Design News The latest in architecture, sustainable design, DIY ideas and construction projects from around the world – Buildipedia covers the entire built environment with videos, articles and social networking. http://www.pepagon.com Tue, 18 May 2021 22:45:20 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Aell and Rushton: High-End Sustainable Design in Denver http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/aell-and-rushton-high-end-sustainable-design-in-denver http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/aell-and-rushton-high-end-sustainable-design-in-denver Aell and Rushton: High-End Sustainable Design in Denver

A husband-and-wife design team in Denver use salvaged items and found materials to create intricate interiors that belie their humble origins. Randy Rushton and Sabin Aell discuss their craft, their belief in collaboration, and the way they "exploit fun."

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lauri.lynnxe.murphy@contributingwriter.com (Lauri Lynnxe Murphy) Design News Mon, 08 Jul 2013 05:00:01 +0000
Casa Decor http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/casa-decor http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/casa-decor Casa Decor

Throughout May and June, Madrid is hosting one of the most prestigious yearly design events in Europe, Casa Decor.

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njewell@ethingsonline.com (Nicole Jewell) Design News Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:32:08 +0000
IPD with Autodesk http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/ipd-with-autodesk http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/ipd-with-autodesk IPD with Autodesk

How do cities become more resilient in the face of severe weather events? As natural disasters impose increasing levels of risk, how city planners, architects, and builders manage that risk is of critical importance.

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kristin@kristindispenza.com (Kristin Dispenza) Design News Thu, 13 Jun 2013 22:37:06 +0000
Pritzker Prize 2013 Winner Toyo Ito http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/pritzker-prize-2013-winner-toyo-ito http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/pritzker-prize-2013-winner-toyo-ito Pritzker Prize 2013 Winner Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito is the 2013 Pritzker Prize winner.

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njewell@ethingsonline.com (Nicole Jewell) Design News Wed, 15 May 2013 05:00:01 +0000
Living Walls in Advertising http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/living-walls-in-advertising http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/living-walls-in-advertising Living Walls in Advertising

As large corporations face increasing pressure from the public to institute sustainable marketing practices, “green” advertising innovations have finally taken root within marketing budgets.

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jay@civitasnow.com (Jay Schmidt) Design News Mon, 11 Mar 2013 05:00:01 +0000
The Brushless DC Motor and Its Use in Electric Cars http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/the-brushless-dc-motor-and-its-use-in-electric-cars http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/the-brushless-dc-motor-and-its-use-in-electric-cars The Brushless DC Motor and Its Use in Electric Cars

Electric vehicles were among the first automobiles, and they became wildly popular during the early 1900s – in fact, nearly 40% of the cars in the United States were electric at that time.

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michael.bloom@contributingwriter.com (Michael Bloom) Design News Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:50:58 +0000
4 Reasons Businesses Need to Go Green http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/4-reasons-why-businesses-need-to-go-green http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/4-reasons-why-businesses-need-to-go-green 4 Reasons Businesses Need to Go Green

Businesses that don't "go green" may suffer in unexpected ways. Learn how your business can benefit from taking a sustainable approach.

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mather.stewart@contributingwriter.com (Mather + Stuart) Design News Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:00:01 +0000
BIM and Sustainable Design http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/bim-and-sustainable-design http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/bim-and-sustainable-design BIM and Sustainable Design

Sustainable design is here to stay – an economic stronghold fully ready for BIM integration.

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jonas.salih@contributingwriter.com (Jonas N. Salih) Design News Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:00:01 +0000
Building the Efficient Office http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/building-the-efficient-office http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/building-the-efficient-office Building the Efficient Office

How can office buildings eliminate electric bills?

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brent.hardy@contributingwriter.com (Brent Hardy) Design News Thu, 03 Jan 2013 05:00:01 +0000
Guide to Green Product Certifications http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/guide-to-green-product-certifications http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/guide-to-green-product-certifications Guide to Green Product Certifications

Simplify your shopping with our guide to green product certifications and environmental product declarations.

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k@themindfulword.org (UB Hawthorn) Design News Mon, 26 Nov 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Columbus Design Week 2012 http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/columbus-design-week-2012 http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/columbus-design-week-2012 Columbus Design Week 2012

Partnership between the public and private sectors helps to revitalize cities financially and culturally. Learn how Columbus, Ohio, is becoming a design destination.

