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If you have ever read freshairguide’s review of the IQ AIR Health pro plus, then it has no doubt already sold you on how good this machine is and why more and more hospitals are using them.

With the hike in air bourne diseases that are becoming in-treatable, along record high air pollution in major cities – medical centres are having to act quickly and decisively in order to combat the war against airbourne contaminants.

So, If you or one of your loved ones at home have a serious respiratory problem, or a weakened immune system – choosing the best air purifier at it’s job on the market is an absolute priority and if hospitals are now considering the healthpro plus as the machine of choice, then it’s definitely equipped to help in your home too.

To keep your loved ones in the ‘pink of health’, you must keep a check on the air they breathe. The air at your place may contain airborne allergens including pollens, dust particles, and spores to name just a few. Here is where an Air Purifier comes to the rescue. In this sense, an air purifier serves as a vacuum cleaner and vacuums out the allergy-causing particles from the air and makes it fresh and clean.

Civitas Designs Water Resiliency into Denver North Stapleton Open Space Plan

With the catastrophic storm flooding in Houston and Florida again sounding the alarm about development patterns and ever-expanding impermeable urban surfaces in cities across the U.S., the sustainable design strategies for one Denver neighborhood stand out. Denver-based urban design and landscape architecture firm Civitas has been instrumental in the design of Stapleton, a 4000-acre mixed-use brownfield redevelopment on the former Stapleton Airport site, since the community’s inception in 1988, particularly in the articulation of its beloved parks and greenways. Now as final developable acreage in Stapleton is being graded for construction, most of the parks system has opened, even as the North Stapleton Open Space Plan for the newest neighborhoods north of I-70 has won Civitas an ASLA Colorado merit award. A final centerpiece of the plan—Prairie Meadows Park—is scheduled to open spring of 2018.

Fractal Chapel: Tree-Inspired Columns Branch Out to Open Up Interior Space

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

A series of stacked tree-like supports seem to abstract the nature in this Japanese chapel, bringing a small geometric forest inside this otherwise minimalist space to serve a contemporary congregation.

Designed by architects of Momoeda Yo, the square pillars were made using traditional Japanese woodworking methods. They stack on top of each other, forming different forest layers and growing smaller as they go up — a fractal-style repeating pattern.

CLEC Site Docklands Park – Stage 2 | Melbourne, Australia | MALA Studio

A vibrant new recreational and cultural public space has been unveiled to the public in Melbourne’s Docklands. The project is the latest from up and comers MALA Studio who designed and developed the CLEC Site Masterplan for Development Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

The awkward triangular site was one of the last slithers of undeveloped public land in the precinct consisting of a series of dilapidated and disconnected buildings, plazas, courts and artworks. The site also contained a high pressure gas easement which effectively divided the site into two portions. The Masterplan aimed to unite the site and connect it to the surrounding Docklands Park by enhancing green space, reconfiguring existing elements, and creating new pockets of activity.

Tikku: Three-Story Minimalist Micro Apartment Fits in a Single Parking Space

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

Proponents of our supposed driverless car-sharing future say the system could lead to a dramatic drop in the number of vehicles in our cities, so does that mean we’ll be able to fill our sudden abundance of parking spaces with micro houses like this one? The Tikku by Marco Casagrande is a three-story structure with a footprint that fits perfectly within a single parking spot and can be erected overnight. Wherever a car can go, “the Tikku can grow,” says the architect.

Sunken City of Sin: Submerged Ruins of a Roman Playground for the Rich

[ By SA Rogers in Culture & History & Travel. ]

Hidden at the bottom of Gulf of Naples in Italy for 1,700 years, the ancient Roman city of Baiae has been revealed to the world after divers were permitted to explore and photograph the site. Historians call Baiae “the ancient Roman version of Las Vegas,” a getaway for the rich and famous where hedonism ran wild. The fashionable resort was popular with the likes of Julius Caesar, Nero and Hadrian, and it was once filled with luxury vacation villas and party houses echoing with rumors of corruption.

Adaptive Architecture: Curved House Wraps Old Well, Reuses Stone Cistern

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

A contemporary home in Spain was designed to wrap a surface well and sits on the associated subterranean cistern, creatively converting it into the solid foundation and habitable basement of this new living space.

The so-called Casa Aljibe (Cistern House) by architect Alejandro Valdivieso (images by David Frutos) is located in Alpedrete on the site of an old local water system that used to supply the neighborhood but stopped functioning over 50 years ago.

The cistern structure was left intact, however, and used for storage. When it came time to build a home for the descendants of the property owners, the architects decided build with and around these existing features.

Facades Minus Architecture: Subtractive Photos Flatten Built Environments

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ]

In Facades 3, the latest in a series of such sets, French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy ones again visits flatland, imagining the world constructed like a stage set from virtually two-dimensional building fronts (or sides).

In architecture schools and firms, students and designer often draw or photograph (or these days: turn to Google maps) to capture the street- or ally-facing parts of buildings adjacent to their site — an exercise to understand the context around their new vision.

Parque de la Ciudad | Buenos Aires, Argentina | NOA


The new Paque de la Ciudad [literally Park of the City] will be that meeting place, but with a new urban look, designed for its inhabitants and putting in value the environmental quality of the territory, making it a new Ecological Park.

It is located in the South zone between Av. Fernández de la Cruz and Av. Roca, and along with the 130 hectares Indo-American Park and the new Olympic Park (Ex Parque Roca) of 46 ha. making up the second largest public green lung of the City of Buenos Aires.

Urban Birdhouses: Danish Designer Builds 3,500+ Homes for Avian Occupants

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ]

Some sit individually in trees while are clustered in sets, branching out like leaves on a building facade or hung like ivy off the sides of structures, but all of these diverse birdhouses share something in common: a single creative mind that has been working on them for years.

Street artist and designer Thomas Dambo’s Happy City Birds project is an ongoing ode to both cities and their avian inhabitants. He specializes in recycled artworks for humans as well as animals, ranging from small interventions like these to huge climbable sculptures.

Started in 2006, “the idea for Happy City Birds sprung from Thomas being a former graffiti artist, and was looking for a way to do street art in a positive way, that everyone can understand.” As with his other projects, these “birdhouses are made from recycled materials and scrap wood.”