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woensdag 10 juli 2013

UM bygge projekter greenlighted

MISSOULA — Med finansiering i sted og lovgivningsmæssige godkendelse i hånd, University of Montana går fremad med en serie af byggeprojekter, fra en akademisk hub for studerende atleter til en 9,3 millioner dollars executive training center.

Universitetet har også planer om at gøre fremskridt i denne uge i revisionen East Broadway som et muligt websted til Missoula College, og Adams Center vil snart komme videre med en kælder renovering behov for at tiltrække større shows.

Michael Reid, vice president for administration og økonomi på UM, sagde finansiering er blevet sikret for de fleste projekter nu i støbeskeen. 2013 Lovgivningen godkendte konstruktion, herunder en elev-atlet akademiske centrum.

"Vi ser på at starte den studerende-atlet akademiske center næste forår," sagde Reid. "Vi bare venter på at få endelige oplysninger fra staten arkitekter og ingeniører."

De 2,5 millioner dollar projekt opfordrer til et to-niveau supplement på vestsiden af Adams Center. Den nye facilitet vil give både kontorlokaler for athletic programmer og en overvåget undersøgelse suite for studerende atleter.

Statslige arkitekter sige projektet vil yderligere styrke byens Adams mest prominente facade. Arbejde på Centerets kælder er også planlagt til at rumme omrejsende shows

for stor til de aktuelle anlæg.

"Med dette projekt, Adams Center finansierer en $500.000 kælderen shell-out for fremtidige ekspansion," Reid sagde. "Så længe vi gør byggeri på studerende-atlet study center, vi vil punger ud kælderen så Adams Center kan bringe i alle viser sig ønsker hen til."

Brad Murphy, direktør for byens Adams sagde finansiering af kælderen projektet blev rejst i indtægter, der genereres af faciliteten. Han sagde, at projektet vil omfatte tilføje omklædningsrum for forestillinger og yderligere omklædningsrummet plads til high school sportslige turneringer.

"Det er nødvendigt for at bringe i større shows," sagde Murphy. "Udvide vores faciliteter vil være enorme. Det vil bringe os op til industristandarder."

Murphy sagde spillesteder i Spokane tilbyder kunstnere otte dressing værelser, mens Bozeman giver seks. Adams Center, men tilbyder i øjeblikket kun to, "og de er ikke meget rart," Murphy sagde.

Adams Center også mangler omklædningsrummet plads, sætte high school atleter i strid med NCAA atleter til faciliteter ved turneringer overlapper hinanden.

"Det vil hjælpe os tiltrække high school turneringer bedre, så vi ikke sparke vores studerende atleter locker værelser," sagde Murphy. "Vi hosting klasse C kvinders basketball i 2015, så vi bliver nødt til at få indtil da. Men forhåbentlig i 2016 vi vil have dette gjort."

Reid sagde $2,5 millioner er også blevet sikret for at konstruere en lille hub uden for kedelanlægget at huset skolens Internet teknologi tjenester, og $1,1 millioner er blevet rejst for at fuldføre kælderen af Native American Payne Familiecenter.

Ca $3,6 millioner vil blive tilstræbt at afslutte arbejdet på interdisciplinære videnskab bygning, og 9,3 millioner dollar i finansiering – sammen med lovgivende myndighed – er blevet sikret for at opbygge Gilkey Center for lederuddannelse.

Projektet er dømt for kløver Bowl, beliggende ved Arthur Avenue i west udkanten af campus, støder op til Gallagher erhvervs-byggeri.

"Vi starter designfasen på, og vi vil arbejde med staten arkitekter og ingeniører," sagde Reid. "Myndigheden er blevet uddelegeret og finansieringen er på plads for."

Larry Gianchetta, Provst i School of Business, sagde planlægning for det nye Gilkey Center har været i værker i 10 år. Bygningen vil omfatte et fodaftryk af omkring 10.000 kvadratmeter og stå to historier høje med en kælder.

Det nye center vil fremme uddannelse i ledelse, iværksætteri og executive uddannelse. Programmet vil udnytte kælder og første sal, mens UM Foundation vil lease øverste etage.

"Det vil være en stor facilitet til campus," sagde Gianchetta. "Vi har grønt lys. Hvis alt gik rigtig godt, kunne vi grave et hul i efteråret 2014."

Reid sagde forundersøgelse for East Broadway og dens evne til at rumme Missoula College er nu i kladdeform. Undersøgelsen forventes at være afsluttet om kort tid, hvorefter det vil blive gennemgået ved Universitet og statens embedsmænd og offentligt

undersøgt.

Reid sagde også skolen embedsmænd vil begynde søger at opfylde fremtidige bygning behov.

"Vi er begyndt at sætte de langtrækkende bygning behov sammen," sagde Reid. "Vi starter under drøftelserne om denne uge."

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vrijdag 28 juni 2013

Japan Tobacco Sues Thailand over Larger / theavantigroup.com Tokyo News warning reviews, kiwibox

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Japan Tobacco Inc. (2914), Asia’s biggest listed cigarette maker, sued the government of Thailand over a plan to increase the size of health warnings on cigarette packages, claiming the move is unconstitutional.Thailand announced a plan in April to increase the size of graphic health warnings to 85 percent of the cigarette package cover from the current 55 percent.

Japan Tobacco filed a lawsuit in an Administrative Court on June 19 to block the plan, spokesman Hisashi Sekiguchi said in a phone interview yesterday. The proposal violates Thailand’s constitutional provisions guaranteeing freedom of expression, it said. The Bangkok-based court confirmed the Thai unit of the Tokyo-based company has filed a lawsuit against Pradit Sintavanarong, the country’s health minister and two other officials.

