officeinsight Articles on Events
12.19.11 | The Center for the Built Environment at the University of California Berkeley conferred its 2011 Livable Buildings Award on the Enermodal Engineering Headquarters building (Robertson Simmons Architects Inc.) in Kitchener, Ontario. The Kresge Foundation Headquarters and the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences won honorable mentions in this contest. The Livable Buildings Awards “showcase buildings that excel in design, operation, and occupant satisfaction.” The 2011 projects singled out for recognition were described as “projects [that] meet the highest standards for providing healthy and productive indoor environments, and also represent best practices for sustainability and overall design.”
12.12.11 | The pleasuring of our cultured sensibilities is becoming a Teknion trademark, as it once again brought to a local audience a taste of Deborah Patton’s popular and stimulating Applied Brilliance conference.
12.12.11 | IIDA Leaders Breakfasts in Toronto took place for the first time at our newest five-star hotel, the impressive (wit, elegance and a hint of glitz without going over the top) 53-storey Ritz-Carlton. The honoree was Susan Wiggins (See officeinsight June 10, 2010), executive director, Interior Designers of Canada. Janice Price, President and CEO, Luminato, was keynote speaker.
12.5.11 | It is a changed world in many ways, but one constant is the desire to occasionally dress up, celebrate and greet old friends, and a few new ones to boot. The interiors world has a nice tradition for this as we kick off the holiday season and let go just a little as the year-end approaches: the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame. Now in its 27th year, the HoF serves as an anchor to enable us to better see time march on in an industry that is undergoing many sea changes.
11.14.11 | We know that this industry practically lives by its rumors, most of which prove to have little merit despite the odd grain of truth. In any event, Mark Falanga, Ph.D., Chris Kennedy’s successor as president, of the Merchandise Mart Properties was prompted to rebut the rampant buzz about a possible sale of the Merchandise Mart by publishing a letter expressing MMPI’s unwavering commitment to the NeoCon shows.
11.8.11 | NeoCon East 2011, held last week (November 2-3), was once just another regional NeoCon, but is now a contract design focal event for the Mid-Atlantic A&D community and those dealing with the federal government. This was year nine for the event, which began in NYC and then moved by the Merchandise Mart to the Baltimore Convention Center in an astute play to help the show gain an identity and serve multiple purposes.
10.24.11 | NeoCon East, now in its ninth year, will feature more than 250 exhibitors, more than 35 CEU-accredited programs, and the opportunity to network with more than 7,500 industry professionals from both the federal government and public sectors. The show is now in its 9th year and during that time has firmly established itself as the premier design exposition and conference for the East Coast A&D community, with a special focus on showcasing products on the General Services Administration (GSA) schedule.
10.24.11 | What is design but a series of interrelated networks? For a people-focused industry like ours, one’s network is literally one’s lifeline. Like any other system of connections, a social network needs to be maintained and cultivated in order to continue to be relevant and vital to its respective community. Top on the list of mandatory events for design professionals in NYC looking to expand their network and renew old contacts is the IIDA Color Invasion, the tenth occasion of which was held last week.
A Study of the Haworth HQ Renovation, Bringing Science To The Interior Environment, Part II Before and After Design
10.24.11 | As an adjunct to discussing the findings of the Haworth study of its headquarters renovation, we publish a few before, during and after photos of the workspaces, images that correspond to the data collection periods of “before, during (at the Swing Space), and after (6 months and 1 year).” This will help put the findings – to be published next week – in context.
10.17.11 | Bringing Science To The Interior Environment
The Haworth headquarters renovation was completed in 2006, and, having received much favorable press, you would think it was time to move on. But Haworth had something else in mind: It decided to bring some science to play in examining the validity of what this industry – interior designers and contract furniture vendors alike – has been serving up as reasons for clients to invest in the work environment.