The World Architecture Festival in its tenth edition will be held at the Arena Berlin in Germany from 15-17 November 2017. The chair of the Jury will be Robert Ivy, Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects. The other include Nathalie de Vries, Director & Co-founder of MVRDV; Ian Ritchie, Founder of Ian Ritchie Architects; and Christoph Ingenhoven, Founder of Ingenhoven Architects. The festival will also feature a thematic conference and an exhibition supported by a series of networking and social events as fringe activities.
Godrej Properties is going to develop a housing project in its eight venture in the National Capital Region at Sohna. The 1.7 million sq ft project will be done with a local developer. The company is currently developing residential, commercial and township projects spread across around134.69 million sq ft in 12 cities.
In a bid to launch new products, Apple released the designs of the HomePod, iPad Pro 10.5, and MacBook Air. The HomePod provides features like Amazon Echo and Google Home, entering the smart homes products market. A10X processor that should improve gaming and overall app performance are special features of the new iPad Pro 10.5. The iMacPro has new processors, a 5K display and a sharp design.
The new Google office will be designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio. The ground scraper will be 11-storeys and will combine their 6 Pancras Square to create a campus that will be able to accommodate around 7,000 employees. Based at King Cross, the design is very different as compared to the Mountain View Office. The low building has protrusions and shifting heights as a part of its design. The design has been submitted to the Camden Council, awaiting approval.
InstaOffice, a co-working space provider opens its eight centres in Gurgaon, National Capital Region. Co-working spaces offer low costs infrastructure while providing the service of a complete workplace. The office has a seating capacity of around 100 people.the company has been operating for the past 15 months and servicing start-ups as well as bigger clients like that of Yahoo and Apple.
In a bid to make home designing an easy experience, Homelane offers customised modular solutions. Home designing can be a cumbersome process when dealing with multiple people and processes for different aspects of the home. The Bengaluru-based company also operates in Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Homelane also offers its customers an online platform SpaceCraft, that can help homeowners visualise their homes in 3D.
Tom Dixon, British designer opens his flagship store in South Asia in Hong Kong.Designed to engage and encourage interaction, shoppers get to explore the versatility of the collection through a plug and play lighting track, and the designer's tool box engineered to demonstrate finishes, colour and fabric options.The new store is located at 52 Hollywood Road and offers a variation in lighting and home furnisher ranges by the brand.
The Swedish home furnishings company, IKEA is all set to start to build its third store in India. It recently acquired 14 acres of land from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation at Tumkur Road. The new store is to be at estimated 4.5 lakh sq ft. This new store will provide a one-stop home furnishings solution for Bengaluru while creating a demand for jobs, locally.
The new range has features such as sensor touch control, electronic display with large capacity, a soft-opening system, cool-touch glass door, removable inner glass, large viewing window, side rack support and enamelled interiors for easy cleaning. It has a black glass finish with a metallic bar handle and 3 layers of door plate. Its temperature ranges from 60-250 C and the gross capacity is 83 litres.The ovens are bestowed with memory and reminder functions, automatic on/off programs, a digital clock with automatic cut-off timer, speed cook and a cooling system as well.Frank Faber India Limited is a kitchen appliances manufacturer with Swiss and Italian parentage for Franke and Faber brands respectively.
Andy Rubin, one of the co-founders of Android Inc and current Global CEO of Playground and Essential gives a response to smart home device producers by providing an ultimate integrated solution. The Essential Home device can be connected to every smart device in the home irrespective to the company the device is made by. The device looks like a hockey puck orb with a 5.6-inch circular display. While companies seek to create digital ecosystems of their own for customers, customers prefer a variety of devices put together. A lot of devices in the home make it inaccessible for the consumer who has to interact with multiple devices for multiple functions. Apple hasn’t confirmed the participation of their products with this technology yet.