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Read more on Stone in Architecture: The Most Common Types

Stone in Architecture: The Most Common Types

Stone in architecture has been around for literal ages and there are good reasons for that. As one of the most reliable building materials, stone architecture can also last for eons if properly maintained. However, because there are a multitude of different kinds of stones, some are better suited for some applications over others. Below,…

Read more on Trends in Architecture: Skyscraper Designs

Trends in Architecture: Skyscraper Designs

Trends in architecture change and continue to change each year, and one of the most notable changes is actually in height. With zoning restrictions and higher city density, building large, wide structures is often no longer possible. That leaves architects with only one option.  Building up.  However, what that means continues to evolve so we break…

Read more on Ongoing Architectural Trends for 2020  

Ongoing Architectural Trends for 2020  

As we get further into the year, some predicted trends fall by the wayside while others dominate the market. Architectural trends are constantly shifting and changing as the current definition for what it means to be “modern” also changes throughout the year. Here are a few of the major trends we’ve noticed that you should take note…

Read more on Zesty Kitchen Makeover Ideas From a Passive Design Architect

Zesty Kitchen Makeover Ideas From a Passive Design Architect

Aside from your bedroom, your kitchen is probably one of the most-used spaces in your home. But who says it can’t be an expression of you or match your home and done so in a ‘green’ way? We’ve put together some fun ideas for a kitchen makeover to make it as zesty as the dishes you’re…

Read more on Where Old and New Collide: The Intersection of Smart Tech and Green Design  

Where Old and New Collide: The Intersection of Smart Tech and Green Design  

With so much talk about “going green” and reducing environmental impact in recent years, “smart green buildings” have been popping up more and more. Green building is specifically defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as “...the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation,…

Read more on Promoting Productivity Through Innovative Office Design

Promoting Productivity Through Innovative Office Design

There’s little doubt that the design of your office affects the amount of work achieved in it. That’s what the research says at least. Office Design Productivity Research A 2014 study highlighted that plants and greenery within an office can increase productivity by up to 15% - while increasing staff happiness. Natural light and access…

Read more on The Green Cities of Tomorrow, Today

The Green Cities of Tomorrow, Today

There are plenty of reasons to build green cities. Combating climate change, creating comfort in your neighbourhood, and enhancing natural features (instead of fighting against them) are just a few of them. And since two-thirds of the world's population will likely live in urban areas by 2050, many cities (like these ones) are working to…

Read more on Global Flooding and Architecture: What Can Venice Teach Us?

Global Flooding and Architecture: What Can Venice Teach Us?

We don’t have to look around the world very far to hear about the latest global flooding and architecture catastrophes. Venice has been in the news a ton lately regarding high tides that are causing chaos. Of course, flood-prone locations and cities built below sea-level such as New Orleans and coastal cities such as San…

Read more on Okanagan Architecture: Saving The Bees In Our Cities 

Okanagan Architecture: Saving The Bees In Our Cities 

  Architects are famous for positively influencing our surroundings with visually stunning designs. As the world continues to evolve, we are taking more steps toward greener living. Okanagan architecture can go far in terms of respecting our natural environment. Saving the bees and our pollinators have become a huge priority. It has been quoted that…

Read more on Designing Your Ultimate Okanagan Dock

Designing Your Ultimate Okanagan Dock

  Summer storms, intense wind, and excessive flooding can take their toll on your Okanagan dock. Any type of property damage can be a stressful and expensive ordeal. And, waiting for insurance claims and deciding if it is worth taking a hit on your policy are other factors to consider. Architecturally Distinct Solutions can help…