October 17, 2011

Thomas Jefferson, the great American President and architect, addressed the concept of intergenerational remote tyranny – the idea that one generation might pollute the earth and destroy the ability of future generations to celebrate its abundance. He penned a letter to his colleague James Madison in 1789 that stated the following:

October 12, 2011

This is less a question to be answered directly, but rather a provocation for a conceptual business model for the continuation of the architectural profession. I believe that this concept is interesting for HKS in that HKS is interested both in the innovation of architecture [the built environment] and the longevity of the firm itself. I would, therefore, not be looking for a direct answer, but rather a moment of reflection for the future of the architectural profession and how we [architypes] might secure our longevity and relevance in a dynamic and ever-changing political and economic landscape.

October 12, 2011

Healthcare facility designers continue to further develop the concept of a healing environment, which includes the use of natural light, views of nature, strategic use of color and the elimination of noise, according to the experts judging this year’s Modern Healthcare Design awards. However, they note new hospitals will have to go way beyond that to stand out.

October 12, 2011

From your first waking moment to lights out, the guestroom bathroom plays a pivotal role in setting the tone for a phenomenal guest experience. This integral, multi-use space is the true hotel chameleon, serving as both mood-setter and pure function: a private, spa-like sanctuary and place to decompress, or a highly serviceable, get-in, get-out necessity.

October 5, 2011

COMFEN is a tool designed to support the systematic evaluation of alternative fenestration systems for project-specific commercial building applications. Developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for architectural façade designer, COMFEN provides a simplified user interface that focuses attention on key variables in fenestration design. Under the hood is Energy Plus, a sophisticated analysis engine that dynamically simulates the effects of these key fenestration variables on energy consumption, peak energy demand, and thermal and visual comfort. The results from the Energy Plus simulations are presented in graphical and tabular format within the simplified user interface for comparative fenestration design cases to help users move toward optimal fenestration design choices for their project.