12.19.11 | I have never returned from an Orfield event without the feeling of having my eyes re-opened. I call it the Applied Brilliance for the Built Environment. The Lutron-sponsored two-day program, User Experience Across Multiple Building Types, was the latest for the Open Plan Working Group and the recently created Architectural Research Consortium. Interestingly, although Orfield’s focus is on user experience and its relationship to building performance, a fair amount of the discussion dealt with the experience of clients with architects and designers as they, the clients, try to markedly and systematically improve building performance and user (referring to the ultimate user) experience.
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12.19.11 | As the 2012 recipient of its highest honor, the Gold Medal, the American Institute of Architects has wisely named Steven Holl of New York. Like most winners of the AIA Gold Medal, Holl is in fact several years overdue, having received a variety of honors at home and abroad over the past decade. (Unlike last year's overdue Gold Medalist, Fumihiko Maki of Tokyo, Holl hasn't yet won the Pritzker Prize, and he's overdue for that too.)
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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.”
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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.
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12.12.11 | A couple of months ago, Tom Jushchuk of Empire Office wrote an email:
Now I can say there are (5) happy moments in my life:
>Birth of my son
>First day of work with Janina, Dawna and Su
>Completing the United Nations project
>CET Designer link to Hedberg
12.12.11 | Textiles are apparently like vegetables, at least in the areas such as New England, where shifting temperatures and late harvests signal changes from food to outerwear. So it is that some textile producers, in this case HBF Textiles, launch their Fall/Winter Collection.
12.12.11 | Researchers at the University of Exeter have completed research that supports including fitness centers in corporate campuses and similar complexes. Adrian Taylor and his colleagues determined that walking briskly for 15 minutes can reduce snacking on chocolate by 50%.
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12.5.11 | We decided recently to visit the new Phoenix facility of DIRTT Environmental Solutions to see how the company is living up to its name. We found that it has wrapped itself in sustainability, but not the kind most of us usually hear about. If charity begins at home, so does sustainability, and the core value of sustainability is people, your own workers. Environmental solutions are DIRTT’s business, and their’s is no vision of the far-off continent or customer. It starts right where it works.
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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.
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12.5.11 | The integration of landscape architecture, architecture and interior design offers many excellent opportunities for better built environments. Landscape Forms, an important player in the the realm of landscape design, recently announce its succession plans. Richard E. Heriford, former VP of Sales and Marketing, was named president, effective immediately, succeeding Bill Main, who announced his planned retirement from the company at the end of 2014.
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12.5.11 | Shaw Industries Group has launched LokDots™, an innovative pressure sensitive adhesive for carpet tile installation. Designed for use with Shaw’s EcoWorx carpet tile, LokDots is a non-toxic, odorless alternative to traditional wet adhesive installation that eliminates the issue of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) while providing ease and versatility of installation in even the most demanding environments.
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12.5.11 | Ceilings that seem a little low are an issue that designers need to resolve from time to time. Oberfeld, Hecht, and Gamer researched how the colors used on ceilings, walls, and floors influence the perceived height of a room. They conveniently conclude with a statement of their findings that they intend to serve as a guide for nonscientists…
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