People Who Live in Glass Apps…

By: Julie Knight, RID For 10 years, Glass Apps has produced industry leading smart glass technology for commercial, healthcare, residential and government applications. Smart glass is a switchable glass technology that changes the appearance of glass from clear and opaque states on demand. This smart glass technology is produced by laminating glass products with a PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal)… Read More

What’s the Buzz?

By: Julie Knight Ever wondered why people like to gather in a coffee shop or café?  It is the buzz or ambient sound within these spaces. Ambient sound is defined as the background sound present in a location.  And according to recent research, moderate levels of background sounds distract us and subtly encourage us to have original thoughts. Because if… Read More

Maker Culture – Time to Refresh Your Design Mojo

By Janet H. Thomas, RID The maker culture ( https://www.bdcnetwork.com/good-imagination-and-pile-junk-how-maker-culture-influencing-way-aec-firms-solve-problems) is a technology based extension of more traditional activities such as metalworking, wood working and traditional crafts and arts. Typical technology interests enjoyed by the maker culture include electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools. Maker culture builds on constructivism, learning by doing similar to a craftsman… Read More

Collaboration in the Lab Environment

By: Yasha Ogg With the shift in the workplace to a collaborative environment, research laboratories are starting to become more open with multiple bays of research areas. Traditional laboratories were designed for safety, broad range of experiments, and were easily repeatable. Each laboratory had the same utilities for water, gases, and waste. In terms of workstations, usually there is a… Read More

HoloLens and the Future of Architecture

By: Janet Thomas, RID On March 30, 2016 Microsoft launched HoloLens, a wearable computer that mixes virtual reality with augmented reality to create a Mixed reality, one in which holograms are overlayed with the real world. Microsift issued an invitation to developers globally to take the tool and develop apps that build on the HoloLens platform. For the world of… Read More

Neocon in Review

By: Kelsey Venekamp and Donna Metallic From an old-timer to the Neocon newbie, Donna and I waited in the elevator lines and walked 14,000 steps a day at Neocon so you wouldn’t have to! Check out our top five favorite trends from Neocon 2016 and sound off below on which of these trends excite you the most this year! Breakout… Read More

ACE Mentoring: Engage, Excite, & Enlighten

By: Lindsay Ferro With graduation soon approaching for many students, I can’t help but remember when I was a high school senior getting ready to walk across the stage and begin a whole new chapter of my life. It was just a short EIGHT years ago that I graduated from high school. (It’s crazy how time flies!) I can easily… 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

The ABCs of Design: Great Design Uses Great Tools

By: Jay Johnson This article is the third in a series of 26 related blogs that seek to answer the question, “What is Interior Design?” by exploring various terms associated with the profession. This entry, Great Design uses Great Tools, posits that technology has become necessary to accomplish great design. Indeed, some of the wonderful designs being created today could… Read More

Paint to Kill Bacteria

By: Julie Knight Sherwin Williams has revolutionized the coatings world with the introduction of  Paint Shield Microbicidal Paint. By definition, a microbicide is any substance whose purpose is to reduce the infectivity of microbes, i.e. viruses and bacteria.  Paint Shield is the first EPA-registered microbial coating that kills more than 99.9 percent of staph or Staphylococcus aureus, VRE or Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus… Read More