PROTOTYPES, HEALTH facility design & construction, HOSPITAL architecture, ARCHITECTS, and POST-occupancy evaluation (Architecture)
The article discusses usefulness of various research methods available for healthcare architects. Topics discussed include the inclusion of evaluation component on environmental factors collected from site observations in case study, use of post-occupancy evaluations (POEs) to study strengths and weaknesses of a facility with regard to design intentions and performance outcomes, and the use of prototyping in developing replicas of the built environment.
This article presents information on best new products at GlobalShop 2004, conducted by te periodical "Display and Design Ideas." The Resin and Wood collection by New York-based Architectural Systems Inc., is a stunning combination of solid wood and acrylic for horizontal and vertical applications. Impart Inc.'s Gyricon Synchrosign Message Board allows to schedule, communicate and update content over a Wi-Fi network. AdMart Custom Signage's AdView Dynamic Messenger is an easy-to-use sign system that comes alive with full motion video and slide shows in vibrant color.
BUILDING information modeling, SUSTAINABLE architecture, and ARCHITECTURE & energy conservation
The article presents the views of Bill Kline, architect and vice president of the architecture firm SmithGroupJJR, on building information modeling (BIM), application of a new wellness model to building design, and future of energy-and water-efficient facilities. Topics discussed include importance of flexibility, creativity, and positive attitude in a team of architects; need for creative problem-seeking and rapid prototyping; and sustainable design of buildings.
MERCHANDISING, RETAIL industry, SALES forecasting, SHOPPING, and VISUALIZATION
The article offers information on the role played in the visual merchandising in retail trade. It states that the retailers implement several techniques to enhance the sales. It mentions that the process of holiday decoration development, or 'trim' as it is known in the trade, is a laborious, lengthy process that requires multiple layers of budgeting, planning, reviews and approvals, do and redo, prototyping, safety checks, more approvals and final approvals.
HOTELS, BUSINESS travelers, EXHIBITIONS, GUEST rooms, and ARCHITECTURAL designs
The article discusses the project, Hotel of Tomorrow (HOT), that was created and led by Gettys, a hospitality design firm in Chicago, Illinois and "Hospitality Design" magazine which asked participants to design the hotel guestroom of 2025 for the business traveler, without monetary restraints and by using the same architecture available today. The two-day ideation began with "visioning: figuring out the big idea," according to HOT ideation leader Matt Phillips of Phillips + Co., a strategizing firm in Chicago that helps companies think differently about their brands and products. Highlights include "My Spa," the bathroom that brings the hotel spa to the guest; "Dynamic Window Imagery," a technologically advanced hotel window that can make a bad day look beautiful; and "Instant Room Service," a pneumatic and robotic meal delivery and preparation service that operates faster than humans. With the HOT ideation complete, seven themes emerged: efficiency, escape, wellness, personalization, connectivity, ecology, and other. The next step was prototyping. The first HOT exhibit will be built for the HD2005 Expo and Conference, from May 5-7 in the Sands Exposition center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
BUSINESS partnerships, ART schools, and SEATING (Furniture)
This article focuses on the partnership between Bernhardt Design and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Partnering with the Art Center College, Bernhardt is not only giving students valuable hands-on marketing and manufacturing experience while still in class, but also bringing new perspectives to the Bernhardt world. During a two-semester program, students would go through the manufacturing process from research to design to prototyping to final production. Students were given two product categories, seating and tables, and were set loose, within reason of course, since the goal was to create pieces that could be feasibly produced.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin-based interior designing company Yunker Industries's dressing room door was decorated with digital flatbed printing, a printing technique that allows graphics to be applied directly to any material. Direct-to-board printing graphics have a life span of five to six years. The company's services include creative and industrial design, prototyping, large-format screen and digital printing, warehousing and fulfillment, project management and installation.
RETAIL stores, RETAIL industry, RETAIL franchises, SHOPPING, and RAPID prototyping
This article presents information on several unique retail stores. Selfridges PLC in, Birmingham, England, topped the list of the most unique stores in 2004. The store's four floors of retail spectacle are housed in a structure that is a freeformbshape covered with silver disc. The Alexander McQueen store on London's Bond Street turns fixtures into suspended sculpture. Dutch footwear boutique Shoebaloo's interior is surfaced in vacuum-formed, injection-molded panels normally used in the manufacturing of automobiles. In the Carlos Miele boutique in Manhattan, New York City, flowing, organic design surrounds the designer's fashions with high drama.