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  • First part of Crossrail network opens in London

    Building Design - Latest News
    4 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Roof garden and shops designed by Foster & Partners and Gillespies
  • Original Eichler House in California Gets an Inspiring Upgrade: Appleberry Drive Residence - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine
    4 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Appleberry Drive Residence in Marinwood, California is an original Eichler house, recently upgraded by Building Lab. Despite its powerful character, the building lacked a real connection to the outdoors: “As can be said of most eichlers, this was great house to begin with. By means of the subtle rather than the grand, we strove to re-invigorate the modesty, simplicity and clarity of the original design. At the scale of site our two greatest concerns were the typical eichler austerity to street frontage and this model’s want of an atrium or courtyard”, explained the…
  • Your office is in your car

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    Lloyd Alter
    1 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Steven M. Johnson shows how the well-equipped mobile worker got around twenty-five years ago.
  • Space Saving Stairs: Perfect Accessory for City Living
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    If you’re living in a loft apartment and starved for space, take the stress out of interior decorating and learn what to look for in the ideal space-saving staircase that combines functionality and aesthetics So you’ve finally settled into that quaint and trendy loft apartment in the heart of the city. Now you’re bogged down [...]
  • 10 Success Tips For Young Architects

    Business of Architecture
    Enoch Sears
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Young architects become better architects by facing the challenges waiting for them at every step... Continued on
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    Cyburbia | Urban planning community

  • Article - Rural Hospitals Struggle to Stay Open

    4 May 2015 | 5:41 pm Quote: A total of 50 hospitals in the rural U.S. have closed since 2010 An additional 283 rural hospitals in 39 states are vulnerable to shutting down, and 35 percent of rural hospitals are operating at a loss, Q&A: Why have rural hospitals been closing? Quote: WHAT IS A RURAL HOSPITAL? HAVE RURAL HOSPITALS FACED TROUBLES BEFORE? WHY ARE RURAL HOSPITAL CLOSURES INCREASING AGAIN? WHAT CAN BE DONE? In my fair city we have 2 hospitals both Level 2 Trauma
  • Air Conditioning

    4 May 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Even though it is still spring, it is getting warm already. First world problem - I have cental air but it is broken - leak in the freon pipe so I have make do with 2 window units.
  • Planning and Zoning Administrator - Beverly Hills, MI

    WSU MUP Student
    4 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    Planning and Zoning Administrator Employer Vilage of Beverly Hils Population 10,267 Compensation $55,000 +/- DOQ Closing Date May 22, 2015 To Apply Interested applicants can submit a resume and cover letter to Chris D. Wilson, Village Manager; 18500 W. 13 Mile; Beverly Hills, MI 48025 or e-mail to see full ad, by May 22, 2015, Description The Village of Beverly Hills is accepting applications for the position of Planning and Zoning Administrator. The individual hired for this newly created position will serve as the Zoning Official for the Village and will be responsible for reviewing…
  • Greetings from Huntsville Alabama

    4 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    Taken from my Bio on the USACE web site...:D Daniel Reed is a Community Planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, Alabama. His experience includes Planning Director for various cities, working as a planner with an A/E firm and extensive planning experience overseas. Originally from Michigan, Dan brings a practical perspective to the USACE team through his understanding of urban design, the built environment, and working with government officials both foreign and stateside. His work with the USACE includes preparing documents for planning contracts, military base plans,…
  • Know it's wrong but say or do it anyways

    4 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    Yes, I am quite aware there is no apostrophe in the grocery store named Meijer, but that still doesn't stop me from adding the unnecessary possessive (as do most people around here) and saying 'Meijer's' Yes, I am aware 'ATM machine' is considered redundant. I'm also aware that pointing it out is considered pedantic. Are there any words you mispronounce or misspell, or any punctuation you use incorrectly even though you know it's not technically correct?
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    Archinect - News

  • Rogers Partners, Erik L'Heureux, David Chipperfield Architects, and P.K. VanderBeke are among this week's winners

    Justine Testado
    4 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that are worth checking out.Here's recap #58 for April 27-May 1, 2015 below:“The Pier Park” selected as winning St. Petersburg Pier design Maybe the second time's the charm? After the first competition was a bust, Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, and Ken Smith had the winning proposal for the new St. Petersburg Pier in Florida.Details of the Guggenheim Helsinki Stage Two finalist…
  • Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?

    Amelia Taylor-Hochberg
    4 May 2015 | 5:10 pm
    What will Zumthor's plan do for the museum's art and its audience? An art museum presents our histories in visual form; is LACMA making room for enough stories? [...] Los Angeles is one of the world's four major centers of art production. Yet the museum has no permanent-collection galleries that tell a California-authored story of contemporary art. [...] The proposed Zumthor building is also awfully expensive given its modest gain in exhibition space.
  • Tristan da Cunha + RIBA accepting redesign ideas for remote fishing/farming community

    Justine Testado
    4 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Tristan da Cunha is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, located about 1,750 miles southwest of Cape Town. Described as the remotest inhabited island in the world, Tristan da Cunha is internally self-governed and actually consists of four islands: Tristan (the main island), Nightingale and Inaccessible, and Gough Island. A tiny fishing/farming population of less than 300 people known as Edinburgh of the Seven Seas -- or locally as "The Settlement" -- permanently resides on the main island. In time for the island's 200th Anniversary in 2016, the Tristan da Cunha community is ready for a…
  • University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library

    Alexander Walter
    4 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    President Obama will choose the University of Chicago as the site for his presidential library, according to several reports and sources close to the Obama family. The proposal from the University of Chicago in Chicago’s South Side Hyde Park neighborhood, which is near where the Obamas have a home, their daughters attended grammar school and Michelle Obama worked as a vice president of the university’s medical center, is the apparent winner, reports and these sources say.Previously
  • The new $2.5 billion plan to rebuild the historic Penn Station

    Alexander Walter
    4 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    It's been over 50 years, but for many, the destruction of Charles Follen McKim's original Pennsylvania Station still stings (hey, even Mad Men mourned its passing). But now, there is a hopeful (if improbable) plan from Richard W. Cameron—principal designer at Atelier & Co—to bring back the civic jewel of a long-gone New York. According to Traditional Building's's Clem Labine, Cameron's plan has three main goals [...]."Previously
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    A Daily Dose of Architecture

  • Whoever said less is more...

    John Hill
    4 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    So this morning when I looked at my blog, I was greeted by an ad in the upper-right corner saying this:I was intrigued a little bit, since the phrase takes Mies van der Rohe's famous phrase, "Less is more," and puts into what is obviously some real-estate-speak. But what is the development? The next photo in the animated ad wasn't much help:And the next words made it clear this was a hotel, not a condominium:Next came the big clue, since the view out the window is looking east down the Chicago River:Meaning it could be none other than:Then I got annoyed. Not only is Trump – or at least his…
  • Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action

    John Hill
    1 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    The folks at Designers & Books recently launched a Kickstarter project to create a "facsimile reprint of an iconic 1961 book by modernist graphic designer and pioneer of information design Ladislav Sutnar." More information in the below video. I'm hoping the same sort of thing can happen for out-of-print architecture books. Any come to mind, dear readers? If so, please comment below.
  • Book Briefs #21: 7 Issues of 5 Journals

    John Hill
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    "Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with short, first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than can find their way into reviews on my blog. This installment focuses on a few recently published journals, some academic and some independent.1: New Geographies 06: Grounding Metabolism edited by Daniel Ibanez, Nikos Katsikis | Harvard GSD | 2014 | AmazonIn architecture, the word "metabolism" typically brings to mind the short-lived Japanese…
  • Today's archidose #834

    John Hill
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    A classic: Here are some photos of the Nova Office Building (2014) in Jaworzno, Poland, by Pracownia 111, photographed by Sebastian Deptula.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool To contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose
  • The New Whitney

    John Hill
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    [Looking west at the Whitney from Gansevoort Street | All photographs by John Hill]The Whitney Museum of American Art opens on Friday, May 1, nine years after the institution announced it would be moving to the Meatpacking District adjacent to the southern end of the High Line. That same year, 2006, construction started on turning the disused railway into an elevated park (phase 1 opened in 2009), which accelerated the area's transformation from its industrial namesake to a popular area for retail, fashion houses, restaurants and offices. The Whitney will surely have a substantial effect on…
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  • Mini Size, Max Style: Mid-Century Architecture-Inspired Shelves

    4 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    There are so many challenges to face when you're trying to keep your home clean, sleek, and free of clutter. Throwing our daily items - wallet, keys, phone, sunglasses - on a table when we get home is a bad habit that just adds to a home's visual clutter. Furniture designer Judson Beaumont (Straight Line Design) has created a cheeky new way to store those little items without sullying your home's interior landscape. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Modular Wall Storage System is Totally Flapping Unique Rotating Wooden Shelf Spins to Make Custom…
  • Entry Reinvented: 7 Fascinating Functional Door Designs

    4 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    The humble door is essential to every home as its only divider from the outside world or the portal between two rooms. But when you think about it, all of them are basically the same. They may come in different sizes, shapes, materials, and colors, but most can hardly be described as fascinating. These seven innovative doors from Japanese designers Nendo bring heaps of personality to the front door. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Space-Saving Double-Swing Doors Pivot on Hidden Hinges See-Through Walls: 4 Clever Modern Sliding Door Designs Private…
  • Black Diamond: Angular Forest Retreat with Minimalist Flair

    3 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    The word ‘cabin’ is no longer quite so inextricably tied to visions of rustic discomfort, little more than wooden shacks dotting the woods, haphazardly thrown together with whatever materials were available. Contemporary architects reinterpret the forest retreat with cleaner aesthetics, modern materials and an eye for detail as well as craftsmanship. This geometric black cabin by industrial design student Tomek Michalski provides a haven in a lush wooded setting, with a wood-lined interior that still has a cabin feel without being dark or overly rustic. Read more… Keep Going -…
  • Warehouse to Modern Loft: Cozy Conversion in Brussels

    2 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Converting a warehouse to a residence that actually feel like a home can be a tricky endeavor, requiring just the right balance of warmth and coziness while preserving the character of the space. Sometimes it’s just a matter of renovating a disused industrial or retail space to make it livable, while historic structures need a studied approach to keep from literally whitewashing right over the characteristics that make the space special. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Light Industrial: Bright Modern Home in a Boxy Gray Garage Rural Modern…
  • IKEA Hacka: Modular System for Ultimate Kitchen Hack-ability

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    How much more usable would your kitchen be if you could design it yourself, inserting countertops, appliances and storage space exactly where it’s needed? Not everyone has the budget for a custom renovation, but imaginative homeowners are getting creative with affordable components, especially through the ‘hacking’ of Ikea products. A new DIY kitchen system builds on the idea of Ikea hacks with simple metal connectors and wooden beams that come together into a highly customizable framework. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: FLOAT: Minimalist…
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  • Pure Gold: 24-Karat Art Center Highlights ‘Haunted House’

    4 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    [ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] Part of a century-old distillery, a structure known as the ‘Haunted House’ now glimmers in the faintest of light thanks to its real 24 karat gold coating. Dutch architecture firm OMA adapted a complex of seven buildings in Milan for Fondazione Prada’s new arts center and added three new buildings, blending them all together with the goal of making it hard to tell which are historic and which aren’t. The coat of gold paint makes the old factory building look like it could be as new as the glazed Podium building that was constructed around it,…
  • Street Art Lives: 13 Installations that Interact with Nature

    4 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    [ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] In cities where greenery can be scarce, these art installations call attention to everything from wall-climbing ivy to weeds growing out of sidewalk cracks, turning bushes into luscious manes or tree hollows into canvases for oil paintings. Moss graffiti enlivens urban surfaces without damaging them, grass carpets unfurl across stone streets and mini greenhouses protect even the most modest of plants. Floral Sideshow Bob by OakOak When French street artist OakOak saw these flowing purple flowers in his hometown of Saint-Etienne, he…
  • Fifth Wall: Artist Uses Aerial Urban Voids as Blank Backdrops

    3 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    [ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] In theater, the ‘fourth wall’ refers to the imaginary barrier between performers and their audience – the work of this illustrator evokes a kind of ‘fifth wall’, treating the sky above as invisible canvass for drawing upon. Featured previously, French artist Thomas Lamadieu is back with new sets (SkyDesign and SkyFace) as well as fresh work in his SkyArt series from around the world, with illustrated shots taken and drawn from South Asia and Europe to the United States. His recognizable style is pushed…
  • Hole In None: 12 Abandoned Miniature Golf Courses

    3 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    [ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] No ifs, no ands and above all no putts. These 12 abandoned miniature golf courses are as silent as the 18th at Augusta when the green jacket’s on the line. The only birdies you’ll find at the Shipwreck Island Waterpark‘s kitschy minigolf course in Panama City Beach, FL are those busy building nests in its mouldering infrastructure. Kudos to Flickr user epyonxero (John Moore) for capturing the abandoned minigolf course in all its spooky black & white glory on August 30th of 2013. Sandy Trap Sometimes miniature golf…
  • Secret Skies: See Starry Nights Normally Hidden by City Lights

    2 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    [ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] With the rise of urbanization, an estimated 80% of the world population has never seen the Milky Way – and while rural dwellers see thousands of stars on a typical night, those in cities typically see a few dozen at best. As part of their Skyglow project, astrophotographers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan taking pictures from around the country in darkened areas where the night sky is visible, in some cases turning them into true-to-life composites showing what the skies above cities would look like with the lights…
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  • The Town That Creep Built

