If you are a fan of South American and Native American art, you have undoubtedly noticed that many pieces include the image of a thoughtful-looking flute player. This is actually the image of the traditional Kokopelli flute player. This very traditional image has been used for thousands of years. In fact, it was even found to be painted on boulders and rock walls by ancient civilizations. It is estimated that the history of the Kokopelli flute player goes back approximately 3,000 years. The image is used frequently in art, and can serve as the basis for a very interesting style of home decorating.
Did you know that in the UK at least more people are killed in accidents in the home than die on the roads? 76 people are killed in domestic accidents every week compared with 66 in road accidents, according to Department of Trade and Industry figures and more than 2.8 million people needed hospital treatment following home accidents.
So who is to blame for this epidemic of domestic disasters?
Unless you believe in natural selection weeding out genetic incompetents, I think we should point the finger at TV home improvement and DIY programmes.
These frankly encourage people to take on what are clearly over ambitious projects and building work by themselves when they really shouldn’t tackle opening a can of tuna unassisted! These TV shows naturally focus in their limited time segments on people getting on with the job, rather than showing the time it takes to plan the work.
This is a concept developed by a young architect called Vahid Rafie nia, and the reason it appears on archtopia.com, is that we want to start a series of posts, where you, our readers can evaluate, comment and discuss the work of our fellow architects, as well as giving suggestions for improvement.
So here are some insights on the project. You will find more on every image.
Architects: Vahid Rafie nia
Location: Pasdaran, Tehran, Iran
Materials: Concrete, Glass, steel
Site Area: 12800 m2
Project Area: 5400 m2
Vahid even made a video of the building. You can check it on Archtopia’s facebook page.
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Installing a new kitchen in a home can totally transform the feel of your whole house and can add a hefty sum to the resale value. Choosing the right kitchen for your home can be an investment that can be turned around quickly if you are thinking of selling your home within the next few years.
Choosing the right kitchen is a blend of a number of considerations.
First, you will need a kitchen unit choice that fits the space available in the room. If you have an open plan kitchen, then your choices are going to be different from someone who only has a small amount of space to work with.
Secondly, it is good to work in an element of fashion into your new kitchen choice that will appeal to future buyers, as well as your own taste. This is a somewhat tricky thing to gauge – a kitchen unit that is all the vogue this year will not necessarily be so plush in five years time.
Home owners all over Europe love to remodel and spruce up their homes in order to make them the place of their dreams. Even in tough economic times, DIY home repairs still continue to thrive. But it’s during these tough economic times that we can use all the help we can get in saving a little bit of money.
If you’re a DIY hobbyist, or simply a home owner that needs to get some work done, here are five DIY tips to help you save money in 2011.
1. Invest Some Time in Research
For a lot of people, the whole idea of shopping is a nightmare. So to help you better cope, forget about shopping and do some research instead. The more research you can do, the more likely you are to get a better price. The Internet is especially helpful in finding what different stores have to offer, and you might even save money by ordering materials online.