World Architecture Festival Announces Finalists for the Architecture Drawing Prize 2020

World Architecture Festival Announces Finalists for the Architecture Drawing Prize 2020

The Architecture Drawing Prize 2020 announced the shortlisted entries in the Digital, Hand-drawn and Hybrid categories. This year’s contest gathered more admissions than the previous edition, with 165 entries from 30 countries, 35 of which are from students and under-30 architects. In addition, the 2020 competition introduced the ‘Lockdown Prize’, focused on the global pandemic, awarded to a drawing related to the architectural changes brought by the coronavirus.

Digital Category - The Theatre of Fictions. Image Courtesy of The Architecture Drawing Prize 2020Digital Category - Here Everywhere/ Orchard. Image Courtesy of The Architecture Drawing Prize 2020Hybrid Category - Airplane Tower. Image Courtesy of The Architecture Drawing Prize 2020Hybrid Category - Apartment #5, a Labyrinth and Repository of Spatial. Image Courtesy of The Architecture Drawing Prize 2020+ 12

Curated by WAF, Sir John Soane’s Museum and Make Architects, this prize embraces the creative use of digital tools and digitally produced renderings, while recognizing the enduring importance of hand drawing. This year also saw the introduction of a special prize focused

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Airbnb’s IPO will likely net millions for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

  • Jeff Bezos is about to get a payday thanks to Airbnb’s initial public offering.
  • The Amazon CEO was an early Airbnb investor, participating in Airbnb’s Series A and Series B rounds in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
  • It’s not clear how much Bezos invested in the company at the time or whether he still owns all of his shares.
  • A spokesperson for Bezos Expeditions did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on its Airbnb investment.
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Jeff Bezos may soon see a multimillion-dollar payday thanks to Airbnb’s initial public offering. 

Airbnb publicly revealed the documents for its IPO on Monday, providing a glimpse into the company’s financials. The home-sharing startup hopes to raise $3 billion with its IPO, which would give it a valuation of about $30 billion, according to a Reuters report from earlier this month. 

Read more: Airbnb’s Brian Chesky

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Top 10 suburbs for affordable houses

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A new study shows that majority of homeowners have similar thoughts after purchasing a home…and they’re not all positive.

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The coronavirus pandemic has left many Americans clamoring for more living space. But those able to move have to ask the question: How much will it cost them?

Historically low interest rates and a shortage of homes for sale sparked bidding wars in many markets, driving up prices. But Realtor.com has identified the suburban communities, within 25 miles of the nation’s ten biggest metro areas, that offer the most space for your money 

In those areas, house hunters can snap up a suburban abode that costs the same as a home near downtown, but with up to 65% more square feet. Or they can typically save 29% per square foot when they purchase property in a community just a half-hour drive away from an urban hub.  

The sharpest contrast

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Ahead of the curve: bathroom design embraces the circle

The strictly geometric circle is conquering the bathroom: no other element has influenced its design so much in recent years as the arc. From 45 to 360 degrees, anything goes – as long as it’s minimalist.

Luigi Colani, the inventor of bathroom collections, put it in a nutshell: “Why are there so many corners and edges in the bathroom? When we spend time there, we’re often naked and therefore vulnerable. So shouldn’t the bathroom be warm, soft and rounded?”

That’s precisely the question a growing number of bathroom planners are asking themselves – and why they’re increasingly using “soft” forms to equip new bathrooms. But curved shapes add something new to the bathroom at visual level too. Rounded forms for things like bathroom furniture or tubs make the room as a whole seem bigger, and round surfaces like mirrors or washbasins create the impression of open spaces.

The quadrant is

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Home Depot earnings beat as shoppers focus on home, retailer to make pandemic pay raises permanent

  • Home Depot on Tuesday reported third-quarter earnings that beat estimates with sales surging more than 24% compared with a year ago as pandemic home improvement buying continued.
  • The company noted that it’s taking its temporary employee compensation programs that it implemented during the pandemic and making it permanent.
  • Home Depot’s profit also surged 24% to $3.43 billion, or $3.18 per share, during the fiscal third quarter ended Nov. 1, up from $2.77 billion, or $2.53 per share, a year earlier.



A customer wears a protective mask while unloading purchases off a cart outside a Home Depot Inc. store in Reston, Virginia, on Thursday, May 21, 2020.