Tobacco companies are engaged in a global effort fighting government moves to curtail cigarette advertising and curb smoking through graphic health warnings and elimination of branding. Australia has prohibited any tobacco company markings on cigarette packages, with New Zealand planning to do the same.

“This announcement is strictly in line with the law,” Pradit told reporters in Bangkok today. “We will wait for the court decision without any interference.” He defended the government’s decision to change the regulation without consulting tobacco producers or retailers, citing World Health Organization guidelines that preclude tobacco companies from taking part in the process.

Philip Morris International Inc.’s (PM) Thailand unit said it would file its own suit before July 4.“The Ministry ignored our voice and the voices of thousands of retailers in enacting this rule,” Onanong Pratakphiriya, a spokeswoman for the company’s Thailand unit, said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

To contact the reporters on this story: Joe Schneider in Sydney at jschneider5@bloomberg.net; Yuki Yamaguchi in Tokyo at yyamaguchi10@bloomberg.net; Suttinee Yuvejwattana in Bangkok at suttinee1@bloomberg.net
To contact the editors responsible for this story: Douglas Wong at dwong19@bloomberg.net; Stephanie Wong at swong139@bloomberg.net


maandag 17 juni 2013

Acclaimed architect’s midcentury modern ranch stands the test of time

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Beth Kamm and her husband, Dr. William Kamm, appreciated the distinctive midcentury modern home at first sight and became its second owners in 1964. Architect Charles E. King had designed the sleek home in 1957; he had married Audrey Marsh and practiced in her hometown of Belleville. While the Kamms raised three children in the house, King gained fame over the decades. In 1991, Architectural Digest named him one of the “Top 100 Architects in America.” He finished his career in St. Louis and died here in 1993.
Nearly a half-century later, the Kamms still enjoy the brick ranch but are surprised that their home is drawing new attention. Recently, the Belleville Historical Society mounted a retrospective tribute to King’s work and held a tour of seven of his estimated 100 area homes. The Kamm house, built for Raymond Lippert, was featured, along with King’s original blueprints, passed from the Lipperts to the new owners.
Beth was pleased when 150 people toured. Visitors included King’s son, James, who came from Colorado for the event. “He had never seen it, and he really liked it. Everyone was very appreciative of the house. We’re really honored; nobody has ever paid much attention.”
According to the historical group, King practiced in Belleville from 1947 until 1961, when he and Marsh divorced. Then in 1967, he married St. Louisan Constance Goldman-Baer and they lived in Pennsylvania and Florida, moving to St. Louis in 1990. King died at the age of 73 in 1993 at his Central West End home. The Landmarks Association of St. Louis features King in its spring newsletter. Andrew Weil, executive director, said the group would like to host the King retrospective at its downtown gallery, possibly in late winter or early spring 2014.
Although the Kamms kept most of the original features, they made some important changes to accommodate their family of five. They enlarged the house from 2,300 to 3,800 square feet, with five bedrooms and three and a half baths. They added skylights to counter the dark brick and wood and took out several trees very close to the house.
Beth says, “It’s a lovely house; very well done, very livable. The laundry is on the main level. It has wonderful closets, including an original ‘walk-in’ in the master bedroom.” Bill appreciates the materials. “With a lot of brick and tile you don’t have to worry about kids’ fingerprints — and nothing eats it.” He said the original owner was a brick and building contractor so it made sense that King used brick inside and out. Bill admires the still-functioning radiant heating in the floor and the original boiler, though he added insulation and storm windows to improve energy efficiency. The home is well-integrated into a 3/4-acre site.
The couple favor an eclectic mix of traditional and vintage furnishings and soften the floors with large area rugs. They showcase their decades-long collection of art, including many landscapes and floral and family photos throughout. Beth, a retired teacher, is especially proud of her book collection, in custom cases in the family room, near the piano. “I love history, biography and nonfiction.” She also studies and reads French, philosophy, mysteries, the classics and cookbooks. Bill, a Navy veteran, prefers military books.

While strangers are admiring their architectural gem, Beth says simply, “It’s our family home.”

woensdag 5 juni 2013

The Avanti Group: Wer in ein Haus wie dieses lebt?

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Wer in ein Haus wie dieses lebt?


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Bild der Szene. Sie hatten einen anstrengenden Tag bei der Arbeit und alles, was Sie tun möchten ist der Tag Spannungen durch schlagen der Turnhalle, ein Spaziergang in der Natur oder entspannen in der Hitze der Sauna vor dem Einweichen Ihre Sorgen Weg in eine tiefe Badewanne erleichtern. Alle die oben genannten Freuden und vieles mehr, erwarten den neuen Besitzer von Craigleach, prächtig, EFH am Dunain, nur wenige Autominuten von Inverness.

13-Year-Old wurde architektonisch gestalteten Haus Heimat von Chris und Lara Barnett seit 2009. Sie kaufte das Haus bevor sie Kinder aber jetzt Anteil hatten ihre Heimat mit vier-jährige Zwillinge Tia und Zara. Es ist ein beeindruckendes Haus mit enormen gut gestalteten Zimmer sind ideal für unterhaltsame — das Esszimmer, die auf offene Basis mit der Küche ist 20 Personen aufnehmen können – und da Chris und Lara Liebe, Menschen, die Runde, wird regelmäßig für einen guten Zweck. Aber das ist nicht das einzige Zimmer, das entworfen ist, um zu beeindrucken. Die Lounge im Obergeschoss, 80 qm und ist so groß wie einige kleine Häuser.

