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Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 3 days ago
When developers talk about incorporating green design into their buildings, they rarely mean incorporating a veritable forest right into the structure.
The developers of 25 Verde, a towering apartment structure in Italy, meant exactly that.
The building, which takes up a city block outside downtown Turin by the Po River, incorporates nearly 200 trees into its design – and that's not counting the metal ones.
It has 150 potted trees seamlessly woven throughout its five stories, 50 more trees populating the courtyard, some treelike structures made from metal supports, and other live plants sprinkled throughout the property.
25 Verde is, in a sense, alive.
The forest is also reflected in the building materials. The building is covered in 1.1 million larch shingles, and the massive terraces are also made from solid wood. Eighty immense metal trees "grow" from the ground floor up throughout the structure.
Plus, the property includes sections of rammed earth, a green roof and a pond.
"When all the green is fully blooming it gives the feeling of living in a treehouse," Pia wrote. "You can dream of a house or live in a dream!"
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Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 10 days ago
Turns out, the average American worker is a shocking 400 percent more productive than the average worker in 1950, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You read that right: 400 percent.
And of these hardworking Americans, the hardest-working are living in Anchorage, Alaska, according to WalletHub, which examined the 116 most populated cities in the country to see who’s working the hardest. They based their rankings on average weekly work hours, labor force participation rate and number of workers with multiple jobs.
Apparently Alaskans, whose productivity has been on the rise over the past decade, have some of the highest rates of labor force participation, along with the longest workweeks. Still, that averages out to just above 40 hours a week. Regionally, the northwestern section of the U.S. has the highest labor force participation, with states like Washington, Montana and the Dakotas leading the way.
Texans worked the longest hours.
Being the hardest-working may not be worth bragging about. WalletHub also noted that the hardest-working cities had the least amount of sleep per night, less leisure time, longer commutes and worked multiple jobs.
20. Houston, Texas
Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 24 days ago
They just don't make them like this anymore.
The 1908 Arts and Crafts manor, on Millionaire's Row in Pasadena just northeast of Los Angeles, is a throwback to another era, despite its modernization. There's simply no parallel for the craftsmanship.
Appropriately, it's the home of letterpress printer Andre Chaves, whose Clinker Press publishes material about the Arts and Crafts movement and about printing. The movement, a reaction against the mechanized manufacturing processes emerging at the time, featured handmade, detail-oriented architecture and furnishings that focused on the quality of materials and labor.
The three-story, 9,000-square-foot home has won state and local preservation awards for its recent renovation. It's decked out in exotic woods, with handcrafted details meticulously chosen for the property. And it contains not one but two hand-hammered copper fireplaces among its total of nine fireplaces.
A historic French chateau is not your typical vacation home. Especially not an utterly abandoned chateau.
But it's been rewarding work, too, and the Waters family decided that they wanted to share it with the public.
They plan to have a cafe and bookstore at first, and eventually they hope to host weddings, celebrations and overnight guests. But there is still much to do before the chateau can open to the public. "Once it's complete, it will be a fairytale," Waters says. "But we've just bitten in the poison apple and hope to make it out with our lives—and some electricity."
And of the dozens of states that could have been its rival, the winner is practically its polar opposite: Alaska.
Yes, in Gallup-Healthways' just-released 2014 index, it's snowy, frigid, isolated Alaska that ranks as the best state for overall well-being. It's a sharp rise from a year earlier, when Alaska was No. 16 -- and the first time Alaska has topped the list.
Hawaii rose from No. 8 in the 2013 index, released a year ago, to No. 2 now.
Research from Gallup and Healthways, a company that champions health improvement programs, ties high well-being to health outcomes, such as lower rates of healthcare utilization, workplace absenteeism, obesity and newly onset disease, as well as crime and teen pregnancy. Better well-being also means better employee engagement, customer engagement, workplace safety and lower turnover.
Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.
9. New Mexico
Living a healthy lifestyle isn't just about smoothies, superfoods and CrossFit.