    Geoff Manaugh
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    [Image: A curb in Hayward reveals how much the ground is drifting due to “fault creep”: the red-painted part is slowly, but relentlessly, moving north. Photo by Geoff Manaugh]. South of San Francisco, a whole town is being deformed by plate tectonics. These are the slow but relentless landscape effects known as “fault creep.” An earlier version of this post was first published on The Daily Beast. The signs that something’s not right aren’t immediately obvious, but, once you see them, they're hard to tune out. Curbs at nearly the exact same spot on opposite sides of the street are…
  • Terrestrial Sonar

    Geoff Manaugh
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    I found this thing in my desk again last night, and, as you can tell from the date in the image, below, it's been following me around since 1998 (!). However, after seventeen years of carrying random clippings like this around in files, folders, drawers, and envelopes—after all, this is only one of many dozens—I decided it was time to get rid of it. But not before writing a quick post. [Image: From Scientific American, September 1998]. The original article actually appeared in Scientific American way back in their 1898 issue, making the fragment, scanned above, just a snippet published…
  • An Artful Rearrangement of Darkness

    Geoff Manaugh
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    A post yesterday over on Rock, Paper, Shotgun described a new game called "Kieru," in which monochromatic ninjas lost in a monochromatic landscape alternately blend in with and radically stand out from their architectural surroundings. As Rock, Paper, Shotgun explains, the design of the game is such that "you’ll be trained to react to colour and shadow—two things that are traditionally irrelevant for most games—in completely new ways." This statement combined with the aesthetic of the game itself also brought to mind an undergraduate thesis project that we looked at last week, by…
  • Box Kites, Planes, and Super-Ceilings

    Geoff Manaugh
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    Here are some interesting houses by Greek architect Takis Zenetos, whose work we first looked at way back in 2009. [Image: House by Takis Zenetos (1961) from Takis Ch. Zenetos (1926-1977)]. I will confess to knowing almost nothing about these projects, but I wanted to post the images anyway; they're from a book called Takis Ch. Zenetos (1926-1977), which was originally pointed out to me in the comments of that earlier post. [Image: House by Takis Zenetos (1961) from Takis Ch. Zenetos (1926-1977)]. The designs draw heavily on cantilevers and porches, presumably in response to some difficult…
  • Tree / House

    Geoff Manaugh
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    [Image: A tree turned into architecture by the addition of a door. Photo via Tumblr, where it is erroneously described as being on the Portuguese island of Madeira; in fact, it appears to be a tree on the U.S./Canadian border, as per a shot called "Two boys at the doorway of their treehouse, c.1870-80," from Bridgeman Images, where it is described as a "picture taken on the American/Canadian border." That photo clearly depicts the same tree, albeit at a different stage in its life].
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    Integrated Sustainable Design

  • LPA Principal Spotlight: Erik Ring

    30 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design. Erik Ring, PE, LEED Fellow Principal / Design Director of MEP Engineering LPA Irvine
  • What Does a Landscape Architect Do?

    Andrew Wickham
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    I am often asked this question. Through the years, I’ve distilled my response down to something like: we design the outdoor built environment— public and private. However, that doesn’t quite tell the whole story. There is also habitat restoration, bio-remediation, and environmental studies that are all aspects of the profession that don’t necessarily involve “building” something. Now I have an easier answer: World Landscape Architecture Month (#WLAM2015).
  • 5 Things to Consider When Renovating Performing Arts Centers

    Kristen van Elden
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Given the budget constraints being placed on academic facilities today, when an existing performance space is scheduled for a renovation on a campus it is an opportunity to demonstrate the value of the arts to students and for the extended community. Similar to public buildings in a city, a performing arts center on a campus reinforces the power of community. As a result, the facility itself needs to become a landmark on campus demonstrating the support of the arts.
  • LPA Principal Spotlight: Wendy Rogers

    2 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design.
  • LPA University: The Benefits of Designing for Acoustics

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    LPA+U (LPA University) is dedicated to providing cutting-edge research pertaining to sustainable design to LPA staff, affiliated professionals and our clients. To bring education to the forefront of our efforts, LPA continues LPA+U webinar series next week with a presentation you don’t want to miss.
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    Interactive Architecture Lab

  • Study Interactive Architecture at UCL

    Ruairi Glynn
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    At the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London – the UK’s leading and largest Faculty of the Built Environment – we offer a 12-month Masters programme giving students an opportunity to learn about the potential of new sensing, computation, networked and responsive technologies to imagine, build and test new spaces of interaction. Student projects are widely published in design and technology publications. Recent examples include: William Bondin: Architizer, Mashable, Wired Ollie Palmer: BBC, New Scientist, Dazed Chryssa Varna: Creator Project, Suckerpunch Ling Tan:…
  • The Rules of Games and Spaces

    Aksa Khera
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    The essence of ‘games’ lies in a person’s immersion in play subject to rules. Immersion implies a complete and, more importantly, willing absorption in the activity. The difference between ‘play’ and ‘playing games’ is the presence of rules. All games have rules; even the ‘free play’ of childhood is subject to implied and agreed rules that are interpreted by the players. Gadamer has written on the way in which the rules of a game relate to its playing ‘”The rules provide a framework for the playing of the game and determine the range of appropriate actions the…
  • Sound & Sensing

    Zhao Wei
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    The 21st century has begun with an explosion of new tools, technologies and methods, as well as a mounting catalogue of challenges facing the designer. (Sheil, B.,2014) The development of sensing technologies and computation provides designers and architects with many choices when building spaces and installations. Some sensing tech can feel the physical change of the external environment then convert that into electronic signal, some can locate the position of moving objects. I share two interesting projects here about how designers play with sound by using different kinds of sensors.
  • Performing SCARA Robots

    Dan Feng
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    Can industrial robots perform elegant and improvisational choreography? Yes! I’ve been looking specifically at SCARA robot mechanisms and exploring the relationship between SCARA’s motion and contemporary dance in space during studies at IALab. The acronym SCARA stands for Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm. The first SCARA robot was created as a revolutionary prototype in 1978, in the laboratory of Professor Hiroshi Makino, at Yamanashi University in Japan. Its arm was rigid in the Z-axis and pliable in the XY-axes. The SCARA arm behaves somewhat like the human arm in that joints…
  • Creating a virtual/physical space

    Renxiang Li
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    “Marling” by Usman Haque, leaves me a profound impression. People play with their voice. The voice of citizens creates a compelling space which is between virtual and physical. Have a look here. Visual Motion Perception as a discipline can certainly help us understand how we phenominally see space in these projected lines. Also perhaps with careful control of these lasers you could start to see patterns of motion that might appear like human bodies – here is a short movie produced in 1971 by James Maas, then at Cornell University. It demonstrates some of the work of the Swedish…
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  • Elegant Zero-Energy Furniture can store heat and regulate indoor temperatures

    Lidija Grozdanic
    5 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Heating and cooling are no longer exclusively an architectural issue, but one that can be tackled with smart furniture design. This elegant-looking Climatic Table can regulate indoor temperatures by storing heat and increases energy savings by up to 60% for heating and 30% for cooling . Designers Raphaël Ménard and Jean-Sébastien Lagrange created an entire series called Zero Energy Furniture that can “store a large quantity of thermal energy within a small volume.” Read the rest of Elegant Zero-Energy Furniture can store heat and regulate indoor temperatures Permalink | Add to…
  • Architect Todd Saunders’ family home cantilevers with a swing set hanging underneath

    Lori Zimmer
    5 May 2015 | 2:54 am
    Read the rest of Architect Todd Saunders’ family home cantilevers with a swing set hanging underneath Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: Bergen Norway, Cantilever House, eco design, green design, podium house, saunders architects, sustainable design, Todd Saunders, Villa S
  • Kengo Kuma’s new community center hides a hilly indoor landscape under its zigzag-roof

    Ana Lisa
    4 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Kengo Kuma’s new community center hides a hilly indoor landscape under its zigzag-roof Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: community centre, japanese architecture, Japanese cedar wood, Kengo Kuma, kid-friendly design, playful design, Towada City Plaza, wooden indoor landscape, zigzag roof
  • Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to Expo Milan 2015

    Katie Medlock
    4 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Read the rest of Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to Expo Milan 2015 Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: "sustainable agriculture", enrico pollini, Expo Milan 2015, expo milano 2015, fright containers, monaco, sustainable farming, vertical garden, World Expo, world expo 2015
  • Ikea imagines a refrigerator-free kitchen for 2025

    Charley Cameron
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    From bio-refrigerators that cool food with gel to zero-energy clay alternatives, we see a lot of designs that look to make one of the home’s most energy-hungry appliances more efficient. But in Ikea’s Concept Kitchen 2025 installation at the Milan Design Fair, the Swedish furniture giant goes one step further, and suggests that 10 years from now we might forgo fridges entirely in favor of a “modern pantry” that keeps food cool using a combination of smart technology and traditional methods, with an open display to cut down on waste. Read the rest of Ikea imagines a…
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    Floating Podium Information

  • Why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Cried in Court docket

    4 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Savagery is more challenging than you feel. As members of a extremely social species, genetically coded for cooperation, compassion, and the powerful, virtually telepathic capability to experience what another individual is sensation, we need to not be terribly surprised that … Continue reading →
  • 24 Excess fat-Burning Ab Workouts

    3 May 2015 | 6:56 pm
    When most folks think &#8220abs,&#8221 they think the muffin best that blooms more than the prime of too-tight pants. But abdominals, a set collectively known as the main, involves the several interconnected muscle tissues that run up the back again … Continue reading →
  • 27 Greatest Superfoods for Weight Reduction

    2 May 2015 | 8:56 pm
    So-known as superfoods are dietary powerhouses that help build bones, avoid long-term conditions, boost your eyesight, and even keep your brain sharp. But did you know new evidence implies these food items can also support you get&mdashand stay&mdashslim? Read through … Continue reading →
  • Kids Overeat When They’re Pressured, Research Says

    1 May 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Following time you look at Bambi with your youngsters, you might want to disguise the ice product: A new study demonstrates that 5-to-7-year-outdated children tend to eat more when they&#8217re unfortunate. In accordance to a new review revealed in The … Continue reading →
  • These three Traits Are Shifting the Encounter of Plastic Surgery

    1 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    A new drug made to erase a client&#8217s double chin is obtaining a good deal of focus this week, but plastic surgeons say the largest developments in the discipline are in fact in other areas of the entire body. Although … Continue reading →
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    we make money not art

  • Eyes from a distance. Personal encounters with military drones

    4 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    Two of the speakers of the DNL Drone event have or used to have a direct, daily experience of drones. Asma al-Ghul is a journalist and author from Gaza who writes about human rights, social issues and is never afraid to openly criticize Palestinian ruling authorities. She spoke about everyday life under drone surveillance and sometimes attacks. The other speaker was Brandon Bryant, a former U.S. Air Force pilot who joined the Predator drone Program in 2006 and left in 2011 when he started questioning the ethics of the program and his own role as a soldier continue
  • The Grey Zone. On the (il)legitimacy of targeted killing by drones

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    The practice of targeted killing by drones raises many questions: "How many civilians have been killed as collateral damage during these strikes?" "And even if we're talking about militants, how can the killings be justified when there has been judicial supervision? "If these drones can reach their targets anywhere, then how is the battlefield defined?" "Right now, only 3 countries use drones for targeted killings: the U.S., Israel and the UK. Where will this stop?" "And if these targeted killings are illegal, why does Europe keep silent?" continue
  • Ebola, Molotov Cocktails and decaying discotheques. The Sony World Photography awards

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    This is the eight edition of the competition and, as usual, the Italians made a killing and take a large portion of the awards, there is a fair deal of suffering, at least one of the awards goes to an image featuring Palestinians living under occupation and facing discrimination (this year however, the photos are joyful), and it is always strange to look at the photos and realize that the main events of the year before have almost already been erased from consciences continue
  • Radioactive Ming vases echo our toxic dependency on electronics

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    Each object is made from the amount of toxic waste created in the production of three items of technology - a smartphone, a featherweight laptop and the cell of a smart car battery. Besides, the vases are sized in relation to the amount of waste created in the production of each item continue
  • World of Warfare, a day at the arms dealers fair

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    In February 2011, Julian Röder traveled to Abu Dhabi for the International Defense Exhibition and Conference. 50,000 military officers and arms dealers attended the fair. Some represent dictators. Others are mortal enemies: India, meet Pakistan. But here they meet and mingle, shopping for missile systems, assault rifles, and attack helicopters continue
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    Jetson Green

  • A City in the Sahara Desert

    Christine Walsh
    4 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    The architecture firm OXO Architectes from Paris, working with Nicolas Laisné Associés, has recently presented their vision for a “vertical city” skyscraper, which they would like to build in the Sahara desert. This mixed-use tower would be the perfect solution for sustainable living in the desert, and it would be able to comfortably house a large number of people. Needless to say, this tower is like something straight out of the future. It would run on renewable resources including solar power, geothermal energy and rainwater collection. The structure is called the City Sand Tower and…
  • Underwater Floating House

    Christine Walsh
    1 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    Here’s a unique floating house idea. The Kleindienst Group developer firm is set to build 42 floating homes as part of the Heart of Europe development in Dubai. The structure is called the Floating Seahorse, and it is technically a boat. What’s so unique about it is the fact that one entire floor of it is located underwater, offering clear views of the underwater life in the Persian Gulf. The Floating Seahorse boathouses will be anchored a short boat ride off the coast of Dubai, near the St. Petersburg and Main Europe Islands. Each of these aboded will have a floor space of 1,700 sq ft…
  • Dallas Couple Builds Luxurious Shipping Container Home

    Christine Walsh
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    One of the best things about shipping container architecture is that you can go as small or as large as you like. Matt and Barbara Mooney of Dallas, TX worked with local firm M Gooden Design to create their 3,700-square-foot dream home using 14 40-foot long recycled shipping containers as the main building blocks. The home is called PV14 House and it is a great example of cargotecture at its finest. Matt is actually an architect himself, so he co-designed the home with M Gooden Design. PV14 House is a two story single family home, and includes 3 bedrooms, and large open plan living area, 3.5…
  • Simple and Effective Grey-water Recycling System

    Christine Walsh
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Water shortage is becoming a noticeable problem in a lot of areas of the world due to climate change and over population. That is why low flow and grey water recycling fixtures are so welcome. One of these is the new ReFlow G2RSystem, which is, according to its designers, the Vancouver-based Re-Flow team, capable of saving up to 30 percent of the average household’s water use. The system works by recycling grey-water from the shower or bath to the toilet tank, where if can be used for flushing. The ReFlow G2RSystem is made up of a compact decentralized grey-water collection unit. The…
  • The Most Sustainable Classroom

    Christine Walsh
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has recently constructed an on-site classroom, called the SEEDclassroom. The aim of this project was to provide a sustainable, inspiring and healthy space for educational purposes, and it is one of only such classrooms in the US. The SEEDclassroom is a net-zero energy building while it also consumes net-zero water. All the needed electrical power is harvested through solar panels, while the SEEDclassroom building itself is also modular, easy to transport and designed to be self-sustaining. It features a green wall that…
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  • Peak Automobile?

