As architects dedicated to green design, we're also attracted to all things sustainable. We recently posted an article about how bacteria may be the next green fuel source. Now, we're excited to introduce another potential renewable energy source - your garbage. Let's face it, nobody loves a landfill. Those of us who try to recycle, do as much as we can but … [Read more...]
Garbage, An Efficien...As architects dedicated to green design, we’re...
Seniors Suffering fr...While most of us think of Thailand as an exotic...
Who Knew Archaeology...Who knew archaeology was so exciting? Perhaps...
Art and Alzheimer...Art therapy has been used with great success in...
From Chestnut Hill, ...We’re always interested in the blurry zone...
While most of us think of Thailand as an exotic vacation spot, Europeans are beginning to look at it as a one-way destination for their aging relatives with Alzheimer's. As an architectural firm that works in the area of affordable housing for seniors, we were fascinated by two recent articles discussing Thailand as an alternative option, where … [Read more...]
Who knew archaeology was so exciting? Perhaps our first clue was back in 1981 when we watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, but we digress... While Harrison Ford brought a certain panache to the field of archaeology, it's still considered a relatively dry subject. However, present day happenings are making it a little more exciting and - dare we say - … [Read more...]
Art therapy has been used with great success in several populations, however the most surprising one could be patients with progressed Alzheimer's and dementia. It may seem counter-intuitive to think seniors who have trouble remembering loved ones or meaningful memories would be stimulated by art but, says Michal Herz of EMDA, the Alzheimer's Association of … [Read more...]
We're always interested in the blurry zone where architectural design concept rubs up against another. An example of this is the mashup of the hospital and hotel industries. As Oscar night approaches, we thought it would be fun to examine the new mashup trend, or hybridization, taking place in movie theater design. Movie theaters are cashing in on the idea … [Read more...]
Architecture and design comes in all forms from commercial and industrial applications to private homes and landscapes. One of the least celebrated, but important to our modern movie culture, is the type of design involved in making a celebrated film production. The set of a film is designed to draw the viewers into the screen, suspending their own lives … [Read more...]
Hotel design involves paying attention to both big and small details. In addition to structural function, and aesthetics, hotel designers strive to create a home-away-from-home. Then, there are the small details to consider. It turns out that one of the smallest of these details - the hotel mini-bar - is being phased out by hotels worldwide. Why is … [Read more...]
We're all familiar with the expression, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise". Not too long ago, the majority of humans were naturally early to bed and early to rise since the only light source after sunset required constant fuel sources, which were labor intensive en masse. Now, in the post-industrial era, humans use … [Read more...]
In honor of the Chinese New Year, we wanted to highlight how feng shui principles can affect architecture and interior design. This ancient way of thinking about how the location, orientation, and design of our living spaces affects life energy has existed for thousands of years. The idea is that our Qi, or life force, is the most healthy when we are at … [Read more...]
It was bound to happen; as digital books become the norm, libraries must re-think their role and their design. Bexar County's BiblioTech, located in San Antonio, is the nation's first library to go 100% book-less. Other communities have tried to make the shift but have been met with strong resistance. However, it's only a matter of time before this trend … [Read more...]