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HEALING GARDENS IN SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITIES

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Healing Gardens are an important design component in best-in-class senior living communities, and this isn't surprising considering their ability to provide social, psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual benefits to senior residents and staff. People of all ages and cultures find nature restorative, and Roger Ulrich, a leading researcher in healing gardens explains why: more

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Student Housing Interior Design Brings Nature Indoors

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Adriana Vadasz joined KSQ’s interior design team in 2012 and was the 2015 recipient of KSQ’s Tulsa office “KSQ’est” (similar to MVP of the year). In addition to her interior design work she has also provided landscape design concepts to KSQ clients as added value. KSQ Associate Jon Pontious, Assoc. AIA, recently sat down with Adriana to ask her about combining her studies in interiors and landscape, and how she’s applied this knowledge to KSQ projects. Jon and Adriana have worked on projects together since college when they were both employed by Oklahoma State University's Long Range Facilities Planning, and since joining KSQ they've worked on numerous student housing projects together.  more

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Top 5 Interior Product Trends from Neocon

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I've just returned from Neocon–a three day interior design conference attended by over 50,000 design professionals–and stepped back to determine the five biggest trends I saw on display from over 500 different companies at Chicago's Merchandise Mart. more

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LET THE MUSIC PLAY: ART PROGRAMS IN SENIOR LIVING DESIGN

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When designing senior living programming it's important to not overlook the importance of including an arts program. National studies show seniors involved in the arts improve physically and mentally. Music therapy, in particular, offers an essential component in dementia and Alzheimer's treatment plans due to its ability to transport individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia to a different time and place, and help them remember things, events and people buried deep in their memory. The program can use multipurpose space, a specific room or take place during sessions in individual rooms. The technology can be throughout the building, limited to a specific room or as simple as a small, personal music player. While implementation within a community is flexible, the benefits of such programs are clear cut. more

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Biomimicry: Design Solutions Inspired by Nature

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Nature offers the best design with work typically unseen or noticed on a daily basis. Despite all of the differences between organisms and the complexity of ecosystems, in nature every factor is planned and executed in perfection with all resources maximized. In the human world, we are constantly trying to solve problems in all fields, such as medicine, engineering, psychology, and, of course, architectural and interior design. Our solutions, though, are not always clear or the most efficient. But what would happen if we looked to nature as our inspiration to more sustainable and efficient problem solving? more

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Energy Systems and End Users: An Architect’s 30-Year Journey

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We recently installed a solar hot-air collection system at West Patent Elementary, part of the Bedford Central School District, in suburban New York. For this project all the elements for renewable energy came together: a good building sited properly for solar collection, an enlightened Owner willing to invest, and a product able to perform. For me, installation of the solar wall represents the realization of ideas of sustainability more than 30 years in the making. more

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Why WELL? Going Beyond Design to Total Health

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Over the past few decades professionals involved in the planning and construction of buildings have grown increasingly concerned about the impact of the built environment over the planet and humankind. Third-party building certification systems such as LEED, Green Globes, and Energy Star have been developed to evaluate and rate the performance of projects while also serving as a sustainability guide during design and construction. Recently The WELL Building Standard was created and launched as another certification system, but WELL certification focuses specifically on human health and well-being and evaluates the impact of the built environment on people’s mental and physical health. more

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Education by Design: Our Lego Class Lays the Foundation

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What do you get when you mix architects, interior designers, 5th graders, Legos and the Spanish language? An incredible dual language STEM project experience! Our team recently had the opportunity to work with students at Eisenhower International School where they are immersed in Spanish in their classroom. Since several of our staff speak Spanish as their native language, we thought this would be a great combination of sharing their language as well as what we do in our profession. We were right. more