Category: Inspiration

Architectural Trends for 2014: Part One

2014 is going to be a big year for many things, but among those will be strides to make architecture and design suit the needs of modern times. With climate change and issues of sustainability no longer on the ‘back-burner’, architects are faced with a greater number of challenges outside of functionality and aesthetic appeal. […]

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Sunlight in Architecture

Sunlight is a fantastic resource that is oftentimes left unexplored. It’s well known that it has a direct relationship with our health as well as energy sustainability, but it’s not being used to its full potential. In fact, despite its cost-effective means of reducing the need for traditional electrical lighting, architectural education hardly embraces the […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: Architect Style

A New Year means new plans, new opportunities and most obviously, New Year’s resolutions. For architects, it might be hard to find something to resolve to do, so here are some handy resolutions to add to your list this year (and probably keep in mind through next year too).

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‘Tis the Season to Save a Little Energy

The New Year is always a time for resolutions. Why not make your home one of them? Maybe you’ve thought about reorganizing, remodeling, or repainting. But what about rethinking your home’s energy use? Revising aspects of your home to create a better, more sustainable environment is not only practical, but it’s also a guiltless way […]

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A New Life for Strip Malls

Like many things, buildings become outdated and unused, which can create ‘dead zones’ of properties and consequently may hurt the area and community in which they are located. Strip malls are at the heart of this deficit in popularity and are unlikely to make a strong comeback. Luckily, they may catch the architectural upswing.

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MoMA on Women in Architecture and Design

Throughout history women have had to quietly endure unofficial inferiority in almost every realm, and unsurprisingly, this notion infiltrated the realm of architecture and design. Designing Modern Women, an exhibition held by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, validates that women didn’t hold a place on their own in the past.

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Architectural Students & Lama Foundation Collaborate

A group of 15 CU-Boulder environmental design students have accomplished a humble, but powerful feat. Lead by Jade Polizzi, CU-Boulder environmental design instructor, these students dedicated their summer to erecting a structure that is both meaningful and useful. All their effort was poured into a tiny 9 by 12 foot structure that was built in […]

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Baby Boomers & Universal and Accessible Design

Accessible and universal design has been changing how buildings are designed since the 1990s. Many new buildings and the structures inside are now accessible by wheelchair, helping those who are not able-bodied or average-sized. Currently, as baby boomers are growing older, they want their retirement homes to cater to their physical needs. Architects are slowly […]

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Our Favorite Energy Efficient Building Materials

At Sparn, we are committed to pursuing sustainable design, so we incorporate energy efficient building materials into our work on a daily basis. We do everything we can to avoid health hazards such as radon, mold, and poor air quality. We also want buildings to represent our clients’ taste. Here are ten of our team’s […]

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The Swallows Nest Cultural Center in Taiwan: Sustainable Architecture

  The Swallows Nest cultural center has recently been unveiled in the city of Taichung, the third largest city in Taiwan, by notable eco-friendly architect Vincent Callebaut. The new cultural center for Taichung combines bioclimatic architectural elements and complex geometry to create a landmark destination where art and literature are celebrated alongside nature.

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