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Love, Colors and Maple Trees

In natural architecture, design is not all about expression and function, but also emotion. What do you “feel” when you see and touch structures like trees, hills, mountains and plants? I can tell you that spring is near and the vibrant … Continue reading

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Nature Inspired Sink

Here is a sink called Eaux Eaux by Joel Roberts. Normally, I would not find much excitement in a sink or faucet but this particular one commands my attention. If you look at it carefully, the curvature is reminiscent of … Continue reading

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Mass Appeal – Part 1

The Lost Component of Residential Architecture by Douglas Keating When we think of buildings, we see a kit of parts, solid things that form voids and define spaces. The list of parts can be further broken down into elements that … Continue reading

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The Durian Fruit

Durian Architecture Several weeks ago, I went to MT Supermarket http://www.mtsupermarket.com/ (Asian Market) for grocery and stumbled on a unique fruit called Durian. The fruit is interesting because the main body slightly resembles a pineapple but no where does it come close … Continue reading

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Adaptive Infrastructure

   Chapter 3 – Adaptive Infrastructure  by Doug Keating   Early growth of the insulation industry, as discussed in chapter 1, was a factor of economic forces and emerging technologies. Today, the same forces of demand, regulation, market conditions and … Continue reading

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The U.S. Retrospective

  Chapter 1 – The U.S. Retrospective by Douglas Keating If you walked up to anyone and asked the following question: “What keeps your house from getting cold in the winter and hot in the summer,” inevitably, one of the … Continue reading

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4 Players in an Expanding Industry

Chapter 2 – Four Players in an Expanding Industry Today many consider the use of foam insulation a cutting edge technology but history paints a different picture. The rise to accessible and more affordable products available today would take a … Continue reading

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Remodeling Efficiently – Efficiency By The Numbers

Remodeling Efficiently – Efficiency By The Numbers by Douglas Keating  The world of the built environment is littered with single family houses. This ‘American Dream’ has presented itself to us in many forms, from single bedroom bungalows, oversized mcmansions, the … Continue reading

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AIA Water Fountain Feature ( Feng / Fung Shui and Zen Quality )

AIA Water Fountain Feature ( Feng / Fung Shui and Zen Quality )  During one of our design-build projects, we were asked by the homeowner to renovate and convert a dead space into a live active pool of water. Mr … Continue reading

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Graywater – The Black & White on Consumption and Residential Adaptive Re Use

Graywater – The Black & White on Consumption and Residential Adaptive Re?Use Doug Keating, AIA Associate The purpose of this paper is to provide a broad platform from which to examine the panacea of information regarding graywater. Rather than recommend … Continue reading

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