YAHOO! FINANCE via THE FISCAL TIMES: "10 Housing Trends Coming Your Way in 2016"

ReallyThere.com was recently featured as part of YAHOO! FINANCE via THE FISCAL TIMES, "10 Housing Trends Coming Your Way in 2016." Beth Braverman writes:

*"8. Videos will be the new photos. High-quality, professional photographs have become the norm for online listings. To stand out in today’s market, more sellers are working with their real estate agents to create virtual tours and videos to highlight their properties.

Videos can help create positive reactions and emotional connections to younger buyers accustomed to sharing photos and videos on social media. Los Angeles real estate agent Scott Tamkin has been using video game-like 3D tours to allow potential buyers who may be abroad to virtually “walk through” a property to get a real feel for it."*

ReallyThere.com's client's Melinda and Scott of John Aaroe Group had their 839 Glenmont Ave 3D Tour showcased in the piece which also ran on THE FISCAL TIMES.

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ReallyThere.com Featured as Inman's "3D Home of the Day"

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2307 Ocean Front Walk in Venice, CA was recently featured as Inman's "3D Home of the Day," showcasing this architectural gem located directly on the boardwalk. This custom-built modern masterpiece is an entertainer's dream with an expansize open floorplan with unparalled Santa Monica Bay ocean views from the rooftop catwalk. View the featured 3D Tour or visit the listing courtesy of SothebysHomes.com.

ESPN NCAA Football Promo Features Artemesia, ReallyThere.com has the 3D Tour

Want to see more of the living room featured on ESPN's new promo for the NCAA Collegiate Football Playoffs? View ReallyThere.com's 3D Virtual Tour here. You can catch the full ESPN spot here too.

Photo and more details courtesy of ESPN and the LOS ANGELES TIMES

ESPN has enlisted ABC's Jimmy Kimmel in a new spot aimed at getting people to watch the College Football Playoff semifinals without forgetting their old acquaintances on New Year's Eve.

Jimmy Kimmel in a new spot aimed at getting people to watch the College Football Playoff semifinals without forgetting their old acquaintances on New Year's Eve. In a spot to be unveiled on ESPN's Monday telecast of "Monday Night Football" and exclusively previewed here, Kimmel is at a party with a motley group of athletes (New York Jets star Antonio Cromartie, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Dwight Freeney, Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young), actors (Tracee Ellis Ross, Ken Jeong), singers (Robin Thicke, Kelly Rowland) and college team mascots (Joe and Josie Bruin) to suggest that the Cotton Bowl and the Orange Bowl can be enjoyed while ringing in the new year.

"Historically sports haven't been top of mind on New Year's Eve," said Emeka Ofodile, senior director of marketing for ESPN. "What we're saying is we don't want to beat them, we want to join them. We want to be part of this New Year's celebration." The games have been scheduled on a date that falls on a Thursday and is not a legal holiday or off-day from work for many Americans. It will also be a busy travel day before a three-day holiday weekend. The conflict was less of an issue for ESPN last time around as it was the first year of the College Football Playoff system and curiosity was high. But now the network wants to turn New Year's Eve college football into a habit, which is why it will flood its channels and social media with the promotional spot after the Monday debut. "It's been done before," said Ofodile. "People used to say the NFL was crazy for playing on Thanksgiving and the NBA was crazy for playing on Christmas. They have transformed those days into sports holidays and we think we can do the same."

In a spot to be unveiled on ESPN's Monday telecast of "Monday Night Football" and exclusively previewed here, Kimmel is at a party with a motley group of athletes (New York Jets star Antonio Cromartie, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Dwight Freeney, Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young), actors (Tracee Ellis Ross, Ken Jeong), singers (Robin Thicke, Kelly Rowland) and college team mascots (Joe and Josie Bruin) to suggest that the Cotton Bowl and the Orange Bowl can be enjoyed while ringing in the new year.

"Historically sports haven't been top of mind on New Year's Eve," said Emeka Ofodile, senior director of marketing for ESPN. "What we're saying is we don't want to beat them, we want to join them. We want to be part of this New Year's celebration."

The games have been scheduled on a date that falls on a Thursday and is not a legal holiday or off-day from work for many Americans. It will also be a busy travel day before a three-day holiday weekend. The conflict was less of an issue for ESPN last time around as it was the first year of the College Football Playoff system and curiosity was high.

But now the network wants to turn New Year's Eve college football into a habit, which is why it will flood its channels and social media with the promotional spot after the Monday debut.

"It's been done before," said Ofodile. "People used to say the NFL was crazy for playing on Thanksgiving and the NBA was crazy for playing on Christmas. They have transformed those days into sports holidays and we think we can do the same."

