architecture + design

Let’s Identify Your Decorating Style

If someone asks you what the decorating style is in your home, would you be able to answer? The most important thing when decorating your home is to know your style. Different people choose different styles because it catches their eye or it just speaks specifically to them. According to many professionals, if you’re not sure of your style, you’ll likely end up listening to other people or looking to trends to determine “what looks good,” but ultimately end up feeling dissatisfied when ... Read more

Sou Fujimoto – A Rising Star in Japanese and Global Architecture

Looking at the unassuming background of world-famous architect Sou Fujimoto, people might not have guessed he would one day have several designs to his name known for their lightness and permeability. Born in Hokkaido in 1971, Fujimoto grew up there and attended the University of Tokyo after finishing his formal education. He graduated from college in 1994 and established Sou Fujimoto Architects just six years later. The Ishinomaki Cultural Complex Center and Other Creations Fujimoto’s work is vast, spanning from private homes to ... Read more

AI and the Next Wave of Green Technology

Artificial intelligence is no longer a Hollywood fantasy. Today machine learning concepts and AI are prevalent across of wide variety of industries as computer-powered algorithms crunch massive volumes of data in a quest for more efficient outcomes. The future of green technology looks to be heavily shaped in the coming years by AI. Below are a series of articles highlighting how artificial intelligence may impact everything from energy policy to more eco-friendly 3D printing processes: GreenTech Media AI for Energy: A Huge Opportunity, but ... Read more

The Future of Green Building in a Trump-led World

Against the will of 196 nations who had come together just two years earlier, President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord this Spring. Decades of progress towards making green construction both possible an economically viable threaten to come undone. Many fear a drop in sustainable investments may come of cheaper and less eco-friendly carbon fuels benefit from looser regulations. Autodesk's Redshift online magazine recently broke down the potential impact of recent policy decisions by the Trump administration. Per ... Read more

Maximizing Natural Light to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Let’s face it—energy bills can quickly become astronomical, especially with a house full of people. Luckily there’s plenty of sneaky ways to cut down on your energy costs, without sacrificing your comfort or getting snarky comments from your teenagers. In fact, maximizing natural lighting can actually make you happier and healthier in the long run, thanks to good old vitamin D. Check out these five tips to help you get the most of out the natural sunlight available to you, so ... Read more

6 Office Design Tips to Create a Great Working Environment

The time of rigid corporate office buildings is way behind us. Although they are still easily found, the connection made between them and the work related stress is why they are soon to become a relic of past. The growing impact of business psychology has helped create satisfied workers and increased their productivity. The importance of motivation is getting more accepted as well as the concept that the number of hours spent at a desk is not as important as the ... Read more

Five Tips for Sourcing Eco-Friendly Furniture

American spend tens of billions of dollars each year on furniture. Many of them will visit a high street store to browse and purchase and get to pay a hefty premium, particularly if the item is a designer brand. When the item becomes worn out (usually fairly quickly) or the fashion changes (even more quickly) the old furniture is often thrown out and the whole process starts again. Since each item of furniture needs resources (wood, metal, plastic, rubber, etc.) and energy for ... Read more

Ingenious Temporary Interior Design Ideas

Interior decor and design is always changing. It evolves along with us and our lifestyle. In some cases we may just want to live with a certain look before committing to it. For those living in apartments and rented homes we may not be allowed to make permanent changes. Maybe we just like simple over complicated, as not everyone is handy. The price of major renovations is also out of reach for many on a limited budget. This article is for ... Read more
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