Design For Health

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Cortex by Jack Evill

Good healthcare requires a thoughtful combination of the many disparate disciplines involved; designers, architects, scientists and doctors, all have the same goal of finding and implementing solutions for better health of patients.

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Germ-Free Tiles by H&R Johnson

Often the blockbuster breakthroughs of science and medicine get the headlines. But just as important—and lost in the news—are the small design details that enhance patient care. Simply replacing a metal door catch with one made of nylon, for example, can reduce acoustic disturbance during the night, allowing for better sleep and thus increasing the chance of a positive patient outcome.

Read the full article on Architizer here.

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Maharam Digital Projects by Maharam

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The Groovy Interior Of Mocha-Mojo

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Mocha – Mojo by Mancini Design

Distinctive architecture and design is a necessity for bars, restaurants, and cafes. Customers visit establishments not only to satisfy their appetites, but also to socialize in unique environments. The interior spaces need to capture the imagination of patrons, creating a one-of-a-kind experience that inspires return visits.

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Mocha – Mojo by Mancini Design

Mocha-Mojo, located in Chennai, India, embodies that necessary balance between the funky and the functional needed to turn a café into a design destination.

Read the full article on Architizer here.

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Mocha – Mojo by Mancini Design

Robert Moses And The Dirty Fight For Jones Beach

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Breaking free from summer heat in New York City is a main concern of its inhabitants. Many New Yorkers know that Jones Beach is one option, but what they may not know is that the story of its creation by Robert Moses is filled with grandiose, unfeasible ideas seen to fruition through deceit and bullying.

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Photo courtesy of MTA Bridges and Tunnels Special Archives.

Throughout his career, Moses started projects with false budgets and spent money how he saw fit. He often ran out of cash, but was always able to obtain more funding by appealing to politicians’ desire to avoid accusations of public money wasted on an incomplete project. Jones Beach was one of the first projects wherein he employed this tactic, which he called “driving the stake.”

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August 6, 1934 shot of Commissioner Robert Moses and officials at Jones Beach, Long Island. Credit: Alajos L Schusler, New York City Parks Photo Archive, neg. 36501-1.

His control over the development of New York City is part of the allure Robert Moses holds for historians, writers and filmmakers. The subject of Jones Beach’s history, along with that of Coney Island, is part of a new exhibition at the Long Island Museum of Art, History, and Carriages. Additionally, Moses is the latest subject to fall under the eye of provocative director Oliver Stone, who is working on a biopic for HBO.

Read the full article on Architizer here.

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To Everything Turn, Turn

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Haus am Weinberg by UNStudio

In many projects, the incorporation of the natural world into an architect’s design is obvious. Other times, though, the inspiration is not so readily apparent. Take the Haus am Weinberg, for example. This contemporary residence does not blend into its rustic vineyard environment rising out of the hillside. Upon closer inspection, however, it becomes clear that the architects reflected the terraced slope of the surrounding topography in the very structure of the home, a design they call “the twist.”

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Haus am Weinberg by UNStudio

The twist begins at the central axis, from which the interior spaces radiate,stacking upon each other at rotated angles as the building rises like a spiral staircase. The result is that the top floor is cantilevered over the bottom floor, creating a sculptural profile that echoes the slant of the hillside.

Read the complete article on Architizer here.

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Haus am Weinberg by UNStudio

Architectural Solutions For The Hearing Impaired

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Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 by LTL Architects

For those of us with all five senses intact, navigating through daily life can be difficult enough. Who hasn’t unexpectedly trip on a sidewalk crack or missed a step and fallen? Now imagine if you couldn’t see or hear.

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Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 by LTL Architects

Gallaudet, the only liberal arts university for the deaf and hearing impaired, is seeking to change the way the architecture of its campus relates to its students. Future building plans will attempt to create a benevolent built environment that uses design principles to improve the quality of life of its students.

Read the full article on Architizer here.

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Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 by LTL Architects

The Japanese Art Of Shou Sugi Ban

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Using fire as a tool for construction seems counterintuitive. But burning lumber being used in a project (just a little bit) can boost the end result structurally, as well as aesthetically

The process is fairly simple. Burn the planks on both sides to the desired amount of char. The carbon exterior will release the moisture inside the board as gas and steam. (Think of it as turning the wood’s surface into a chemical compound similar to the pure carbon a diamond.) After cooling the boards, brush and wash them to your aesthetic liking—the amount of char cleaned off changes the look of the wood. Finally, you can seal the board with a natural oil of your choice, or leave it unvarnished.

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Shou Sugi Ban by BYTR Architecten

This method of burning the surface of wood building materials began in Japan during the 1700s. Since Japanese builders traditionally used cedar, as well as cypress, the process is called shou sugi ban, or “burnt cedar.” In more recent years, Japanese have opted for plastic and other materials for their buildings, causing the shou sugi ban to wane.

Read the complete article on Architizer here.

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Sands Point Renovation by CDR Studio Architects, PC