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4K Drone Reel from our Friends at DroneGear and DroneDudes

For your viewing pleasure, please check-out this cool reel from our friends at DroneGear and DroneDudes featuring amazing aerial footage and great talent, athletes and models.

Special Thanks to Ed Delahunty & Drone Dudes, This 4K Reel features talent such as: Kevin Hart Jesse Wellens - Prank VS Prank Nate Adams - Professional Motocross rider and extreme sports athlete Actor - Ryan Rottman Model - Jessica Vargas Model - Naila Model - Morgan Osman YouTube Creator - Tom Scott

Music by: https://soundcloud.com/wclindsay

Tiny Apartment Concept Boasts Pop-Up Kitchen

Three years ago at the London Design FestivalSimon Woodroffe, designer-entrepreneur and founder of the Yo! Sushi and YOTEL chains, presented a concept for a compact apartment: the Yo! Home, a showy 800-square-foot dwelling that had, among other pop-out furniture and storage, a motorized bed that drops down from the ceiling. Recently, Woodroffe shared the latest iteration of the Yo! Home, which offers many of the same futuristic, transforming furnishings with a more streamlined, elegant look. And in keeping up with the times, the new prototype has shrunk to just 430 square feet.

The updated model, set entirely on a raised platform, features a drop-down bed that Yo! Home claims is "thinner, smaller, and faster than ever," a "pocket kitchen" hidden in the wall of cabinets, plus a dining table and storage space that pops out from the floor. According to Yo! Home Managing Director Jack Spurrier, this concept will be incorporated into 24 prefab units in an upcoming building in Manchester, England.

Jeff Franklin's Stunning Hollywood Hills Home

Writer-producer-director Jeff Franklin, creator of the television show Full HouseFamily Matters and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, has listed a mansion he had built on spec in Hollywood Hills West.

Designed by architect Richard Landry, the contemporary house is set on a nearly half-acre knoll above the Sunset Strip with city and ocean views. The grounds include an infinity-edge swimming pool with a spa.

The master suite features a retractable skylight with a motorized black-out shade, walls of glass, a fireplace and an indoor-outdoor shower. There are three other bedrooms, a bonus room that could be used as a bedroom, a home theater and eight bathrooms. The subterranean garage has room for six cars and was designed to double as a nightclub.

"It's only 30 seconds up the street from Sunset, with views from the San Bernardino Mountains to Santa Monica. Instead of being one story, it's three stories, and your bedroom is 40 feet in the air. The best part about it is the master bedroom because you have retractable walls of glass. It's a sexy little jewel box that sits on top of Los Angeles." says Franklin. 

Take a virtual tour of this stunning home here.

 

Bamboo House Design for Temporary Shelter in Nepal

A team of architects used metal sheets and bamboo to build this prototype shelter for victims of the Nepal earthquake, and have also produced a manual so that the design can be replicated by others.

Their aim was to design a structure that can be constructed by anyone. By simply downloading a set of illustrated instructions from the internet, a team of workers could potentially build a variety of different structures using cheap and locally available materials.

"One of the obstacles faced by disaster relief agencies in Nepal is that transportation across the mountainous country is tremendously difficult. "Many of the road surfaces are not paved properly and are too narrow for trucks with heavy loads." explained Charles Lai from Hong Kong who together with Takehiko Suzuki from Tokyo, and Hong Kong based practice AONA, completed a prototype.

The two architects initiated an architectural relief organization, Architecture for the Mass, in April 2015 in response to the Nepal Earthquake.

As a result of the devastating earthquake, many families who lost their homes have built temporary shelters by themselves. These structures are often fragile and the space is uncomfortable without proper floors and walls. The mud bricks they use are not earthquake resistant, and dangerous because of their weight. When the monsoon season comes, the heavy rain water can easily come inside. The cost of an  190-square-foot shelter is around US$500. The bamboo structural frame could be appropriated into different sizes depending on the function of the structure. Charles and Takehiko anticipate the prototype to provide an alternative solution for temporary shelters in Nepal. The local can assimilate the design of the prototype and produce evolved designs based on its principle. The aim is to equip general households with the tools and methods to erect their own temporary structures. Potentially, the design can empower the local community to establish a self-help network among themselves and speedup the recovery from the disaster. To donate to the Nepal disaster relief, click here

Rome's New Towers Draw Inspiration from its Ancient Architecture

Studio Libeskind has revealed the design of three office towers for the city center of rome, forming a new, urban district adjacent to the A.S. Roma Stadium. Sited at the heart of the planned Tor Di Valle Business District, the trio of structures work in conversation with one another, as if cut from a single stone block. The volumes fit together like building blocks, forming a composition of elements that act both in tandem with one another and alone. Arranged in a triangular formation upon a 3,000 square-meter public piazza, the towers — which vary in height up to 220 meters — are landscaped with lush vegetation and reflecting pools. 

