Can we live without clean air?

Can we live without clean air?

Can we live without clean air?  Just hold your breath for a minute and you will know how critical clean air is for life.  Vertical gardens and wall mounted trellis systems can improve air quality, bring nature to our living spaces, and enhance general health and wellbeing.

Risk of damage due to climate change

Risk of damage due to climate change

Is your building at risk of damage due to climate change? What are the chances? Where do you go for more information?

Not Blah Blah Blah – Time for global action

Not Blah Blah Blah – Time for global action

It was almost one year ago when Greta Thunberg galvanized the world against political inaction. She called it a “betrayal towards all present and future generations”.2 She called for immediate action to save the planet. What can we do to move away from blah blah blah and towards a sustainable future?

Gone!  BSA special permit requirement for health and fitness facilities

Gone!  BSA special permit requirement for health and fitness facilities

Gyms, martial arts studios, licensed massage therapy, and many other health-related businesses do not need to obtain a BSA special permit in New York City effective December 9, 2021.

What does tolling of building permits mean?

What does tolling of building permits mean?

Connecticut Governor’s Executive Order 7JJ states that building permits “valid as of March 10, 2020, shall not lapse or otherwise expire during the state of emergency, and the expiration date of the approval shall toll during the state of emergency.”  What does that mean?

Can a building permit be denied for potential illegal use?

Can a building permit be denied for potential illegal use?

While reviewing plans for a building permit, code and zoning officials often raise objections citing potential illegal use due to proposed work.  Is that justified?

What should I do if my home was flooded?

What should I do if my home was flooded?

Many people thought that their homes were safe because they were not in a flood zone.  But recent weather events have changed their beliefs.  Here what I would recommend you do if your home was flooded and sustained damage due to flooding or severe weather. 

Will touchless technologies cause sensory deprivation?

Will touchless technologies cause sensory deprivation?

Touchless technologies promote safety through social distancing.  But human beings crave interaction with people, places, and things.  Will these technologies cause sensory deprivation? 

How self-driving cars will make parking structures obsolete

How self-driving cars will make parking structures obsolete

Self-driving cars will make on-site parking spaces obsolete causing major disruption to commercial and multi-family residential real estate. As services such as Uber embrace self-driving cars, auto ownership will decline, and passengers will demand more curb space for drop-off and pick-up.

How self-driving cars will exploit public streets for commercial use.

How self-driving cars will exploit public streets for commercial use.

In absence of proactive local regulations, self-driving cars will exploit city streets for commercial use. These vehicles will provide dining, retail, entertainment, and other services to passengers without paying commercial rent. They will redefine city life, disrupt real estate industry and free up spaces occupied by parking structures.

Building Permit Processes: No lines, no waiting, build today

Building Permit Processes: No lines, no waiting, build today

Building Departments are often characterized by bureaucratic permit processes, red tape, and constant delays. But change is in the air as many departments take advantage of online permit processes, improved customer service, digital plan reviews, remote inspections, and nimble organizational structures.

Mass Customization Through Digital Design, Singapore

Mass Customization Through Digital Design, Singapore

The Future of US Pavilion was built to celebrate SG50, Singapore’s 50th year of independence in 2015. It demonstrated the power of parametric computing from concept to completion. The pavilion’s exterior skin consists of infinite variations made possible by mass customization and direct digital manufacturing.

A Sustainable Home for a Buddhist Monk, Junagadh, India

A Sustainable Home for a Buddhist Monk, Junagadh, India

A rock-cut sustainable home for a Buddhist monk in Junagadh in Western India offers a glimpse of what life and architecture were like during the Mauryan Empire (321–185 BCE).

The Great Wisdom from Ancient Greece

The Great Wisdom from Ancient Greece

“Know thyself”. That is the great wisdom inscribed at the Temple of Apollo in Greece. Apollo was the God of music, harmony and light and occupied a prominent position in the Delphic Sanctuary. It is at this temple in Delphi, Greece, where Pythia, the famous oracle uttered these words in 4th century BC.

Great Urban Design: Piazza Navona, Rome

Great Urban Design: Piazza Navona, Rome

What brings hundreds of people to Piazza Navona in Rome every day? Is it the history that dates back to the Roman empire? Is it great urban design that celebrates human existence by offering places to shop, worship and play? Perhaps the answer lies in all of the above and more.