is How title impact on readers( mostly the one who wants to come to India and explore taj mahal)? The truth has been spoken but still, i am not in favor of title.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    25/10/2017 #8 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    #4 @Ravi Ranjan I don't think Claire's title is negative. I love the title"The Taj Mahal - under Environmental and Political Threat - A man-made wonder destroyed by the man-made disasters.
    It's just hard for some to accept that our government is a big failure just like any other government in stepping up to save such an iconic building. In a time where our Human lives are given a price where does a building stand? Forget it being a political argument or as a monument built by a religious guy but if they look at it just as art and a symbol of, To what extent one can go to in order to symbolize/showcase his love for one. In an age where men looked down on women, this guy had the guts to show his love and validate it for years to come after his death. When women are held in such high esteem there are alots of arguments raised we can count on our fingers, the number of women in any political system.
    There are alot of reasons to forget the purpose for what the monument was raised in the first place. All the hardwork and lives of the men lost during the process.

    Hats off to Claire for doing so much of research on this very sensitive important issue. Indian political system is filled up like a can of worms. These worms are eating up all the essence of what this nation was built on. They are infact playing the divide and rule policy to suck out the blood of the people who place their trust on them. The politicians are like leeches painlessly sucking the life, energy, unity, and harmony that the nation was born of.
    Claire L Cardwell
    25/10/2017 #7 Claire L Cardwell
    #5 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador as I said to Ravi Ranjan just now, I didn't start out to tell a negative story about this amazing monument to love. I just hope that UNESCO and the Indian Government step in more to save India's most iconic landmark.
    Claire L Cardwell
    25/10/2017 #6 Claire L Cardwell
    #4 Ravi Ranjan - I started this article as a homage to the Taj Mahal, but on doing some more research was horrified to find out how it has declined.... The original title was something along the lines of 'Buildings on my Bucket List' Part One The Taj Mahal...I do want to visit it very much - and will go there in any case to see such an iconic building means a lot to me!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    24/10/2017 #5 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    How sad, the treatment or lack of treatment to this iconic monument. Thank you for sharing, Claire.
    Ravi Ranjan
    24/10/2017 #4 Ravi Ranjan
    If you forget Environmental and Political Threat, Taj Mahal is no doubt the best in India and the world to visit and see the architect and design. personally, i think if you want to visit Taj Mahal do come without any negative thinking which you have mentioned in the title.Though, glad you want to be here. Good Luck!
    Claire L Cardwell
    24/10/2017 #2 Claire L Cardwell
    @Praveen Raj Gullepalli and @Puneet Srivastava I would love to hear your comments on this - I guess the Taj Mahal is not the only building under threat. Then again the scourge of pollution is world wide...
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    8 tips on how to set up your Meditation Space at Home
    8 tips on how to set up your Meditation Space at Home I love to meditate, I find that it clears my mind, helps me focus and gives me peace in this stressful world. It’s been well documented how meditation affects the brain (1). Also you don’t have to believe in God / Goddess/ Universal Spirit /...
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    24/10/2017 #15 Claire L Cardwell
    #14 Thank you so much for the share and kind words @Cyndi wilkins! Your words bring to mind @Puneet Srivastava 's article on how meditation feels like you have just had a shower and all the reports I have heard over the years about how some of the greatest ideas have been germinated whilst under running water. Meditation I find helps me gain more inspiration - far deeper than that morning ritual under my own private waterfall!
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    23/10/2017 #14 Cyndi wilkins
    Meditation is an essential practice for anyone seeking to regain the wings of their own consciousness...just like watering your house plants, it is essential for nourishing the mind;-) Great tips to share @Claire L Cardwell View more
    Meditation is an essential practice for anyone seeking to regain the wings of their own consciousness...just like watering your house plants, it is essential for nourishing the mind;-) Great tips to share @Claire L Cardwell...and it is important to remember there is no wrong way of doing this...the simple 'act' of doing it activates a link to your unconscious mind...a very fertile ground for the creative mind! Originality thrives in this sacred space...it is where the greatest ideas are born;-) Close
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    23/10/2017 #13 Claire L Cardwell
    Thank you for the share Dilma! Have an awesome evening!
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    23/10/2017 #12 Claire L Cardwell
    Thank you for the share @Puneet Srivastava!
    Claire L Cardwell
    23/10/2017 #11 Claire L Cardwell
    Thank you for the share @Javier 🐝 beBee! Have a lovely evening!
    Claire L Cardwell
    23/10/2017 #10 Claire L Cardwell
    #2 Thanks @Laurent Boscherini - calming the 'monkey mind' or 'ego self' is not always easy, but the reward in the feeling of bliss and calmness is indescribable when you do manage to clear your mind and inhabit your heart.
    Claire L Cardwell
    23/10/2017 #9 Claire L Cardwell
    #3 Thanks Dilma for the kind words! Have a lovely evening!
    Claire L Cardwell
    23/10/2017 #8 Claire L Cardwell
    #5 Thanks @Praveen Raj Gullepalli - it's all too easy I find to slip out of the practice of meditation - I've just joined a regular class on Sundays which is really helping me with my daily practice. I do however need to make a new meditation space that is a bit further away from my honourary family's morning scramble to work/school. (That of course means a bit of a spring clean!)