    The Antiplanner
    5 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ever since some alarmist came up with the economically nonsensical term peak oil, we’ve been inundated with peak this, that, and the other thing. There’s peak helium. How about peak phosphorus? More recently, the term has been twisted from a supply issue to a demand issue, such as peak smart phone. And now, peak car. […]
  • The Cost of Regulation in San Diego

    The Antiplanner
    4 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Last week, economists at the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute released a report estimating that government regulation increase San Diego housing prices–for both buyers and renters–by an average of about 40 percent. The report says that only 16 percent of San Diego County has been developed (the 2010 census says 18.5 percent), and almost all […]
  • Making Transportation Less Wasteful and Unfair

    The Antiplanner
    1 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Antiplanner traveled from Louisiana back to Oregon yesterday and didn’t have time to write a lengthy post. So here is an op ed for your consideration. It briefly summarizes a report about federal funding of rail transit published by the Cato Institute last week. Speaking of rail transit, rail systems in Boston and Washington […]
  • Spokane Rejects Transit Tax

    The Antiplanner
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Voters in the Spokane, Washington area appear to have rejected a proposed 50-percent increase in the sales tax used to support transit by a small margin this week. At the latest count, the vote was 50.5 percent against the tax and 49.5 percent in favor of it. Click image to download the “public education” flyer […]
  • Lafayette Presentations

    The Antiplanner
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Lafayette, Louisiana would seem to be the last place in the world that you would expect to adopt a smart-growth plan. Yet the city adopted one recently and is now beginning to implement it by revising its zoning code. The Antiplanner believes that this code will make housing and other developments more expensive and slow […]
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  • Albany Office Supports TEARS

    SEI Design Group
    4 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Staff at the Albany Office attended a benefit for the New York Chapter of The TEARS Foundation last week. We are so proud of Brenna Uline for her work leading the NY chapter of the TEARS Foundation, which is a 501©(3) that assists families after the death of their baby from 20 weeks gestation to 1 year of life with funeral/cremation expenses, bereavement support and getting a grave marker.  They are also a partner of National Cribs for Kids Safe Sleep Initiative and are able to provide a brand new Pack n’ Play to low income families in hopes of preventing SIDS losses.
  • Team SEI at the Heart Walk

    SEI Design Group
    3 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Last week Team SEI raised $1,190 for the American Heart Association, which is awesome!  Way to go, team! It was a beautiful morning on Saturday for the 3.5 mile walk along the river.  This was the 25th annual heart walk in Rochester which raised a total of $673,000 and had 7,200 participants.
  • Congratulations Heuvelton CSD!

    SEI Design Group
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    Congratulations to Heuvelton Central School District on their $6.8 million capital improvement project approved by district voters yesterday.  The scope of work will include school building upgrades and sitework.  We are excited to work with them on the plans, which will go to the State Education Department for review when they are completed.
  • Congrats to Marcellus CSD!

    SEI Design Group
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Marcellus Central School District residents approved a $14.85 million proposal to upgrade the High School and provide enhancements at the Middle School and Elementary School.  Many of the improvements were identified as priorities in the district’s required Building Condition Survey, including new water pumps/ pipes, removal of asbestos and lead-based paint, painting of exterior wood fascia and new unit ventilators at KCH.
  • SEI Annual Soup Day

    SEI Design Group
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    Recently, the Rochester Office held their 3rd Annual Soup Day.  Kudos to all who participated in the competition, and slaved over a hot pot!  Everyone enjoyed tasting all the soups and sides that arrived, and then voting for their fave.  This year, Alan won first place for his PHO!  Congrats Alan, and thank you, Beth, for organizing.
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  • Kullegaard Takes First Place in Holbæk HavneBy Design Competition

    Holly Giermann
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    A team of architects from the Danish design firm Kullegaard have been awarded first place in a competition for the seaport municipality of Holbæk in Denmark. Seeking to form a connection with the surrounding architecture, their proposal for a mixed-use complex, entitled “Holbæk HavneBy,” derives its form from the distinction of public and private spaces. Read more on the $22 million proposal after the break. The project is divided into two components to demarcate the public and private programming. In the lower level, retail space comprised of a convenience store, shops, a…
  • Book Excerpt: Safdie / Moshe Safdie

    David Langdon
    5 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The prolific body of work produced over the last half century by Moshe Safdie and his firm is somewhat anomalous in the pantheon of high-profile living architects. It is unique in both formal and philosophical terms, nostalgically guided by the ethical precepts of bygone modernist theory while working in architectural languages significantly evolved from midcentury standards. In the course of a comprehensive review of his projects, it is perhaps the very lack of an isomorphic personal signature that makes his celebrity so unique. The Safdie “look” is chameleonic, deliberately adapting to…
  • Vila Franca de Xira Municipal Library / Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados

    AD Editorial Team
    5 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Architects: Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados Location: 2600 Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal Project Architect: Miguel Arruda Coordination: João Lisboa Project Area: 3200.0 m2 Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Interiors: Miguel Arruda, João Lisboa, Ana Lia Santos Graphic Design: Ana Lia Santos Collaborators: Pedro Nogueira, Paulo Isaque, Sara Preto Cristovão, Mário Iovieno, Fabrizio Ciardulli, Stefano Melaragno Construction: FML Construções, Lda Client: Jardins do Arroz – Empreendimentos, Lda Management: Câmara Municipal de Vila Franca de Xira e EMRU – Luis Matas de…
  • Has Technology Diminished Our Understanding Of Public Space?

    James Taylor-Foster
    5 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    In an article for the Washington Post, Philip Kennicott argues that “technology has scrambled the lines between public and private.” He questions whether, in an age of “radical individualism” spurred on by our fascination with solitary communication, our collective understanding and appreciation for the public, civic space has been diminished. Kennitott foreshadows that “one thing is certain: We will live in more crowded spaces, and we will increasingly live indoors, cocooned in climate-controlled zones with a few billion of our closest friends” as rapid…
  • Atelier Albert Oehlen / Abalos + Sentkiewicz + Enguita&Lasso de la Vega

    AD Editorial Team
    5 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Architects: Abalos + Sentkiewicz, Enguita&Lasso de la Vega Location: Bühlerstrasse, Teufen, Switzerland Year: 2009 Photographs: José Hevia Construction: Frehner Holzbau AG (Andreas Frehner, arq.) Lighting: ESTIA (Bernard Paule, ing.) Client: Albert Oehlen From the architect. A small construction on a steeply sloping, almost permanently snow-covered site produces a white prismatic volume that is embedded into the ground on the north side and projects into the landscape to the south, housing an open-plan space as an artist’s studio and a semi-basement for storage. A large picture window…
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  • Glass Box Extension Upgrading Bungalow-Style Home in New Zealand

    5 May 2015 | 3:11 am
    Grosvenor Street Residence by Dorrington Atcheson Architects is a bungalow-style home recently upgraded with a bright extension. Located in Auckland, New Zealand, the residence had been updated several times before with a series of dark  lean-tos, that made the spaces seem cluttered. According to the architects, “a modern pavilion now extends from the rear of the dwelling to provide a living, dining and kitchen area that flows easily into the garden. To avoid a clumsy connection between old and new, it is linked to the bungalow by a one-meter-wide (3.28-foot-wide) breezeway.”…
  • How Interior Designers Can Increase Their Incomes

    Shelley Little
    4 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    The creative mind of an interior designer may actually block their income potential. Image Source: CasamokioThis is not some “How to Get Rich Quick” article, rather more of a scientific article that looks inside the creative mind of an interior designer, looking into the way they think and why those very thoughts are blocking them from maximizing their potential and their income. Nor is this talk of “The Secret” and how your thoughts create reality.  Here we will touch upon some hardcore things interior designers can do to boost their income, and discuss the barriers…
  • Original Eichler House in California Gets an Inspiring Upgrade: Appleberry Drive Residence

    4 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Appleberry Drive Residence in Marinwood, California is an original Eichler house, recently upgraded by Building Lab. Despite its powerful character, the building lacked a real connection to the outdoors: “As can be said of most eichlers, this was great house to begin with. By means of the subtle rather than the grand, we strove to re-invigorate the modesty, simplicity and clarity of the original design. At the scale of site our two greatest concerns were the typical eichler austerity to street frontage and this model’s want of an atrium or courtyard”, explained the…
  • Modern Haven for Art Collectors: Central London Penthouse by Fernanda Marques

    4 May 2015 | 12:46 am
    Brazilian designer Fernanda Marques completed the design of a central London penthouse for a young couple of art collectors and their two children. The brief of the project requested a harmonious artistic home, where the entire family could feel relaxed, an oasis in the middle of a bustling city center: “My clients wanted ideal conditions for displaying their extensive art and furniture collection. My greatest challenge was to find the balance between the collection of works of art, prominently sculptural furniture and the everyday of a home“, explained the designer.Communication…
  • Distinct Black&White Exterior Showcased by Minimalist “Framing House” in Japan

    3 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Located in the Shiga Prefecture, Japan, Framing House by Form / Kouichi Kimura Architects is a contemporary Japanese home displaying a minimalist design and a distinct black&white exterior. The owners’ brief required the new building to accommodate an art gallery, along with inviting living spaces. This is how the architects responded to the challenge: “The characteristic passage laid out from the street through the back of the building functions as the line of flow to the habitable space and the gallery. The passage frames the courtyard connected to the back of the house,…
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  • The Town That Creep Built

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    [Image: A curb in Hayward reveals how much the ground is drifting due to “fault creep”: the red-painted part is slowly, but relentlessly, moving north. Photo by Geoff Manaugh]. South of San Francisco, a whole town is being deformed by plate tectonics. These are the slow but relentless landscape effects known as “fault creep.” An earlier version of this post was first published on The Daily Beast. The signs that something’s not right aren’t immediately obvious, but, once you see them, they're hard to tune out. Curbs at nearly the exact same spot on opposite sides of the street are…
  • Terrestrial Sonar

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    I found this thing in my desk again last night, and, as you can tell from the date in the image, below, it's been following me around since 1998 (!). However, after seventeen years of carrying random clippings like this around in files, folders, drawers, and envelopes—after all, this is only one of many dozens—I decided it was time to get rid of it. But not before writing a quick post. [Image: From Scientific American, September 1998]. The original article actually appeared in Scientific American way back in their 1898 issue, making the fragment, scanned above, just a snippet published…
  • An Artful Rearrangement of Darkness

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    A post yesterday over on Rock, Paper, Shotgun described a new game called "Kieru," in which monochromatic ninjas lost in a monochromatic landscape alternately blend in with and radically stand out from their architectural surroundings. As Rock, Paper, Shotgun explains, the design of the game is such that "you’ll be trained to react to colour and shadow—two things that are traditionally irrelevant for most games—in completely new ways." This statement combined with the aesthetic of the game itself also brought to mind an undergraduate thesis project that we looked at last week, by…
  • Box Kites, Planes, and Super-Ceilings

    12 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    Here are some interesting houses by Greek architect Takis Zenetos, whose work we first looked at way back in 2009. [Image: House by Takis Zenetos (1961) from Takis Ch. Zenetos (1926-1977)]. I will confess to knowing almost nothing about these projects, but I wanted to post the images anyway; they're from a book called Takis Ch. Zenetos (1926-1977), which was originally pointed out to me in the comments of that earlier post. [Image: House by Takis Zenetos (1961) from Takis Ch. Zenetos (1926-1977)]. The designs draw heavily on cantilevers and porches, presumably in response to some difficult…
  • Tree / House

    12 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    [Image: A tree turned into architecture by the addition of a door. Photo via Tumblr, where it is erroneously described as being on the Portuguese island of Madeira; in fact, it appears to be a tree on the U.S./Canadian border, as per a shot called "Two boys at the doorway of their treehouse, c.1870-80," from Bridgeman Images, where it is described as a "picture taken on the American/Canadian border." That photo clearly depicts the same tree, albeit at a different stage in its life].
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  • How the Meaning of Home Influences Residential Architecture

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    The Architect is responsible for generating a built outcome relating to unique concerns of  practicality, legislation, time, budget and brief. How these constraints and opportunities influence the very personal architecture of our houses? What makes a house a home? Our homes have a deep and unique emotional meaning not only reflecting but also affecting who we are, how we feel, think and act. Is it the responsibility of our home to successfully support our daily activities while nurtures our thoughts, memories, feelings and patterns of behaviour? How does this unique meaning and…
  • Beyond the New – A manifesto for Design

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    A manifesto for design by Hella Jongerius & Louise Schouwenberg:   1. Count the blessings of industry. Industrial processes have greater potential than low-volume productions of exclusive designs, which reach such a limited market that talk of ‘users’ can hardly be taken seriously. Industries can make high-quality products available to many people. We should breathe new life into that ideal. 2. It is absurd and arrogant to begin the design process with an empty piece of paper. Cultural and historical awareness are woven into the DNA of any worthwhile product. Otherwise the…
  • Interesting Stuff on the Internet

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Interesting stuff on the internet is an article sharing my favourite recent online inspiration and distractions. A swarm of 3-D printing, concrete mixing robots called “Minibuilders” explore the possibility of rethinking construction building processes in the near future. 3-D printing architecture is not new, but this method seems more realistic than the other gantry-based systems. Read the full article here.  It is not just the price of land, the cost of building and tax regimes that are behind Australia’s housing affordability crisis. Social stigma and misunderstanding…
  • The Architact Collective Can Create Your Very Own Ring Design!

