Construction and real estate
Santa Monica Place reopens to the public
Negative response towards Vanity Fair's World Architecture Survey
Green response to Vanity Fair's World Architecture Survey
Biking in Los Angeles—C.I.C.L.E
Los Angeles' proposed cap freeway parks
Cool roofs
The Piggyback Yard project
Financial consultant tells how to get Corporate Credit with bad credit
Short sales and foreclosures 101 from a top Los Angeles Realtor
How to get your offer accepted: 5 tips from the frontlines
The dilemma of saving for a down payment
Why do I need an inspection when buying a home?
What is a short sale in real estate?
When I sell my home, how do I caluculate my net profit?
What is a Leaseback period in a real estate transaction?
What is an Escrow period and why is it required?
What's my strategy in reviewing buyers' offers?
Should I accept a backup offer when selling my home?
What are Disclosures in a real estate transaction?
What's a CMA in a real estate sale?
How should sellers prepare to sell a home?
What inspections will buyers schedule when purchasing my home?
What are contingencies in a real estate transaction?
Santa Monica Place reopens to the public
Santa Monica Place recently opened over the weekend—an almost decade long project in development, costing up to 265 million dollars in an effort to open up the pre-existing Santa Monica mall into an open environment allowing for indoor and outdoor pedestrian shopping and greater integration of the landscape. Santa Monica Place was originally a three story mall designed by architect Frank Gehry in the early 1980's.
Negative response towards Vanity Fair's World Architecture Survey
Recently, for their august issue, Vanity Fair conducted a survey which polled some of the most influential and profitable architects of todays world on one question: What is the greatest work of architecture produced within the last thirty years? The poll was issued in a rather inventive manner, asking each individual architect to rank the top five works of design since 1980, and then to name one most significant work since the start of the 21st century. Architects polled included Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Norman Foster, Tadao Ando, Thom Mayne and more.
Green response to Vanity Fair's World Architecture Survey
Yesterday we covered Vanity Fair's World Architecture Survey—a survey which polled various professionals in the architecture field ranging from professors to critics to architects themselves and asked what each individual thought was the most significant building over the past thirty years. Many complained that the results of the poll did not include any attention to sustainable design. In response to this lack of present awareness, Lance Hosey—a writer and former architect at William McDonough and Partners—developed a new survey which he distributed via Architect magazine.
Biking in Los Angeles—C.I.C.L.E
With such a high level of traffic, few bike-friendly streets, and an emphasis on freeways and cars, owning a bicycle in Los Angeles can be rather difficult. How does one get to their destination safely? What if you're a new rider? What about simply keeping your bicycle properly maintained? Here is where Cicle comes in—an organization which promotes sustainable transportation through cycling while offering advice and education to the general Los Angeles public on their alternative transportation methods.
Los Angeles' proposed cap freeway parks
Across the world cap parks are becoming increasingly popular in urban environments and bustling metropolises. A cap park serves as a public space which can be built above the existing network of freeways and roads already in existence in high-traffic cities. Cap parks vary in size, structure, design, use, and cost. Los Angeles now has plans to create four of the parks across Hollywood, downtown LA, and Santa Monica.
With the recent burst in concern over green technology, architecture, lifestyles, and energies, it isn't surprising that some companies are using misleading information to promote their own business. The term 'greenwashing' refers to the manner in which many companies are now dishonestly advertising themselves as sustainably conscious industries, hoping to redefine their image in the public light to not only appear as though they are concerned with the environment, but to also boost revenue and reputation through word of mouth.
Cool roofs
No, not utterly hip roofs, cool roofs. Cool roofs are exactly that, temperately cool roofs that lower the overall heat within a building by both reflecting solar rays and quickly re-emitting those absorbed. Cool roofs are far from being a recent innovation, and their principles are seen in the simplest of understandings, in the way people wear lighter colors on hot, sunny days and how PE uniforms should typically be a light gray. In many countries, residencies are painted entirely white to take full advantage of this idea, most notably in Greece's coastal regions like Santorini.
