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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

The Future of Glass: Touchable Functionality

With the launch of the iPhone in 2007, it seemed that glass surfaces changed overnight, and now we’re in a digitally tactile world where touchscreen technology reigns supreme. (Give a toddler an iPad and see how quickly she learns to swipe and navigate.) But the future of...
Posted On 08 Dec 2013

This Is Not a Photograph of a Bedroom

If you’ve ever flipped through a catalog for furniture, housewares, or kitchen and bath appliances or looked at a manufacturer’s website, the notion that the photos of perfect spaces your seeing are “too good to be true” has probably crossed your mind. As...
Posted On 05 Dec 2013
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Modwalls’ CorkDotz: Trash to Treasure

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the eco-friendly options in interior furniture and finishes that are available. The choice can be a relatively easy one to make, however­—especially when a product’s raw materials originate from another industry’s waste stream. Such is the case...
Posted On 04 Dec 2013

Healthcare Design in a Time of Squeezed Budgets

Due to legislation, shifting demographics, and tighter budgets, the healthcare industry is changing, and hospitals and clinics have to balance leaner budgets with increased competition and the need to provide excellent care. Interior Design talked to three design firms that are...
Posted On 04 Dec 2013
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Archidoodle: A Sketchbook for Everyone

Here’s a rare thing: A design book that wants you to draw all over its pages. Archidoodle: The Architect’s Activity Book ($19, Laurence King), by British architect and educator Steve Bowkett, is a perfectly good visual introduction to “significant architectural...
Posted On 03 Dec 2013
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Architecture in Time‘s 2013 Inventions of the Year

Time magazine regularly includes architectural innovations and designs in its annual roundup of the “best inventions of the year” (2012, 2011), but this year the representation is higher than usual: four out of 25. ArchDaily has a terrific roundup, including links to...
Posted On 03 Dec 2013
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Why Does the Future Look So Familiar?

An aphorism often quoted within the design community holds that “nothing ages faster than the future.” In other words: predictions and speculative designs as to what the future will look and feel like invariably overreach, sometimes laughably so, or rely on ideas that...
Posted On 03 Dec 2013
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Jeff Speck: How to Solve the Suburban Problem

Urbanist Jeff Speck (a former classmate of Stephen’s) has been wrestling with the issues of architecture, sustainability, and good planning since he was the director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he created the Governors’ Institute on...
Posted On 02 Dec 2013

SmartPlanet Interview With Stephen Chung

Check out the interview I did with Stephen for SmartPlanet. It’s a good overview of the show’s origins and mission: Speaking of starchitects, Frank Gehry is one of the first architects you profile. You can see part of the first segment with Frank Gehry on the Web...
Posted On 02 Dec 2013
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