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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Why Physicians Matter in the Discussion About Design and Health

A new McGraw-Hill Construction study co-sponsored by the American Institute of Architects finds that doctors are crucial to promoting the positive affects of healthy building design, construction, and maintenance. From the executive summary: Health and wellness are critical...
Posted On 01 Jul 2014

GSA’s Design Excellence Program Reaches Two Decades

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the General Services Administration‘s Design Excellence Program. That’s right: Uncle Sam does pay some attention to good architecture, interior design, and landscapes. Since 2000, the agency has held biennial awards to celebrate...
Posted On 01 May 2014
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This Is (the New) NPR

After nearly two decades at one location, National Public Radio’s (NPR) headquarters in Washington, D.C., received a much-needed move and workspace upgrade last spring. The new space, designed by Hickok Cole Architects, included a new seven-story building next to an existing...

Heavy Metal for Interiors

When the architects who became known as the First Architecture School — which included such notables as Martin Roche, William Holabird, and Louis Sullivan — began perfecting their methods of constructing buildings using metal frames instead of brick and stone in the late 1800s,...

Workplace = Well-Being?

For most of us, the workplace is not synonymous with health, rejuvenation, or relaxation. On the contrary, it has been linked to as many (and serious) health risks as there are side effects to a prescription drug like Paxil.  But things are changing. As the sustainabl...

Let There Be Light

Let’s face it: there are certain spaces that demand more risk-taking from designers than others. For architects and others looking to make a bold statement with dramatic impact, lighting is a powerful way to achieve that effect. Whether it’s for hotels, restaurants, or lobbies,...
Posted On 23 Jan 2014

Does Toronto Have a Lock on Best Restaurant Design?

Design journalist CC Sullivan thinks so. He explains why in SmartPlanet. Hoteliers and restaurateurs here love to dress for the occasion, so to speak. As a result, architects and designers get commissions to help attract and awe the throngs. The hotels, bars and eateries compete...
Posted On 13 Jan 2014
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Azure’s Top Interior Projects of 2013

Azure magazine has collected its 10 favorite interior projects of 2013. The resulting list — which includes Foster + Partners‘ sleek, minimal Atrium Champagne Bar; the colorful,  midcentury-inspired United Nations lounge, by Hella Jongerius; and Yabu Pushelberg‘s luxe...
Posted On 20 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

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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