The Need to Add Aesthetic Value in Modern Architecture

In today’s modern era we can observe that important constructions become more and more aesthetically innovative. More and more buildings receive their outstanding title from their stylish form. Obviously, throughout history, we weren’t the first one to put effort in the aesthetic details. Famous palaces such as the Taj Mahal, Palace of Versailles, Summer Palace, Alhambra and many others have gain their popularity today thanks to their aesthetically pleasing construction. They are also well known because of their historical functionality and story. There exist plenty other palaces which had important function but are less popular, one of the reason is because they do not stand out aesthetically.

This phenomenon can also be observe in modern constructions. Good-looking buildings are more popular and can have an important impact on the image of their representative city and attract tourists. Below, we have some of the most famous building designs which have, without doubt, played an important role in tourists attraction.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

This amazing sky-crapper is the tallest man-made building in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft), having over 150 floors ! The decision to build Burj Khalifa is reportedly based on the government’s decision to diversify from an oil based economy to one that is service and tourism based.

Space Needle, Seattle

This futuristic observation tower is the symbol of Seattle, having nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators to enjoy its observation deck at 160 m (520 ft) and the rotating SkyCity Restaurant.

Salomon R. Guggenheum Museum, New York

This art museum is the permanent home of a renowned and continuously expanding collection of diverse style of art. In 2013, nearly 1.2 million people visited the museum, and it hosted the most popular exhibition in New York City.

Llozd’s Building, London

Who would ever thought that this sci-fi building is located in London ! One of its key feature is its 12 lifts which are located on the exterior to get more space in the interior of the building, hence its nickname : The Inside-Out Building.

Canton Tower, Guangzhou

This stunning sky-crapper was once the tallest building in the world. The rooftop at 488 m is the highest and largest outdoor observation deck in the world. 16 transparent cars can carry you for an amazing sightseeing on a track round the edge of the tower’s roof

Grand Lisboa, Macao

This 47 floors hotel is your alternative destination of Las Vegas. Its casino offers 800 mass gaming tables and 1000 slot machines. The star of The King of Gambling, Stanley Ho is on permanent display at the casino, which is said to be one of the largest diamond in the world !

There are still dozens of other examples of stylish buildings and their number keeps growing. Shanghai Metal Corporation is the leading specialist for building materials from the floor until the roof with plenty of options. To see more, please visit our website or send us your inquiry. Our English speaking staff will guide you to find your wanted product with the best quality and price. Don’t forget to follow us on Social Media.

    

Ayu P.//SMC editor

Architectural Triumphs With Galvanized Steel

Corrugated and sheet metals such as galvanized steel have come a long way in the architectural and construction communities from when they were simply a strong and effective material used as roofing. It has come to the point now where they can be the feature of a home or building and used both inside and out.

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This idea of galvanized steel as a universal building material is shown below where the house features has used it for both a roofing material and as exterior wall cladding. This industrial appearing material, when combined with the natural aesthetic of wood creates a juxtaposition between man and nature, especially given the lush backdrop of rural Australia.

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From an interior perspective there is an increasing trend to use both corrugated, flat and shaped galvanized steel for both ceilings and walls. The remarkable example below featured in the master bedroom of  a modern home show how the metallic surface of galvanized steel can add a touch of modernity to a design, with the corrugated sheeting offering a texture rarely seen in the interior of a home.

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The versatility of this material is undeniable, with designers stretching their imagination to previously-thought impossible lengths. As is witnessed in the examples below; the ability to bend, shape, curve and erect this material at extreme pitches can lead to some outstanding design possibilities. The home on the left features a nearly 100% external composition of pre-painted corrugated galvanized steel proving the residents with high bush-fire protection, energy efficiency as well as a remarkable aesthetic!

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In contrast to these curves seen above the design featured below presents an opposing dynamic of this material. With its sheer pitched sides, long straight lengths and intense angles it is hard not to appreciate the capabilities this material offers to architects and the remarkable results that are left for the eye to enjoy.

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Shanghai Metal Corporation is a world leader in innovative metal manufacture and will strive to meet all of your building and design specifications. To find out more, please visit our Website or send your inquiry here. Our English speaking personnel will be more than pleased to help you. Follow us on  LinkedInTwitter, FacebookInstagram and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

Sources: Ral Homes, Colorbond, ArchiExpo & Freshome

Dominick F.//SMC Editor

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Copper Pots And Pans: The Rolls-Royce of All Cookware

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Cooking is not only an art but it also involves a bit of science. If you want good results, getting the right temperature and heat requires precision and experience. Therefore, to achieve these results the quality of the cookware is indispensable. Cheap quality cheap pans can ruin your food and your reputation due to uneven cooking, heat spots and burned food.

However, good quality copper pans can make a huge difference. There is a great variety of cheap cookware available on the market. But what we don’t realize is the simple fact that a one-time investment in high quality cookware will set you up for many years to come while offering functionality and a great aesthetic appeal too.

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What makes copper a great cookware?

