Looking at Nature to Adapt to our Changing Environment

“Benyus points out that when humans design something that will need cleaning, like a window, we tend to make it incredibly smooth. We then need to concoct new chemicals to wipe them clean. Wouldn’t it be easier if surfaces just cleaned themselves? In fact, some designers have created just that—self-cleaning paint and concrete with small

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No Ceiling Tiles?

“Some offices don’t even use ceiling tiles. They have structures that show rafters, duct work, and so forth. “It looks like a warehouse and sounds like a warehouse,” says Browne of Armstrong. “A longer reverberation time means you can hear someone 30 feet away.” What is needed to cope with distracting human voices is a

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Modern Hospitals

“The changes dovetail with years of research showing that the color, shape, layout, and accoutrements of a hospital room have a direct effect on health. The typical hospital room, with its beige walls and stingy windows, carries a dim, funereal cast and works against patient well-being. The standard twin-bedded configuration doesn’t help, fostering the spread

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Understanding Elevator Upgrades

“It is important to understand how ASME defines different issues related to elevator work. The first thing to understand is that there is no definition of an elevator “modernization.” ASME refers to an alteration as any change to equipment, including its parts, components, or subsystems, other than maintenance, repair, or replacement. To understand modernization, therefore,

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Mobile Dominates in 2013?

“The mobile transition is happening astonishingly quickly. Last year, smartphone penetration crossed 50 percent for the first time, led by Android phones. People spend 63 percent of their time online on desktop computers and 37 percent on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, according to comScore. In social networking, the visual Web, as comScore calls

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More Housing Construction & Building Renovations Mean…

“The cost of construction materials continued creeping up in January — a trend experts expect to see for months to come. “Contractors had to contend with huge leaps in prices for gypsum, wallboard and lumber, as well as significant increases in the cost of insulation and architectural coatings such as paint,” said Ken Simonson, chief

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SFMOMA for LEED Gold

SFMOMA closes doors for an expansion on June 3.  Some of the renovation highlights are: “The biggest public living wall of native plants in San Francisco. The massive vertical garden will be located in a new sculpture terrace on the third floor (take that, Maven). A lofty “white box” space equipped with cutting-edge lighting and

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StumbleUpon’s South Park Office

“StumbleUpon’s office currently houses 120+ employees and is located in the South Park district, which is home to many other tech companies. We’ve seen many companies move from the South Bay to the more lively and desirable South of Market area of SF. With such a perfect location, the company has plans to expand to

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Plants in the Office

Great ideas on how to bring some of the outdoors indoors.  Aside from bringing in better indoor quality, plants just provides better well-being.  Even NASA has recommendations for best plants to bring indoors.  Check out the link below for some ideas.   Source: Inspiration: Bringing the Great Outdoors, Indoors Source: Best Air-Filtering Houseplants, According to

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Paranoid or Prepared for a Disaster

““We tell people, prepare for everything. There are basic things you would need in any disaster. You’re going to need some water, you’re going to need some food, and you’re going to need a place to stay.” When it comes to water, the most obvious thing to do is stock up on bottled water, Tobler

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Natural Environment Within Future Skyscrapers

“Imagine energy efficient towers whose walls might slide open, allowing office workers to step outside, into the sky, for a breath of fresh air. Towers that have the life of a city pulsing through their long spines (not just elevator banks) giving the people who work there a building that feels alive. Towers where seasonal

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Performance & Renewal

“Renewal is central to how we work. We dedicated space to a “renewal” room in which employees can nap, meditate or relax. We have a spacious lounge where employees hang out together and snack on healthy foods we provide. We encourage workers to take renewal breaks throughout the day, and to leave the office for

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