2013 BEST ENERGY-SMART HOME – Fine Homebuilding HOUSES Awards [Video]

Source: Fine Homebuilding Our award for ENERGY-SMART HOME of the year goes to Jesse Thompson and Richard Lo of Kaplan Thompson Architects for the contemporary home they designed on the Maine coast. The home achieves extraordinary energy performance through a design based on proven assembly methods and carefully executed, straightforward construction techniques. Purposefully modest, this [...]

Blackstone Preparing to Unleash a Flood of Real-Estate Selling

Source: The Wall Street Journal For years Blackstone Group BX -0.42% has been one of the world’s biggest buyers of real estate. With its securities filing on Thursday outlining plans to take its retail-property company public, the private-equity firm begins a phase where it is likely to be one of the biggest sellers, too. Blackstone [...]

Showhouse: 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse [Video]

Source: Traditional Home Interior designers eschewed quiet palettes and subtle adornments for audacious pattern and daring color in the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse.

The internet didn’t kill bank branches. Bank mergers did

Source: Washington Post Bank branches have long been a trusty space-filler for commercial landlords. They’ll pay whatever rent you charge, pretty much. Though nobody’s particularly excited about a new bank branch in their neighborhood, residents usually won’t resist them, either. And weirdly, despite the seeming ubiquity of ATMs and online banking, bank branches haven’t gone [...]

Atlas Robot, Darpa-Funded Humanoid Machine, Makes Debut [Video]

Source: The New York Times From the story: Modest Debut of Atlas May Foreshadow Age of ‘Robo Sapiens’ – Moving its hands as if it were dealing cards and walking with a bit of a swagger, a Pentagon-financed humanoid robot named Atlas made its first public appearance.