    22 Feb 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Eric Chan supported us on Kickstarter by pledging to ‘design his own ring,’ we absolutely love his creation. We wanted to share with you his incredible design. Eric is an Architect from Melbourne, currently living and working in Hong Kong. Below is an interview with Eric who first came across our project on ArchDaily: AC: We love your ring design which maximises the surface area of exposed concrete. What inspired your ring design? EC: The materiality of the concrete ring, of a normally rough material used in a refined way for jewellery, initially drew me to this project. …
  • Create Something Special this Valentine’s: The Architact Collective Do Custom Rings!

    8 Feb 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Are you an architect or builder? Are you moving home? Are you building a home with your life partner? Are you a supplier or manufacturer? Are you on holiday? Why not collect some brick or concrete from your construction site, family home, office or holiday destination and allow us to transform your material into a truly unique ring. A ring that you can carry forever as a very personal and constant reminder of home, work or leisure. We create custom rings! To create your own custom ring send us an email to Below are some images of a custom ring we created for a…
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  • Bond Nightclub, Melbourne

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    For as long as architecture and music have coexisted they have been far more dependent on each other than one may have initially realized. There is an equidistance between how architecture has shaped the evolution of music and how music has done the same for architecture. It’s the notion of harmony within spaces, that essential idea that the engrained harmony and vibrancy that flows through a space then goes on to give that overall place a particular identity and then in the reverse order. As early as the 1400’s architects would use music to define structure for the most beautiful…
  • Matt White Gold 24 Piece Cutlery Set

    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This elegant set of modern cutlery represents an incredible balance of tradition, style, luxury and practicality. Today’s heirloom without the stuffy grandmotherly undertones. Perfect as a wedding gift. Or a splurge for yourself when you know that you will want just one set of “better” cutlery to add a sense of occasion to any mealtime. A modern, minimalist masterpiece that also happens to be factory made and even machine washable. No polishing, no fuss.   Designed and manufactured in Portugal, the pieces are light-weight but still have a substantial feel. They are…
  • Fold7 Ad Agency - London

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We cannot take our eyes off the eerie umbrella-holding human figures that dangle seemingly in mid-air in the 7,000 square-foot (650 square metre) office of ad agency Fold7 Farringdon (Clerkenwell, London). The figures were created by Czech artist Michal Trpák who has used similar humans-with-umbrellas themes, most notably in his large-scale work, Slight Uncertainty, installed in an office complex in Prague in 2012. In Fold7’s office, the humans float in the entrance area of the ad agency’s premises located in a refurbished 1980s office building. The sheer volume of the…
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  • Small Tea Boutique - Miami

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Andee Hess, founder of Portland, and his Oregon-Based Osmose have done their magic in Miami where they have helped revive what was a tired Coral Gables neighborhood bank by turning it into Small Tea, a tea boutique concept by Daniel Charles Joseph Benoudiz. Small Tea extolls the benefits of real human connection via the consumption of tea under a canopy of 1,250 boxes wrapped in abaca or manila hemp, a type of banana-tree fiber used for baskets in some tea-growing areas. We, of course, notice the elegant use of wood and wood slats, and oval and rounded accents, all of which helps evoke a…
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  • PWB Denver – Connections & Cocktails

    Katelyn Spainhour
    1 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    The Professional Women in Building (PWB) council of Denver hosted their second Connections and Cocktails on Tuesday (April 28th).  PWB Denver is a group of women (and men) from Denver’s building industry focused on career building and community outreach.  Connections and Cocktails is a monthly networking event hosted by the board of PWB, geared toward making connections among the group and welcoming new members.  Tuesday’s event was held at the Punch Bowl Social was a huge success!  I met a variety of awesome members of the Denver building community and highly recommend these…
  • Construction Cost per Square Foot for College Buildings: Classrooms

    Dean Dalvit
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    In a continued effort to keep our readers informed of the most current construction cost trends on projects that EVstudio has experience in, below is the 2013 cost data from RSMeans, the industry leader in construction cost estimating. These costs are for the completed, finished  building project and does not include land costs, entitlements costs, soft costs, financing costs, other site improvement costs or furnishings, trade fixtures or tenant equipment. This data is for College Classrooms. If you would like to discuss a Education type project with our design team, we would be happy to…
  • Sapphire Reviewer Quick Tips

    30 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    When using any design software, there are always a few common mistakes that have very simple solutions. Even though Sapphire Reviewer is an extremely user friendly design tool, it isn’t without its own set of common designer errors. Here are a few quick tips to keep your model headache free: 1. Create levels • Levels are used to bring the model into the software accordingly. i. Edit→ Job Properties 2. Import file into correct level • If you forget to change the current level when importing a new floor or roof, your system will be brought into the software on  top of the existing…
  • Post-tensioned Basketball Court

    Anthony Ries
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    In addition to the interior remodel we completed for the University of Denver, we also upgraded an unused exterior patio to a basketball court. This is a standard sized court with two goals and striping. The court itself is post-tensioned concrete which was designed by the great structural engineers here at EVstudio. Basketball Court This new court is as big of a hit as the interior remodel. It seems like every time I was buy the building last fall it was jam packed with students playing a quick pickup game. I don’t blame them. The court is great and the goals are full size with glass…
  • Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Services Offered By EVstudio

    30 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    In addition to architecture, planning and structural engineering; EVstudio is now offering Civil Engineering and Land Surveying with our licensed team of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors (PLS in Colorado). Our services can include: Alta Surveys Annexation Services As-Built Surveys Boundary Surveys Cadastral Surveying Condominium Surveying Construction Administration & Observation Construction Cost Estimates Construction Stake Outs Control Surveys Detention & Retention Facilities Development Planning Drainage and Grading Conformance Evaluation. Drainage Reports…
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  • Contemporay Intrigue in Mercer Island Courtyard House

    Susan Kraemer
    1 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    An eerie cool light comes in from the courtyard dug out of the hillside around this house on Mercer Island in Washington. An inverted version features at the center of the house; a ‘courtyard” that contains and conceals the stairs. Within, a beautiful fireplace clad in black contrasts with the warmth of the flame. Black steel, concrete and glass also form the courtyard that is the central concept of this beautiful contemporary holiday home by Hutchison and Maul. Like many holiday houses, the contemporary beauty overlooks a watery view. The Courtyard House is clad in…
  • 50 Years Later – a Home for an Artist

    Susan Kraemer
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Gary Gladwish Architecture designed this sustainable home for an artist in Orcas Island, Washington. 54 years ago she visited the island and decided that one day she would live there. All her life, the artist had been working with rocks, nature and landscape. Populated with madrone trees, firs, beech, thistle, moss and rocks with magnificent views to the west, the site of her future dream home had remained un-built over 40 years. The architects selected a material palette to incorporate some of her favorite materials like rusty steel siding and moss and rocks from the building site. The entry…
  • Design Dilemma: The Modern Farmhouse Sink

    28 Apr 2015 | 3:58 am
    Transitional Kitchen by Austin Architects & Building Designers hatch + ulland owen architects Have you always admired the look of farmhouse sinks but wondered if they would fit into a modern setting? Certainly there is an allure to the oversized sinks of yesteryear. The sinks are well beyond the size of most modern sinks today. They were built in a time before running water, when it was necessary to bring in well water from outside. The sinks were made extra large, to reduce the amount of running back and forth between sink and well. Not only that, but these large sized sinks are extra…
  • Delicious Symmetry in Mirrored Pair of Australian Townhouses

    Susan Kraemer
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    The Australian architecture studio Martin Friedrich Architects has designed a pair of very chic urban townhouses. The mirrored floorplans results in an intriguing and symmetrical facade. Each has a fully glazed floating effect living room that flows out to a pool. Connecting the floors, from the basement garage to the bedrooms is a spiral stair. Each has an underground cinema at the bottom of the circular stairwell, next to the drive-under garage which can house five cars each. And each have identical mirrored upper floors that could house either 3 couples or a family with 2 to 4 children.
  • A Villa in Merida that Embraces Old and New

    Susan Kraemer
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Casa CP 78 was designed by Taller Estilo Arquitectura in the old colonial city of Merida, on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The house brings just the right amount of the old world charm of Merida’s colonial Spanish architecture to a modern home. A pool sits within the typical small site of urban Merida, but we find that it’s exactly sufficient. Contrasting strongly against the white stucco are floor to ceiling black framed windows – departing decisively from the old world. These black accents against white stucco define the exterior as  well. A marble floor cools the…
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  • What Is a Hygrothermal Building Assessment?

    Paula Melton
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Author name:  Peter Yost Blog Category:  BuildingGreen's Top Stories Green Topics:  Moisture Control for Health Moisture Management Water Management Energy Efficiency Hygro refers to water, and thermal refers to heat. In buildings, you really can’t manage heat without also managing moisture. For example, if you increase how much insulation is in a wall, you may also be increasing the risk of moisture and mold problems. There are four ways that buildings can get wet: bulk water leaks (rain dripping through a hole in your roof) wicking (groundwater being pulled up through a…
  • Leaders in Sustainable Design Speaking at AIA Convention 2015

    Alana Fichman
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    Author name:  Alana Fichman Blog Category:  BuildingGreen's Top Stories AIA Convention Looking for the greenest updates at Convention this year? Here is our quick roundup. As architects and other design professionals from around the nation gather in Atlanta this week, they will find that the gap between design and sustainable design is narrower than ever. But if you are looking for the greenest talks of them all, look no further! Many of today’s greatest minds in sustainable design will be sharing their stuff—with everything from specifying healthier building materials to the…
  • BuildingGreen Hiring Marketing Position

    Tristan Roberts
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Author name:  Tristan Roberts Blog Category:  Op-Ed Want to join the innovative marketing team of the world’s most trusted green building publisher? BuildingGreen, Inc. is hiring a key marketing position at either an assistant or coordinator level. This person would be an essential team member for all things we do related to marketing and for staying in touch with our loyal readers and reaching those who haven’t heard about us yet. The position will entail: Campaign development and management read more
  • Learn Sustainable Design without Having to Brave the Cold and Snow

    Paula Melton
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions BuildingGreen's Top Stories Green Topics:  Education and Training A new round of online BAC Sustainable Design courses is starting up soon. Going out in the polar vortex is not a prerequisite. I’m about to start teaching another round of my online course, Resilient Design, at Boston Architectural College (BAC), and this provides an opportunity to reflect on teaching at BAC and, more broadly, the online instruction in sustainable design offered through this program. 20 excellent online courses I first started teaching…
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  • Will Alsop on Architecture and Photography

    Maria Anagnostou
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:21 am
    Most of architects worldwide share the passion of photography for various reasons. What is your relationship with photography? Do architecture photographers do better this kind of work? If you have a building you want to photograph, you have to go to a professional photographer. One actually takes buildings because they know what they are doing. On the other hand sometimes photographs tend to be a bit static and some buildings are very difficult to photograph. For example, I once, a long time ago, did a big building in Massey and I sent a whole range of different professional photographers…
  • Bidisha Sinha & Simon Yu on Architecture and Photography

    Maria Anagnostou
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    Many architects worldwide share the passion of photography for various reasons. What is your relationship with photography? Do architecture photographers do better this kind of job? B.S.: We have photographers that are actually trade as architects but do it professionally and we have a lot of very talented architects in the office who photograph so I’m not sure but of course if you are more professional and you’re doing it full time, you always have a much better understanding, and better perspective. S.Y.: The eye for space just developing an eye for observation, I mean that observation…
  • Stephen Pimbley on Architecture

    Maria Anagnostou
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    There are countries with great history. Designing a modern building within this context is a complex procedure. Is critical regionalism an approach to modern architecture? I would say it’s not and I suppose I have got to explain why I say that. When I was a student in London, I was interested in nuts and bolts and that time there were two different schools of architecture. One was called High Tech which was a British invention and then there was Post Modernism. So, you should be either a student of High Tech or Post Modernism. I liked High Tech quite a lot because I was interested really in…
  • Sir Peter Cook on Architecture and Travel

    Maria Anagnostou
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    What’s the importance of architectural tourism? It is amazingly important. I have been until now very lucky since I had the chance to see a lot of different countries and I know about the architects, so I’m privileged. When I return to London wherever I may be, I talk about it in lectures and magazines. I come back and say, “God this is amazing!” A few months ago I was in Mexico City and I saw Mexico City’s library that is a brilliant building, but not many people from England go there. When I came back I said “God this is an amazing building” and I brought a book. It’s really…
  • Liao Yusheng on Architecture and Photography

    Maria Anagnostou
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:54 am
    What is your relationship with architecture? What attracted you to architecture, as a photographer? Some of the best architecture is about the manipulation of light. The same can be said of photography so I think they are a natural fit. Architecture and photography are two of the things I love most and being able to combine them into a vocation has been a great blessing. We can say that most of architecture photos of buildings do not include any people. What are your thoughts about including people in your photos? Is it important to photograph a building in use, or by itself? I try to…
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  • Exhibition of the graduating students from the Faculty of Planning of the Université de Montréal

