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Oddly Gendered Reason Why Homes Are Ugly Now

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However you feel about open floor plans, they’re the man bun of architecture: distinctly a product of our time and everygoddamnwhere. Much like the unfortunate hairstyle, they were also developed by some man for the ostensible benefit of women who clearly didn’t bother to actually ask any — specifically, Frank Lloyd Wright (the floor plans, not the man bun). Open floor plans were a key feature of the turn-of-the-century “prairie”-style homes that he’s most known for, i.e., those wide, flat boxes that colonize the Midwest like earwigs and Hardee’s.

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Wright, who believed architecture could be a “powerful instrument of social progress,” designed his open floor plans specifically with women’s liberation in mind. The woman at the head of the household couldn’t be stuck in the kitchen if the kitchen was also the living and dining room. As the design got more popular toward the end of the century, it was hoped that maybe, just maybe, an open kitchen’s accessibility and space would encourage family members who aren’t Mom to help out in it.

But Wright apparently didn’t ask any women for their input, because what happened instead was that women were denied any escape from their families, who definitely started trucking through the kitchen more often, not to help out but to make even more of a mess that Mom then has to spend more time cleaning up. She can’t even close the door to hide the mess until she feels like getting around to it. Wright’s heart was in the right place, but his head was probably distracted by some stained glass. To be fair, asking a woman’s opinion was punishable by law back then.

Ironically, open floor plans are still a highly gendered feature, but it’s not women clamoring for them. In the modern era, they were popularized by HGTV shows that wanted to appeal to men who like to watch the big walls get knocked down with the heavy hammers. 

Was that always what it was about? It was, wasn’t it.

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Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married

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Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith.  The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.

Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.

Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage.  When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.

Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.

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Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’

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Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.

“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.

Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.

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Why an ‘active’ approach to risk modelling is key to navigating markets today

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Whether investors are aiming for a cautious approach or a riskier investment profile with the potential for higher returns, Architas’ Blended Fund range is designed to match a range of investor risk appetites. And like many asset managers, Architas predominantly uses two approaches to define asset allocation within the five risk bands used in the Blended Range – strategic and tactical.

Whilst risk model provider EValue’s quantitative approach to asset allocation takes into account the long-term performance of different asset classes and the likely future performance given current valuations, along with long-term measures of volatility and correlations with other asset classes. Yet as with most systems of its kinds, EValue focuses on the long term; it is unable to analyse short-term market movements and fluctuations. So whilst it would have seen that in Q1 2020 markets fell by a record percentage before rebounding, it will not be able to factor in the cost of the coronavirus and lockdown and its impact on markets. Similarly, it is not able to consider ongoing Brexit woes, geo-political trade wars or the outcome of the US election in 2020.

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