"Wir haben hatte 25 Personen hier, bequem, alle sitzen", sagte Chris, 40, der Geschäftsführer des Familienunternehmens, Roy Häusern ist. Das Haus, das zu einem sehr hohen Standard in der gesamten abgeschlossen ist, steht in gepflegten Gelände und kommt mit sechs Hektar Land gehören Stallungen für vier Pferde, Ring-Paddock, Heu-Scheune und Heften Sie Zimmer.

Die Unterkunft im Inneren des Hauses beinhaltet einen spektakulären Empfang Flur — Sie tun könnte leicht ein Eightsome Rollen hier ohne die Wände zu berühren. Die Küche ist ausgestattet mit einer Vielzahl von neuen Custom-Built Ashley Ann Wand- und Base-Einheiten und verfügt über eine integrierte Geräte, darunter Doppelzimmer, Kühlschrank, Gefrierschrank, Geschirrspüler und Rangemaster Herd.

Weitere Features sind eingebaute Wein Kühlschrank, Inselmitte, Belfast-Stil Waschbecken, TV-Schrank, holzbefeuerten Ofen und Flügeltüren zum Garten. Ein hinterer Flur beherbergt ein WC und der große Hauswirtschaftsraum, während eine Tür zu einer beeindruckenden überdachte Fläche führt.

"Die Garage und Haus separate waren so hatten wir ein Dach gebaut, verbindet die beiden um ein Autotor und überdachten Außenbereich Grillplatz, erstellen", sagte Chris. "Ich würde nicht habe ein Haus ohne einen Auto-Anschluss jetzt wie es Ihr Auto frei von Schnee im Winter und an nassen Tagen halten wird Sie entladen einkaufen und Kinder ohne nass können. Wie das Haus – ist die auf dem Markt zu Angebote von mehr als £995.000 – dreifache Garage ist riesig und kommt mit einem Hund Zimmer, Heizungsraum und Gymnasium, die Soundoption verdrahtet ist, so können Sie Musik während Sie trainieren.

Zurück in das Haus hat im Erdgeschoss auch zwei Doppelzimmer und ein Familienzimmer/Schlafzimmer mit Schiebetüren, führt zu einem kinderfreundlichen komplett geschlossenen Garten sowie ein Familienbadezimmer mit eine großen nordischen Dusche, Bad, begehbarer Dusche und Waschbecken.Vom Flur führt eine Custom-Built freitragende Treppe im Obergeschoss auf eine andere große Empfangshalle aus dem besteht Zugriff auf die formale Lounge hat viele Windows, einen Balkon und Holzofen, aber mit Fußbodenheizung im Obergeschoss und im Erdgeschoss, musst du nie verwenden.Eine Designänderung, die Chris gemacht hat eine schöne Studie mit stilvollen bogenförmigen Fenstern und Türen, die zu einem großen Balkon mit Blick auf den Vorgarten geführt.
"Dieser Bereich war ursprünglich Teil des eine L-förmige Lounge und einen Flügel untergebracht aber durch den Bau einer Mauer und verwandelte sie in eine Studie, ist es viel sinnvoller," sagte er."Der Balkon hier ist ein schöner Ort zum Sitzen am Ende des Tages."

Auf dieser Etage gibt es auch ein Hauptschlafzimmer mit En-Suite Badezimmer und begehbarer Garderobe; ein Familienbadezimmer und zwei Doppelschlafzimmer weiter, die wie alle Zimmer im Haus, große Einbauschränke.Außerhalb der Partei weiterhin die Atmosphäre des Hauses mit großen überdachten Holz-gedeckte Sonnenterrasse – der ideale Ort zum Entspannen an warmen Abenden.Kein Grund zur Sorge darüber, was die Kinder sind bis zu denn es gibt eine komplett geschlossene Kinderspielplatz.Für die Pferde gibt es in einer geschlossenen Reitanlage und den Zugang zu drei separate Beweidung Felder. Zusammen mit sechs Hektar Land gibt es auch ein Tor direkt in verläuft Estate und der Great Glen Way, bietet mehr als 50 Meilen von Wandern, Radfahren und Reiten Spuren führt.


Mit nur vier Menschen, die hier leben, und jede Menge freie Zimmer, dieser Familie sind nicht verkaufen, weil sie mehr Speicherplatz benötigen — sondern weil ihre Pferde tun."Lara ist daran interessiert, weitere Pferde haben, so dass wir irgendwo mit noch mehr Land suchen", sagte Chris."Es gibt auch, dass etwas peinlich etwas zuzugeben, I Don't live in einem der Häuser, dass ich mich aber das design ist alles zu ändern — das neue Haus werden auf jeden Fall eine von Roy Häuser gebaut."

