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Greening Japan: sustainable trends in architecture + reconstruction

Greening Japan: sustainable trends in architecture + reconstruction | Legacy SIR Real Estate News | Scoop.it

Japan’s historic architecture was among the most sustainable and environmentally friendly on the planet. Think of a traditional machiya (merchant’s house) or even a palace, such as the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto; made of local materials such as wood, tatami, paper.
The 20th century’s rush to modernize favored new technologies over tradition, and Japan became one of the most exciting architectural landscapes on the globe. There are few environments as adventurous: a place where microhouses are built on microscopic building sites, where skyscrapers rise on seismic quake lines and where material and form are pushed to new heights- it is a constantly changing architectural landscape... 

But the price for this constant reinvention is often environmental; with global economic uncertainty and recent disasters, Japan has had to rethink how it wants to go forward. It could be the beginning of a quiet architectural revolution, as architects and urban planners – as well as the public – question architectural ideals since 1945 and ask: how can this be done better?

 

Now, with reconstruction beginning, the need and desire to find innovative and sustainable ways of building is growing. Japanese architecture has traditionally prized and worked in response to nature, so it's no surprise that architects are not only looking to new green technology but also back to Japan’s architectural traditions; a shoji screen can be as relevant as a solar panel in sustainable architecture...

 

Visit the link for the complete article for case studies, example projects and more images that address this new phase of architecture and sustainable development in Japan.


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The Anatomy of a Successful Social Marketing Campaign

The Anatomy of a Successful Social Marketing Campaign | Legacy SIR Real Estate News | Scoop.it

Business-to-business marketers today must fully utilize social media channels if they want a chance at surviving alone in the deep recesses of space. A good social marketing campaign often times starts with the blog, or the mother-ship as I like to call it, then branches out to cover each of the social networks with tailored messaging optimized with keywords. Paying attention to the characteristics of each social platform and playing to their strengths is essential to optimizing for maximum virality.

Businesses that understand the importance of adding social elements to their marketing campaigns empower customers and prospects to share with their networks while building brand advocacy. This peer-to-peer word of mouth messaging is highly trusted and very effective in amplifying the impact of your campaigns.

 

In the following infographic, learn more about the elements of a successful social marketing campaign.


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Mortgage rates hit record low again - CNN

Mortgage rates hit record low again - CNN | Legacy SIR Real Estate News | Scoop.it
KCBY.com 11Mortgage rates hit record low againCNNNEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Mortgage rates again fell record low levels this week, as the Federal Reserve's decision to buy billions in home loans for the foreseeable future continued to lower costs for...
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Obama rules out eliminating home mortgage deduction

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President Obama is ruling out any proposal to eliminate the home mortgage interest deduction for middle class taxpayers as part of any congressional tax reform effort.
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Infographics- An easier way to get backlinks to your site.

Infographics- An easier way to get backlinks to your site. | Legacy SIR Real Estate News | Scoop.it

Infographics are trending on the internet. There are used as a backlink bait by many of the popular brands. It serves as a dual advantage as it benefits both the creater and the user. The creator of the infographics is benefitted by getting a backlink to its website and the user of the infographic has an advantage of displaying visual friendly content on the site.

 

What are Infographics?

Infographics is short form for "Information Graphics". These are image visualization of data or information. It draws inspiration from Pictographs which are used as a picture language. Human mind accepts visual data more accurately and clearly than the raw text data. This concept relies heavily upon the creation of images which are used to convey complex data,graphs,information etc in an easier way before the audience.

Infographics are really useful in getting good backlinks to your website. The best way is to publish an infographic with a code to allow further embedding (The embed code contains the source of the image which is your website). People who visit your website would be able to see the embed link and if they like our picture, they would surely use it on their own website thus providing you a backlink.Moreover, you can even distribute your infographic to hundreds of specialized infographic directories thus increasing your chances of getting backlinks...


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US Mortgage Modifications Under Lender Plans Jump 22% - Businessweek

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US Mortgage Modifications Under Lender Plans Jump 22%BusinessweekPermanent and trial mortgage modifications under non- government programs climbed 22 percent to 242,463 while those done under the government's Home Affordable Modification Program...
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Celebrity Real Estate - Curbed National

Celebrity Real Estate - Curbed National | Legacy SIR Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Jack Bauer—sorry, Kiefer Sutherland—has sold his townhouse in NYC's West Village for $17.5M, more than twice what the former 24 star paid for the place in 2008. Jack, sorry, Sutherland,...
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Eco-Friendly + Energy Conscious Architecture on the Cliffs of Scotland

Eco-Friendly + Energy Conscious Architecture on the Cliffs of Scotland | Legacy SIR Real Estate News | Scoop.it

There are no boundaries when it comes to developing extensive architectural projects that focus on alternative energy sources and environmentally friendly materials. Scotland’s climate had a lot to do with completing the project, named The Houl. The team of architects stated that their work is so impressive because it’s based on “an energy conscious design”.

 

The house was built by taking into account the benefits of Scotland’s windy weather. The roof is sloping at different angles and the main reason for choosing such an unusual shape for it, is the summer sun. The house makes use of natural materials, such as hardwood for the inside floors and bricks for the side façade. The Houl keeps a cozy appearance, the inside walls are painted in a luminous white, making the place more spacious and relaxing. With a stunning panoramic view, this house is simply delightful. Utterly immersed into an isolated spot, The Houl makes its inhabitants feel the sweet scent of freedom. A breezy, ventilated place for those who prefer the solitary landscapes...


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