It has been a favorite amongst gastronomic experts for centuries. It has always been considered the elite of cookware, owing to its beautiful metallic sheen that gives it a beautiful appearance, and its admirable workability. Copper is known as one of the best conductors of heat. So, it gets heated up quickly and evenly. In copper bottom cookware the heat is evenly spread from the bottom to the walls and edges.

This ensures that food cooks evenly from all sides. Heat spots are unheard of in copper cookware. It is also designed to stand the test of time due to its solidity. Cheaper cookware starts to chip or crack over time and are prone to rust and it gives away too soon. High quality copper cookware can be passed from generations to generations while keeping its quality, beauty, sturdiness, durability and fuel efficiency.

Copper cookware has always been considered the Rolls-Royce of all cookware. Copper pots and pans are a great choice for any kitchen; whether you are an expert cook, or a novice conducting, this cookware can make cooking pleasurable and hassle free. The best thing is that you get control over the heat. As soon as the knob is turn off or lowered the copper cookware will respond quickly and adjust. So, you can cook food perfectly leaving nothing to luck. You seriously could not ask for anything better and more sophisticated.

As an international manufacturer and supplier for copper sheet and bronze sheet, Shanghai Metal Corporation produces slitting, edging, and oscillates winding to fit your specific copper requirements. To find out more, please visit our Website or send your inquiry here. Our English speaking personnel will be more than pleased to help you. Follow us on  LinkedInTwitter, FacebookInstagram and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

Source: onthegas.org, brookegiannetti.typepad.com, fxcuisine.com, trovatistudio.com

William P.//SMC Editor

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What Time is It?

Before you tell me the time, take a closer look at your watch; now tell me what you see. The answer is not really the time, but the metal your timepiece is made of-Stainless Steel. Since its discovery, stainless steel has been experimented on and used in many different ways. Although most are fairly obvious, some can still surprise us, in this case with our timepieces.
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Timepieces have been around since the 16th century, with steel playing an important role with the assembly and inner-workings of a watch. It was not until the discovery of stainless steel in the early 1900’s that watches would take a new step into reliability and functionality. Previous to stainless steel, a watch was a very meticulous part of one’s attire, due to its prone to stain, chip, and wear and tear timepieces were but for the elite, the aristocrats and rarely for the common man. As the evolution of watches took its place in history, different types of metals began to take part in its design and usage. It was not until stainless steel was introduced that led to a dramatic change in what we wear today.

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The introduction of stainless steel towards watches led to many more individuals having the availability to wear them, the reason why is its versatility. Stainless steel clasps, and links turned skeptical watch users into admirers and aficionados. The use of stainless steel helped those who suffered from allergic reactions to: leather, rubber and other metals, fear no more. Not only was it healthy for its user, but due to its removable clasps, more and more users would be able to wear a timepiece of their choosing. Stainless steel brought to the table an odorless, stainless, multipurpose, aesthetically pleasing factor to our now every day time piece.

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The benefits of owning a stainless steel time piece are endless, with many even outliving the watch itself. Now the question is whether this timepiece from the 16th century that follows us everywhere we go will actually outlive the new sensation iWatch launched by Apple.

As Stainless Steel Industry Professional, Shanghai Metal Corporation takes pride in the manufacturing of those products which are used in our customer’s daily life such as stainless steel which our company manufactures and supplies at the highest quality and most affordable price. With maintenance as simple as running it through warm water and a good buffing from time to time to keep that shine-stainless steel watches are here to stay.

For more information on stainless steel material please visit our website. Be sure to join the conversation in our Linkedin group, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account.

Mario B.//SMC Editor

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For Our Brazilian Readers: A Opinião de Uma Brasileira Sobre a Legalização do Grafite nas Ruas das Cidades do Brasil

No Brasil pichar costumava ser considerado ilegal. Não visto como uma forma de expressão artística, o grafite foi banido de todos os espaços públicos, enquanto os “grafiteiros” arriscavam suas vidas no meio de paredes de escalada noite e cercas, a fim de deixar a sua marca. A questão é que o grafiteiro apenas “quer colocar o seu nome na parede, para ser famoso, e é um vandalista, mas o artista [de rua] está interessado em estética e comunidade”, diz o artista de rua do Rio de Janeiro, Smael Vagner.

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Pichação e grafite são dois estilos distintos de arte de rua no Brasil. E tem sido uma longa jornada para estes artistas de rua para convencer a população, a cidade ea nação de que o seu trabalho é arte, algo que deve ser apreciado e valorizado.

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Grafite ou arte de rua aumentou tanto em popularidade e começou a receber grande atenção dos artistas de rua de todo o mundo, que em março de 2009, o governo brasileiro aprovou uma lei que torna arte de rua e o grafite legal, uma vez que feito com o consentimento dos proprietários de edifícios.