    The important part is to be consistent, it doesn't actually really take much to get up half an hour earlier or switch off the TV / computer an hour before you go to bed.....
    Claire L Cardwell
    23/10/2017 #7 Claire L Cardwell
    #6 Thanks so much @Puneet Srivastava!
    Puneet Srivastava
    23/10/2017 #6 Puneet Srivastava
    This is really beautiful. Perfect tips. Congrats. Nice write-up. Shared.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    23/10/2017 #5 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #1 Thanks Claire for the mention and the information! Yes, there is nothing religious about meditation or even Yoga for that matter. In fact the set of exercises that are part of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) in Yoga, so much akin to the progressive exercises or physical movements steps in the worship ritual (Namaz) of moslem brothers, are meant both to keep the body flexible and toned, and the mind honed; on the divine we thank and worship. (Anyone who sticks to the prescribed routine in flow and frequency, will never have orthopaedic issues associated with age...not to mention other ailments!) Elders have always sought to teach the younger through mysterious ways so that we remain sound in mind and body! :)

    Meditation space is always sacred. be it a prayer hall or a small niche - uncluttered, airy and spare. Aroma / incense adds to the feeling of calmness that is a pre-requisite to focusing the mind inwards and then spreading the consciousness outwards! From inside we bloom, in spirit. Like a flower, spreading fragrance and receiving the light of grace. (Oh! Here comes a bee for the honey ;)...Ahh! But how hard it is to find that moment, even if we do find the space! I hope more and more of us find it going forward.
    DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    23/10/2017 #4 DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    Tips and enthusiasm about meditation... you'll find here
    DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    23/10/2017 #3 DILMA BALBI -📃 Engenharia&gestão
    thanks for sharing such inspiring article..I appreciated it
    Laurent Boscherini
    23/10/2017 #2 Anonymous
    Thank you @Claire L Cardwell for sharing your enthusiasm and tips.
    As a daily routine, meditation is perfect to start well any journey to
    go beyond the boundaries of the intellect and dive into the depths of consciousness to tame yourself.
    Claire L Cardwell
    23/10/2017 #1 Claire L Cardwell
    @Praveen Raj Gullepalli @Javier 🐝 beBee @Cyndi wilkins @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - thought you might enjoy this article. Have an awesome day! Claire
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    Vibrant Inscape mindfulness studio brings much-needed Om to the heart of Manhattan. The Inscape Studio was designed in partnership with Winka Dubbeldam, founder of architectural practice Archi-Tectonics and a meditation aficionado herself: https://inhabitat.com/nyc/vibrant-inscape-mindfulness-studio-brings-some-much-needed-om-to-the-heart-of-manhattan/ Claire L Cardwell
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    09/10/2017 #4 Claire L Cardwell
    Thanks for the share Marmen!
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    04/10/2017 #3 Joanne Gardocki
    Wow I am spellbound.
    Claire L Cardwell
    03/10/2017 #2 Claire L Cardwell
    #1 So do I Marmen! Would need a cushion on the floor though..... It reminds me of a lotus flower.
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    Gambier Island Retreat by Battersby Howat Architects, Vancouver, Canada. To read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/gambier-island-retreat-by-battersby-howat-architects/Claire L Cardwell
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    How can buildings be adapted to the era of dangerous climate change?
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    Soaring timber tower could clean up contaminated water in NYC’s Central Park. New York-based DFA Studio has unveiled plans for a soaring wooden tower in Central Park that could actually purify the heavily contaminated Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. The proposed tower measures 712 feet tall with a 112-foot-tall spire – and if it comes to fruition, it will be the world’s tallest timber tower.
    The tower’s helix structure is wrapped with a lattice of curved timber beams. The building would be anchored securely to a pre-cast concrete base with tensile steel cables. A transparent material covers the tower’s exterior, providing 360-degree views as visitors climb up to the top.
    The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir currently contains an estimated one billion gallons of stagnant, contaminated water. The tower’s filtration system could potentially convert the body of water into a clean pond.
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    NaCl Residence by by David Jameson Architect, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. To read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/nacl-residence-by-by-david-jameson-architect/ Claire L Cardwell
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