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Buzz | July 2014

Buzz (July 2014)

Selfie Ceiling
The selfie trend has caught on with architecture too, with selfies from around the world being used to cover up a scaffolding on the Paris Pantheon, while the iconic building undergoes restoration. A concept by French street artist JR, over 4,000 expressive portraits from a diverse range of people were chosen to form this unique collage. Click. Smile.Click!

Instant Balcony
Multi-utlity design ideas have been taken to another level by Fakro, a well renowned window fitting company that has designed an innovative skylight window that can be opened up to form a small open-air balcony. Designed for a pitched roof, the window system has two sashes that open upward and downward. Cool, isn't it?

Discriminatory Debt
Indian-American architect Avinash Malhotra and his firm Avinash Malhotra Architects has been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in compensation and penalty to settle a civil rights lawsuit, which alleged that a rental building designed by his firm had apartments that were inaccessible for people with disabilities! Now he has to pay a fine of USD 35,000 to the federal government.

Globe trekker Grohe
Irrespective of which team makes it to the FIFA finals, Grohe has already reserved its placed there. The Rio de Janeiro's Estádio  Jornalista Mário  Filho, known around the world as the Maracanp football arena that will host the finals, has installed Grohe fittings in its sanitary facilities. Go Grohe!

Ancient Wonders
Great news for India! Rani Ki Vaav in Patan, Gujarat and the Great Himalayan National Park have both been awarded a world heritage status by UNESCO. Also known as the queens stepwell, The Rani Ki Vaav is a stepwell structure that dates back to the 11th century. Designed like an inverted temple with seven levels of stairs and over 500 sculptural panels of high artistic quality, this structure is a work of art!

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