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    29 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Montréal, CanadaPavillon de la faculté d'aménagement de l'Université de Montréal Event + Exhibition, Architectural Products , Commercial Architecture, Commercial Interior Design, Industrial Architecture, Industrial Design, Institutional Architecture, Institutional Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Residential Architecture, Residential Interior Design, Sustainable Development, Transport, Urban Design
  • QC Design at WantedDesign, May 15-18th 2015

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    27 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    New York, United StatesQC DesignCommercial Interior Design, Architectural Products , Event + Exhibition, Furniture, Industrial Design, Institutional Interior Design, Lighting Design, Object + Accessory, Product, Residential Interior Design Seven companies from Québec, Canada join forces at WantedDesign New York to showcase their talent and protean vision by exhibiting high quality products for design lovers far and wide. Together they embody the future of Québécois design. They draw on the oldest of craft traditions and the newest of design processes to create works with an original…
  • The Convent Val-Morin, an exceptional site for business meetings

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    27 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    Val-Morin, CanadaConvent Val-Morin Residential Architecture, Cottage + Country house, Garden + Terrace, Gastronomy, Hotel, Kitchen + Bathroom, Lifestyle, Residential Interior Design, Spa + Pool, Sustainable Development, Travel
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  • Make art objects part of your decor

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    24 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    Québec, CanadaBarda Product, Architectural Products , Art, Culture, Furniture, Lifestyle, Lighting Design, Object + Accessory A new business called Barda has opened its doors in Quebec, with the ambition of winning over the North American interior design market with a unique concept based on the French movement called Slow Made. The firm offers exclusive, upscale and eco-friendly products aimed at a refined clientele seeking art objects as decorations. After a professional career in both Europe and Canada, Catherine Vayssier dec... (continued)
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  • Get Creative With Backsplash Designs

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Wall Tile Designs Extend your beautiful backsplash to cover the whole wall. Not only will your tile prove durable and easy to clean, it will also provide a harmonious look that enlarges the whole room. And if you never liked the backsplash in the first place, you can achieve the look of a regular wall …
  • Does Your Backsplash Make a Statement?

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    If you want to get technical, a backsplash is only there to make cleanup around sinks, stoves, and other messy and wet areas easier. It’s armor for your kitchen or bathroom. But who says armor has to be boring? Your backsplash can make a statement or even be the center of the room. A typical …
  • Stressed Out? Here are 10 Tips

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Regardless of how extensive your project might be, remodeling your home can be a stressful process. Here are 10 tips to help reduce your stress level. Tabor Design Build understands the importance of open communication. We commit to keeping you informed at every stage of the process, from the first phone call to the last …
  • Sunrooms and Sunspaces

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    Sunspaces serve three main functions — they are a source of auxiliary heat, they provide space to grow plants, and they are pleasant living areas. The design considerations for these functions are very different, and building a sunspace that will serve all three functions requires compromises. Energy Efficiency First Before you decide to add a …
  • Save Energy When Working From Home

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    There are clear energy-saving advantages to working from home—avoiding a commute and saving fuel being the biggest—but working at home also means that you may be using MORE energy at home than you would otherwise. This is simply because you’re there, running the heat (in the winter) and using electricity. But there are a few …
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  • The Top Exported Good in Each State, in One Map

    1 May 2015 | 12:34 am
    The U.S. economy is diverse, with strengths in many different industries. This diversity ultimately strengthens the economy and makes it more resilient to shocks. A map of the top exports from each state illustrates this diversity. Tweet As a follow up to a previous blog post on state imports, we decided to look at the most exported products from each state. The map above summarizes the results of our analysis of export data from U.S Census Bureau. At first glance, there are a lot of states exporting aircraft, and to a lesser extent trucks and cars. There are also a large number of states…
  • The Top Imported Good in Each State, in One Map

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Looking at the dominant import of each state reveals the economic commodity on which each state is most dependent. Immediately noticeable is the dominance of oil and oil-related products such as gasoline or vehicles. The U.S. economy, like other industrialized economies, is highly reliant on the production and flow of oil. The map above shows each state’s largest import (by dollar value) in 2014. Imports can be broken down into four main categories: fuel, food, electronics, and machinery. An interesting finding is certainly the high import level of sweaters & pullovers in Wisconsin.
  • Cost Obsessions Around the World

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:22 am
    Google’s autocomplete function provides suggestions derived from common Google searches by other users. Comparing autocomplete results for searches on different countries reveals how certain places are perceived by people around the World. It turns out that Google searches for the cost of something vary widely depending on the country of interest. For example, people are most interested in the cost of a passport or a patent in North America. As for Europe, many are concerned about practical things like the cost of living, studying, or buying a beer. Google users are interested in basic…
  • The Most Unique Jobs in the Top 50 U.S Metros

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    It is well known that each U.S. state is unique in terms of the employment opportunities available. But it turns out that the types of jobs that are common in metropolitan areas also vary greatly, even between cities within the same state. We looked at data for 50 of the biggest cities in the U.S. to see which jobs are more common than the U.S. average. The results reveal many interesting trends and confirm some stereotypes about U.S. cities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases data that show the occupation with the highest Location Quotient (LQ) by metropolitan area. An LQ is…
  • How Much Does it Cost to Live The American Dream?

    8 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    The answer depends on where you want to live. The American Dream of homeownership is no longer realistic for many Americans with middle class wages. Across the country, the affordability of single family homes varies widely. To buy an average home in Cleveland, one would need a salary of at least $22,400, while an average home in San Francisco demands a salary of at least $137,500. Homeownership has long been seen as a natural step toward a secure future. But with wages in the U.S. relatively stagnant compared to house prices over the past four decades, homeownership is increasingly out of…
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  • Travel Blog: Nepal Earthquake Relief

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    After having just spent two and a half weeks in Nepal trekking through the Langtang Valley and visiting areas in and around Kathmandu the recent earthquake in the area has left the four of us really shaken. Less than two weeks ago we were there standing in some of the spots that were hardest hit. We have pictures of beautiful temples and buildings that two weeks later have been reduced to a pile of bricks.(Langtang Village – According to reports on Nepal Television (NTV), via a tweet from reporter Michael Holmes at CNN, the valley is "completely destroyed." And according to…
  • Architecture Blog: My Fantasy

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    The following is an interview of Jerry Allison conducted by The Architects' Journal in December of 1992 shortly after the grand opening of the Palace of The Lost City in Sun City, South Africa. The Lost City pushed the boundaries of technology and construction for a highly detailed and complex fast-track project. I'd never done anything like this before except in my mind. Usually my architecture relates to specific architecture that has developed in a region - we've worked in Malaysia, Japan, the south Pacific islands, relating the new architecture to the old, taking into account the…
  • Architecture Blog: A Look Back In Time

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:22 pm
    As part of our 70th Anniversary celebration, we'll be revisiting past articles and interviews of our founders and past employees of WATG. The following is an article written by Pete about the origin of WATG. The article was originally published in the December 1986 issue of Hawaii Architect when the firm was known as Wimberly Whisenand Allison Tong & Goo.  At the end of World War II, there was a great backlog demand for buildings of all sorts. During the four years of war, only essential or defense-oriented projects were allowed.There was some housing built as it was felt that these…
  • Architecture Blog: Chuck Gee honored by PATA

    8 Apr 2015 | 9:09 pm
    It was an honor for me to attend the Pacific Asia Travel Association's "Gallery of Legends" induction ceremony for Chuck Gee, University of Hawaii Regent, and Dean Emiritus of the University of Hawaii School of Travel Industry Management.Chuck's accomplishments were celebrated at an exclusive invitation-only reception, and a plaque was presented in his honor to be displayed at the Gallery of Legends display at the Honolulu International Airport. Interestingly, Chuck's plaqe is next to Pete Wimberly's plaque. Pete was honored as one of the founding members of PATA.  You can read…
  • Architecture Blog: The WATG Singapore Sketching Workshop

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:25 pm
    It astonishes me that even when you are in an architectural firm with a lot of very creative people (Yes, WATG included), it’s always these three words that I hear most: "I can't Draw!" It is very rare indeed when somebody says "Why, yes, I draw quite well, actually."And yet, being able to draw is on the top of the wish list of most creative people and designers. We were brought up thinking that we can't draw, that we must be born with talent, and when we attempt to draw something it just doesn't look "right." Most of us think that its better just to do it…
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  • The Most Awarded ENERGY STAR Building in the U.S.

    7 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the only building in the United States to achieve a remarkable 15 consecutive ENERGY STAR certification labels: the U.S. Airways/American Airlines headquarters building in Tempe, AZ. Since the ENERGY STAR certification for buildings began in 1999, the building has met strict energy-efficiency standards set forth by the EPA. This nine-story, 218,000-square-foot office tower was named as the 2000 Building of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) right after it…
  • Famous Landmarks Make Green Building a Priority

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    Commercial buildings of all sizes are making big strides in energy efficiency and environmental impact reduction. We found five well-known landmarks that have recently implemented some remarkable green building strategies to reduce energy and water use. Check out what these famous buildings around the world are doing to improve building performance. Empire State Building A $550 million energy-efficiency initiative implemented by the Empire State Building ultimately earned LEED Gold certification, but that wasn’t the landmark’s ultimate goal. The team started with more traditional…
  • Developing Occupant Thermal Comfort Surveys

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    What’s the best way to know whether your building is fulfilling tenant and occupant needs, helping them be their most productive? By asking them questions. A web-based survey that collects information about your facility’s indoor environmental quality can provide valuable feedback about workplace effectiveness. Tenant and occupant feedback can also help you make decisions about what’s working and what’s not when it comes to green building features. Are occupancy sensors functioning like they should be? Is the glare from sunlight through windows hindering productivity? You can be as…
  • Energy-Efficient Products with the ENERGY STAR Label

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    ENERGY STAR is a helpful resource when you’re looking for energy-efficient commercial building systems such as HVAC and lighting. The program outlines points to consider when investing in fixtures, water heaters, boilers, etc. All systems and products with the ENERGY STAR label are independently certified to save energy without forfeiting functionality. But did you know that ENERGY STAR also now certifies smaller types of products that are likely being used inside your building? Vending Machines Although most building owners and facilities managers don’t have direct control over vending…
  • A Look at Two LEED Platinum v4 Buildings

    17 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    Only two buildings in the world have achieved LEED Platinum v4 certification since it was announced in July 2013. (Through Oct. 31, 2016, commercial buildings can still apply for LEED 2009 instead of LEED v4.) The first LEED v4 building, Haworth Showroom in Beijing, was awarded LEED CI Platinum in October 2013 after earning 71 out of 110 possible LEED points. Last September, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded its second LEED Platinum v4 certification to One Sansome Street in San Francisco. One Sansome Street earned 80 out of the 110 possible LEED points. While both buildings make energy…
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  • 2015 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition – The Winners

    Bob Borson
    3 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    On Friday, May 1st – 6 highly focused and dedicated judges walked in to my home with the monumental task of selecting the winners of the 4th Annual Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition. This is no small task and while it may seem a fairly simple enough process to select awesome playhouses – it’s not. These are surprisingly complicated little buildings and the criteria for evaluation is specific, but yet open for a wide range of interpretation. The judges had to take the 28 entries that were advanced in to the finals round and eliminate all but three (which will…
  • Kitchen Design Contest – The Judging Process

    Bob Borson
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    One of the projects that I have been associated with for the last year is the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest. Held every other year, it attracts incredibly talented judges and participants, and as far as contests go, it is one of the handful where I greatly anticipate the outcome.Since a large percentage of the projects I work on are residential, I feel particularly qualified to tell you that there isn’t much debate that the kitchen is the most important room in the house. It’s typically the hub of all family activity. If you needed further evidence, we all know that…
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  • COLORS House by CUBO design architect

    Miguel Rus
    4 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    © Yasuno Sakata COLORS House is located in Otobashi, dense residential area, some distance away from Nagoya Station. CUBO designed a house for a father and his daughter. The father asked for a modern Japanese style, and on the other hand the daughter asked for an artistic interior design with a vivid color scheme. A spacious void space is placed at the entrance area, serving as a buffer zone to provide a comfortable distance between each other. And a sliver of light penetrates through the space, creating a theatrical impression like a stage set welcoming visitors. © Yasuno Sakata © Yasuno…
  • House C3 by Campbell Architecture

    Alberto Seller
    3 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    © Justin Alexander House C3 continues our exploration of traditional form used in contemporary manner. In this case to find an architecture of today that sits comfortably within its neighborhood of 19th century workers cottages that neither brashly shouts difference nor resorts to historical pastiche. © Justin Alexander The brief was to create a house infused with natural light throughout, in the often dark, row house typology, without resorting to the often sad, dank internal courts or light wells. Externally the house presents as timber clad, using concrete floor & wall elements to…
  • Weston House by Antonio Maciá Mateu

    Alberto Seller
    3 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    © David Frutos Weston House is located at the ground floor of a building which is found among gardens and by the sea, up in the hill from a city called Altea, in Alicante (Spain). © David Frutos In the very beginning this house was unconnected to its own surroundings and therefore, the first decision to make was already clear: to set the floor free so it could be related with the whole outer environment, but especially, with the sea in ahead of it. Because of this arrangement the house remained split up in two slices facing south and north. In the first piece, which is the narrower of both,…
  • LPZ House by Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

    Miguel Rus
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    © Rafael Gamo An elderly couple with a newborn grandchild commissioned us to design their new residence on a section between two recently built houses. Among their main requirements was that the house should have little or no visual contact with the neighboring properties and that daily life should happen on a single level. In addition to the usual requirements they asked for a guest bedroom and a gym on an upper level, which the architects resolved by means of gentle transition, that is, without long-spanning flights of stairs. After a thorough analysis of the clients’ requirements,…
  • Jordan Road Restaurant & Bar by CAA