dinsdag 28 mei 2013

Restoring a Sag Harbor Eyesore


Restoring a Sag Harbor Eyesore, the avanti group

SAG HARBOR — From what will be the rooftop terrace of a penthouse at the transformed Bulova Watchcase factory here, the sweeping views of church steeples, Main Street shops, Peconic Bay and the port of this historic maritime village resemble a William Merritt Chase landscape painting. The vistas are the crowning glory of the long-awaited $40 million restoration and retrofit of the 1881 factory into a 64-unit luxury condominium complex.
The project, built by Cape Advisors, a developer based in Manhattan, was designed by the architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle. With its high-beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls, it is something of an anomaly in this Hamptons community dominated by single-family homes.
The factory sat vacant as an eyesore near the heart of Sag Harbor for years. Construction on the condos, which will include lofts, town houses and bungalows, began in the fall 2011 and is expected to be completed next winter. The first model apartment, a $3.39 million two-bedroom penthouse, opens this weekend. James Lansill, a senior managing director of the Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, said that 880 potential buyers already fill a five-year-old waiting list.
“It is unprecedented,” Mr. Lansill said, referring to the historic retrofit and the advent of a deluxe condominium with a doorman, on-site superintendent and resort-style amenities. “There is barely such a thing as a condo in the Hamptons.”
Among those on the waiting list are owners of multimillion-dollar Hamptons mansions, including empty-nesters looking for something easier to take care of, without the need for a staff, pool guys and gardeners. Longtime seasonal renters who didn’t previously buy because of maintenance responsibilities, particularly in the off-season, have also signed up. The distinctive units will carry hefty price tags. Factory lofts will range from $1.05 million to $3.22 million, and penthouses from $2.59 million to $10.2 million.
In addition, 17 bungalows and town houses designed to complement the factory building will be placed atop, though on the perimeter, of a 130-car underground garage that is being built under what was a vacant parking lot. Amenities, including a swimming pool, a fitness center and a gardens, are also being created over the garage. John H. Beyer, a partner in Beyer Blinder Belle, which also handled the restoration of historic Grand Central Terminal, described the old Bulova factory as an “industrial version of a Victorian mill.” The five-story solid brick structure has “modest but very effective detailing.”
After the whaling industry here declined in the mid-19th century, the Watchcase factory, with wings added in five stages over its 100-year history, played an important role in the village’s development, including the sponsorship of blue-collar housing. The largest of Sag Harbor’s factories, the Watchcase employed generations of local workers beginning in 1881, when Joseph Fahys, a French immigrant who had married a local woman, relocated his watchmaking factory from Carlstadt, N.J., to Sag Harbor. It replaced a cotton mill built by former whalers and destroyed by fire.
Bulova subsequently bought the factory in 1936. After the factory shut down in 1981, the building stood empty, its gutters dangling, windows broken and crumbling bricks defaced with graffiti. Cleanup of contaminants from a century’s worth of heavy cleaning solvents poured into the building’s drainage system began in the 1990s. Asbestos removal was completed before the retrofit began.
Despite its long industrial history, Mr. Beyer said he was “stunned by the appropriateness of introducing residential uses into this factory,” with its 24-foot-wide wings and “endless repetitive, beautiful, spacious windows.” The building has 999 arched windows, each three feet wide and seven and a half feet high. Many of the apartments will have more than 20 windows. The way the building was sited, with wings stretching along Washington, Division and Church Streets, lent itself to “creating courtyards and spacious gardens.” The old boiler room was removed to create the main lobby, with courtyard space in front of it, between two wings.
Steven Gambrel, an interior designer working with the developer, kept the structure’s “muscular architecture” in mind. “It is not a beach house and it is not a maritime house,” Mr. Gambrel said. A huge two-sided fireplace is being carved into the original factory smokestack in a lounge area off the main lobby.
Some of the turrets, chimneys and an old water tower that fell into disrepair during the three decades the building stood vacant are being replaced, according to Craig D. Wood, a chief executive of Cape Advisors. Each of its 999 brick window openings were repointed, with 20,000 original bricks scraped clean and reused. A bracketed three-foot cornice replicating the factory’s original, which was removed about 50 years ago, is also being installed. Inside, the original southern yellow pine timber beams were blasted with 80,000 pounds of ground walnut shells to restore their patina in an eco-friendly fashion.
Floors were lifted 14 inches, thus lowering windowsills that had been set high to allow maximum light for the fine work being done at jewelers’ benches. Mechanicals like electrical wiring, plumbing, heating and cooling systems, along with fireproofing and insulation, will be hidden in the raised floors. Ceilings will remain 11 to 14 feet high, and ceiling beams exposed.
To minimize corridors and provide direct access to each apartment, three elevator hubs will have separate lobbies. Penthouses with wood-burning fireplaces will range from 2,500 to 3,800 square feet, and will have commodious roof terraces. Balconies and grade-level gardens will provide every unit with outdoor living space.
A third-floor model apartment has 28 windows in its open living-dining-kitchen area. Its bluestone terrace has an outdoor kitchen with a gas barbecue and a 13-foot mahogany deck with a fire pit. Inside, the master suite includes a spalike “wet room” bath with a walk-in shower room and tub.
Arthur Blee, the director of design and construction for Cape Advisors, said each of the 64 units is “quite different,” with its “own quirks and appeals.” One kitchen was fashioned from the factory’s silver vault; others have pine plank ceilings.
But buyers can also opt for all-new construction. Eight bungalows and nine town houses, being built on the site, will range from $1.08 million to $6.5 million. These units will have different historical styles, with some clad in brick and reflecting the factory’s Victorian look, while others will have painted clapboard siding or cedar shingles. They will wrap around the complex’s amenity space with some of their gardens, decks and patios overlooking the factory.
Michael Wetstone, an architect with Beyer Blinder Belle, said their Italianate, colonial, Greek Revival, Cape and Victorian facades represent Sag Harbor’s varied historical architecture.

Keeping the “historic fabric” intact was paramount, said Mr. Wood of Cape Advisors. “There are people who love the magic of this.”

maandag 20 mei 2013

The Avanti Group: Kevin McCloud: You never know where design is goin...

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Kevin McCloud: You never know where design is going to lead you until you begin

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The presenter of the ever popular Grand Designs has lent his watchful and withering expressions to many a building project. The show follows some of Britain’s most ambitious self-building projects, as individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams (you can currently catch it on More4 and 4oD). McCloud also hosts the Grand Designs Live London show (www.granddesignslive.com), which takes place at Excel in spring, and spearheads Grand Designs magazine.

