The most popular form of architecture currently is sustainable architecture.
Sustainable architecture is architecture that seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space. It uses a conscious approach to energy and ecological conservation in the design of the built environment.
You are in essence creating a “green” environmentally friendly building that will not inhibit the opportunities of future generations.
If you are looking for an architecture firm to help you on your journey to design a building or home or redesigning an existing building or home then you need to make sure you do your research and make sure you find a firm that you can trust. Since you will be spending a lot of time with the architects and need to trust their experience it’s important to not make a hasty decision.
In this month’s segment of History in Architecture, we are going to take a look at the style known as Romanesque architecture.
Romanesque is an architectural style of Medieval Europe characterized by semi-circular arches. Many castles and churches in Rome use this type of architecture.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "Romanesque", means "descended from Roman." Romanesque architecture was the first distinctive style to spread across Europe since the Roman Empire.
There are two types of Romanesque:
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED, is a program that provides a third-party verification for “green” buildings. These buildings must satisfy certain prerequisites and can achieve different levels of certification.
You may wonder what LEED can do for you. If you would like to save money, conserve energy, reduce water consumption, improve indoor air quality, make smart building material choices, and drive innovation, then LEED is for you.
Have you ever seen the Febreze commercials with the rooms filled with stinky socks, old pizza, dirty diapers, and mold, among other rotten things? They blindfold people and ask them what they smell. The contestants list off things such as, “It smells like the Adirondack Mountains,” “It smells like Heaven,” and “It smells like deliciousness baked into a pie.” Basically a bunch of they haven’t actually smelt.
This month, we find ourselves on the corner of 8th street and Hays street, just a few blocks from the heart of downtown, looking at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, or St. John’s Cathedral for short. It is currently the seat of the Diocese of Boise of the Catholic Church and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The architectural industry is in a constant state of flux in terms of design elements, building materials, and the overall build process. As our society becomes more conscious of our impact on the environment, a major trend in architecture that is currently underway is the incorporation of natural elements into design. There are many reasons for this new trend, however, one of the largest reasons is because incorporating natural elements into a design lessens the carbon footprint of the building.
This portion of the blog may have touched on certain aspect of Islamic architecture before, but today we will be talking specifically about Ottoman architecture. The Ottoman Empire was a vast empire that dated from around 1299-1918. During its existence, numerous advances in architecture had been made, with many products still standing today all over the world. The most prominent of these structures, typically mosques, are located in Turkey, which was considered the heart of the Ottoman Empire.
This month, our Boise Building profile finds us once again standing in the Boise Grove. But instead of talking about the Aspen lofts or the Grove hotel, our attention is turn underground, to the Century Link Arena. Formerly known as the Qwest Arena, the name changed after the purchase was made by Century Link in 2011. The arena is considered a multi-purpose arena and is located in downtown Boise. It was opened in 1997 after being built for $50 million dollars.
In this day and age, it’s very important and the responsibility of architects and designers everywhere to incorporate green and environmentally sustainable features into their designs. Of course, this is easier said than done. There are many different ways that an architect can design green features, however, incorporating them organically can become a real challenge. Although it is a challenge, having a green design typically affords many different benefits to the ultimate tenant.