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Sou Fujimoto – A Rising Star in Japanese and Global Architecture

Looking at the unassuming background of world-famous architect Sou Fujimoto, people might not have guessed he would one day have several designs to his name known for their lightness and permeability. Born in Hokkaido in 1971, Fujimoto grew up there and attended the University of Tokyo after finishing his formal education. He graduated from college in 1994 and established Sou Fujimoto Architects just six years later. The Ishinomaki Cultural Complex Center and Other Creations Fujimoto’s work is vast, spanning from private homes to ... Read more

Five Ways To Start Building A Home Gym

Image Source: Scooby’s Workshop While a lot of people prefer to go to the gym because it’s easier for them, others are considering working out in their home. A lot of people are saying that it’s much better to have your own gym at home because you get to work at your own pace and you also have the control on what type of exercises are you supposed to do. Building a home gym is not as hard as anyone thinks, in ... Read more

How to Design a Golf Course in Your Backyard in 5 Steps

Golf is a classic game designed for you to spend time outdoors in a moderately peaceful manner. This is why it is perfect for your children as it is a compromise between what you want them to do which is calm down and act as adults, and what they want to do which is run around. The following 5 steps will help you create a unique playground in your backyard. Involve your children Your children will eagerly take on this project and you ... Read more

How to Install a Wooden Fence

Aside from the practical barriers they provide to dogs, deer and other unwanted critters, fences can help set the character of a garden or yard. Many fences can be installed relatively easily and painlessly, even if you’re not a contractor. They can also be installed fairly economically. Pre-made fence kits are one option, but you can also make your own. The following is a step-by-step guide to installing a wooden fence. First: Choose a Fence Type Fences range from barrier, to privacy screen, ... Read more

Roof Repair or Roof Replacement?

Every house will need a new roof at some point. Whether it's after two years due to a massive storm or 100 years due to unbelievable luck (or, more likely, neglect) eventually every roof is destined to fail. It's like anything in life-- nothing is ever permanent. The question, as the following excerpt from House Logic  attests, is when to replace a roof. The article notes: "Eventually, all roofs wear out and need to be replaced. You don’t want to do it ... Read more

AI and the Next Wave of Green Technology

Artificial intelligence is no longer a Hollywood fantasy. Today machine learning concepts and AI are prevalent across of wide variety of industries as computer-powered algorithms crunch massive volumes of data in a quest for more efficient outcomes. The future of green technology looks to be heavily shaped in the coming years by AI. Below are a series of articles highlighting how artificial intelligence may impact everything from energy policy to more eco-friendly 3D printing processes: GreenTech Media AI for Energy: A Huge Opportunity, but ... Read more

The Future of Green Building in a Trump-led World

Against the will of 196 nations who had come together just two years earlier, President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord this Spring. Decades of progress towards making green construction both possible an economically viable threaten to come undone. Many fear a drop in sustainable investments may come of cheaper and less eco-friendly carbon fuels benefit from looser regulations. Autodesk's Redshift online magazine recently broke down the potential impact of recent policy decisions by the Trump administration. Per ... Read more

Maximizing Natural Light to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Let’s face it—energy bills can quickly become astronomical, especially with a house full of people. Luckily there’s plenty of sneaky ways to cut down on your energy costs, without sacrificing your comfort or getting snarky comments from your teenagers. In fact, maximizing natural lighting can actually make you happier and healthier in the long run, thanks to good old vitamin D. Check out these five tips to help you get the most of out the natural sunlight available to you, so ... Read more
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