You once said you ‘wouldn’t know a trend if it hit you in the face’. How do we keep our homes looking fresh if we don’t follow trends? Trends are interesting things. They’re like fish. They appear and then they go off very quickly. I think Rem Koolhaas once said architecture takes so long that if you try and follow a trend, by the time you have finished, the building it will be out of date. I’m all for people following their autobiographies, expressing themselves in their homes.
What magazines do is underline that if I use that colour or buy that fake fur rug, I will be happier and win the approval of my friends. Which is possibly true but it is more interesting if you do your thing and find your way. Build a home that reflects your personality, which is much more individual.
So how do we make our homes future-proof? Keep them fresh – paint the walls. Wash and polish the windows,  that helps. Wash the curtains, steam clean things, keep them fresh and not cruddy, brown and grey. You can rent a steam cleaner that will renew your home. You don’t even need to paint, you can wash your walls and the stains come off, just like people and clothes. Also, go and buy stuff that is beautiful and crafted.
My argument is: is it better to buy five pairs of trainers at £100 each that last you a year each or one pair of boots that will last you 15 years? I think you’ll find the latter represents much better value for money. The same goes for good quality furniture.
Can we talk about what you call ‘miserablism’? I get the impression it’s not your thing. I keep picking up magazines with lots of pics of large rooms in big houses with smouldering fires and uncomfortable-looking 17th-century furniture and six bare light bulbs on rather trendy-looking cable. It’s a great look for restaurants and clothes shops but if you want to live there, firstly, these places have been styled within an inch of their lives,  second, they are third homes for people who never spend time there.
Three, they have massive great gas boilers hidden away, feeding into underfloor heating underneath the rotting floorboards. Four, they are in southern Italy. So I think in northern Europe we need to concentrate on a few more cushions and a log burner, something a bit more comfy.
At what point does a design become too grand? When people start talking about taps that cost a thousand pounds each. Or when anybody says about any item: ‘I have to have it.’ It means they are obsessed with the ownership of something rather than creating an interesting, stimulating environment. Architecture and design is all about making spaces that are beautiful, stimulating, durable, fun, exciting,  joyful. The word ‘grand’ is in the title of the series but we shouldn’t be too wound up about making something big for the sake of it.
Would you ever advise anyone not to do something when it comes to a large project? Yes, I would advise them not to do a large project. I’d advise them to do a reasonably small one or a modest one because, generally speaking, the homes we do are pretty big where two people live. It doesn’t matter how many eco gadgets you fit in, it will still consume vast quantities of energy for those two people. Better to build something modest you could extend or maybe even go on holiday a bit more often because you’ve got more money left over.
How much money would you need for your perfect grand design? How would you go about it? It all depends where it is – buildings are about people and places. It might be sticking an extension on the back of a two-bed place in Stoke-on-Trent. It might be me building a glass box that projects over a cliff in northern Canada. I would always design a building to correspond to where it is. The great excitement about design is you never know where it is going to lead you until you begin. To ask an architect to design a house for nowhere is impossible.
You’ve done Grand Designs Abroad and your languages are pretty good. Where would be your ideal location if it wasn’t Britain? My languages are pretty good? That’s incredibly patronising [laughing] – they’re bloody good. My French is almost fluent, my Italian used to be. My German is grotesquely bad. The location would perhaps be an old farmhouse on a hilltop in Tuscany, solar panels, view of the setting sun – that would do me.
The perfect view, the perfect home or the perfect location? The perfect home happens because of the location. The word perfect is flawed, we have to use right, appropriate or beautiful. They say location, location, location but the point of design is they can take pretty crappy locations and make beautiful things of them.
What next for Kevin McCloud? Sick of homes yet? I haven’t got sick building syndrome yet and don’t think I will because our homes are the most powerful and important pieces of architecture we are ever going to experience. I am interested in the way we try to improve our environment and make sense of it every day of our lives. Architects and designers have got that switch in their brain, permanently in the on position, and I’m afraid I include myself in that category.

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maandag 13 mei 2013

The Avanti Group Articles Reviews: Corruption Currents




Bribery:                     
A Spanish court announced last week that a decision will come in May on whether to exclude Princess Cristina from a corruption probe targeting her husband. (AFP)

The FCPA Blog continues its series on white-collar crime victims, and notes that Moscow issued an arrest warrant for William Browder. The FCPAProfessorreflects on a year since Wal-Mart Stores Inc. went under the FCPA microscope. Mike Volkov warns on the danger of “proactive” FCPA probes. Tom Fox provides 10 steps to resolve a front-page crisis. Thebriberyact.comdiscusses civil recovery rewards in the U.K, sayingthey’re still on the SFO menu.

Miller Chevalier released its spring FCPA review.

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vrijdag 10 mei 2013

The Avanti group news reviews – IRS issues




There’s word of a new tax-related scam and officials want to make sure you don’t get duped.

If you get a call claiming to be from the IRS saying you owe more tax money which you need to send immediately or face arrest — don’t fall for it. IRS spokesman David Stewart says ask the caller his name and badge number and hang up.

