Respecting the Design of Childrens Spaces From the Classroom to the Play Room

martin-luther mural

"How can you learn about the world in spaces without character?" This question, posed by Alexandra Lange in dezeen.com, is one we should all consider as schools move further into the realm of generic academic design. Lange wrote her opinion piece while reflecting on the demolition of her elementary school, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in … [Read more...]

Design that Encourages Taking a Seat

Eurus and Sinuo

As architects and designers, our work comes in many forms. Sometimes, we're called upon to design a space from top-to-bottom and from furnishings to the last stick of furniture. Other times, we're hired to design a specific furnishing that complements an existing design. Such was the case for Matthias Pliessnig when he was commissioned in collaboration with … [Read more...]

Giving up Office Space to Go Green?

micro apartment in the city

It's our job to keep up with design/build trends so we were captivated by the headline, The Green Office is no Office at All in JLL Boston's Blog. We expected a critique of green workplace design, instead we found a brief op-ed about the benefits of moving out of a "real" office and into a virtual one. Interesting, considering that the piece was written by … [Read more...]

Big Tech Business vs New Incubator Shared Office Spaces

IBM Lounge

It's not easy changing paradigms. Most of us leave one set of boundaries for another set, until we find a way to create paradigms of our own. There is no better example of this than tech companies and startups. Big business tech started out the way most big businesses used to get started: suits, ties and formal workplace design. Then as the tech era got … [Read more...]

Who Has the Coolest Office Space: Google or Facebook?

Facebook open office

Given a choice between Google or Facebook, where would you want to work? Before you answer that, you may want to take a look into the digs of two of the most highly sought after employers in the country.We're pretty sure the office spaces - and all the perks that go along with them - are a large part of the attraction. Open office design. Well, if huge … [Read more...]

Employment Back on the Rise but Employers Hold Off on Expansion

Boston Light Source meeting room

While current employment rates are finally moving ahead of where they were pre-recession, the Wall Street Journal reports employers remain skittish about expanding. And, boy - is there room to expand into. The same article cites 142 million square feet of office space was vacated during and after the recession and to date, only about 52 percent of that space … [Read more...]

Summer is Here! Do you Prefer a Natural Swimming Pool or More Modern?

Sudbury house Pool area

Summer is here, alright! If you're like us - work weeks are spent counting down the days until your can spend time in a cool, inviting pool. Pool design is its own niche in the outdoor design world. From natural swimming pools that replicate some of the most gorgeous watering holes found in Mother Nature to more modern designs, there's a pool for every … [Read more...]

Are Reading Rooms Still Relevant?

Newton House Library_Reading room

As the number of eReaders continue to skyrocket - more than doubling since 2010 - a new wave of scientific and psychological study is taking place, evaluating how digital reading differs from paper-based reading. From slower and more methodical reading to interruptions of our circadian rhythm, there are pro-and-con arguments for both mediums. As … [Read more...]

Shouldn’t Designing a College Library be Based on Student Habits?

U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library. Designed by LS&A Architecture and Interiors

As architects, we need to think like behavioral biologists when designing college libraries. Student habits have evolved significantly over the past two decades in response to modern technology and changes in education theory. They need fewer books, more charging stations and increased areas for collaboration. Academic design should include a preliminary … [Read more...]

Blurring the Lines of Suburban and Urban: The Future Calls for “Walkable Urban Places”

Hubway

Suburbia was created to meet the demands of those desiring an escape from the bustle and noise of the city. Developers designed communities that boasted a quieter, country-like atmosphere where moms could be home with kids and dads commuted to work each day. Now, this paradigm is being flipped upside down and urban communities are pining for a more … [Read more...]

The Juxtaposition of Old and New Architecture: Does It Work Aesthetically?

PATHE-OFFICE-PARIS-feature

London has been a leader in putting modern structures into historic neighborhoods. Boston has traditionally been averse to that idea, but things may have changed. Is it for the best? It's impossible to avoid the integration of modern architectural design with historical elements. Otherwise, there would be no way to add, remodel or redesign buildings in … [Read more...]