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A customer wears a protective mask while unloading purchases off a cart outside a Home Depot Inc. store in Reston, Virginia, on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Home Depot on Tuesday reported third-quarter earnings that beat estimates with sales surging about 24% compared with a year ago as pandemic home improvement buying continued.

The company noted that it’s taking its temporary employee compensation programs that it implemented

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Life-changing tech is on show at Dubai Design Week

Superworms that convert plastic into organic matter, an earring that monitors diabetes, and an alternative to Styrofoam made of durian fruit.



a close up of a car: "Robust Nest" is an incubator designed for sub-Saharan Africa.


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“Robust Nest” is an incubator designed for sub-Saharan Africa.

These are three of the 100 ideas being showcased in Global Grad Show, billed as the world’s most diverse gathering of graduate design projects that provide solutions to social and environmental issues.

This year, the ideas were selected from 1,600 submissions from 270 universities in 60 countries. Held in Dubai, the show is an interactive annual exhibition, which has gone virtual for its sixth year.

“The diversity of the community of young talented researchers we bring together at Global Grad Show has many facets,” says Tadeu Baldani Caravieri, director of Global Grad Show. “They do have, however, a reassuring common denominator: they investigate problems, social and environmental, that matter for everyone.”

Selected students will be invited

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Saudi Wealth Fund Making Another Splash, This Time at Home

(Bloomberg) — Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is turning homeward.

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Handed $40 billion earlier this year to buy global stocks, the Public Investment Fund will plow the same amount into the domestic economy next year and again in 2022. Some of the local investments could be funded by liquidating existing assets, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a rare statement last week.

The $347 billion sovereign investor is a key lever for the kingdom’s de facto ruler to revive growth and get his economic master plan, known as Vision 2030, back on track after what may be the deepest recession the world’s largest crude exporter has experienced since 1987. The PIF declined to provide further details on the planned investments.

The fund intends to play a leading role in refocusing the economy toward underdeveloped industries like tourism and diversifying away from oil. The amount it’s set to

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Saudi Wealth Fund Is Making Another Splash But This Time at Home

(Bloomberg) — Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is turning homeward.

Handed $40 billion earlier this year to buy global stocks, the Public Investment Fund will plow the same amount into the domestic economy next year and again in 2022. Some of the local investments could be funded by liquidating existing assets, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a rare statement last week.

The $347 billion sovereign investor is a key lever for the kingdom’s de facto ruler to revive growth and get his economic master plan, known as Vision 2030, back on track after what may be the deepest recession the world’s largest crude exporter has experienced since 1987. The PIF declined to provide further details on the planned investments.

The fund intends to play a leading role in refocusing the economy toward underdeveloped industries like tourism and diversifying away from oil. The amount it’s set to invest

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Interior designer Fabio Ragona avoids jail for drug supply, possession

An interior designer who moonlighted as a drug dealer would hold onto the IDs of his clients until they paid their debts, a court has been told.

Texts from Fabio Ragona’s phone revealed he had set up an “enforcement” system to ensure he received the hundreds of dollars he was owed for selling the drugs.

While he avoided jail at Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday, the Brisbane-based designer now faces deportation.

Ragona, 37, pleaded guilty to seven drug-related charges that included supplying and possessing dangerous drugs, possessing drug utensils and possessing a relevant substance.

The court was told police discovered his drug stash after they executed a search warrant on his unit on December 18 last year.

About 12.5g of pure-weight methylamphetamine, 26g of cannabis, 6g of liquid Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL), a wad of $545 in cash and a number of clip seal bags, pipes and scales were seized.

Ragona

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A Bathroom Scene Nearly Got the Show Banned

TV shows and movies have undergone an extreme transformation over the years. Nowadays, the amount of censorship is almost non-existent. However, TV wasn’t always as free and outspoken as it is today. In the ’50s, TV was very conservative, and shows weren’t allowed to show bathrooms since it was considered offensive.

One show was nearly banned from airing a bathroom scene. Although Leave it to Beaver survived nearly a decade long, that one bathroom scene could’ve been its doom right from its pilot.

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Leave it to Beaver was a black-and-white sitcom that followed the antics of a curious boy

Leave it to Beaver was an American show that aired for six seasons from 1957 to 1963. The show followed the show’s protagonist, Theodore ‘the Beaver’ Cleaver, and his brother Wally as they got in and out of trouble.

In each episode,

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