Design Solutions for Winter Blues

While the groundhog gave us hope that Spring will come early this year, I found myself struggling with a lack of motivation lately; in part, because of the season. In South Dakota, we’ve grown accustomed to bearing cold dark winters and short days. It’s not just you: twenty percent of Americans experience either the winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). That being said, we are not forced to submit to the elements and anxiously wait for warmer temps and brighter days to come. There are strategies to combat SAD, and we can incorporate technologies into the spaces we retreat to in the winter.

A Debt to LEGO

When CNN (or any other mainstream news agency) shares something about architecture, I’m always interested. This was an nice “fluffy” find this weekend: https://www.cnn.com/style/article/lego-architecture-design/index.html I’m one of those architects who owe a debt to LEGO for sparking and fostering a curiosity about the built environment from an early age. This sentiment is fairly pervasive in …

BIM Data Utilization – Path of Travel Analyzer

by Iman Ebadi, Stone Group Architects The ongoing question in my mind is: How can BIM help us make educated decisions while designing buildings? I believe this tool is not only capable of performing existing tasks faster and easier, but it also opens doors to new opportunities. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is intended to be …

Notre Dame Cathedral competition announced

After the tragic fire at Notre Dame a couple weeks ago, attention quickly shifted to reconstruction- but the tricky question of the best way to rebuild may take a great while longer to reconcile. Straightforward preservation calls for reconstruction with matching materials when adequate documentation is available and sources for those materials still exist (both …

Happy Earth Day- AIA Announces COTE Top 10 Sustainable Projects for 2019

From AIA National: The 2019 COTE® Top Ten program highlights projects that meet the AIA Committee on the Environment’s rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. The COTE® Top Ten Plus designation denotes projects with exemplary performance data and post occupancy lessons https://www.aia.org/resources/6126355-2019-cote-top-ten-awards/?utm_source=real-magnet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hna19-3-cote-top-ten Keith ThompsonKeith Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a principal at …

Happy New Year from Blueprint South Dakota!

2018 was a great year for architecture and design in South Dakota- here are a few links to check out some of the best work that was completed nationally and around the world. Let us know what stands out to you and why! https://www.archdaily.com/907313/the-best-architecture-of-2018 https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/13833-notable-projects-of-2018?id=13833-notable-projects-of-2018&ajs_uid=3237H0803912E4W&oly_enc_id=3237H0803912E4W&ajs_trait_oebid=3782E0258467B1M Keith ThompsonKeith Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a principal …

The New Age of Construction

Automation and robotics have changed the way the world operates immensely since their inception. They have typically been used to perform repetitive, menial tasks in order to increase efficiency and accuracy. There is no doubt they have had a monumental impact on many different industries. The construction industries have reaped the benefits of automation when it comes …