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IKEA to double its in-house design department

“At IKEA, we want to offer desirable and affordable designs to customers around the world. But people´s demands and expectations change with time, and we need to develop too, to stay relevant in our offer continuously. For many years, as we grew our business and entered new markets, we kept our in-house design team roughly the same size. We see now, with our current expansion plans and movements to deliver to our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many people, it´s time to invest and add more in-house design competence to meet these needs and ambitions”, says…
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Apartment buildings in rural areas often denied renovation loans | News

Many rural municipalities have managed to improve the energy performance of public buildings. However, banks usually refuse loans for renovating old Soviet-era apartment buildings, with KredEx the only lifeline for associations. Of the 300 apartment buildings in Järva Municipality, only about twenty have been renovated. According to Triin Tippi, head of the local government’s economic department, the issue is not a lack of willingness by the owners but rather that rural residents simply lack the funds to insulate their homes. “Many apartment buildings actually have construction projects ready and waiting. But when the cost per square meter, per apartment or…
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Normal Public Library announces alternate location during renovations

NORMAL — Normal Public Library will close its 206 W. College Ave. location to the public at 5 pm March 30 in preparation for the upcoming asbestos abatement and renovation project. The 206 W. College Ave. location will remain closed for the duration of the renovation project, which is expected to take 10 to 12 months. The library board of trustees previously approved a $5.1 million bid from Broeren Russo Builders Inc. of Champaign to start work as early as April 8. Access to library collections and services will be moved to a branch office in the former Busey Bank…
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Milwaukee County Zoo penguin habitat groundbreaking, renovation

Zoo breaks ground on new penguin habitat Construction has broken ground on the renovated Humboldt penguin habitat at the Milwaukee County Zoo. MILWAUKEE – Construction begins this week on the renovated Humboldt penguin habitat at the Milwaukee County Zoo. To kick off this project, the zoo hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday morning, March 27. The penguin habitat project is funded in part by a $3.5 million grant through the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration’s Tourism Capital Grant Program that the zoo received in 2023. Funding for the program was provided by the State by the American Rescue Plan…
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Ocean City’s New Capital Plan Includes $30M. Renovation of Police Station

An architectural rendering depicts the renovated public safety building. (Image courtesy of Ocean City) By DONALD WITTKOWSKI Ocean City unveiled a nearly $160 million, five-year capital plan that includes flood-mitigation projects, road construction, improvements to the Boardwalk, the dredging of local waterways and a $30 million renovation of the antiquated public safety building. At the same meeting of City Council on Thursday, a presentation was given on the proposed 2024 municipal budget – a $110.1 million spending plan that includes a 3.7-cent increase in the local tax rate. The tax increase will mean that the owner of an average Ocean…
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Controversial Egyptian pyramid renovation likely to be rolled back

CAIRO — A controversial plan to cover one of Egypt’s Giza Pyramids with granite cladding will likely not be possible given rock nature and international archaeological restoration law, according to a prominent archaeologist following massive public backlash against the plan The announcement of the project last week has sparked criticism and ridicule among experts and social media users, with many expressing concerns over the fate of a wonder of the ancient world, dismissing the plan as “tiling the pyramid.” Egypt’s antiquities ministry says the restoration aims to reinstall hundreds of granite blocks that used to form the outer casing of…
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Are Open Concept Layouts Going Out of Style? Interior Designers Weigh In

In the interior design industry, trends can come and go faster than you can drape a throw blanket over your sofa or armchair. But more times than not, what was once considered out of fashion makes a comeback. And, as it turns out, our home’s layouts fall into that cyclical process. The ubiquitous open concept floor plans that define the latest trends in architecture and home building are giving way to a rise of actual rooms—not just designated areas of a larger space, but sectioned-off spaces complete with four walls. But what’s the best layout for you? The Backlash Against…
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Best House Design in Australia 2023: Design Institute of Australia

The winners of the annual Australian Interior Design Awards were crowned on June 2, and they provided endless home interiors inspiration. Run by the Design Institute of Australia and Architecture Media’s Artichoke magazine, the awards celebrate Australian properties across, residential, commercial and public sectors, the result of work by leading design experts. “Following the challenges of recent years, the Australian design and architecture industry has evolved and responded to its changing landscape to deliver innovation, beautiful and inspired projects across all sectors, reshaping the parameters of design and creativity for the 2023 Australian Design Awards program,” reads a press release…