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Understanding Generational Study Habits

Understanding study habits is crucial to academic furniture design. As we’ve mentioned before, a good architect or interior designer is a researcher first, watching her subjects as they move, live or study in their natural environment and then designing the spaces and furniture that accommodates the subjects’ behaviors and habits. Let’s take a look at […]

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Design that Encourages Taking a Seat

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 […]

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How is the Physical Classroom Space Evolving in the 21st Century?

We’ve written before about technological advances driving architectural changes, and the academic arena is a prime example of this. As more and more students leave the classroom environment for online learning opportunities, and teaching styles shift from individual to group-oriented methods, academic design must be able to accommodate these changes. Here are some of the […]

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The Use of Color in Design

Color is a crucial element of architectural design because when applied right, it adds to the energy and feel of a building. Two recent examples of architectural design, which have infused entire spaces with color, are the U Mass Dartmouth Library and the Chesapeake Child Development Center in Oklahoma City. While both facilities are designed […]

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The Social Seat: Seating Design in Academia

Chairs and couches might not be the first things that spring to mind when you think of academic design. However, since campus life involves lecturing, studying, tutoring sessions, and socializing, designing seating conducive to these activities is crucial, as the architects at Diller, Scofidio + Renfro figured out when they forgot to add seating in […]

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Endangered Design Species: Is the Reference Library Obsolete?

Think of a reference library, and what comes to mind? For most people the term evokes hushed silence, dusty stacks, and above all, orderliness. One thing most of us don’t associate with libraries is cutting-edge design and technology. When it comes to library design, architects must consider the flow of traffic from reference desks to […]

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“Not All Modern Buildings Are Bad”

In some circles, architect Richard Yeager, who is the Assistant Director of Planning and Design, Capital Projects Management at Boston College, is known as a lover of 1950’s and 1960’s architecture. “Not all [modern] buildings are bad”, says Richard, “but many are past their original life expectancy. It is important to educate the relevant stakeholders […]

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Defeating the Junk Drawer with Thoughtful Design

We all have at least one in our home; a shamefully messy, disorganized “junk drawer” that functions like a black hole of stuff, swallowing everything from spare keys and stamps to batteries and paper clips. There’s no telling what’s actually in there because there is simply too much other stuff crowding the space. The junk […]

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Reno or Tear Down? That is the Question

When is a building worth renovating and when should it be torn down? This is a question that many people ask when they look at outdated buildings that need a complete overhaul for functional, aesthetic and energy improvements.  Universities that are more than 30 years old face these decisions frequently.  At Leslie Saul & Associates, […]

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Trash or Treasure: What Will Become of Brutalist Structures?

Few architectural styles engender as much hatred as Brutalism. The style flourished mainly from the 1950’s to the 1970’s, and if you haven’t noticed yet, it’s everywhere from college campuses to parking garages to government buildings. Brutalist architecture does not sugarcoat the structure, instead allowing these often hulking, blocky, and yes, brutal looking buildings to […]

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