Tagged: Construction

Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people 0

Watch Alastair Parvin’s “Architecture for the people by the people” talk at TED

Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of WikiHouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere. Alastair Parvin believes in making architecture accessible to 100 percent of the population […]

Information Technology in Brazil: IT services push GDP numbers up 0

Information Technology in Brazil: IT services push GDP numbers up

Segment was the fastest growing in 2011, according to GDP data. market jumped from U.S. $ 59 billion in 2008 to US$ 95 billion in 2011 […]

Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: Smartphones making rapid headway in cities 0

Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: Smartphones making rapid headway in cities

About 35 percent of urban Chinese use smartphones, the third-highest level in the world, a survey has found […]

Information Technology in Brazil: two factories of screens for tablets to be built 0

Information Technology in Brazil: two factories of screens for tablets to be built

The Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology, Aloízio Mercadante said recently that Brazil will have two factories touch screens for tablets. He met at the Presidential Palace with President Rousseff and executive Terry Gou, the chairman of Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that produces the iPhone and iPad from Apple and will be responsible for making the screens […]

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: Building Desert Ghost City as Critics Warn of Bubble 0

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: Building Desert Ghost City as Critics Warn of Bubble

Bloomberg’s Adam Johnson reports on the construction boom in Kangbashi, a city in China’s Inner Mongolia originally designed to accommodate around 1 million people that currently has about 30,000 residents […]

China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: Hotel industry experiences building boom 0

China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: Hotel industry experiences building boom

China is witnessing an unprecedented boom in hotel construction that is changing the face of the global hospitality industry. The country will have the highest number of hotels under construction and room openings in the world for each of the next two years, according to figures released by Lodging Econometrics, the US-based hotel retail estate market analysts […]

Living in China: Shanghai air quality takes unhealthy turn 0

Living in China: Shanghai air quality takes unhealthy turn

Shanghai’s air quality deteriorated significantly in the first half of 2011, said a report released by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection […]