In the hierarchy of things New York City residents kvetch about, housing ranks near the top. A dearth of affordable apartments has the city in a stranglehold and there’s seemingly no end to escalating rents. (Good luck finding a studio in Manhattan for less than $2,300 per month, the average going rate in the borough.) To tackle this problem, former mayor Michael Bloomberg staged a competition in 2012 to design a micro-units development. In just three years, the experimental buildings have hit the market. But is it enough to alleviate the affordable housing crisis? Short answer: it opens the conversation about retooling the city’s supply of apartments, but it’s not exactly a panacea for NYC’s housing headaches. advertisement advertisement Designed by the Brooklyn-based firm nArchitects, Carmel Place (formerly known as MyMicro) is located in Kips Bay, a neighborhood on Manhattan’s east side, familiar to many as “The place where that movie … [Read more...] about Micro Apartments: Utopia or Dystopia?
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In 1985, the Government of India introduced a public housing scheme called Indira Awas Yojana. The chief objective of this scheme was to construct houses for the deprived sections residing in rural areas. In 1996, the project was taken under the aegis of the Ministry of Rural Development and aimed at eradicating rural poverty and empowering the people residing in rural areas through various development programs. From April 1, 2016, Indira Awas Yojana was restructured to become a part of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, a flagship project of the Government to provide affordable housing for all sections of the society. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana has two categories: Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Urban and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin.The mission of PMAY Gramin is to provide pucca houses equipped with basic amenities to every homeless person and those who currently reside in Kutcha and dilapidated homes by 2022. Features of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana GraminFollowing are … [Read more...] about Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin: Types, eligibility, features and benefits
Designer Katie Deedy vividly remembers the moment her parents took her to pick out her own wallpaper design. Flipping through traditional polka dot and floral patterns, she settled on a graphic Mickey Mouse print in black and white. advertisement advertisement “I thought it was the coolest wallpaper ever,” she says. “Everything else looked the same … the most exciting thing was Mickey.” It was a distinct purchase, but one that would foreshadow her career two decades later. Today, Deedy runs a successful independent wallpaper brand called Grow House Grow. The Brooklyn-based company caters to tastes resembling that of the young Deedy: modern, unexpected, with a touch of whimsy. Among their many options, you’ll find monkeys in red vintage bathing suits, colorful Japanese paper lanterns, or strong narrative-inspired designs—like their collection honoring forgotten female scientists in history. That one is a bestseller. “I try to … [Read more...] about Wallpapers Gone Wild: Innovative Startups Have Made The ’70s Decor Staple Cool Again
In some ways, 2015 was the year of the gig economy, with the scale and diversity of the freelance workforce not just expanding, but attracting more mainstream notice as well. By our own recent estimates here at Upwork, some 54 million Americans are now freelancers. advertisement advertisement Still, that’s just the most noticeable trend among several that will reshape the nature of work in the next five years. In fact, shifts in technology, connectivity, and the expectations of both employers and employees are on track to bring about bigger changes than the freelance economy can on its own. Here are four. 1. The Rise Of Second-Tier Cities The 20th century saw big, cosmopolitan cities boom. The best jobs and top talent were concentrated in a few “first-tier” urban centers like San Francisco, New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Paris. If you wanted a job, you had to move to one of those places. That’s already changing. The major urban hubs have … [Read more...] about The Four Trends That Will Change The Way We Work By 2021
Apps as we know them will disappear. Luxury will trickle down to the masses. VR will go mainstream. These are just a few of the major design and technology trends shaping the world in 2016. The trends we’ve identified focus on issues we–a firm with over 600 designers and developers–expect to tackle in the coming year. They reflect what clients are asking for, our experiences as citizens and users, and our well-informed guesses (we hope!) on the impact of emergent technology. advertisement advertisement 1. Micromoments will be mighty. Today, someone is always listening. We have listening devices strapped to our wrists that encourage us to run farther or put down that extra slice of cake. Devices in our homes listen and respond. Listening technology allows us to act on any impulse whenever, which has broken down the customer journey into a plethora of real-time, intent-driven micromoments. It follows a very predictable pattern–immediate need, … [Read more...] about 10 Key Design Trends For 2016 (And How To Make The Most Of Them)