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É um grande passo para o reconhecimento, valorização, reflexo do cenário em evolução na arte de rua brasileira, um movimento emergente e divergente no cenário mundial de arte de rua. Mais do que isso, o grafite no Brasil está sendo usado agora para proteger as fachadas de estabelecimentos da pichação. Curiosamente, uma espécie de código de ética no mundo grafite parece existir entre pichadores e artistas de rua; um pichador que imprime suas marcas em cima da outra arte de rua está insultando o artista de rua, o que é visto como uma “silenciosa”  quebra de código. Situação esta que poderia até colocar em risco em uma rivalidade perigosa entre os dois, algo que a cidade, o povo e a nação não querem  ver: mais violência.

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No Rio de Janeiro, grafite está em toda parte. Ele existe em todos os cantos da cidade, das favelas aos bairros de classe alta, de uso residencial, comercial para institucional. É ousado em escala e estética e é tudo menos grafite. Mas a arte do grafite não é apenas uma escolha estética, mas uma escolha econômica; pintar uma fachada com a arte pode ser mais barato do que um outro modo de embelezamento.

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Pessoalmente, acho que grafite traz mais que decoração para um bairro, dá seu povo e sua comunidade um toque de personalização, traz as pessoas para mais perto uns dos outros e para a própria comunidade, revigora o local, sinaliza ladrões e vandalistas que a comunidade se preocupa com seu povo e que não é um lugar para eles, oferece aos cidadãos a oportunidade de expressar a sua opinião através da expressão da arte e os jovens a ter uma nova perspectiva na vida. Assim, a arte de rua tem um papel social fundamental no Brasil, e em muitos outros países. E eu realmente espero rua movimento de arte nunca pare, continue progredindo e melhorando até o dia emq ue as pessoas, comunidades, cidades, estados e nação estiverem todos juntos apoiando um ambiente no qual ele pode prosperar.

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Shanghai Metal Corporation não participa de qualquer tipo de vandalismo. Estamos orgulhosos de nós mesmos para testemunhar esforços em trazer esperança para a sociedade. Shanghai Metal Corporation oferece uma ampla gama de produtos de metal, incluindo folha de alumínio, chapas e tiras, amplamente utilizados em latas de spray adotados no trabalho de artistas de rua. Para a nossa lista completa de produtos que oferecemos confira o nosso site aqui. Não deixe de participar da conversa em nosso grupo LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter e Instagram. Experimente também o nosso novo aplicativo móvel digitalizando o código QR ​​abaixo.

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A Brazilian’s Take on Legalizing Graffiti In Urban Streets of Brazil

In Brazil graffiti used to be considered illegal. Not seen as a form of artistic expression, graffiti was banned from all public spaces, while the “grafiteiros” (taggers) risked their lives in the middle of the night climbing walls and fences in order to leave their mark. The issue is that the grafiteiro just “wants to put his name on the wall, to be famous, and is a vandalist, but the [street] artist is interested in aesthetics and community”, says Rio street artist Smael Vagner.

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Pichação (tagging) and grafite (graffiti) are two distinctive street art styles in Brazil. And it’s been a long journey for these street artists to convince the population, the city and the nation that their work is art, something that should be appreciated and valued.

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Graffiti or street art increased so much in popularity and started getting large attention of street artists from around the world, that in March 2009, the Brazilian government passed a law making street art and graffiti legal, if done with the consent of building owners.

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It is a huge step towards recognition, appreciation, reflection of the evolving landscape in Brazilian street art, an emerging and divergent movement in the global street art landscape. More than that, graffiti in Brazil is being used now to protect façades from pichação. Interestingly, some kind of ethic code in the graffiti world seems to exist between taggers and street artists; a tagger who imprints his marks on top of another street art is ultimately insulting the street artist, which is seen as breaking a “silent” code. It could even endanger in a dangerous rivalry between the two of them, something that the city, the people and the nation do not want to see: more violence.

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In Rio de Janeiro, graffiti is everywhere. It exists in all corners of the city, from the favelas to upper class neighborhoods, from residential, commercial to institutional. It is bold in scale and aesthetics and is anything but graffiti. But graffiti art is not only an aesthetic choice, but an economic choice; painting a façade with art may be cheaper than another mode of beautification.

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Personally, I think grafite brings more than decoration to a neighborhood, gives its people and its community a more personal feeling, brings the people closer to each other and to the community itself, refreshes the site, signals thieves and vandalists that the community cares about its people and that is not a place for them, offers citizens the opportunity to voice their opinion by art expression and young people to have a new perspective in life. Hence, street art has a crucial societal role in Brazil, and in many other countries. And I really hope street art movement never stops, keeps progressing and improving till the day people, communities, cities, states and nation are all together supporting an environment in which it can prosper.

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Shanghai Metal Corporation does not take part in any kinds of vandalism. We proud ourselves for witnessing efforts in bringing hope to the society. Shanghai Metal Corporation offers a wider range of metal products, including aluminum sheet, plate and foil, extensively used in spraypaint cans adopted in the work of street artists. For our full list of products that we offer check out our website here. Be sure to join the conversation in our LinkedIn group,FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Try also our new mobile application by scanning the QR code below.

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