The Piggyback Yard project
Many, many years ago, before the advent of railroads and the spread of housing and industry, the Los Angeles river ran 52 miles long and was untamed, without freeways or cities. After 1870, industry began to spread near the river. Unfortunately, in the early 1900s, two separate floods caused a great deal of damage and even several deaths to the neighboring cities. The Los Angeles river, deemed a hazard, was built over, paved away with concrete, to eventually cover an area that would include the 110, the 710, and the 5 freeways.
Financial consultant tells how to get Corporate Credit with bad credit
Like so many entrepreneurs, the American Dream may seem like it is perishing right before your eyes. With the U.S. Debt Ceiling deadline rapidly approaching and banks tightening their grip on lending, your vision of expanding your business or even getting it off the ground may appear as though it is in jeopardy.
Short sales and foreclosures 101 from a top Los Angeles Realtor
Anyone who has watched the news over the last few years has undoubtedly heard the terms “short sale” and “bank-owned property.” While these situations have always existed, the recent financial crisis has produced a flood of inventory that fall into one of these two categories and, as a result, successful Realtors and home buyers have had to adapt to the particular challenges associated with these transactions.
How to get your offer accepted: 5 tips from the frontlines
With mortgage rates at record lows and rents on the upswing, home buyers in Los Angeles and Pasadena are shopping with a renewed energy not seen since the heady days of 2006. This means increased competition for the best homes in our neighborhood and lots of frustrated buyers making offer after offer and wondering why they never win.
Planning expected to be a major issue for UK house builders, survey shows
UK property industry calls for commitment on energy savings in buildings
Private sector activity boosts UK property construction sector
Properties in New Zealand bigger
UK govt to sell land for new homes
New earthquakes in Christchurch will set back real estate market
One in three people would build their own house, research shows
UK construction industry flat as economic uncertainty bites
Panel house launched in India by RICS
UK announces new deal on new build properties
UK developer calls for more apprenticeship opportunities
Asking prices of new homes in the UK rise
Land deal for Paramount theme park in Spain signed
UK housing starts down 15% compared with a year ago, data shows
House building levels in the UK down by 4%, new figures show
Outlook for the UK construction sector more positive, says RICS survey
Builders call for UK govt to boost home construction industry
Britain needs more energy efficient homes, builders tell the govt
New quality assurance scheme for new homes in the UK to be launched
Steady rise in number of new homes being built in New Zealand
UK govt to make self build homes exempt from infrastructure levy
Confidence in the UK construction sector at its highest since end of 2007
Outlook for architect and wider UK construction industry improving
UK property market recovery results in creation of jobs for young people
UK construction sector finally on the way to recovery says RICS
£17 million announced for community self build in English regions
Building costs remain high in Europe, annual study finds
UK govt pledges to do more for self build sector
GCC investors must consider tie ups with Turkish firms
Siemen clinches $2bn Saudi metro contract
Italy's Pilosio wins big Makkah order
Premier real estate developments named
Qatar UDC net profit up 7.5pc
Cluttons showcases ME, London properties
Al Baddad to supply 80pc of Hajj tents
Dubai RTA inks water canal project deal
Kohler launches new collection in UAE
$51.6m theme park planned in Bahrain
Dubai real estate market gains strength
Mena states plan $225bn transport projects
Siemon's new tool to cut termination times
Kuwait in $2.4bn bid for London property
Hyder Consulting opens design centre in Amman
Work to start soon at Oman tourism complex
Jotun hosts gala event for interior designers
MAF launches new 5-year green strategy
Arabtec buys UAE electromechanical firm
Call for cost effective sustainable houses for the UK
London house builder celebrates 2010 success
Construction recovery slows in the UK property industry
England needs 750,000 new properties by 2025
Australia heading for housing crisis as new sales fall