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francesco@kinopicz.com (Francesco Lazzaro) Design News Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:52:58 +0000
Living Buildings, Engaged Builders http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/living-buildings-engaged-builders http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/living-buildings-engaged-builders Living Buildings, Engaged Builders

The Living Building Challenge helps architects rethink how we build for a sustainable future.

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k@themindfulword.org (UB Hawthorn) Design News Thu, 25 Oct 2012 05:00:01 +0000
The Ambassador Network Shapes the Built Environment http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/the-ambassador-network-shapes-the-built-environment http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/the-ambassador-network-shapes-the-built-environment The Ambassador Network Shapes the Built Environment

The International Living Future Institute launches the Ambassador Network to advance its cause of reconciling the relationship between the natural and built environments.

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kristin@kristindispenza.com (Kristin Dispenza) Design News Mon, 12 Nov 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Infrastructure Renewal and the Recession http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/infrastructure-renewal-and-the-recession http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/infrastructure-renewal-and-the-recession Infrastructure Renewal and the Recession

Why we should reinvest in our public infrastructure, which is in steady decline.

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rick.atkinson@contributingwriter.com (Rick Atkinson) Design News Wed, 10 Oct 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Solar Decathlon Spotlight: PRISPA House from Romania http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/solar-decathlon-spotlight-prispa-house-romania http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/solar-decathlon-spotlight-prispa-house-romania Solar Decathlon Spotlight: PRISPA House from Romania

PRISPA House was one of only two Eastern European entries to Solar Decathlon Europe 2012, and it was the first such innovative project from Romania.

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gabriel.petrescu@contributingwriter.com (Gabriel Petrescu) Design News Mon, 15 Oct 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Living Aleutian Home Design Competition http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/living-aleutian-home-design-competition http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/living-aleutian-home-design-competition Living Aleutian Home Design Competition

Spanish architects Taller Abierto won the Living Aleutian Home Design Competition 2012, which asked architects to design a creative, livable, affordable home in remote Atka, Alaska.

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njewell@ethingsonline.com (Nicole Jewell) Design News Tue, 24 Jul 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Sustainable Design and Green Data Centers http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/sustainable-design-and-green-data-centers http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/sustainable-design-and-green-data-centers Sustainable Design and Green Data Centers

Data centers balance their growing power consumption with renewable energy initiatives.

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lisatminor@yahoo.com (Lisa Taylor Minor) Design News Mon, 16 Jul 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Carbon Offsets 2012 Update http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/carbon-offsets-2012-update http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/carbon-offsets-2012-update Carbon Offsets 2012 Update

Carbon offsetting, an effort to reduce overall carbon footprint, has seen some important changes in its implementation and practice.

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Mariah@writingsbydesign.com (J. Mariah Brown) Design News Thu, 12 Jul 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Environmental Product Declarations http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/environmental-product-declarations http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/environmental-product-declarations Environmental Product Declarations

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) describe the impact of products on the environment and help consumers to make informed, green choices. A life cycle assessment (LCA) made by a verified third party determines the EPD and facilitates the comparison of the environmental impacts of goods and services.

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k@themindfulword.org (UB Hawthorn) Design News Wed, 11 Jul 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Using Color Schemes in Interior Design http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/color-schemes-interior-design http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/color-schemes-interior-design Using Color Schemes in Interior Design

Changing the color scheme of your home or business can completely transform it. Colors communicate aspects of a personality or brand and have the power to produce psychological and physiological effects.

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lisatminor@yahoo.com (Lisa Taylor Minor) Design News Fri, 04 Jan 2013 05:00:00 +0000
Vertical Gardens http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/vertical-gardens http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/vertical-gardens Vertical Gardens

Many buildings are literally going green. The addition of a vertical garden, whether interior or exterior, has many benefits.

The benefits of gardening are numerous, but gardening also requires land – something that many commercial and urban settings lack. However, vertical gardening is a fairly simple way to enjoy the aesthetics of plants within a limited space. Vertical gardens grow upward alongside building exteriors and interior walls, creating captivating scenery where it would otherwise be impossible.

