Imagine the typical university classroom and what do you see in your mind's eye? Odds are that while rooms may be more colorful - or chalkboards have given to smart screens - there are still rows of small desks and hard-surfaced chairs. In other words, academic classrooms really haven't changed all that much in the past century. Student Drive Academic … [Read more...]
A Look at Student-Fo...Imagine the typical university classroom and what...
Comparison of WXY...If you’re an architecture aficionado, you...
Leslie Talks: Eye Ca...Work space designers continue to innovate to meet...
Promoting Healthier ...There’s no doubt about it; obesity in America...
Leslie Saul Explains...Designing harmonious outdoor spaces allows natural...
If you're an architecture aficionado, you derive great pleasure from seeing how two different buildings - seemingly unrelated - can have so many similarities in their design, form and feel. Such was the case for us when we first saw WXY's Beach Pavilion, built as part of Quennell Rothschild’s master plan. The pure, white aesthetic, gentle curves and … [Read more...]
Work space designers continue to innovate to meet the demands of the modern workplace and to remain consistent with current architecture and interior design trends. There are several ways this has influenced both office and public building designs, including the use of innovative, transparent walls or dividers that meet the demands for both privacy and an … [Read more...]
There's no doubt about it; obesity in America has become an epidemic. Recent statistics tell us one-third of all Americans are obese and more than 70% are overweight. It's well and good to encourage people to eat healthier, park further away from buildings or to take the stairs. However, we wonder what it would look like if the design of public buildings and … [Read more...]
Designing harmonious outdoor spaces allows natural surroundings to become an extension of interior living spaces. Ideally, each stage of your outdoor design will transition to the next, so a dining or living area will open to a patio or transitional space, which will lead to a lawn or garden space, which leads to a pool or gazebo, and so on. Keeping an … [Read more...]
Have You Noticed? That shadows in the deep snow look bright blue, but shadows in the deep ocean look dark gray/green/purple? Sand (from the city plows) and carbon black (from the exhaust of cars and trucks) make the snow along city streets and highways turn a yucky brown/black, but have you noticed that the fresh snow seems even whiter by … [Read more...]
Did you attend Boston First Night? If so, you'll remember that it rained quite a bit, and was so warm that the public worried that the celebrated ice sculpture artists wouldn't be able to carve the ice at all, or that the resulting sculptures wouldn't last. Fortunately, the temperatures dropped low enough that the 2015 Boston First Night sculptures were able … [Read more...]
They say that birds of a feather flock together, and that is increasingly the case in niche retirement communities. Gone are the days when you move into your new retirement community and hope to find people like you. These days, all you have to do is identify your primary interests and odds are there is a niche retirement community that caters to … [Read more...]
Memory care design is a unique niche in the senior living sector. While much has been done to improve the environments of senior living communities that focus on memory care, the large majority of these facilities are still missing the mark. Memory Care Design That Realistically Blends Aesthetics and Function Here are suggestions for how memory … [Read more...]
It makes perfect sense that happy and healthy employees make better workers. They are more productive, loyal to the company and are less likely to be out sick. So, perhaps modern office design should put as much emphasis on creating spaces that facilitate worker satisfaction as it does on aesthetics and functionality. Office Design for Happy, Healthy … [Read more...]
Anyone with a child in the public school system is familiar with the "Portable." Portables are those bland, box-like, single-wide trailers that are trucked in to serve as "temporary classrooms" and wind up lingering for decades because new school construction always lags behind the school's population needs and the district's budget. Unfortunately, … [Read more...]