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The Rise of the Organic Workplace

Workplace design trends are driven by a combination of factors, including how the workplace needs to function for workers, economics and, of course, style will always play a role.  A current trend that incorporates all three of these is the rise of the organic workplace. Workplace Design Trends: Could Your Office Be More Organic? The […]

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Psychology and Architecture: Silent Partners

Common sense tells us architecture and design have a psychological effect on humans. If it didn’t, interior design wouldn’t be so popular and that feeling you get when you enter a perfectly proportioned space – such as the Parthenon – wouldn’t be so profound. Even so, we how have scientific proof that the psychology of […]

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From Crafts to Connoisseur, Space for Your Hobby Is Important

I can’t tell you how many times we have worked on residential remodels, only to open a closet and see a plethora of instruments, hobby tools, crafting materials, etc., tucked into every nook and cranny. It’s a shame when these “hobbies” – which typically have more to do with who our clients are than their […]

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Don't Let Your Fence Be a Barrier to Your Style

Residential and commercial design doesn’t stop at the exterior walls. It continues (or should continue) through your landscape design, which includes fences or property boundaries. Make sure your fences enhance, rather than detract from, your overall design. Use Fence Styles That Complement Your Architectural Design When you’re ready to design – or replace – your […]

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Innovation Moves Past Institutionalization in Senior Living Facilities

Do you equate senior living facilities with institutions? If so, we don’t blame you. Until the last decade or so, the majority of senior living facilities were just that – especially for the middle- and lower-middle classes. Now, however, design trends are decidedly moving in an upward and positive direction. 5 Trends That Are Shaping […]

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What Makes A Space Sacred?

We’ve written before about important tenets of designing sacred spaces. From sacred geometry to rounded architecture and even lighting design, there are some fundamental architectural features that enhance a structure’s feeling of sacredness, and can thereby connect a visitor with the sacred within him or herself. However, we can’t help but wonder: what really makes […]

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Designing Trends Throughout The Decades

Architectural trends, like fashion, come and go throughout the ages. Just as skinny jeans and shimmery makeup populate the runway nowadays, modern and mid-century architecture and design was re-popularized last decade and now gold fixtures and finishes (remember the 90s?) are showing up again too. When design trends are recycled, they blend favorite ideas from […]

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Comparing The Similiarities and Differences of a Few Boston Neighborhoods

Even without a tourist pamphlet or the guiding light of a native resident, a walk through Boston neighborhoods tells any first-timer the story of Boston’s rich and diverse history. There is Beacon Hill, which began its development in the late-18th century, where the northern slope was built to house former slaves, sailors and artists. Then […]

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Egress: Do You Know How to Safely Exit Your Workplace?

Are you one of those people who reads a magazine as the flight attendant gives the safety spiel for the 100th time? Do you even glance at the emergency exit route maps posted on hotel doors? It’s easy to keep the “It won’t happen to me” attitude, until it’s happening. Then, you’ll wish with all […]

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Leslie Saul Guest Blogger – UBLA: What Do Landscape Architect Do?

When Leslie Saul & Associates invited us to write a guest blog, we jumped at the opportunity. One does not say “no” to a firm whose mission is to “make the world a better place in which to work, play, age, live, and learn!” According to Wikipedia, landscape architecture is “a multi-disciplinary field, incorporating aspects […]

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