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Experiencing Modern Architecture and Music: a Double Treat

contemporary_art_wallpaperModern architecture has found its niche in many newly developed cities these days. Observably, modern and state of the art structures are found in emerging cities such as those in the Middle East and southeastern part of Asia. Note that the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building and most modern building in the world is located in Dubai. Also, Singapore has its famous and mind-blowing Marina Sands that sports a superstructure design. There are many more wonderful architecture pieces such as those in Malaysia and China, all of which bear the latest trends in building designs.

Appreciating modern designs

Many of us have been so used to traditional architecture. Although modern buildings look great to the eyes, a number of people still feel intimidated with these types of structures. They usually find the designs and concepts to be somewhat incompatible to certain engineering functions. One can overcome this setback by trying to expand his horizon through wide reading and travel. It also helps if one maintains an open mind about the evolving trends in the arts and architectonics. After all, this is the age of innovation, transformation and reinvention.

Merging the old and new

Although most modern buildings are situated in newly developed cities, older cities still manage to have room for new designs. San Francisco for instance, is known for its historic edifices and yet now some new structures have found their way in its landscape. If you look at the city from a high place, you will note how the old and new have merged and blended beautifully together.

Modern architecture in musical shows

Modern architecture concepts are often employed in musical shows. If you are fond of watching concerts such as that of Florida Georgia line concert Florida, you will note that in many of these performances, the set and stage are a mix-match of different architectural designs. In some of the shows, they even make use of a whole stylish staircase that winds from bottom to top where the artists do their numbers. Such spectacle is a double treat to music and art lovers because they get to witness and experience the best of both fields.

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Architecture Meets Interior Design

An architect by license and profession, I also do interior design. The two disciplines are fundamentally connected yet are distinct by themselves. Architecture is an exact science while interior design is creative art but both must come together to produce a beautifully designed house that meets the standards for total integrity.

As I keep track of trends in housing styles and designs, a noticeable feature that is getting increasingly popular is the need for functionality to fit the lifestyle of most families. With both parents having their own careers, the house must be designed to make daily living easier and more convenient, so that there is time for rest and relaxation.

The kitchen stands out as an area that has evolved from being relegated to the back to being given its due recognition because it has become multifunctional. Aside from its elemental use for cooking, it has become the informal dining room, helping-the-kids-with-homework room and a place for doing other tasks, such as making the grocery list, keeping track of bills to pay, etc. Having the kitchen as a house’s focal point saves parents a lot of moving from one room to another and burning food in the process.

For its multiple purposes, the kitchen deserves to be a clean, comfortable and airy haven that the family enjoys spending time in. Here are some kitchen design ideas that combine beauty and functionality in today’s modern homes.

Kitchen Location

In today’s smaller homes, a kitchen that flows into the dining and living rooms adds actual and illusory space. It can be central to the whole floor area to allow maximum interaction between family members, enhancing conversations and sharing of the day’s events even as the cook is preparing meals.

Tip: If you’re a feng shui believer (or even if you’re not,) never position the kitchen in front of the house. It brings bad vibes and does not conform to standard aesthetic practice.

Lighting

The ideal kitchen must have ambient and task lights to provide sufficient illumination when working and create a comfortable ambiance for eating and talking over dinner. Large windows that allow sunlight in reduce electricity usage and carbon emissions. Install under-cabinet lights that focus on countertops where you do most of the cutting and slicing. Recessed ceiling lights and track lighting create a soft atmosphere and pendant lights bring focus to certain items if needed.

Tip: Use LED lighting instead of the incandescent bulb and CFLs. The cost of LED lights has gone down. They give more illumination per wattage and are eco-friendly, too.

Storage Space

Space is essential in all rooms but especially so in kitchens. Keep clutter at bay and make your kitchen look cleaner. Install upper cabinets for items not frequently used. Put shelves across the insides of cabinets to make more storage room. Have a banquette that serves a double purpose – for seating and underneath, for storage. Hang hooks and install shelves on walls. They serve as open storage and free the countertop of mess.

Tip: For a small kitchen, planning and forethought before building is the key to creating ample space for storage.

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Using Recycled Materials for Home Building

The trend towards green homes isn’t likely to go away anytime soon. In fact, sustainable construction is fast gaining ground now that the negative effects of global warming and climate change are being felt by the masses. Powerful storms, intense heat waves, earthquakes and natural disasters have been occurring with alarming frequency. Scientists have been at the forefront of creating eco-friendly construction materials from recycled matter to counter the toxic effects of synthetic and non-biodegradable elements and to save the trees from being cut to make lumber for construction.

Recycled building materials that are biodegradable are the products of choice. They make use of things that would otherwise be thrown away, they save on energy consumption and when the need to dispose of them comes, they decompose in a short time, doing away with tons of garbage at landfills.

Benefits

You use less energy. Energy efficiency is the biggest motivator for using green housing supplies. From insulation to lighting and coverings of building facades, you can get tremendous savings on your monthly electric bill.

You have zero or less toxicity. Unlike synthetic resin made from petrochemicals, biodegradable products made from recycled material do not release harmful chemicals in the breaking down process. They can be buried into the earth and you are assured that they decompose easily and get absorbed in the soil without causing toxicity.

You help in environment conservation. Using recycled and green construction products greatly reduces carbon emission from greenhouse gases. You decrease the carbon footprint of your residence and help stave off climate change.

You reduce the garbage in landfills. By burying biodegradable materials, you don’t add to the tons of waste in the landfill and you are helping the local community in the management of solid waste.

Recycled and Biodegradable Housing Materials

  • Lumber substitute

Scientists have created a wood replacement made of biodegradable composite of resins that are strengthened by natural fibers from plants. This artificial wood looks like the real thing and can be used in flooring, furniture, walls and other construction components. They are durable and can withstand nails, drilling and hammering.

MDFs (medium density fiberboard) that use plant starches instead of the unsafe urea and formaldehyde are now available.

  • Insulation material

Housing insulation reduces the need for air conditioners in the summer and heaters in winter. Do away with the old foam, fiberglass and mineral wool insulating panels. Foam damages the ozone layer of the earth while fiberglass and mineral are hazardous to human health.

Recycled insulation has no greenhouse gas emissions and has a long life. There are acoustic panels made from recycled cotton fibers, cellulose as insulating filler for the parts of the house where you need high performance, insulating panels made from recycled denim, old newspapers, sheep’s wool or cork.

  • Biodegradable paint

Biodegradable or natural paints do not contain toxic petrochemicals and are biodegradable, so disposition is not a problem. The ingredients come from the earth – clay, chalk, marble and mineral pigments – and are not produced synthetically. There are no harmful fumes and odors that conventional latex paints produce and natural paint is breathable, making it kinder to the building material.

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