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Playing with tradition: Bumpers Oast by ACME

In Kent, ACME has created an inventive, spacious and contemporary home inspired by the iconic local vernacular of oast houses Words by Veronica Simpson When ancient typologies are reworked for modern purposes, there is always a huge risk that the resulting structure will veer towards pastiche, compromising functional intelligence or beauty for th..

From wallpaper factory to artist haven: UCLA’s Graduate Arts Studio by Johnston Marklee

Johnston Marklee’s new UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Arts Studio in Culver City reimagines the boundaries of cast concrete to create a nurturing and functional set of spaces for the celebrated art school and its students Words by Rita Lobo Heading along the unassuming Hayden Avenue in Culver City, you are greeted by an unusual warehouse. Bathed in l..

Beacons of utility: the new wave of public works projects

From sewage works to power plants, more public works projects are harnessing architecture and civic presence to elevate the typology — and better engage people with the vital infrastructure that sustains daily life Words by George Kafka The opening in April 1865 of the Crossness Pumping Station, a sewage processing plant on the south-east edge of..

Top 10 States for LEED Green Building in 2019

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has unveiled its annual list of the top 10 states for LEED green building, which ranks states based on the number of LEED-certified square feet per person. Colorado topped the list for the first time in eight years. Here’s how other states fared: 1. Colorado 2. Illinois 3. New York 4. Massachusetts 5..

Profile: Pooja Agrawal

Pooja Agrawal has found a far-reaching outlet for her creative talents in co-founding Public Practice Words by Veronica Simpson When Pooja Agrawal began her education as a young architecture student – Cambridge, then the Bartlett, and completing her Part 3 at Westminster – it never occurred to her that the place where she could wield the most pos..

Philadelphia Green Roof Embeds Charles Library Visitors in Nature

On the fourth floor of the new Charles Library at Temple University in Philadelphia, visitors will find an unexpected retreat that feels embedded in nature. The sun-filled space, glazed on all four sides with glass, offers views of a lushly planted green roof. At 47,300 square feet, the sloping green roof covers 70% of the building’s roof surface, ..

FM Friday: Editors Chat About the 2020 Colors of the Year

Valerie is an experienced journalist with an emphasis in the B2B market. As the director of editorial services and editor-in-chief of interiors+sources, she leads the editorial staff in producing the monthly print magazine, coordinates topics for the newsletter and online, and contributes relevant content. Read more articles from this author > Le..

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020, Classic Blue, Adds Calm & Comfort

Pantone announces Classic Blue (19-4052) as its Color of the Year 2020. It’s a timeless hue, suggestive of the sky at dusk. Its simplicity is described in a press release announcing the color as highlighting desire for a dependable and stable foundation from which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. Classic Blue “is a solid and depen..

BUILDINGS 2019 Year in Review

Facilities managers keep their fingers on the pulse of the industry, and the top-performing articles on are proof. The top 25 most-viewed content of 2019 ranged from smart energy-saving strategies to today’s top tenant amenities, created and curated by the BUILDINGS staff to help you save time, money and headaches. Here are the topics..

6 Open Office Design Tips that Increase Productivity

Furnishings and space layout play a vital role in the success or failure of open office design. But an intuitive layout and fun furniture alone won’t ensure a productive open office workspace. The best open office designs account for all factors that affect productivity, such as comfort, noise and ease in finding a space to work. Create a well-roun..

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