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Shifts in Workplace Design

These days, the average person working in any industry spends nearly a third of their whole life at work. Workplace design is an integral part of employee satisfaction and well being, and you can see that happening in some of the largest companies across the world. Most businesses have begun steering away from the cubicles […]

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How Dark Interiors Impact Design

Dark interiors are something of a trend in 2019. People are slowly moving away from the classic all white design, and introducing a bit more color to their homes. Not quite a pop 70s revival of neon and orange, instead, people are trending towards greys, dark blues, and even darker shades of green as accent […]

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3 Countries with Successful Skyfarm Projects

Why Skyfarms?    Prototype of the vertical urban farm project, skyfarms have revolutionized the agricultural industry in a radical way. According to the United Nations Population Division (2009), the world population is set to jump from 6.9 billion in 2010 to 9.2 billion by 2050 — leaving an added 2.3 billion mouths to feed, and […]

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The Importance of Place in Architecture

“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” declared Winston Churchill before restoring the bomb-destructed House of Commons.    More than 70 years later, his wise words continue to reign true, and rest at the forefront of many architects minds. These words taught us that buildings, roads, and houses are more than geographical […]

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Color in Architecture

For almost 20 winters starting in 1999, Starbucks red cups became the announcement that winter had finally arrived. The red cups appeared in the hands of Christmas shoppers at the mall, on conference tables during Friday office meetings, and in the hands of those standing in line to ice skate at the seasonal rink. Their […]

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Weather’s Impact on Architecture

Architecture has always been more than just a roof over your head. Since the beginning of time, architecture can be counted upon to reflect the identity of a region as well as the needs of the people living there. Take, for example, the igloos of the Arctic. Its unique design and the use of packed […]

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10 Fascinating Uses of Glass in Modern Architecture

There’s no denying it, glass adds a certain elegance to buildings. You’ve probably found yourself marveling at an overwhelming structure of glass at least once in your life, right? Ever since London’s Crystal Palace in 1851, we’ve been obsessed with using glass in architecture. As one of the first large-scale glass construction projects not designed […]

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Portella Contributes to Monticello Project

Monticello is Thomas Jefferson’s estate, preserved now as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it serves as a museum, place of study and research, and a historical site. As part of an ongoing project to renovate and transform this historical site, Gensler architects have been working to update the 1950s era Griggs Building. As the home […]

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6 Mistakes People Make When Buying New/Replacement Windows

Buying new or replacement windows that are right for your home or business can be a daunting task with the multitude of window choices available. Avoiding false information and knowing what not to do is key to making a purchase that you feel comfortable with and will last for years to come. While purchasing windows […]

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