It's also about posture-supporting floors, vitamin C showers and lights synced to your circadian rhythm -- if you're able to score one of Manhattan's wellness-themed pads.
The Delos Residences at 66 East 11th Street are meant to "actively and passively support health, well-being and lifestyle" by adhering to a strict new set of guidelines called the WELL Building Standard. Think of it as LEED certification taken a step further, with building materials and practices that are not only eco-friendly, but claim to enhance the health of the occupants.
Delos co-founder and CEO Paul Scialla says the idea came to him when he was renovating the loft that he and his twin brother shared in New York's Meatpacking District, and "quickly discovered that no one was offering a holistic wellness solution for homes."
So far, this kind of health-centric living may only be for the super-rich.
Looking for a place to hide out in New Mexico? This artistically updated $545,000 home in the preserved Old West town of Lincoln, New Mexico, is the perfect escape.
At least, Billy the Kid thought so.
The adobe home, built in 1878, was the hiding place of the infamous Old West bandit before he escaped from Lincoln with Sheriff Pat Garrett hot on his heels. He apparently hid out in a flour barrel in the kitchen, and under a bed when soldiers from nearby Fort Stanton came into the house pursuing him, according to sellers Dee and Greg Miller.
The Millers would know, actually. They came to town and purchased the home in 1981 to build a museum about the Lincoln County War, which featured a number of the Old West's most famous names, including Billy the Kid and Garrett.
The Lincoln County War was a gang war of sorts over the control of dry goods in the area. Billy the Kid, along with a few other ranch hands known as the Regulators, banded together to fight Lawrence Murphy's mercantile operation in Lincoln, after Murphy's men murdered their boss, John Tunstall. They fought bloodily from 1878 to 1881.
Dee Miller hopes whoever purchases it cherishes it as much as they did.
In the not-too-distant future, building a new home may be as simple as printing it out.
The process of wielding 3D printers to make homes is in its infancy today, but someday soon you may look out your window at a large-scale printer, swiftly spitting out a whole home under the instruction of just one operator.
"Generally, they'll be much cheaper, much faster, much safer and with much nicer architectural features [than traditional homes]," says Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, creator of and lead researcher for Contour Crafting, one of the leading companies working on scaling 3D-printed homes for the masses.
It's really not as crazy as it sounds. There are 3D printers making dishes, building furniture and repairing appliances right now. But a home needs a much bigger printer.
On any scale, 3D printing works like this: Someone creates a three-dimensional digital design and sends it to the printer, where it's translated into something called a "G-code" file that slices a 3D design into thin layers.
Here are some of the more notable projects.
3D Print Canal House
Total Kustom's cement castle
Win Sun's printed-overnight homes
WASP's mud houses
It's a little piece of Versailles in New York City--fitting for the Queen of Comedy.
The late, great comedian Joan Rivers' Upper East Side penthouse condo just went on the market for a whopping $28 million and really does take a page out of Louis XIV's decorating book: "Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger" is how she described it to the New York Times.
"This is how Marie Antoinette would have lived, if she had the money," she also famously quipped.
Rivers, who posthumously won her first Grammy Award on Sunday (see the video below), decorated her 5,100-square-foot home herself, covering it with plush pink and cream fabrics, gilded gold finishes, ornate chandeliers, grand columns and 23-foot ceilings painted with puffy white clouds.
It's somehow not what you'd expect and everything you'd expect from Rivers.
The penthouse takes up the top three floors of a seven-story Gilded Age mansion, built in 1903 and converted to condos in the 1930s.
Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 3 mths ago
In the U.S., Christmas means pine trees decked out in lights and ornaments; Santa Claus and his reindeer delivering presents; poinsettias and mistletoe; and Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Elsewhere around the world, it means oysters on every street corner; feeding small meals to a log with a face; repainting your walls or fixing your roof; or buying your Christmas tree from a meat locker. Kathleen Peddicord, editor and publisher of Live and Invest Overseas, a magazine dedicated to buying international real estate, has collected stories from her readers of their local Christmas traditions. She has plenty of her own stories too, having traveled and lived overseas for more than 25 years.
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