The towers are clad in a mesh of opaque panels that break up their glazed façades. Folded glass panes reveal huge garden expanses containing multi-level spaces for work, recreation and events. these atrium-like spaces provide unobstructed views of the city and the central piazza, also working to regulate the room climate through natural shading, air filtering and circulation.
 
The first tower features two vertical gardens on opposite sides —  providing for office layouts and work areas. At street level, all buildings provide amenities such as cafes and shopping.
"Making an architectural contribution to the eternal city is a treasured opportunity,’ Daniel Libeskind said in a recent press release. ‘Rome will have a world-class business park connected to the stadium that will provide a vibrant, sustainable, neighborhood in this ancient city." 

Virgin Hotels Makes its Debut in Chicago

Richard Branson promises guests at his very first Virgin Hotel that they won't have to pay any hidden fees.

Wi-Fi at unlimited bandwidth is free. There are no early check-in or late checkout fees, room service delivery charges or business center transaction costs. Bottled water is free."All those extras can add up to $100, $150 on your bill," according to the British business magnate.

Debuting the Virgin Hotel brand, Branson's Virgin Group is trying to give business travelers an alternative to large, impersonal hotels that cater heavily to them. Virgin Hotels, he says, will offer them friendly service, interesting food and beverage options and a nightly social hour starting at 6 p.m. with free alcohol, premium brands included.

A 9-minute walk from Millennium Park, this ultramodern hotel in a classic building is a mile from the Museum of Contemporary Art and 1.3 miles from Navy Pier. 

The hotel hosts an evening social hour in the trendy cocktail lounge. There's also a modern American diner, a hip rooftop bar and a coffee shop. Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a spa and 3 meeting rooms.

Sir Richard Branson has done it again. 

Dubai to Build World's First 3D Printed Building

The United Arab Emirates National Innovation Committee has unveiled plans to build the world's first 3D printed structure with a massive, 20-foot-tall 3D printer. Though many structures have utilized 3D printing, none have been entirely built by using the technology. Everything - the building's structure, interior finishes, and furniture - will be 3D printed in sections and then assembled on site. The 2,000-square-foot building will then be used to house the Museum of the Future headquarters in Dubai.

“This project reflects the vision of our leadership here in Dubai,” Al Gergawi, the Chairman of the UAE National Innovation Committee explained. “The idea of 3D printing buildings was once a dream, but today it has become a reality,” he added. “This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors. We aim to take advantage of this growth by becoming a global hub for innovation and 3D printing. This is the first step of many more to come.” This is the first step of many more to come.”

Construction is expect to last just a few weeks. Labor costs will be reduced by 50 to 80 percent and construction waste will be eliminated by up to 60 percent. 

Leading this project will be WinSun Global, a company who has 3D printed an apartment building as well as a home late last year in China, as well as GenslerThornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy, all which are leading engineering and architecture firms.

List Revealed for the Restaurant & Design Awards

Thomas HeatherwickAlberto Alessi and a number of other famed jury members have shortlisted 214 projects from 70 countries for the 2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

The Restaurant and Bar Design Awards now in its seventh year is the only awards in the world dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. This covers every imaginable space, from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, and from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups.

With over 3,800 entries from the UK and 70 other countries in the past six years, the Awards attract the world’s top designers, hospitality operators and judges. Recent names include Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Tom Dixon, Foster & Partners, Stephen Alden (CEO, Maybourne Hotels), Gordon Ramsay, Tony Chambers (Editor in Chief, Wallpaper*) and many more.

The 2015 Awards ceremony will be held in London on October 1st 2015.

Neutra's Pitcairn House for Sale

Hidden away in the hills of Bryn Athyn, in Pennsylvania, the Pitcairn House was built between 1959 and 1962 by the legendary Richard Neutra. The six-bedroom, five-bath modern masterpiece, is nestled on 10.1 acres of land that's then surrounded by 812 acres of land in the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust nature conservancy, the Pitcairn House is extremely private. The house also boasts a cantilevered staircase, double pan thermal windows, a swim-in-place pool, and a sound-proof recording studio on the lower level. The combination of hearty stone and earthy tones found throughout the interior and exterior of the home further heighten this experience. It’s now available for $3,450,000 and is listed with Sotheby's

Hillside Village with "Living Wall" to be Built in Beverly Hills

MAD Architects is making their U.S. residential debut with the unveiling of 8600 Wilshire, which is scheduled to break ground along Wilshire Boulevard this October. This “hillside village” offers a variety of housing types for city residents, including three townhouses, five villas, two studios and eight condominiums. The massing of the village cultivates community with the added benefit of individual balcony-patios to maintain independence and privacy. Villa residents experience a balance between public and private as the incandescent villas appear opaque from the street, yet reveal a transparent façade facing the private garden, townhouse and condominium units.

