Friday, October 5, 2012

Changing designs of workplace

A good workplace design ensures effective use of space within the workplace. Also, as a designer you get a chance to create good places to work where people will be productive and happy. And, too meet this objective, a workplace surroundings should be as such that it keeps people motivated. Gone are days when workplaces used to be "gloomy or depressing". 

A PhD thesis at the University of Exeter has found that enriched work environments improve productivity by around 15%. Not only that, but implementing office workers suggestions in the design of their workspace upped productivity by 30%. 

Times have changed and so have workplace designs. There were times when only advertising and marketing companies would have funky offices. Today, IT companies, schools & Institutions, Hospitality sectors and even banks have offices that are filled with sensory delights.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Campus buildings should be designed to embody the spirit of the education

A campus is a collection of buildings that belong to a given institution, either academic or non-academic. These are extraordinary buildings and spaces that ensures growth of people assembling there and enhance the experience of education in their life. The architecture of these buildings, thus, have an important role to enliven the surroundings and make lives vibrant.

Integrating campus functions, technology, landscape and, urban life and ambiance  will ensure social, economic and environmental sustainability. The architecture of campuses should be compelling. Designs that translates emotion, excitement and vision into the learning experience that nurture community later. Through design upgradation campuses can be responsive to continuous re-invention.

Campuses with innovative designs makes them a vibrant and accommodating gathering spot.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Efficient HVAC system enhances the sustainability

Sustainable architecture is environmentally conscious design technique that attempts to reduce the total environmental impacts not only during the production of building components and construction process, but also during the life cycle of the building (heating, electricity use, carpet cleaning etc.) The objective of green design, is to ensure that our actions and decisions today do not inhibit the opportunities of future generations.

One of the important element of Sustainable Building Design is indoor environmental quality that includes air quality, illumination, thermal conditions, and acoustics. It must be noted that the integrated design of the indoor environment must be part of the integrated design of the entire structure.

A well insulated building, for instance, ensures an efficient heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The efficient building requires less heat generating or dissipating power, but may require more ventilation capacity to expel polluted indoor air.