    Alberto Seller
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This is a whole set brand space design for a chain. CAA brand team , is leading the design from brand strategy , ideas to supervision on the construction. The whole idea originates from traditional Chinese “bamboo weaving” elements combine with western “Arch” structure. Implementing modulization to realize it. Now it’s presenting Eastern Nostalgia experience and post-modernism. Architects CAA Brand Team Creative Director 刘昊威 Liu Haowei Project Team Photography Completion Year 2015 Location Yunnan, China You should follow us on Twitter.
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  • 9 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    FriendFeed was shut down on April 9, 2015. We maintained the service since we joined Facebook in 2009, but the number of people using FriendFeed had been steadily declining and in the end, the community was just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we decided that it was time to start winding things down. We want to thank you all for being such a terrific and enthusiastic community. We're proud of what we built so many years ago, and we recognize that it would have never been possible without your support. - The FriendFeed team
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    9 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Dear FriendFeed community, We wanted to let you know that FriendFeed will be shutting down soon. We've been maintaining the service since we joined Facebook five years ago, but the number of people using FriendFeed has been steadily declining and the community is now just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we've decided that it's time to start winding things down. Beginning today, we will no longer accept new signups. You will be able to view your posts, messages, and photos until April 9th. On April 9th, we'll be shutting down FriendFeed and it will no longer be available. We want…
  • Custom FriendFeed themes and a way to show them off

    13 Aug 2009 | 3:41 pm
    When we launched FriendFeed themes we mentioned some improvements we wanted to make, and here they are! Choose how people see your FriendFeed profile Starting today, people who visit your profile will see it in the theme you've chosen. If you'd prefer visitors not to see your theme, you can turn it off on your settings page. You can also choose themes for the groups that you're an admin for (looks like the So You Think You Can Dance admin wasted no time!). If you'd rather not see other people's profiles, you can make that selection in your settings page. Create your own themes Of course, we…
  • FriendFeed accepts Facebook friend request

    Bret Taylor
    10 Aug 2009 | 12:22 pm
    We are happy to announce that Facebook has acquired FriendFeed. As my mom explained to me, when two companies love each other very much, they form a structured investment vehicle... The FriendFeed team is extremely excited to become a part of the talented Facebook team. We've always been great admirers of Facebook, and our companies share a common vision. Now we have the opportunity to bring many of the innovations we've developed at FriendFeed to Facebook's 250 million users around the world and to work alongside Facebook's passionate engineers to create even more ways for you to easily…
  • FriendFeed API v2: Out of beta, OAuth for installed applications

    5 Aug 2009 | 9:51 am
    Two weeks ago, we launched version 2 of the FriendFeed API in beta. Since then, we've watched how developers have been using the API and collected a lot of their feedback. We've implemented some changes, and now, we're ready to remove the beta label! In addition to removing the beta label, we also added support for using OAuth in applications installed on a user's desktop or device. The way it works is similar to Google's ClientLogin for Installed Applications; read all about it in our API documentation. During the beta period, a number of developers took advantage of the new API to develop…
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  • ESB to cap and maintain Poolbeg Chimneys

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    The ESB will this week initiate essential maintenance work to protect the Poolbeg Chimneys which are now over 40 years old. While electricity generation continues at Poolbeg, the chimneys themselves have not been in operation since 2010. The chimneys are a well known landmark in the Dublin skyline, distinguished by their height. They were onstructed […](Read more...)
  • 1660s – Eyrecourt Castle, Co. Galway

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Eyrecourt was built by Colonel John Eyre around 1660. Eyre had arrived in Ireland during the Cromwellian Wars and was granted large tracts of land in East Galway for his service to Cromwell. The house, considered a very early example of an Irish classical county house set in a landscaped demense, with a seven bay […](Read more...)
  • 1868 – Christian Brothers School, King St., Drogheda, Co. Louth

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:42 am
    Architect: Pugin & Ashlin The foundation stone was laid April 19th 1867, with the school opening on March 28th 1868. Designed by George C. Ashlin of Pugin & Ashlin, and later extended to the ends. Illustration and description published in The Irish Builder, March 15 1867. Now a hotel. “The material to be employed in […](Read more...)
  • 1746 – Port Hall, Lifford, Co. Donegal

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    Architect: Michael Priestly Built in 1746 for John Vaughan of Buncrana Castle, to designs believed to be by Michael Priestly who also built Lifford Courthouse. Door surmounted by the arms of George II.(Read more...)
  • 1817 – Lough Cutra Castle, Gort, Co. Galway

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Architect: John Nash When the Gort estate was inherited by Colonel Vereker, later Viscount Gort, in 1797, he decided to employ the world renowned architect John Nash to design the Gothic Style building known as Lough Cutra Castle. Colonel Vereker had visited Nash’s East Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight and commissioned the construction […](Read more...)
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  • NIBS Features Triumph Modular Construction Project

    Janet Field
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    We are proud to announce that The Whole Building Design Guide, a program of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) has published a case study featuring Lexington High School, our educational sector modular construction project. The Whole Building Design Guide is a gateway to cutting edge information on integrated ‘Whole Building’ design techniques and technologies.… Read More... The post NIBS Features Triumph Modular Construction Project appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • How Modular Construction can Improve Project Budgets

    Linda Bee
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    A key productivity metric is project cost as measured by the project budget. With the precision bestowed by Building Information Modeling (BIM) – a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places – and the quality provided by modern materials and manufacturing facilities, modular construction offers the opportunity to obtain significant productivity gains on your projects.… Read More... The post How Modular Construction can Improve Project Budgets appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph…
  • Breaking Down the Off-Site Construction Process

    Linda Bee
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    An ideological and structural shift in the construction industry is occurring with the abandonment of traditional design-bid-build contracts toward integrated project delivery, or off-site construction, that relies on performance contracting and shared risk and reward. So, what does the off-site construction process look like? Here, we’ll break down the project phases of a successful off-site construction process.… Read More... The post Breaking Down the Off-Site Construction Process appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • 8 Reasons Modular Construction will be Used for Years to Come

    Linda Bee
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Advancements over the past 20 years have increased what modular construction can achieve in the construction industry. Significant productivity gains on projects have helped to enable a more intensive, productive use of prefabrication. Recently, a committee of experts appointed by the national research council identified “greater use of pre- fabrication/modularization” as a key breakthrough opportunity that could significantly improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the U.S.… Read More... The post 8 Reasons Modular Construction will be Used for Years to Come appeared first on…
  • 6 Key Benefits of Modular Offices

    Linda Bee
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    Many people who are interested in modular offices are looking to solve a specific issue. The need is typically for a fully functional, portable office space that can be easily modified if and when needed. There are a number of reasons why people would want this kind of solution. Here, we’ll elaborate on how modular office spaces can be the fix that makes the most sense for a variety of needs.… Read More... The post 6 Key Benefits of Modular Offices appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
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  • 26 Beautiful Simple and Inexpensive Garden Projects Realized With Clay Pots

    Anton Giuroiu
    4 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    The garden is finally starting to get the attention deserved with summer just around the corner and spring in all its splendors these days. DIY projects in this area are starting to feed the imagination of many gardeners, inspiring to recycle and up-cycle creatively in their own backyard landscape in a glance. Simple items can now be put to good use through inexpensive garden projects realized with clay pots or wine bottles for example. You can create entire fairy tale setups with broken pots or a brand new miniature pond through multiple up-cycled items. All you need is ambition. Collect…
  • Learn To Make DIY Cool And Creative Tile Photo Coasters

    Giuroiu Florin
    3 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Need a gift for that special someone? Out of ideas and/or money? Well we just might have the thing for you, in this article we will teach you how to make amazingly creative tile photo coasters for less that $5 per set.We chose  square shaped tiles for this specific DIY because they are a great way to showcase any photo. After your tile photo coasters are done juts stack and wrap them with a cute ribbon, and there you have it, a simple and creative present that you will like so much you might just consider making a batch for yourself. In order to make the these photo tile coasters you will…
  • DIY Cheap And Creative Fabric Covered Books

    Giuroiu Florin
    3 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Are you someone that loves to personalize everything? Well if that is the case you just might want to stick around because we will show you a  neat way to cover with fabric all those thrift store and yard sale books, in this easy and cheap DIY: fabric covered books project. You might be wondering if: “is this necessary, and if it is, why?” Well your answer is that: it’s not.  But fabric covered books are cheap, easy and pretty  decor pieces that you can spread throughout your home. Now lets get right into it, in order to complete this DIY you will need the following items:…
  • Easy and Creative DIY Handmade Soap Recipe

    Giuroiu Florin
    3 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    After you have read the title you are probably asking yourself: “Why would I need to make my own soap?”.  And our answer to that is “You don’t”. We came up with this easy and creative DIY handmade soap for the simple fact that we got bored ( like a lot of people ) at some point during the day and we tried to think ( outside the box ) of a way to pass the time while being creative and also getting something out of it.                       This handmade soap is also a pretty neat and simple gift for a…
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  • DIY shibori-inspired throw pillows, with a Sharpie!

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    Today’s DIY brought to you by the Easy-Way-Out Association of America. Because seriously, folks, this is something you can do with zero artistic talent and with stuff that you probably have laying around the house.  Here’s a little ditty about my brush with this project a while ago. It all started with my obsession for shibori. Dating back to the 8th century in Japan, Shibori is a tie dye process that involves twisting, stitching, folding, compressing, and clipping cloth before dipping it into dye. It is gorgeous and since I love all things Japanese-design related, I attempted…
  • San Jose del Cabo and my Otomi obsession

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:03 pm
    You’re never too old to go on spring break with the girls. But this time, it wasn’t about downing cocktails and waking up on the beach hungover with no recollection of the night before (not that I’ve ever done that, no sir).  The first time I went to Mexico with my girlfriends was in 2004. We were young, single (mostly), and carefree. Back then, the only place to be was Cabo San Lucas where the nightlife extended into the early mornings and tequila was consumed like water. Since then, we’ve been to Puerto Vallarta but it wasn’t until this year that we…
  • DIY succulent wreath

    13 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    ‘Tis the season. Actually, a living wreath is season-agnostic, me thinks. So yeah, the holidays are here and I totally get the excitement one can feel for snazzifying one’s abode during this time of the year. Against my better hoarding instincts, I tend to err on the side of minimalism but I do enjoy festive sprays of greens around the house. And what better way to validate my succulent hoarding habits than to actually put them to use! Oh it’s beyond out of control. But the wreath? The wreath is easy. 1. Cut your clippings. You might need to pull off some leaves around the…
  • Paper lanterns out of furniture catalogs

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    A few weeks ago, we received what I thought were multiple copies of telephone books delivered to our door. Turns out, it was a home furnishings giant that went full on cray cray with their catalogs. “WTF?” I thought to myself. “Do something about it!” my alter ego responded. So I DIY’d. When you get something so absurd in this day and age, you wonder about the desperation of the company behind it. Don’t get me wrong, I love catalogs and magazines and eye candy that produce salivation and “gotta have it” angst, but this is REDONC. I did some…
  • Wrapped rope bracelet DIY

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s summer! Time for vacation! And sassy jewelry! I thought I’d be on DIY overload by now, but it seems like the more I do, the more I DIY. I’m also in full on vacay mode, so I’m enjoying my freedom by making a few things I can wear during the summer. We typically get fog and darkness this time of the year in San Francisco, but it’s shaping up to be June Bloom instead of June Gloom. So it’s time to break out the summer attire and accessorize with colorful pieces that will last year-round because color is ALWAYS in style (unless you’re a New Yorker).
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  • Brief 6 Eco-Friendly Habits That Will Save You Money

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    6 eco-friendly habits that will save you money will make you get even more reason of why becoming eco-friendly is kind. More thanks to the nature will be now given, since nature apparently gives you more than just its resources or its very nature. It lets you live and further, it lets you live your life more. By saving more bucks with becoming more eco-friendly, you will both save the nature and save yourself for more good. It is a way of mutual benefit you and your nature can really cooperate together. Eventually, you will have more reasons why nature is the most kind-hearted in the earth…
  • How To Answer Does Choosing A Big Home Make You Richer?

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    Does choosing a big home make you richer?, is actually a tricky question. In a brief, the answer is no, it does not. You know what follows this answer of no; because the big home has big cost and big cost will make you spend more, and by spending more you lose more and by losing more you will hardly get rich. This answer is very logical and it may be true. But, you may have heard that everything depends. In this choosing a big home thing, perspective also exist. Perspective works naturally, but if you decide to go on one perspective constantly, you will make one more positive side of…
  • Brief 12 Simple Ways to Save Money around the House

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    12 simple ways to save money around the house will help you save 100 or even more. Money is indeed a big issue and clearly no one denies it, even those who think that happiness does not always come from money will love finding ways how to get more and more money. Yet, despite of it as a big issue, there is actually more of a small way than in a big way of how money can get loose. Getting you a new house? It spends a lot of money, yet it gives you money for it saves you an investment for a long period. Getting yourself a new car? Many think that it is unworthy money spending since cars are not…
  • Some of the 7 Hot Things We Found At the 2015 International Builders Show

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    7 hot things we found at the 2015 international builders show are indeed hot. At International Builders Show that be held annually, you will find the hottest trend in home design, especially in two spaces which work the hardest at any home; that is kitchen and bathroom. Being here, it is more than just a display you will get. There, will that oh feeling and for sure, inspirations. Between so many displays of bathroom and kitchen models since there are about 1.300 exhibitors, it is somehow a quite thing to choose which one is your favourite. Yet, here you have the best 7 hottest to be your…
  • Stunning Fireplace Pictures to Inspire You

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Stunning Fireplace Pictures to Inspire You. You know, taking fireplace pictures somewhere like from mags or the web can assist you to figure out what kind of fireplace that looks good for your home interior. Not to mention, but as part of the interior that brings warm for you and your family, fireplace for sure takes a great part in your household. So then, picking the one that suitable for you is a must, more if you are so demanding toward the appearance, then considering the fireplace design through its pictures really are helpful for pop-up some ideas in order to have a very beautiful…
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    From Rurban to Urban

  • Istanbul: Notes on the Eternal City’s Urban Problems and Ideas

    Timo H.
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:43 pm
    I had the pleasure to visit to Istanbul last week. This was just a leisure trip to explore the city (and have a break from work), but when roaming the streets I quickly noted that there’s no way I can keep myself from reflecting on what I’m seeing and hearing. I also had the privilege to meet with two local university students and explore different faces of the city together with them. Based on our wonderful talks and my observations, I decided to write a special feature on Istanbul that on the one hand highlights pressing issues in the city’s planning scene and on the other displays…
  • K+S Urbanism – Will Mega-Retailers Kesko and S Group Ever Think Outside the Box?

