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How Biophilic Design Can Boost Productivity in Hospitality Meeting Spaces

Warm sun on the skin, big breaths of fresh air, multicolored flora and fauna eye candy – who doesn’t feel instantly rejuvenated after a few moments outside on a nice day? Turns out, there are some scientific reasons for that. Research shows that interacting with nature can support physical, social and psychological well-being. This was recognized b..

Solving Key Washroom Design Issues

A number of societal trends and issues are affecting the development and installation of commercial washroom products. Here’s a discussion of these issues, and ideas for addressing them in our public facilities: Issue: Combatting Coronavirus and flu outbreaks Research shows that people are have been growing more concerned about getting sick during ..

6 Ideas to Create Net-Positive, Ultra-Green Museums

A new model is emerging for forward-looking cultural buildings that inspire and transform campuses and communities. Balancing functional needs with concerns about the environment, these highly sustainable approaches bring together applied research in advanced materials and systems – including bioclimatic technologies, which allow for buildings desi..

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..

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