Tag Archives: architecture

Designing Workspaces To Solve Problems

Apple’s new campus, Apple Park opened to both adulation and criticism. The Los Angeles Times’ architecture critic, upon seeing the original design, called it a “retrograde cocoon.” USA Today pointed out that opening up a glitzy new headquarters is often a signal of impending decline. Wired isn’t sure if it’s insanely great or just insane. One thing that everyone can ...

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Lines of Innovation – Part II

Lines of Innovation – Part II In a previous article (Lines of Innovation – Part I) I wrote about the importance of lines in thinking about innovation.  In this sequel, I will focus on additional examples where lines provide insight into the challenge of driving innovation.  A common theme of this article is the importance of the abstract and the ...

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The Innovative Home: Sustainable, Smart, Mainstream

The Innovative Home: Sustainable and Smart - Innovation Excellence

This piece looks at the future between now and 2030, and predicts that the greatest need for innovation is going to be in green and smart construction in both residential and commercial construction. The article offers specific examples of current and future innovations in this area, with the goal of not only a cleaner environment, but better architectural designs in the future. 

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Building Innovation

I have always admired the work of great architects.  The challenges they face when designing a new structure seem overwhelming at first glance.  The architect must design a building that is sound from an engineering standpoint, functional for its occupants, integrated into the physical site (whether natural or within an urban area), cost-effective, able to be built in a reasonable ...

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Innovation at Ground Zero

I recently watched the amazing Discovery Channel documentary Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero chronicling the reconstruction of the World Trade Center after the tragedy of 9/11. The show is an awe inspiring mix of engineering marvels, construction complexity, and a healing nation. The documentary, directed by Steven Spielberg, chronicles the entire span of the project, from the initial visions of the architects, to the planning and coordination of the supervisors, to the steel, concrete, and iron workers erecting the skyscraper at jaw-dropping heights. The new World Trade center is designed to be both a memorial honoring the past, and a beacon of hope looking toward America's future. No matter what project you are working on, there are some impressive takeaways you can apply to your own work.

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