Architecture

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Jeff Barber, AIA, LEED AP, is Executive Director of the Architecture Studio for Gensler’s Southeast region and the global co-leader of the firm’s Buildings & Campuses practice area. As executive director, he is a client and design leader for developer and owner-driven building projects in the region and the firm. Jeff is a LEED-accredited architect who also has been a…

Safety and Design First

The decision to integrate art and safety was an easy one. With a healthcare clientele that accounts for 40% of their business, Meltown Glass Art & Design looked to SaftiFirst, a manufacturer of fire-rated glass, to help create an artistic yet fire-resistant product. The final product needed to provide both a heightened aesthetic and be able to protect patients from…

Beyond Compliance

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is 15 years old this year. While much has changed for the better in the designed environment, much still needs to be done. We see too many designs—like those ubiquitous Braille signs on hotel room or restroom doors, without any help for the blind person on how to get to these doors—that simply comply…

NeoCon 2005: A Fair to Remember

Now that NeoCon 2005 is history, let’s take a moment to pick apart the blur of showrooms, sales pitches, and stairs. As for trends, we spotted a few, including the integration of green design into products and business models, and the development of office furnishings that look more residential than corporate. A number of fair exhibitors reaffirmed that sustainable design…

NeoCon, Day 3: Interior Design at Work

As a nation of workaholics, Americans are continuing to spend far more time at the office than ever, literally making their workplace their second home. Since renovating our living spaces has become a national sport, it follows that the American office would be next on the line for sprucing up. And indeed that’s what’s happening: Manufacturers are creating contract products…

The Kids Are Alright in Green Housing Competition

When the Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) Home Competition opened last summer in Roanoke, Virginia, it became an instant inspiration for architecture students and educators from around the world. Prompted by the competition’s call for affordable, sustainable urban housing, as well as the fact that the winning designs would be built in the city’s neighborhoods, dozens of universities initiated green-building studios to prepare…

Report Disputes Extra Cost of Building Green

Do sustainable buildings cost more to construct? A report compiled by Lisa Fay Matthiessen and Peter Morris of cost-management firm Davis Langdon concludes that building green can have minimal affect—if any—on construction costs if sustainability goals are discussed and integrated early in the design process. In “Costing Green: A Comprehensive Cost Database and Budgeting Methodology,” Matthiessen and Morris dissect the…