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Mariah@writingsbydesign.com (J. Mariah Brown) Design News Mon, 11 Jun 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Am I a "Green" Hypocrite? http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/am-i-a-green-hypocrite http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/am-i-a-green-hypocrite Am I a

In this re-post from thegreencivilengineer.com, Bob Faulhaber confronts a tough question: “Am I a green hypocrite?” What answer do you get when you ask yourself this question?

Am I a green hypocrite? I might be... This is something that I struggle with quite regularly. I consider myself an environmentally responsible individual, and sustainability is a core tenet of the business that I founded. With just about every decision that I make, or at least the major ones, I try to consider the environmental consequences of that decision and action. However, I'd be lying if I said that I always made the environmental choice. Most of the time there is probably a good reason for that, but sometimes it’s really just a matter of preference. Does that make me a green hypocrite? I hope not, but I will leave that for someone else to decide. Here are some of my green and not-so-green decisions.

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bobfaulhaber@contributingauthor.com (Bob Faulhaber) Design News Mon, 28 May 2012 05:00:01 +0000
C.W. Driver Manages Multiple Priorities on Caltech Construction Projects http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/cw-driver-manages-multiple-priorities-on-caltech-construction-projects http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/cw-driver-manages-multiple-priorities-on-caltech-construction-projects C.W. Driver Manages Multiple Priorities on Caltech Construction Projects

Six simultaneous construction projects on the Caltech campus require a balancing act on the part of the construction team.

Managing a single construction or renovation project on a college campus can be difficult, due to the extra consideration given to possible disturbances of lectures and student activities. When construction takes place in multiple phases in various locations throughout campus, the situation naturally warrants additional preparation. Six simultaneous projects have been underway at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a private research university located in Pasadena, California. Undertaking any major construction project at any learning institution necessitates taking such special considerations; the six projects at Caltech likewise needed to avoid disturbing campus life and to preserve the campus’s historic architecture.

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Mariah@writingsbydesign.com (J. Mariah Brown) Design News Fri, 25 May 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Charge into the Future on the Electric Highway http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/charge-into-the-future-on-the-electric-highway http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/charge-into-the-future-on-the-electric-highway Charge into the Future on the Electric Highway

Electric vehicles provide a welcome alternative to gasoline-powered cars ... welcome, that is, as long as we are still able to fuel up as we travel. Take a look at current options available in the United States for charging while on the go.

When Eddy Grant came up with the lyrics to his 1982 hit “Electric Avenue” he likely wasn’t expecting people to actually be rocking down an electric highway just 30 years later. That's what people will be doing later this year on the West Coast Electric Highway (WCEH), a tri-state initiative that will form the longest electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the country, stretching along Interstate 5 from the Canadian to the Mexican border.

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k@themindfulword.org (UB Hawthorn) Design News Mon, 07 May 2012 05:00:01 +0000
MulvannyG2 Architecture Designs Self-Sustaining Gashora Girls Academy in Rwanda http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/mulvannyg2-architecture-designs-self-sustaining-gashora-girls-academy-in-rwanda http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/mulvannyg2-architecture-designs-self-sustaining-gashora-girls-academy-in-rwanda MulvannyG2 Architecture Designs Self-Sustaining Gashora Girls Academy in Rwanda

A conversation between two Seattle women sparked action that is now changing the lives of hundreds of young women, as well as a country. Suzanne McGill and Shal Foster founded the Rwanda Girls Inititative and, in partnership with MulvannyG2 Architecture, built a school that is now in its second year of operation and is providing a replicable model for future educational development.

During a marathon training run in 2008, two longtime friends and moms from Seattle began talking about the high-quality educational opportunities available to their children simply because they were born in the United States. The conversation eventually led to a discussion about Africa, a continent where only 13% of young women achieve secondary education due to poverty, lack of opportunity, and obstacles such as household chores and safety concerns. Suzanne McGill and Shal Foster began to wonder: What can we do to make a difference and help to provide educational opportunities for these young African women?

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lisatminor@yahoo.com (Lisa Taylor Minor) Design News Mon, 02 Apr 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Commuter Colleges Transition through Structural Changes http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/commuter-colleges-transition-through-structural-changes http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/commuter-colleges-transition-through-structural-changes Commuter Colleges Transition through Structural Changes

BRB Architects’ design for a new campus center at Molloy College is representative of a larger trend in campus planning: the shift from a commuter-only campus to a 24/7 community.