“Then you what you do is call your local office and you say ‘hey got this person Sam Smith badge number 12-2 and he wants to know information about X. Is there something wrong with my return?’”
He says if there is a problem and the person calling you is legitimate, the local office will know and be able to help, and remember the IRS will never ask you for personal information or bank information over the phone or in an e-mail. Any information they might need would already be on your tax return

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dinsdag 7 mei 2013

The Avanti Group: Bankene advart mot kredittkortsvindel-Good.is

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Bankene advart mot kredittkortsvindel-Good.is

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Beijingprosecutors called on banks to review credit card applications more carefully,a move prompted by a recent spike in fraud.
Credit card fraud accounted for most of themore than 1,000 economic crime cases that courts in the national capital dealtwith from 2010 to 2012, and prosecutors expect the number to keep rising.
Failing to pay balances was the most commonoffense, while most of the others involved fraudulent credit card applications,the city procuratorate said.In the past two years, the Chaoyang district hasprosecuted 660 people suspected of credit card fraud, while the Xichengdistrict has prosecuted 264."Credit card fraud boomed in 2012 along withour district's fast economic development," said Lu Junzhao, director offinancial crime for Xicheng's prosecuting authority.He said reports of thecrime last year were nine times what they were in 2011.
Nearlytwo-thirds of defendants were unemployed but were able to apply for cardswithout providing all the required documentation, a key reason for the spike infraud, he said.
Zhu Haiyan, a prosecutor in Dongchengdistrict, said people without fixed incomes were the biggest offenders.Althoughbanks do have strict procedures for credit card applications, many employeeshave eased qualifications for applicants or even failed to verify identities,Zhu said.In one case she handled, two defendants succeeded in getting creditcards using a copy of a colleague's ID card. A bank employee saw one of the applicant'ssignatures was not the ID cardholder's, but approved the application anyway.
WangHai was convicted of getting a credit card using fake income and real-estatecertificates at a bank in Dongcheng and then running up debt of more than90,000 yuan ($14,500).
A bank worker named Zeng in Chaoyang evenused his position to get a card in his mother's name to improve his work volumeand get a bigger bonus, said Ye Ping, a prosecutor in the district."Forsome credit cards with large credit limits, banks pay great attention toapplicants' information," said Li Shuang, an employee responsible for bankcredit in a Beijing-based financial company. "But with the smaller limits,the process becomes careless, resulting in many unqualified applicants beingapproved."
Bankstaff members' bonuses are tied to how much credit card businesses they get,which also leads them to care more about transaction speed and quantity thanabout quality, he said.
"Many banks didn't verify credit cardswith small credit limits, such as 10,000 yuan, because there were so manyapplicants and they thought the smaller one wouldn't bring too much risk,"Li said.Although the credit card application needs residents to supply a greatdeal of personal information and documentation, the banks' negligence andcarelessness during verification still provides opportunities for those lookingto run up debt.
"Inaddition, the supervision by the regulatory commission is far fromenough," he added.Lu agreed, saying the banks should warn credit cardapplicants about the law and keep tabs on their clients' expenses."Afterall, more stringent verification can lower the rate of credit card fraud at thesource," Lu said. "Banks should also remind clients to repay andassess clients' credit in line with their overdraft condition, keeping a lossfrom becoming larger. It's their duty."He said that his prosecutingauthority has already contacted Xicheng's bank regulatory commission to discusshow to develop credit card supervision and establish a platform to shareinformation.
"Itdeserves to be extended across the capital," he added.Cui Shaoyu, a25-year-old credit cardholder, said that she always pays great attention to heraccount, adding she even once called her bank to explain why she had not repaidin time."The interest is high if cardholders don't repay, and I hope toincrease my credit limit. So I don't want the bank to remind me in either callsor messages," she added.However, Zhu said not all cardholders like Cuicontact their banks to explain problems, and added that financial institutionsshould create a "blacklist" of customers who are credit risks."Currently,the credit system in China is lagging and has no professional assessmentinstitutions compared with those in Western countries, which isn't good forregulation of the industry," she said.Banks lack a database they can sharewith information on clients' credit, so many people can apply for credit cardswithout all the required documentation, even after they run up a lot of debt.Allthe prosecutors interviewed said many people have no awareness of credit cardfraud and don't realize that it's a crime.
"Almost80 percent of suspects or convicts didn't know they had an intentionaloverdraft, and a few of them even paid one bank's debts with another bank'scard," Lu said, adding those who do not repay more than three months aftera bank reminds twice will be identified as the intentional overdraft as per thecurrent Chinese Criminal Law.

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dinsdag 16 april 2013

The Avanti Group: Rohstoffe führen Rout der Risikoaktiva nach Daten ...

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Rohstoffe führen Rout der Risikoaktiva nach Daten aus China

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the avantihong kong group commodity news, Rohstoffe führen Rout der Risikoaktiva nachDaten aus China

