Everything is Awesome………

By: Kris Kleinknight, RID, NCIDQ Recently I’ve noticed the LEGO house popping up on some of my go-to sites and in so many trade magazines, that I just had to dive deeper.  Bjarke Ingels of BIG; a Copenhagen, New York, and London based group of architects, designers, urbanists, etc., have created a new Lego experience in Billund, Denmark, at the… Read More

Facility Manager + Interior Designer + Miller House Tour = A Learning Experience of a Lifetime

By Gary K. Pino FMP, SFP and Cindy Herr-Pino During a beautiful day in mid-October, my Interior Designer wife, Cindy Herr-Pino, and I took a nice one (1) hour relaxing drive to Columbus, IN to go tour the Miller House & Garden.  In case you didn’t know already, Columbus, IN has been nicknamed, “The most diverse city in Indiana”, and… Read More

Detroit: the Birthplace of Modern American Design

Detroit: the Birthplace of Modern American Design By Janet H. Thomas, RID Detroit is known as the motor capital of the world and epicenter for development of the US auto industry. What is less well known is the powerful influence on Modern American Design that grew out of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan a community northwest of the Detroit metro area. George… Read More

100 Years of De Stijl: The Pre-cursor of Modern Art and Architecture

By: Janet Thomas, RID 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the De Stijl art movement in Amsterdam, Holland. Piet Mondrian (http://www.pietmondrian.com/ ) and Theo van Doesburg (http://www.designishistory.com/1920/theo-van-doesberg/) founded the movement to provide a new voice for modern art after the chaos of World War I. Mondrian referred to this highly structured art form Neo-Plasticism or “New Art”…. Read More

A Workplace Renaissance

By: Jill Mendoza In a recent trip to the beautiful Tuscan city of Florence I was reminded of my college Art History class where we talked a lot about the Renaissance period which literally translates as “rebirth”. In fact the true birthplace of the Renaissance was said to be Florence Italy. During this period two ideas took root; the concept… Read More

Workplace Trends: What are the professionals doing?

By: Janet H. Thomas, RID There’s so much buzz about workplace trends in the office environment. Opinions are abundant on what the environment should be to promote the most creativity, productivity and cultural connectedness. So I asked myself, are the Industry professionals promoting these trends actually following them in their own work environments? Some on-line research revealed the following: Environment –… Read More

Designing – For the Birds

By: Jill Mendoza Yes, living the green life can get complicated, even when selecting windowpanes. Glass windows allow for lots of natural light, which in turn saves electricity.  That is certainly a strategy we used in our own LEED CI Certified building completed nearly ten years ago.  Although most of us are familiar with the many benefits of natural light within… Read More

And Now to the Future…

By: Janet H. Thomas, RID It seems only fitting after all the media hype over ‘Back to the Future’ October 21, 2015 that one asks the question ‘What does the future hold?’ What will communities look and feel like? How will it impact the environment, the culture, the sense of community? Chicago Architecture Biennial Inc., in collaboration with the Graham Foundation… Read More

A Well-Designed City

By: Kelsey Venekamp On average, military children make more moves than their civilian counterparts—and I am no exception to this curious fact. North Dakota to Connecticut and many places in-between, growing up with a father in the Air Force offered me the amazing opportunity to travel and experience much of this wonderful world at a young age. With that being… Read More

Those Busy Bees Were Up To Something!

By: Lee Boyland A honeycomb is a fascinating, sweet and incredibly perfect object; but did you also know that the honeycomb is the strongest structure in nature? Humans have adopted it for this reason in many industries including aerospace, product packaging, building and interior design too, of course! Honeybees have inspired the design of the Pantheon in Rome and before… Read More