    Timo H.
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:07 am
    Last year my neighborhood in Helsinki experienced a small, but curious change. A stuffy Czech-themed beerhouse called Milenka got refurbished into a somewhat trendy Scandinavian-style one, Ølhus Oslo. Now, the incident that a worn-out joint got replaced by something more hip is not exceptional at all – new eateries and bars get opened all the time in my neighborhood which these days continuously shows up on all sorts of “hipster” lists. But what caught my attention is that the bar belongs to a national mega-retailer and restaurateur that goes by the name S Group. The Ølhus family…
  • Six Major Developments Shaping Finnish Cities: 2014 in Review

    Timo H.
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    Another exciting year has passed! To wrap up 2014, I decided to piece together what I think are the six most important developments that shaped Finnish cities during the past year. Most things obviously weren’t invented this year nor did they directly affect every city; it’s better to grasp my list as themes that peaked to dominate urban policy discussions or to guide planning practice. Nonetheless, I feel that exceptionally much has happened on the Finnish urban development front and I believe the items on my list are likely to profoundly shape our cities and activities in them…
  • Changing Work Patterns and the Rise of Urban Innovation Districts – The Future in Finland?

    Timo H.
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    The changing nature of how and where we work seems to be hollowing out Finland’s science & business parks and industrial areas. Is the geography of innovation shifting and leaving cities facing a choice between sticking with a landscape of vacant business premises and nurturing lively innovation districts? Last month an over 10,000-strong horde of startup entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and media representatives flocked to Helsinki to attend Slush, a two-day technology and startup event that seeks to pair great ideas with investors. Even the Chinese Vice Prime Minister Wang Jang…
  • Pro Helsinki 2.0 – The Urbanist Vision for Making Helsinki Denser and More Diverse

    Timo H.
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Today I have the great pleasure of introducing you to the alternative city plan for Helsinki that I have worked on with my fantastic colleagues from Urban Helsinki since early 2014. It’s our second land-use plan done completely in do-it-yourself fashion, and after the small project at the edge of Helsinki’s inner city we did some months earlier. I’ve written two posts about this project in Pikku Huopalahti, you’ll find them here and here. Our experiences and insights from working with Pikku Huopalahti eventually got us even more excited about doing something substantial to stir up…
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    Little Miss Architect - Polish cities and culture, movie set designs and international interiors.

  • Sopot - the town I live in | IN MY LENS

    4 May 2015 | 12:13 am
    After my autumn walk in Sopot now it's time for a spring walk :) Upper Sopot is actually where I spent my childhood. Unfortunately it's much calmer than it used to be as a primary school was closed and turned into...elderly care, which says a lot about the demography of my city. |I still love though, to walk down these calm and beautiful streets and admire the architecture. Villa built in 1902 by an architect Heinrich Dunkelmy old school
  • Modernist floor ceramic and cement tiles in old Polish townhouses

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    In some of the preserved interiors of nineteenth-century townhouses in Poland, we can still enjoy fantastic, patterned floors. The tiles are of two types - cement and ceramic. Mass production of both types of floors was started in the nineteenth century. The most beautiful models were created in the interwar, modernist period.On cement plates I wrote before, they are now extremely fashionable and that's perfectly okay - they are beautiful!Cement are also quite expensive. However, you can buy floor tiles (ceramic tiles) with patterns like those of cement tiles (Equipe Ceramicas and Vives…
  • How artists live: a photographer's apartment in Madrid

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    I'll show you around another artist's apartment. In the previous posts I showed you a completely crazy NYC apartment, eclectic one in New York City, in Paris , another one in Paris and the last one in Cracow, Poland (actually this one was you favorite). These apartments are so...real. Somebody lives there and you can actually feel it, can't you?Today let's peep into a photographer's Adrian Tylera apartment in Madrid. Full of pictures taken by him hang on the white walls and make the interiors look natural, stunning and livable.I like the way the pattern on the floor…
  • Salone Intenazionale del Mobile and EuroCucina this week already! + trends from EuroCucina 2014

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    Do you remember Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, one of the most important interior design events is starting tomorrow (14-19/04/2015)?Let's see before what was featured on EuroCucina, kitchen design part of Salone Internazionale, last year. For the post I used pictures from other blogs (all sources under the pictures) not from catalogs - they may not be perfect but are so much more authentic.The star of EuroCucina 2014 was modular "Salinas" kitchen, designed for Boffi by Patricia Urquiolasourcesourcethere were lots of  living plants (my favorite…
  • Katowice, Poland. A city few tourists visit | IN MY LENS

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:04 am
    Katowice, a city in Silesia, Poland, seem to have a similar opinion as Łódź, few tourists go there ;) I spent in Katowice only one day a while ago and it was  a very cold day, so I didn't really have a chance explore the city. However, I visited what's the most important - Giszowiec and Nikiszowiec, impressive districts built for miners and their families. My post is...a little bit superficial (comparing it to how I visited Łódź) but I hope to show you that Katowice "Kato" - as the locals call it - is worth visiting :) To spent in Katowice one day was enough for me. The second…
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    The AEC Associates Blog

  • How Important Is The Art Of Making 3D Views For Architectural Drafting Services

    29 Apr 2015 | 3:29 am
    One of the most potent tools in the arsenal of The AEC Associates Architectural drafting services is the art of making lifelike The post How Important Is The Art Of Making 3D Views For Architectural Drafting Services appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
  • Architectural Drafting Services: Rest Rooms For The Disabled

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:21 am
    The AEC Associates Architectural drafting services can play a vital role in providing an enabling environment for the persons with disabilities by The post Architectural Drafting Services: Rest Rooms For The Disabled appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
  • Architectural Drafting Services: Intricacies Of NDAs (contd.)

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:50 am
    The AEC Associates Architectural Drafting Services constantly face a threat of a theft or leakage of their classified design data, especially while The post Architectural Drafting Services: Intricacies Of NDAs (contd.) appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
  • Architectural Drafting Services: Intricacies Of NDA

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:07 am
    The AEC Associates Architectural Drafting services work tirelessly to come up with unique designs with the objective of making a mark on The post Architectural Drafting Services: Intricacies Of NDA appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
  • Advantages Of Employing BIM Modeling Services

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:13 am
    Both the construction industry professionals and laypersons have begun to understand the advantages The AEC Associates BIM Modeling Services offer as compared The post Advantages Of Employing BIM Modeling Services appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
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  • Loft 002 – Rad Design project in Toronto

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    4 May 2015 | 1:08 am
    Loft 002 is a project made by Rad Design studio in the King West Area neighborhood from Toronto, Canada. The residence with an area of 1100 square feet has an open kitchen united with a large living room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The space is organized on length along the wall that includes a […]
  • Can Anita residence – restoration of a traditional house in Mallorca

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    4 May 2015 | 12:43 am
    Located in the picturesque village of Deia, from the northern Mallorca, Can Anita residence was recently restored by the architectural studio More. Can Anita was a typical construction of the 60s with lots of small rooms and which almost was neglecting the remarkable potential of the place where it was situated. More architects’ work has […]
  • Spotify offices in Stockholm – Adolfsson & Partners

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    3 May 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Adolfsson & Partners has designed and created the interiors for Spotify offices located in Stockholm, Sweden. The offices spread on a surface of 8045sqm and include 660 workstations and 75 meeting rooms. The designers’ objective was to create a work space which ensures a good balance between creativity and play. Spotify is a company that […]
  • Horizon House by Matt Fajkus Architecture

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Designed by Matt Fajkus Architecture, Horizon House is situated on a large lot in Elgin, Texas. Due to its composition, the public and privates zones are simply split into two. A distinct space known as the “fracture” or “link” unites the private bar with the shared public area. Also the fracture is used for the […]
  • Fueled Collective office – interior inspired by Victorian London

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Fueled is a company that develops mobile applications, an activity that requires a lot of creativity and thinking out-of-the-box. With offices in several cities, the company operates like an incubator with a collective that connects several small start ups. Fueled Collective has appealed to Homepolish studio to think and design the new offices from New […]
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    Tiny House for Us

  • The Chattahoochee: A Stunning Park Model Home With Rustic Flavor

    4 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    To this day, the Escape cabin by Canoe Bay remains one of the most popular post on our site and today we’re sharing a new park model home that might give it a run for the money. The Chattahooche is made by Rustic River Park Homes, and it seems like a perfect place to call home with its full kitchen, master bedroom, loft, and screened porch. Like other park model homes, this one goes the extra distance when it comes to build quality and luxury finishes. Let’s take a look. At 37′ long and just under 14′ wide, the Chattachooche takes up a substantial footprint compared to…
  • Inside Canada’s Most Famous Little House

    4 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    While most of the homes we feature were built in recent years, it’s worth remembering that once upon a time people didn’t live in huge McMansions. In fact, the average home size has steadily been increasing over the past four decades since 1973 when records began, and if we go back to the early 20th century, you’ll find it was quite common for families to live in even smaller spaces. Case in point, this home in Toronto which was built in 1912 by Arthur Weeden, who migrated from Britain in 1902. His home represents one of the oldest and possibly most famous tiny houses in…
  • Gorgeous Prefab Goes From Shelf To Installed In One Day

    4 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    What if you could place an order for a new home as you would a pair or shoes and have it delivered and then installed in one day? Choose your furniture, trim options, and various other materials. That’s the promise of the DublDom, a stylish prefab home made in Russia. It takes around six weeks for delivery and can be assembled in one day. They have several models available in different sizes, and while they are based in Russia, they currently have a special offer for 20% off the first model to be erected in the EU. The design itself features an open layout with a tall roof, a huge glass…
  • The Acadia By Maximus Extreme

    1 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Earlier this week we shared the steampunk build by the Maximus Extreme team, which they completed in collaboration with the crew from FYI’s “Tiny House Nation”. Today we take a peek at another one of their past models, a slightly more traditional build called the “Acadia”. The design is straightforward, yet distinct enough to make it stand out thanks to the red exterior accented with corrugated aluminum, white trim and a dark brown steel roof. Though we couldn’t find an exact measurement, it appears to be in the 160-square-foot range. The exposed wiring…
  • “The Loft” Provides A Generous 224 Square Foot Layout

    1 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    If you’re committed to keeping your tiny house trailer within the street-legal width limit of 8½ feet, the only way to get more floor space is to up the length. Hence the long, skinny profile of the Loft Edition from BC builder Tiny Living Homes. The Loft’s 28-foot length gives it a pretty impressive 224 square feet of space. They build each home to the buyer’s specifications, and while the interior seems a bit uninspired, perhaps that’s just because it’s empty at the moment. Still, with its dark wood floors and whitewashed walls, it looks really lovely, and the…
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  • Unique and Trendy Guest House Pumphouse Point

    4 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    The amazing location of this unusual guesthouse – the Pumphouse Point requires nothing less that amazing interior decor solutions. Nested inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and originally constructed as part of Tasmania’s hydro-electric scheme but not used for over 20 years the place offered a great challenge for the architects from Cumulus Studio. Read the rest of Unique and Trendy Guest House Pumphouse Point originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Mellow and Mature Ambiance Located in Old Classic Town of Elwood

    4 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    Contemporary and artistic this Australian – Elwood restaurant offers a holistic multi-zoned space approach towards architecture, design, venue and dining experience. Inspired by its local sentiment (Elwood town with its rich variety of Victorian, Edwardian and Interwar architecture had become synonymous for classic countenance) the Milton restaurant designed by Biasol Design Studio evokes a sense of intrigue and old world charm with a dash of urban bar experience. Read the rest of Mellow and Mature Ambiance Located in Old Classic Town of Elwood originally posted on…
  • Pineapples Print by Rainer

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Rainer has an art project called “I Print Pineapples”. He produced a number of prints with pineapples. They are trendy and fresh and will bring a lot of emotion at your daily life. It is acrylic, spray paint and screen print on plywood, it is signed, numbered and stamped, limited edition of just 25 pieces. Read the rest of Pineapples Print by Rainer originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Smart Design Studio with Apartment for Easy Going Living

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Designers from Smart Design Studio has finished a project at Heritage building – apartment with contemporary architecture for easy going and functional living. Read the rest of Smart Design Studio with Apartment for Easy Going Living originally posted on © - 2015.
  • Hotel Sosna by Tolicci Design Studio

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    This is a project of reconstruction of an old hotel – Sosna, in Tatranska Strba in Slovakia by Tomas Belica – Tolicci design studio. The client´s goal was to design a contemporary interior with modern furnishing features in contrast with the raw features of the nature to highlight the natural elements of Slovakia. Read the rest of Hotel Sosna by Tolicci Design Studio originally posted on © - 2015.
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    CRSA Blog

