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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 […]

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Information Technology Trend Watching

Information Technology in Brazil: leading the video games market growth in 2012

A study of manufacturers showed that sales of games and equipment totaled R$ 1.6 billion last year (800 million US dollars). While this market has shrunk in most countries, in Brazil grew by 60% in comparison with 2011 […]

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China Economics Trend Watching

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: dominating skyscraper construction in 2012

Nine of the 20 tallest buildings under construction in the world are located in China, according to the latest research by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat […]

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Design Innovation

Watch “The Printable House” video by 1:1 Arkitektur

Danish architects from 1:1 Arkitektur — in collaboration with Facit Homes — are constructing an entire house in just four weeks with only their computer (it looks like that they are using Autodesk® Revit®) and a CNC machine. Constructed entirely out of wood, the printed house demonstrates a sustainable, quick and affordable alternative to conventional building that […]

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Economics Information Technology Innovation Software Trend Watching

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 […]

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China Consumer Behavior Economics Information Technology Trend Watching

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 […]

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Design Economics Information Technology Trend Watching

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 […]

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China Economics Trend Watching

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 […]

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China Consumer Behavior Economics Trend Watching

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 […]

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China Trend Watching

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 […]