Reasons Why During the Design Process Drawing Still Remains Relevant

 A stronger connections between the design and the audience occur when Hand-drawn concepts allow ideas to emerge and build Hand-drawn Design Drawing. We’ve all done it. So why is it the exception not the norm in design today? Architecture and design schools have stopped teaching hand drawing, so students don’t regard it as an integral part of the thinking process. Now that computers … Read More

Tech Company Simplify the Leap from BIM to Virtual Reality (VR)

Faster conversion times and higher-quality graphics are enabling VR to make the jump from novelty to necessity. If a picture, or in this case, a VR rendering, is worth a thousand words, then how many words would a 3D virtual tour be worth? The answer: more than a thousand. A lot more. It’s like comparing “The Cat in the Hat” … Read More

Utility Regulations Hinder Growth Of Solar Industry In Nevada

Solar Naveda

The challenges of burgeoning solar electricity generation are highlighted by the conflict between energy-hungry casinos and utilities. In recent months, three of Nevada’s largest casino companies announced plans to step up purchasing and producing more solar energy for their hotels. The casinos are responding to increasing demand for responsible energy use from companies that rent their conference halls. They also want … Read More

Utility Regulations Hinder Growth Of Solar Industry In Nevada

Solar Naveda

The challenges of burgeoning solar electricity generation are highlighted by the conflict between energy-hungry casinos and utilities. In recent months, three of Nevada’s largest casino companies announced plans to step up purchasing and producing more solar energy for their hotels. The casinos are responding to increasing demand for responsible energy use from companies that rent their conference halls. They also want … Read More

New Plans and Renderings of Google HQ’s Mountain View Campus Released!

Google Head-Quarters

Design plans for a new section of Google HQ’s Charleston East campus show a building with the appearance of a giant tent. The building will incorporate many state-of-the-art features to provide the most efficient workplace possible. Back in February 2015, Google released its initial plans for the project, but this past February saw them update and alter those plans. The … Read More

Architects Help Promote Community on College Campuses

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There are emerging examples of how partnership between two-year academic institutions and architects can further elevate community on campus. There is a fundamental component of advancing our nation’s higher education system. It is enriching the community college experience for students. With 45% of all undergraduate students in the U.S. enrolled in community colleges, these institutions are critical to our country’s long-term … Read More

London Approves Major Plans for New High-Rise Construction

London High Rise

The overall number of tall buildings planned for London is now over 400! London is a city that is packed with people, history, and culture. And over the next couple of years, it is about to be packed with a lot more tall buildings. A new report published by New London Architecture (NLA) and GLHearn revealed that since this time … Read More

Real Estate Business Executives Measure Success By Surveying How Well They Manage ‘Talent’, Costs, and Growth

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CBRE survey finds more companies leaning toward “smarter” work-spaces in their business. Enabling talent, managing cost, and expanding influence are the three primary mandates that corporate real estate (CRE) executives are grappling with in their companies. In its inaugural Americas Occupier Survey 2015/16, the CBRE Institute polled 229 executives about their strategies priorities, and practices. Forty-five percent of those respondents are … Read More

U.S. Department of Energy Unveils New Proposal for Consumption

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U.S. Department of Energy Unveils New Proposal The U.S. Department of Energy has released proposed new energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. “The proposed rule would set an efficiency level that is not particular to any technology, but which today only LEDs meet,” according to an article posted on the department’s web site. “But these rules take a long-term approach, … Read More

China Bans ‘Strange’ Public Architecture, Gated Communities

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China Bans ‘Strange’ Public Architecture, Gated Communities China’s State Council and Communist Party Central Committee have forbidden “over-sized, xenocentric, or weird” architecture. The order states that public buildings should “suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye.” The directive also bans gated communities. Analysts said the stricter design standards mean a tighter focus on functionality in public buildings, rather than … Read More