  • A Flight Outside the Office

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    Like any good architect, Mike Lawlor knows how to draw details. And like any good architect, he knows how to do a lot more—because architecture is about details, and it’s about something much more.  Through a collaborative effort with sci-fi poet John Philip Johnson*, Mike Lawlor has helped grow a world beyond the office, and helped […] The post A Flight Outside the Office appeared first on CRSA Blog.
  • Peeling Back History at 411 Brigham Street

    6 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    In 2014, the team of CRSA and McCullough Engineering & Contracting began peeling away the walls of the Enos Wall Mansions. Yes, physically, but they also began a process of peeling back the layers of history on this 135 year old building, uncovering three intersecting lives and five intersecting clients. You see, the Enos Wall […] The post Peeling Back History at 411 Brigham Street appeared first on CRSA Blog.
  • Technology: Early Design Considerations

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    To say that technology is anything but integral to building design these days would be an understatement. It is simply ubiquitous, but that doesn’t mean it’s simple. Proper technology considerations are best handled by a consultant, but let us help you get started with this Early Technology Design Considerations info-graphic. The post Technology: Early Design Considerations appeared first on CRSA Blog.
  • Salt Lake City: Assimilated by the Borg

    11 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
      By Jim Nielson, FAIA, Senior Principal of CRSA’s Government Studio A few years ago I worked with subcontractors, friends, and family members to build a home I had designed for my parents. Today my younger brother, who purchased the home after my mother passed away, reports that while people under the age of 20 […] The post Salt Lake City: Assimilated by the Borg appeared first on CRSA Blog.
  • Data Management for Real-World Marketers

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    This article is adapted from a presentation given by CRSA to Emerging Professionals in the Utah Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. It explores the basic concepts of storing data from the perspective of marketing and proposal generation needs. Caveats Since databases are, by definition, rigid frameworks, its important to remember up front that […] The post Data Management for Real-World Marketers appeared first on CRSA Blog.
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  • Montagna in Valtellina Home by Alfredo Vanotti

    Mat Watts
    5 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Situated in Montagna in Valtellina, Italy, this 2,691 sq ft residence was designed in 2015 by Alfredo Vanotti. Read more ...Related:Clovelly House by Rolf Ockert DesignHerne Bay Villa by Gerrad Hall ArchitectsPenthouse V by Destilat
  • Clovelly House by Rolf Ockert Design

    Mat Watts
    5 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    This extraordinary oceanfront residence was recently completed by Rolf Ockert Design. It's situated in Clovelly, Sydney, Australia. Read more ...Related:Montagna in Valtellina Home by Alfredo VanottiHerne Bay Villa by Gerrad Hall ArchitectsPenthouse V by Destilat
  • Herne Bay Villa by Gerrad Hall Architects

    Mat Watts
    5 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    Gerrad Hall Architects redesigned and extended this private residence located in Auckland, New Zealand. Read more ...Related:Montagna in Valtellina Home by Alfredo VanottiClovelly House by Rolf Ockert DesignPenthouse V by Destilat
  • Penthouse V by Destilat

    Mat Watts
    5 May 2015 | 1:38 am
    Recently redesigned by Destilat, this contemporary penthouse apartment is located in Kärnten, Austria. Read more ...Related:Montagna in Valtellina Home by Alfredo VanottiClovelly House by Rolf Ockert DesignHerne Bay Villa by Gerrad Hall Architects
  • North Tel Aviv Home by Studio Nurit Leshem

    Mat Watts
    4 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Recently completed by Studio Nurit Leshem, this modern private residence is located in Tel Aviv, Israel. Read more ...Related:Montagna in Valtellina Home by Alfredo VanottiClovelly House by Rolf Ockert DesignHerne Bay Villa by Gerrad Hall Architects
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    Kadva Corp

  • How To Achieve Excellence In Life – Excellence Quotes

    Jay Amrutia
    5 May 2015 | 1:12 am
    Kadvacorp-Wing of Thought Hello Folks,….. Did you know what is excellence and how to achieve excellence in life ? But if you don’t know about excellence and their meaning in life. Till you don’t know how to achieve excellence in life. Here, today i would like to share a small but inspiring story about excellence quotes story for […] The post How To Achieve Excellence In Life – Excellence Quotes appeared first on Kadva Corp.
  • How To Decorate Home – Some Simple Yet Stunning Home Decors Tips

    Kadva Corp
    4 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    Kadvacorp-Wing of Thought Hello Folks,….. Many of us have a Question at a time when we start thinking about How To Decorate Home? But, You can decorate your home in various ways. Every time we hear the word interior decoration, we relate it to expensive equipments but the matter of the fact is how to decorate home very […] The post How To Decorate Home – Some Simple Yet Stunning Home Decors Tips appeared first on Kadva Corp.
  • New Black N Red Look Of Japanese Sushi Maker Restaurant In Rome, Italy

    Jay Amrutia
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:32 am
    Kadvacorp-Wing of Thought Hello Folks,…. New Black N Red Look of Japanese Sushi Maker Restaurant in Rome, Italy design and decorated by Carlo Berarducci Architecture. This Japanese Sushi Maker Restaurant in Rome is inspired by the walkways in the forest bordered by the succession of blacks and glossy orange-red wooden portals, which lead to the temples of Fushimi […] The post New Black N Red Look Of Japanese Sushi Maker Restaurant In Rome, Italy appeared first on Kadva Corp.
  • Modern Mediterranean House Plans For Enjoys View Of The Agrarian Plain And Mountains

    Jay Amrutia
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Kadvacorp-Wing of Thought Hello Folks,…. This Modern Mediterranean House Plans on the basis of Home is certainly where the heart is, and its where most of your time will eventually be spent. So, Why not make it something exceptional, comfortable and something you really want? In Brief, If we over look this modern Mediterranean house that certainly meets […] The post Modern Mediterranean House Plans For Enjoys View Of The Agrarian Plain And Mountains appeared first on Kadva Corp.
  • Villa Alem Hides By Angular Concrete Compound Wall

    Jay Amrutia
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    Kadvacorp-Wing of Thought Hello Folks,….. Angular Concrete Compound Wall Given privacy and excellent internal spaces created by using exposed concrete wall which is folded above some heights on ground and provide security to Villa Alem. When we are looking towards this villa from the distance, it is look like a some kind of gift box open and put […] The post Villa Alem Hides By Angular Concrete Compound Wall appeared first on Kadva Corp.
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  • Suehiro House by ALTS Design Office

    Sorina Liliana
    5 May 2015 | 2:48 am
    ALTS Design Office have designed the Suehiro House, a comfortable two storey home for a family located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Description: “A family should be able to live together closely and also have privacy. The site is located on an old street with low-rise housing on every side. The sturdy appearance of the exterior […] The post Suehiro House by ALTS Design Office appeared first on Homedezen.
  • Bus Station by DTR Studio

    Sorina Liliana
    5 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    DTR Studio Architects have designed a new, modern bus station in Baeza, Spain. Description: “The new bus station in Baeza is made of a large shelter that folds and welcomes visitors inside. Dimensional spaces are planned but visually open to equip themselves with an urban character. The facade towards Avda Puche Pardo is more opaque […] The post Bus Station by DTR Studio appeared first on Homedezen.
  • Bridge House by Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

    Sorina Liliana
    4 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects have designed the Bridge House, a four bedroom family retreat situated in Canada. Description: “The house bridges between two bedrock outcrops parallel to the sea, thereby framing the approach to the sea under its “belly”. One enters at either end from the two rocks. This is a floating lantern of wood-a pure […] The post Bridge House by Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects appeared first on Homedezen.
  • Weekend House by dEMM Arquitectura

    Sorina Liliana
    4 May 2015 | 12:03 am
    This modern weekend house was designed by dEMM Arquitectura. It is located in Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal. Description: “Located in the Portugal Northwest border, the Vila Nova de Cerveira House was designed for weekend use, promoting the relationship between interior and exterior, integrating the astonishing surroundings on a glass interior. Emphasizing the equilibrium with […] The post Weekend House by dEMM Arquitectura appeared first on Homedezen.
  • Private Residence by Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

    Sorina Liliana
    3 May 2015 | 3:39 am
    This private residence is located in San Francisco, California. It was completed in 2012 by Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design for a couple whose hobby is racing motorcycles. Description: “Designed for a couple whose hobby is racing motorcycles and setting world land speed records, this flat becomes a private retreat from an adrenaline charged lifestyle. Originally […] The post Private Residence by Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design appeared first on Homedezen.
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    Rform Substantial Performance » 5 Great websites to sharpen your Contract Administration

  • 5 Great Websites to sharpen your Contract Administration

    David Lopes
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    “Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.” Samuel Johnson A goal of our Substantial performance blog is to be a source of continuing education to those in Construction Contract Administration.  We believe that for good architectural design to be realized,  a strong understanding and organization of the building process and Contract Administration is required. Strong Construction Contract Administration knowledge Read More...
  • Less is More 3 tips < Change Orders

    David Lopes
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:13 pm
      Minimalists ask the question: How much can you strip away from an item — painting, sculpture, building, furniture — without losing its essential purpose and identity? Your projects don’t have to look like John Pawson’s Home but applying a minimalist frame of mind to design and construction drawings can lead to a reduction in the number of change orders during the contract administration phase. “That which is less complicated is Read More...
  • Owner: Patron of Architecture

    David Lopes
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    We often dream of the perfect patron, the client or owner who is a connoisseur of culture, art,  architecture and the finer things in life. They are highly intelligent, wealthy and provide the Architect with total design freedom and don’t forget an unlimited budget. All that they ask for in return is for the Architect to create a great design and to watch over its construction. There may not be a Read More...
  • Quick Guide: Modern Contractor

    David Lopes
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
      Some notable Modernist architects have started their careers as builders or contractors. A few that stand out include Craig Ellwood and his cool Case Study House # 17  or Alfred Newman Beadle and the original  Case Study Apartment #1. Another popular contractor/developer who is probably more famous than the architects he hired, is Joseph Eichler and his popular modernist homes he built in California.  Unfortunately, (or fortunately) not all Architects get the chance to build Read More...
  • Contemplation before Certification

    David Lopes
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Certifying a payment should not be a mindless rubber stamping of a Contractor’s progress claim. Instead, it should be a contemplative process where you step back, take a breath and think! Believe it or not, certifying a payment requires time to contemplate on the Project Drawings, Specifications, Contracts, Schedule of Values, Site visits, Change Orders, and the Arithmetic. It is a holistic process that brings together many aspects of the project. First let Read More...
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  • Space Saving Stairs: Perfect Accessory for City Living

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    If you’re living in a loft apartment and starved for space, take the stress out of interior decorating and learn what to look for in the ideal space-saving staircase that combines functionality and aesthetics So you’ve finally settled into that quaint and trendy loft apartment in the heart of the city. Now you’re bogged down [...]
  • Professional Dryer Vents Cleaner: The Best Way to Avoid Home Misfortune

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Dryer vents cleaning is one of the important housing maintenance. As we’ve built the house with perfect plan, still need a good maintenance to keep it durable for long time. Lately, a report about the first cause of house fire in the US is by dirty or clogged dryer vents. The (USFA) U.S. Fire Administration [...]
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    24 Feb 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Air conditioning becomes part of lifestyle and secondary prime need. Searching for air conditioning companies should be careful to prevent unwanted possibilities. Only experienced and reputable air conditioning give good products, services and warranties. Morehart is a family owned and operated business in Phoenix, AZ with over 10 years experience in the HVAC industry. They [...]
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    3 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Living in modern century make us facing global heat issues, unpredictable and extreme weather. An air conditioning and heating systems help you out through the temperature problems. High temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during summer, remains air conditioning systems should be prepared. Its vital to comfort living during hottest months and could impact to the [...]
  • Sun City AZ Movers Smooth Moving Services

    3 Feb 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Moving should do with details. Whether its business or residential moving contains lot of tasks and cause stressful generally. Pack up dishes, boxes of books, piano, breakable kitchenware or business files, secret documents and all belongings across the state are out of simple. An experiences moving services ready to save out from moving disaster and [...]
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  • As LEDs mature, light quality is improving

    by Adele Peters
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    Two decades ago, the invention of the blue LED launched a fundamental shift in the world of lighting. It was the beginning of the end of the energy-intensive incandescent bulb, offering the potential to slash global CO2 emissions by hundreds of millions of tons. But despite the technology’s environmental benefits — which won its creators […]
  • Friday five: Museums, mushroom mazes, and more

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    This Friday we’re highlighting compelling work in the built environment, from Arup and beyond. 1. Civil Engineering Magazine examines the architectural and engineering challenge of unifying three distinct structures into the cohesive and interconnected Harvard Art Museums. 2. Metropolis Magazine interviewed MoMA curator Barry Bergdoll on the museum’s latest exhibit, “Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980,” […]
  • Foresight and the built environment

    By AJ Artemel
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Faced with ever-shorter cycles of change, communities, governments, and businesses increasingly recognize the need to prepare for a broad spectrum of possible futures. Figuring out what this means and how to accomplish it, however, has proven consistently challenging. Since 2002, Arup’s Foresight group has been tasked with exploring these issues both within the company and for clients. Made up of […]
  • Preservation and revitalization in Latin America

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Latin American cities feature a rich mix of buildings, streets, and monuments dating from the pre-Columbian era through the present. Urban cores fell out of fashion as cities sprawled outward in the late twentieth century, however, leading to disinvestment and decay. Today, many governments in the region are once again investing heavily in their city […]
  • Data, communications, and the future of urban mobility

    By Larissa Zimberoff
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    Traffic jams, vehicle emissions, overtaxed mass transit, aging infrastructure: around the world, cities working to move people and goods in a safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly manner face daunting obstacles. Rapid urbanization is only exacerbating these challenges. By 2030, global urban mobility demand is expected to increase by 68%. Two decades later, it will have […]
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