The village is wrapped in a water-efficient “living wall” of native, drought-tolerant succulents and vines.  The living wall lifts off the ground to reveal glass storefronts at ground level. The resulting effect is a floating plinth that resembles local privacy hedges and conceals an elevated courtyard. Hidden away from the street is an elevated courtyard accented by a canopy of trees and native plantings. At the center of this secret garden is a water feature flowing gently to a secondary reflecting pool in the lobby below.  

For 8600 Wilshire, MAD considers the possibility of a new model for West Coast vernacular amid the sprawling density of Los Angeles. MAD purposes a harmonious architectural space of human experience by placing residents in the spiritual landscape of nature. 

Founder Ma Yansong’s core design philosophy: to coalesce nature and community into a living environment among high-density cities." 

Travel Back in Time with New Photo App

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Ever wish you could time travel? A new app called Déjà Vu hopes to tap into that nostalgia and let users experience the past in real time. 

Déjà Vu is a collection of individually-curated old photographs that show the city around you as it used to be, each selected for a specific historical reason. The app holds a collection of hundreds of vintage photographs that have been geolocated, so you can stand on a street corner and pull up a photo of that same spot from 100 years ago. Explore New York City, Boston, or Washington, D.C., with new photos added all the time. The app's creator, E J Kalafarski aims for historic scenes that "illustrate particularly stark contrasts with today".

Déjà Vu uses the fusion of your iPhone's sensors to create an augmented reality experience: your phone’s GPS lets you find the spot the photographer stood, and your phone’s gyroscope and compass spin the photo to the angle it was taken, letting you compare the vintage photograph to what stands in its spot today.

Bridge Built by 3D Printer to Debut in Amsterdam

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There are over 1,200 bridges throughout Amsterdam's canals, some dating as far back as the 17th century, but the city is about to add one more. Dutch company, MX3D has partnered with Joris Laarman Lab, and several other supporters, in a collaboration that will create an intricate steel pedestrian bridge made entirely by 3D printers. 

To construct the bridge, 6-axis industrial robots will be used, each equipped with 3D printing hardware with the ability to “print metals, plastics, and combinations of materials in virtually any format.” At least two of these 3D printing robots will be used, one beginning on each bank and then meeting in the middle, building the bridge in mid air. 

“I strongly believe in the future of digital production and local production, in ‘the new craft.’ This bridge will show how 3D printing finally enters the world of large-scale, functional objects and sustainable materials while allowing unprecedented freedom of form," said Joris Laarman, the designer of the bridge. "The symbolism of the bridge is a beautiful metaphor to connect the technology of the future with the old city, in a way that brings out the best of both worlds.”

The exact location of the bridge has yet to be released. To watch a video on this daring project, click here

Australian Architect Builds Eco-Conscious Prefab Home

Ecoshelta is a series of modular, demountable prefab homes with timber frames and corrugated-metal siding and roofs that can be specified in a variety of styles. The Ecoshelta building system was designed by Stephen Sainsbury, a Sydney based architect so that all timber frames are "extendable, demountable, relocatable, robust and long lived."

The Ecoshelta system has been developed over the last three decades as an environmentally responsible alternative in response to the rapidly emergent new technologies making prefabricated modular building systems the way of the future, and the now. The system uses advanced design and the latest technologies to produce an environmentally minimal impact, rapidly deployable buildings for cabins houses and ecotourism ventures.

Different customized versions have been used for everything from little cabins to entire resorts. And given conditions in Australia, they are cyclone proof and bushfire rated.

 

 

Prefab Home Becomes Interactive Art

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's work ranges from painting to sculpture, minimalist to Pop, but polka dots are certainly her signature mark. Now the American public can participate in the fun: Kusama's The Obliteration Room, where visitors are invited to leave their own designs using polka dot stickers, has arrived in the U.S. for the first time, at New York's David Zwirner Gallery. 

The prefab residence, complete with plastic deck chairs and an American flag outside, is on display until Saturday, June 13. The Room is part of a larger exhibition of paintings and sculptures at the gallery titled Give Me Love.

As with many of Kusama’s installations, the work is disarmingly simple in its elemental composition; however, it brilliantly exploits the framework of its presentation. The white room is gradually obliterated over the course of the exhibition, the space changing measurably with the passage of time as the dots accumulate as a result of thousands and thousands of collaborators.

Interactivity became an important component of Kusama’s work in the mid to late 1960s, when her solo public performances expanded into participatory happenings. A product of the postwar Avant-garde, which almost immediately crossed over into popular culture, or at least underground counter culture, happenings developed as unconventional performance events increasingly relying on audience reaction and direct participation.