There are thousands of abandoned big box stores sitting empty all over America, including hundreds of former Walmartstores. With each store taking up enough space for 2.5 football fields, Walmart’s use of more than 698 million square feet of land in the U.S. is one of its biggest environmental impacts.
But at least one of those buildings has been transformed into something arguably much more useful: the nation’s largest library.
MSR stripped out the old ceiling and walls of the building, gave the perimeter walls and bare warehouse ceiling a coat of white paint, and set to work adding glass-enclosed spaces, bright architectural details and row after row of books.
For architects and interior designers, creating an impression that is as identical as possible to the final product is an essential element of their professions.
Most clients desire to see their buildings or interior spaces transformed into the ideal concept they had visualised. The architects are tasked with the unenviable responsibility of making this happen.
Not so long ago, building plans used to be done and presented entirely on paper, consuming a lot of resources, time and labour.
However, an architectural job that could typically have taken up to three months in the past can now take two weeks.
Experts say that the increasing adoption of 3D imaging and architectural animation has resulted in more accurate representations, convenience and saves clients time and money in construction projects.
According to Waweru Njuguna, an architect and interior designer at Synergy Arc, an architectural firm in Nairobi, use of digital imaging in architecture boosts accuracy and speed in design.
“It’s now become much easier to show the client exactly what you want to build and the projected outcome using 3D models and animation,” says the architect. “In addition to this, changes and manipulation could easily be factored in as the project progresses eliminating the hassle of having to redo entire plans.”
Adds Njuguna: “If, for example, you are changing the flooring from wood to carpet, you can easily go back to your project design on the computer, make the changes and have the new layout reflect on the final design.”
This according to Njuguna, has made consultation between the design team and the clients easier and as such, proposals are developed much faster.
Research reveals sustainable projects are on the rise; cost is potential prohibitive factor.
BALTIMORE, PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The majority of architects and interior designers, 87% and 86% respectively, acknowledge that they are concerned with how products are manufactured with regard to sustainability, according to new research released today by IMRE. The research showed that the number of sustainable projects performed by architects and interior designers is projected to rise in the next year, and that sustainable products are often associated with higher cost.
These are some of the results released from the survey in which 812 architects and designers responded to an online survey fielded between September 19 and 23, 2011. The survey was spearheaded by IMRE, a full-service marketing agency specializing in the Home & Building industry, in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
Doubts are cast on manufacturer claims about sustainable products.
The way architects and interior designers view manufacturers’ claims that their products are sustainable reveals that brands need to re-focus their marketing efforts to make their claims more convincing.
While most architects and interior designers pay careful attention to manufacturers’ sustainability claims, both are similarly skeptical when asked if they are confident that products referred to as “sustainable” actually are.
40% of architects and 34% of interior designers are “uncertain” if products claiming to be sustainable are actually sustainable.
Almost 22% of architects and 11% of interior designers are “somewhat” or “not at all confident” that products are actually sustainable.
Only 2% of architects and 3% of interior designers are “completely confident” in manufacturers’ claims that products are actually sustainable.
For the first time in Puerto Rico, Designers, have the opportunity to exchange their ideas in one place, the Puerto Rico Design eXchange 2010.
This is an open design competition for emergent professionals and students in six different categories.
The PRDX2010 includes the following categories; Architecture, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Photography.
The competition extends an invitation to Designers, Architects, Engineers, Fashion Designers, Graphic Designers, Industrial Designers, Interior Designers, Photographers and students of all these categories.
We encourage Designers around the world to express them by submitting their work and ideas to PRDX2010.
Awards are given for excellence across a very broad spectrum in each design category.