Design Diversity; many different types of space

Thumbing the office copy of Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language recently, I was struck by how many of his ideas center on the idea of diversity in design. Alexander argues against homogeneity at every scale, from that of room furnishings to the design of cities. He’s so right. Our homes, offices, public places and urban landscapes all…

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Your Name in Lights: Great Signage For Business

The signage for your business is like its face – the first thing someone sees about you.  It is very important to make a good impression.  But there are many elements to consider before you “hang out your sign.”  Good signage is integrated into the design of the whole business.  It should coordinate with your logo and general…

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Revolving Doors … Save Energy with Every Spin

Curious City recently answered, “Why does Chicago have so many revolving doors?” That made us wonder how many people know that using revolving doors saves energy.  If you didn’t before, now you can feel a tiny boost of adult pride and child-like glee when you chose the revolving doors; you’re saving energy while you run around in…

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