Tokio— Rohstoffe führte eine scharfe, breite Abnahme Risikoaktiva am Montag alsschwächer als erwartet, dass chinesische Daten hinzugefügt, um Anliegen von unsZahlen über die globalen wirtschaftlichen Aussichten, woraufhin Anleger einigeGewinne aus den letzten Markt Rallyes buchen geschürt.
EuropäischeMärkten wurde erwartet, dass die Zeit, mit finanziellen Ausbreitung BettersVorhersage Londons markieren FTSE 100, CAC 40 und Frankfurts Paris der DAX umfast flach zu öffnen.
AberUS stock Futures waren um 0,4 % auf eine lauwarme Öffnung an der Wall Streethinzu.
Einenegative Antwort von US-Verbraucherstimmung und weiche Einzelhandelsverkäufeplus entfacht Besorgnis in der Eurozone Ende letzter Woche hatten InvestorenEmpfindlichkeit auf die frühen Montag Ankündigung Wachstumsdaten von China, derweltweit zweitgrößten Volkswirtschaft erhöht.
ChinasWiederherstellung stolperte unerwartet in den ersten drei Monaten 2013, wie esdas jährliches Wirtschaftswachstum erleichtert auf 7,7 % von 7,9 % im letztenQuartal des vergangenen Jahres berichtet. Ökonomen hatten 8 % Wachstumprognostiziert.
Einenanderen Satz von Daten, die Industrieproduktion im März zeigte wuchs 8,9 %gegenüber dem Vorjahr Taupunktunterschreitungen Erwartungen für ein10-prozentiger Anstieg.
"DieUS-Daten war nur ein Anfang, und es zeigt, dass die globale Erholung ist nichtganz so gut wie jeder denkt, dass es ist. Und heute, es ist gesichert wurdendurch China Daten,"Märkte Stratege Stan Shamu sagte in Sydney.
"Esgerade ein breites Risiko Sell-off ist wie Investoren wachsen ein bisschenskeptisch in Bezug auf die Erholung, die Märkte viel höher in den vergangenenMonaten getrieben hatte," sagte er.
"EineMenge Leute nur fragilen wirtschaftlichen Daten als Vorwand benutzen aus ihmheraus und in einige Gewinne zu sperren."
Dieträgen Daten globale geldpolitische Impulse an Stelle behalten helfen, umMärkte zu unterstützen, schließlich müssten unterstreichen sollte, sagte HerrShamu.
DerMSCI weitesten Index der Asien-Pazifik-Aktien außerhalb Japans fiel 0,8 %,angeführt von einer 2,5 % Folie seiner Materialien-Branche.
SpotGold fiel so weit wie $1.427,14 pro Unze auf dem niedrigsten Stand seit April2011 und war letzten sich um 2,1 % auf $1.448,16. Spot Silber fiel auf denniedrigsten Stand seit November 2010 von $24,32 Unze und war zuletzt bei$24,63, um 4,7 % am Tag. Gold-Futures fiel auf Befürchtungen über dieZentralbank Verkäufe und Bestände der global Exchange traded Funds sank aufihren niedrigsten in mehr als einem Jahr.
"Wiedie Fed weniger expansivsten wird und EZB (Europäische Zentralbank) nichtbereit, ihre deflationäre Politik zu beenden, das Gleichgewicht in RichtungInflation dramatisch verlagert. Und Menschen erkennen, dass eine Umgebung woSie keine Inflation haben eine leistungsfähige Treiber um aus Metall,ist"UBS Wealth Management Analyst Dominic Schnider sagte.
US-Rohöl-Futuresstürzte 2,7 % auf 88,85 $ pro Barrel und Brent rutschte 2 % auf $101,07.
Ressourcenbasierende australische Aktien lag 1,5 bei % früher Montag, dann reduzierte denVerlust um 0,9 %, zu sein, während der risikogerechten Australische Dollar 0,6% auf $1,0435 gelockert.
HongkongAktien Schuppen 1,2 % und Shanghai-Aktien fielen um 1 %.

"Heutedie schlechten Markt-Reaktion ist eine Folge der erhöhten Erwartungen nachletzter Woche Kredit Wachstumszahlen. Diese Miss China BIP wahrscheinlich aufineffiziente Kreditwachstum zeigt, da Geld auszahlen, kurzfristige Darlehen undZinsen, von Unternehmen verwendet wird", sagte Hong Hao, Chefstratege beiBank of Communication International Securities in Hongkong.
DerNikkei, die auf Durchschnitt 1,0 %, rutschte Weg von den höchsten Stand seitJuli 2008 traf am Freitag.
Yennoch zu sehen, Schwächung

Dieschwachen US-Daten, wog auf den Dollar, so niedrig wie ¥ 97,55 zu senden. DerYen Festigkeit gegenüber dem Dollar schob auch den Euro bis auf einen Tiefstandvon ¥ 127,56.
LetzteWoche, berührt der Dollar einen Vier-Jahres-hoch von ¥ 99,95 und der Eurokletterte soweit ¥ 131,10, seinen höchsten Wert seit Januar 2010.
DaisukeKarakama, Markt-Ökonom bei Mizuho Corporate Bank, sagte, dass derDollar-Rückgang gegenüber dem Yen enthaltenen, trotz der schleppendenUS-Wirtschafts-Berichte und die Obama-Administration und Datenschutz in ihremhalbjährlichen Bericht über Währung Praktiken der wichtigsten Handelspartner,die zugrunde liegenden Schwäche des Yen Japan setzen erschienen.
DerUSA sagte, er betrachte Japans Wirtschaftspolitik um sicherzustellen, dass sienicht an die Abwertung des Yen einen Wettbewerbsvorteil zu verschaffengerichtet waren.
"Solange dieYen-Schwäche als Folge der japanischen Regierung wirtschaftliche Maßnahmengegen eine Deflation kommt, gibt es wenig, was die USA sagen kann, weil Japannicht eingreift, an den Devisenmärkten, seine Währung zu schwächen, wie einigeandere Länder tun können," sagte Herr Karakama.
Die Bank of Japan nochnie da gewesenen expansivsten Plan angespornt einen starker Yen-Einbruch undsteigerte japanische Aktien aber japanische Staatsanleihen haben es mitaußergewöhnlich hohen Volatlity begrüßt und ist es möglich, dass die einmalrisikoarme, niedrigen Renditen japanische Staatsanleihen in risikoreichen,niedrigen Renditen Vermögenswerte zuwendet.Daten von Fonds-Tracking feste EPFRGlobal für die Woche zum April 10 spiegeln Erwartungen für JapansWirtschaftswachstum und japanische Investoren stärker Appetit fürAuslandsvermögen sowie Bedenken aus anderen Ausfuhrländern, dass einschwächeren Yen ihre Wettbewerbsfähigkeit untergraben wird.
Rentenfonds Europaveröffentlicht ihre größte pro Zufluss seit Anfang Dezember,Eigenschaft-Branchenfonds nahm an frisches Geld zum 13. Mal in 15 Wochen desJahres bis heute, während Asien Ex-Japan-Aktienfonds Abflüsse zum zweiten Malin den letzten drei Wochen aufgenommen, sagte EPFR.

donderdag 4 april 2013

The Avanti Group: The Avanti Group, Inc.-tjenester

The Avanti Group: The Avanti Group, Inc.-tjenester: http://www.avantitampa.com/services.htm Avanti Group, Inc. har spesialisert seg på den strukturelle utformingen av forhåndsutviklede meta...

