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The study noted in this article, and published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, is yet another confirmation of how important visual connections to a natural green environment is for us.  Even 40 seconds of visual contact can make a difference!  Oops, i just gave away the answer... but it's too important to hide! 

http://www2.buildinggreen.com/image-of-the-week/how-long-did-it-take-image-right-produce-cognitive-benefit?woo_campaign=iow&woo_medium=hp&woo_content=learnanswer

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Drawing By Hand in a Digital World

With the constant and inevitable integration of computers and technology in our lives, we are always looking for ways to streamline and accelerate tasks. Wall calendars and memo pads have been replaced by desktop widgets, apps, add-ons, and plug-ins. The creative and design community has not gone unaffected by this change.

For better or worse, computers and digital media have changed architectural and design firms in countless ways. The advent of computer-aided drafting and products like Autocad and Revit have completely changed the way construction documents are created and shared. Similar to how modern word processing has moved the journalism world away from the days of the printing press, computers have allowed document production in architecture to a new level. For the most part, revising projects electronically is much quicker and safer than having to erase portions of drawings for redrafting by hand.

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I have been in the Landscape Architecture profession for over 20 years now (yikes!), but I still find myself tripping up on some industry words and second-guessing what I am saying-or what others are saying.  This just surfaced again for me while looking at a retaining wall condition on a project today.  I am thinking I am not the only one, but if I am, please don’t share this posting!   So, does it really matter? Is a project going to go wrong if I say one word over the other at a job meeting? Probably not because we all know what we are talking about. But being technically-correct matters, so I just had to put this to rest in my own head once and for all!

Below are the (much abbreviated) definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary  Yes, I know the dictionary’s focus isn't technical applications.  But if its definition DOES include what I’m after, that is good enough for me for this exercise.   

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Biophilic Design

Sustainable green design has become commonplace in our culture.  Many people outside of the design and construction industries understand and embrace these principles.  During my architectural career, sustainability has always seemed the responsible practice, but it always left me with a sense of something missing.    

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During our second year, Arkos Design continued to grow our staff and expand our design services.
Landscape architecture was added to complement architecture and interior design and provide a full 
design team for our projects.  This second year was significant in establishing our identity, with many of 
our core staff members joining us at that time.

The additional staff led to the integration of their skills and personality into the Arkos Design culture.  Also at that time, we instituted many of the social traditions that we enjoy together outside of the workplace. We have a 
passion for these events and believe our working relationships are strengthened by these social interactions.  In 2006, we went on our first camping trip, celebrated with our first Halloween party, and held our first Christmas bowling party. 

Our new client relationships and significant projects that year contributed to our growth and our future success. 
 
 

          

Second Year Highlights

  1. The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series for the 10th time!
  2. Arkos Design continued its growth to 10 employees.
  3. The top song of the year was “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter.
  4. Arkos Design added Landscape Architecture to our services.
  5. “Crash” won the Oscar for Best Picture.
  6. Arkos Design hosted its first corporate retreat.
  7. The world’s population topped 6.5 billion.
  8. Arkos Design provided continuous owner’s representation services.
  9. The Dow Jones hit the 11,000 milestone for the first time since 9/11, five years earlier.
  10. Arkos Design began our first design-build relationship.
 

More Exciting announcements to come!

 

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