Lighting Technology ›
In lighting design, when working independently of any manufacturer interests, one is often faced with the question of which product to use for a desired application. The technical requirements are, of course, defined in the plans but still the question remains: which manufacturer has the best product with the best price/performance ratio? On the market there are numerous similar products whose differences it is very difficult to recognize.
Smart Building Design ›
The »Apartimentum« in Hamburg is a residential development of technically sophisticated luxury apartments behind a late nineteenth century (Gründerzeit) façade. The investor Lars Hinrichs is offering fully networked »Flat rate Living« – at monthly rents in the four-to five-digit range with Nest thermostats, IP-controlled water faucets, push notification when mail is deposited in the letter box and a front door which is opened via bluetooth from the smartphone. There is also talk of energy saving of »up to 30%«, but it is comfort, security and exclusivity which is in the foreground. The message is ambivalent because it encourages the latent prejudice that smart buildings are a luxury which we can do without.