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Eric Laignel


"'If you Build it, They will Come' - This is a Passive and Risky Road to Success", In Conversation with Business of Architecture Founder Enoch Sears

Despite the emergence of collective and interdisciplinary practices, architectural entrepreneurship remains a vague discipline. As academic institutes focus on cultivating students' hard skills during their undergraduate years, their soft skills are often overlooked, left to be acquired or strengthened during their work experience. Stepping into the "real world", fresh graduates who decide to venture into their professional journey as freelancers or in start-ups, often find themselves overwhelmed with questions; 'How do I convince the client? Am I communicating my concept properly to the contractors? Am I charging the client enough? Why is the project not being executed like I designed it? Why is this project taking a lot more time than I intended it to? How can I run a successful business if I've never taken a business course in architecture school?'

Novita Communications NYC HQ designed by the Turett Collaborative. Image © Eric Laignel© Garrett Rowland and Amy YoungCourtesy of Business of ArchitectureRefurbishment Oñati Campus / nimba studio + KREAN. Image © Biderbost_photo+ 7

How the Pandemic Has Jump-Started Creativity

WeTransfer recently released its 2020 Ideas Report, which showcases the effects COVID-19 has had on creativity. At a time when the economy, employment rates, and overall morale were down, the report found a reason for hope—nearly half (45.3 percent) of the 35,000 creatives polled claimed that they experienced more creative ideas during the pandemic than before.

Which begs the question: How do we replicate the good that has come out of the pandemic and keep it going for the industry over the long term? ThinkLab sat down with business leaders within—and outside—the interiors industry to understand the shifts companies made to remain relevant in these changing times.

Florida's Residential Architecture: Understanding the Landscapes of American South

Casa Bahia / Alejandro Landes. Image © Joe Fletcher and Claudia UribeFolly / Cohesion Studio. Image © Sam FrostDilido House / SAOTA. Image © Adam LetchBrillhart House / Brillhart Architecture. Image Courtesy of Brillhart Architecture+ 17

Located in the southern region of the United States, the state of Florida is one of the most populous states and the 22nd largest. The state hosts some of the most populated areas in the country, such as Jacksonville and the Miami Metropolitan Area.

225 Polk Avenue Office Space / HASTINGS Architecture

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  44000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Enscape, Sesco, Adobe, Alexander Metals, +3

HASTINGS Architecture Redesigns Former Nashville Public Library

HASTINGS Architecture has completed the redesign of the former Nashville Public Library as the firm's new headquarters. The adaptive reuse of the historic 1965 building re-purposes it as studio space for the firm, as well as a workspaces for other creatives. Drawing its name from its location, the 225 Polk Avenue project gives the city's iconic library a new life.

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Denizen Bushwick / ODA New York

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  • Architects: ODA New York
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1000000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Above and Beyond Aesthetics, Suspended Ceilings Can Improve Occupant Comfort and Acoustical Performance

Open ceilings offer an opportunity for creative design and technical integration. They play a key role in forming interior spaces and add value by adding comfort through acoustics, finishes and other integrated solutions to the overall design intent. 

© Studiothomas© Halkin Mason Photography LLCGGP, Chicago, IL, Architect: Archideas. Image © Eric LaignelHyatt Global Headquarters / Gensler. Image © Rafael Gamo Studio LLC+ 11

Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and the College of Fine Arts Production Center / Elkus Manfredi Architects

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Pierhouse & 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge / Marvel Architects

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NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center / HOK + Ballinger + Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

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Hill Office / Andrew Franz Architect

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Home Automation In Renovations: Is It Possible to Transform an Old Building into an Intelligent One?

Although the ability to install home automation in a practical way is associated with new projects, it is possible to adapt previously built buildings in a relatively simple way. In both small and large renovations projects these systems can deliver automated features that responds to the requirements and needs of its users. They can also improve the habitability and comfort of its spaces, increase their security and promote long-term energy and money savings. So, what considerations must be taken into account in order to transform an regular architecture project into an "intelligent" one?

© Eric Laignel© Zooey Brown© Adrià GoulaAquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA / Simone Micheli, remodeled by AVE. Image © Juergen Eheim+ 14

27 Projects Win 2019 AIANY Design Awards

The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has presented 27 projects with 2019 Design Awards. AIANY announced the results after two days of deliberations by a a jury of independent architects, educators, critics, and planners. For each of the five categories, winning projects were granted either an “Honor” or “Merit” award, and were chosen for their design quality, innovation and technique.

Princeton University Embodied Computation Laboratory. Image © Pablo MarvelTanderrum Bridge. Image © Kristoffer PaulsonOculi House. Image © Michael MoranCornell Tech Tata Innovation Center. Image © Albert Vecerka+ 28

COOKFOX Studio / COOKFOX Architects

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Manufacture Design / Saguez & Partners

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Saint-Quentin, France

HBO Seattle Workspace / Rapt Studio

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Saatchi & Saatchi New York Office / M Moser Associates

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MullenLowe / TPG Architecture

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