Someday soon, virtual reality could let you get in the game… in your living room

Design, National, Technology
Thursday, February 4, 2016
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(Courtesy Microsoft)

(Courtesy Microsoft)

This year’s 50th Super Bowl could be extra special to those who can somehow get their hands on Microsoft’s HoloLens. Though not yet available to the public, the tech giant has unveiled an NFL-based concept that would bring the players and the stadium into your living and even onto your coffee table.

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NCARB rebranding says “interning” is now an “experience”

(Courtesy Juhan Sonin / Flickr)

(Courtesy Juhan Sonin / Flickr)

By June this year, the Intern Development Program (IDP), run by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), will become known as Architectural Experience Program (AXP). The program intended to aid architects-in-training with their first steps into the profession was keen to ditch the term “intern.”

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Product> Cabinet Fever: Sleek Kitchen Designs

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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Spec Sheet  
4_SieMatic-URBAN-SieMatic29-02

Courtesy Siematic

From sleek, modern designs to cozy, space-saving kitchen systems, these multifunctional and customizable cabinets are compatible with a wide range of layouts.

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On the Ground in Las Vegas: The hottest trends from the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

National, Product
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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2016 PWP Studio Corporate Event Photographers

Courtesy KBIS

There was a lot of ground to cover at this years kitchen and bath show in Las Vegas. AN noticed a lot of consistent trends in terms of design themes and the newest must-have kitchen gadgets. Read More

The Architecture Billings Index finishes strong in 2015

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) closed 2015 in positive territory. Demand for design services increased in eight out of 12 months last year.

“As has been the case for the past several years, there continues to be a mix of business conditions that architecture firms are experiencing,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker in a statement.  “Overall, however, ABI scores for 2015 averaged just below the strong showing in 2014, which points to another healthy year for construction this year.”

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Product> Going with the grain: sophisticated wood surfaces for indoors and out

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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Spec Sheet  

Thesize_La-Boheme
(courtesy Thesize)

Natural-looking wood surfaces and finishes add a sleek-yet-rustic feel to interior environments. These classic wood and look-a-like accents are suitable for both residential and commercial spaces. Read More

The Future is Now: Here’s what caught our eye at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show

National, Product, Technology
Monday, January 18, 2016
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CES

(Courtesy CES)

This month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brought more than 170,000 attendees to visit over 3,600 exhibitors. Navigating a sea of similar tech products may seem overwhelming, but there are a few products to note within the realms of smart home technology, 3D printing, and electronics to improve one’s health.

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Product> Hardcore Hardware: Kitchen Essentials

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Spec Sheet  
Courtesy Davoli

(Courtesy Davoli)

When it comes to versatility and durability, these kitchen hardware products have you covered.

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Product> Temperature Controlled: Smart HVAC Systems

Spec Sheet  
Courtesy Momit

Courtesy Momit

Smart HVAC products are quickly gaining traction in the architecture and design industry. From air curtains to smart thermostats, managing heating and cooling systems has never been easier.

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Kermit Baker is unruffled by the 3.8 point drop in November’s Architecture Billings Index

National, News, Professional Practice
Thursday, December 24, 2015
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BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

As temperatures dipped in November, so did the Architecture Billings Index (ABI). The ABI was 49.3, a 3.8 point drop from October’s 53.1. Any score below 50 represents a decrease in billings.

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I Am a Monumental Gift Idea: Venturi Scott Brown Online Store Now Open

Architecture, National, Product
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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Denise Scott Brown "Duck" Mug. (Courtesy of Learning from Bob and Denise)

Denise Scott Brown “Duck” Mug. (Courtesy of Learning from Bob and Denise)

Last minute holiday shopping? Who isn’t a fan of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown? Whether you like Rome, Las Vegas, or Levittown, you can find something useful from the duo. They are famous for quips like, “You don’t have to like something to learn from it,” and “I can like something worse than you can like.” Venturi even called himself “The Dennis the Menace of Architecture.” Now you can get all the fun ’60s and ’70s architectural debauchery delivered to your house, with the Learning from Bob and Denise store, online now with merchandise fit for a minor league sports team.

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Product> Smart Thinking: Integrative Smart Building Products

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
Courtesy Piper

Courtesy Piper

Make both residential and commercial buildings energy and time efficient with these top-notch smart lighting, security, and all-in-one products.

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