The Avanti Group, Inc.-tjenester

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Avanti Group, Inc. har spesialisert seg på den strukturelle utformingen av forhåndsutviklede metallbygg og tilt opp betong, lave bygninger, men vår opptegnelse viser et bredt spekter av bygningstyper og anlegg teknikker i våre design som følger:
•Resultat før konstruert bygg i metall stiftelser og ingeniør av posten tjenester.
•Industrielle & kommersielle bygningen Design.
•Stål, betong, mur, vippe oppover, formet og tre Design.
•Analytiske studier av eksisterende bygninger og andre strukturer.
•Spesialitet ingeniørtjenester (dvs. metallpanelet beregninger, lys gauge stål innramming, mekanisk retrofit analyse, & metall bygge innramming design).
•Støttemurer & skjermen vegger, Stormwater Vault Design (sivil/site spesialitet engineering).
•Digital gjengivelser (området og bygningen).
På forespørsel fra mange klienter Avanti gruppen tilbyr nå tillater tjenester for våre lokale fylker.
Tillater fortsetter å være mer komplisert, og vi føler det er en annen god service, kan vi tilby våre kunder for å gjøre livet ditt enklere.
Merk mens vi ville elske det å være en Avanti utformet prosjektet det ikke trenger å være.
Vennligst kontakt Dave Sr for mer info om nødvendig:

David Schonacher Sr
813: 393: 6229
davidsr@avantitampa.com
TILLATE SERVICE GEBYR TIDSPLAN
AS-BYGGET TJENESTER
Vi kan tilby CAD-tjenester til som-bygd eksisterende bygninger og gi markedsføring skisser for potensielle leieavtalen mellomrom. I en tid når det er mer enn noen gang viktig å formidle så mye informasjon som mulig til potensial leietakere denne tjenesten kan være uvurderlig. Vi vil tilby svært rimelige priser for å utføre site besøk og måle områder og forberede seg til skisser. Vi kan også skanne og arkivere alle eksisterende tegninger å PDF formatter for lett adgang å gi til potensielle leietakere og entreprenører. Vennligst kontakt oss for mer informasjon.

FORHÅNDSUTVIKLEDE METAL BYGNINGER
Vårt firma har en omfattende bakgrunn i metall bygningsindustrien, og har designet for over 300 prosjekter som spenner fra små lager bygninger til store industrielle anlegg. Vi kan tilby ingeniør av posten, så vel som spesialist ingeniør tjenester.

VIPP OPP BETONG BYGNINGER
Firmaet vårt har gjennomført mange prosjekter ved hjelp av denne populære teknikk. Firmaet er stolt medlem av TCA (Tilt opp konkrete Association). Vi har vist evne til å utforme mindre vippe opp bygninger økonomisk, større lager bygninger og multi-etasjers kontorbygg.

KONVENSJONELLE BUILDING SYSTEMS
Om prosjektet innebærer betongkloss, lys gauge stål, tre innramming, strukturelle stål, eller pre-cast, våre ansatte er i stand til å gi kompetente, økonomiske og constructible designløsninger.
KALD LAGRING BYGNINGER
Firmaet vårt har gjennomført mange prosjekter utnytte kjøling fra enkel dock reparasjoner til store sub-zero kraftdistribusjon facilities. Vi har gjennomført prosjekter ved hjelp av metall building systems, isolerte tilt opp paneler, konvensjonelle stål og betong, blokker og strukturelle stål med isolert panel eksteriør.

NETTSTEDET BESTEMT METALL TAKTEKKING SPESIALITET INGENIØRTJENESTER
Avanti Group, Inc. og vår stab av ingeniører har en omfattende bakgrunn i tak av metall og metall byggeindustrien. Som eksperter i tak av metall design og utvikling gir våre interne ingeniører verdiskapende service og kundestøtte som skiller oss fra andre bedrifter. Våre ingeniører er klar til å hjelpe deg med følgende nettstedet spesifikke designtjenester for prosjektet:
•Metal bygge reservedeler/re-roofing
•Flatt tak retrofits
•Kommunale prosjektene (skoler, sykehus, regjeringen, etc.)
•Kirker
•Multi-familien
•Militære
•Bolig

ANDRE SPESIALITET ENGINEERING TJENESTER:
•Lys Gauge stål innramming (stud innramming, mansard/fascia innramming, metal bygge komponenter, etc.)
•Mekanisk reservedeler/installere analyse (dvs. strukturell analyse og innramming for RTU installerer, kjøling tårn eller chiller erstatninger, etc.)
•Bygge forsikring befestning (analysere eksisterende strukturer i forhold til gjeldende kode krav)
•Støttemurer & nettstedet skjermen vegger (sivil/site spesialitet engineering)
•Stormwater Vault strukturelle Design
•Digital gjengivelser (området og bygningen).

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http://www.slideshare.net/cherryzurc/2013-pritzker-vinner-toyo-ito-finner-inspirasjon-i-luft
http://www.behance.net/gallery/review-of-the-avanti-group-Tokyo-About-Us/7519957