A commuter college is a college in which most students do not live in dormitories but commute from homes nearby. Community colleges are a common type of commuter college, but many private and smaller colleges and universities also fall into this category. In the past, students of commuter colleges have been present on campus only briefly as they attended classes; they would go elsewhere else to eat, lounge, study, and socialize. Now the atmosphere of many commuter colleges mirrors that of a more traditional college or university environment, where students do not just go to college to attend class but may meet with other students on campus for collaborative projects or simply for recreational purposes. As students begin to spend more time on campus and academic and social lives become increasingly integrated, the need for structural changes on many campuses has become more apparent.

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Mariah@writingsbydesign.com (J. Mariah Brown) Design News Thu, 29 Mar 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Pervious Pavement: Pavement That Leaks Like a Sieve, Part 2 http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/pervious-pavement-pavement-that-leaks-like-a-sieve-part-2 http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/pervious-pavement-pavement-that-leaks-like-a-sieve-part-2 Pervious Pavement: Pavement That Leaks Like a Sieve, Part 2

Contractor to Contractor: In this second of a two-part series, contractor-turned-homebuilder Fernando Pages Ruiz shares his knowledge on how to choose a mix, prep the site, and install porous pavement.

Although a blended, high-course aggregate/low-fines concrete (a concrete blend of Portland cement, 3/8" or pea gravel aggregate, and little to no sand) is a simple concept, the logistics of it are far from simple. For this highly porous concrete to provide a durable surface, conditions have to be almost perfect. The concrete requires an exact proportion of aggregates and water, special chemical admixtures, proper mixing during delivery, and expert placement. I recommend that if you decide to use pervious pavement in one of your projects, don’t do it yourself. Hire the very best paving contractor in your area and work with the largest and most sophisticated ready-mix supplier. Pervious pavement is not so much a concrete product as it is a paving system, including soil, sub-grade, and, of course, the mix.

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fpages@buildingaffordable.com (Fernando Pages Ruiz) Design News Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:00:01 +0000
Haiti Orphanage by HOK http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/haiti-orphanage-by-hok http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/haiti-orphanage-by-hok Haiti Orphanage by HOK

HOK Architects has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council to rebuild a Haitian orphanage. As early adopters of biomimicry principles, HOK Architects took inspiration from the native Kapok tree for the building’s design.

The lives of thousands of children were devastated by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, but thanks to a building initiative, many of these children will soon have a new place to call home.

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Mariah@writingsbydesign.com (J. Mariah Brown) Design News Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:00:01 +0000
BIM for Small Businesses: The Benefits to You http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/bim-for-small-businesses-the-benefits-to-you http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/bim-for-small-businesses-the-benefits-to-you BIM for Small Businesses: The Benefits to You

You’ve been reading about BIM. It’s being used by all of the big companies, and they’re talking about the benefits they’ve reaped.You know that BIM will be coming to your workplace soon, too, but how and from what direction? Are you just supposed to buy a software suite and hope for the best?

As it turns out, that’s an approach not even the product makers and suppliers would recommend. Building information modeling (BIM) is increasingly being described as a "disruptive" technology, even by its biggest promoters, for a reason.“Most people now understand that BIM is a process, not a product,” says Catherine Palmer, Sr. Industry Marketing Manager, AEC Solutions at Autodesk. “It’s a paradigm shift.” When asked how small to medium sized firms should handle the move to BIM, Jim Lynch, Vice President, Building Product Line Group at Autodesk recommends education as a first step. “Position yourself by beginning with the concept,” says Lynch, “Then embrace it.”

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kristin@kristindispenza.com (Kristin Dispenza) Design News Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:00:01 +0000
5 Green Home Trends for 2012 http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/5-green-home-trends-for-2012 http://www.pepagon.com/aec-pros/design-news/5-green-home-trends-for-2012 5 Green Home Trends for 2012

Green is here to stay! Here’s what to watch for in the next few months.

With 2011 quickly drawing to a close, it’s time to take out our crystal ball and conjure up the green home trends that will shape our choices in the coming year. Many of these trends will sound very familiar; some have evolved out of economic necessity, while others exist thanks to great advances in technology. Whether you already own a home or plan to build a new one, there’s bound to be at least one trend that appeals to you.

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murrye@gmail.com (Murrye Bernard) Design News Tue, 27 Dec 2011 05:00:01 +0000
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