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2020 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge

The 2020 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge is now open and accepting residential and commercial project submissions through March 15. This year’s annual competition marks a decade of Sherwin-Williams inviting students to create award-winning interior renderings for a chance to win cash prizes, receive national recognition and celebrate their excellence in design.

“Over the past 10 years, Sherwin-Williams has had the pleasure of supporting the next generation of interior designers and architects through the Student Design Challenge, and we continue to be blown away by their talent,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “The upcoming decade brings

Latino Coelho Apartments / Manuel Tojal Architects

© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira + 45

  • Architects: Manuel Cachão Tojal
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 85.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

The Threat of Black Mold to Architecture and its Inhabitants

Unfortunately, we've probably all experienced the unfortunate surprise of finding mold at home. These undesirable black and greenish spots, usually seen in dark, damp corners, may seem harmless at first, but they pose a major problem for buildings and occupants. Because the tendency of mold is to continuously spread, it gradually contaminates other materials and surfaces, causing a characteristic smell and contaminating the air. But how is it possible to control it and, mainly, to prevent it from occurring through architectural design?

How to Incorporate Gardens in Home Design

Indoor gardens can contribute important benefits to home living, ranging from aesthetic beauty to improved health and productivity. Research has shown that indoor plants help eliminate indoor air pollutants called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that emanate from adhesives, furnishings, clothing, and solvents, and are known to cause illnesses. They also increase subjective perceptions of concentration and satisfaction, as well as objective measures of productivity. Indoor gardens may even reduce energy use and costs because of the reduced need for air circulation. These benefits complement the obvious aesthetic advantages of a well-designed garden, making the indoor garden an attractive residential feature on several fronts.

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Cores Apartment / Camila Fleck Arquitetura

© Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio © Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio © Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio © Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio + 13

Barra da Tijuca, Brazil

HDF DesignTalks

DesignTalks are a series of 30-minute conversational sessions with industry leaders and game-changers who will share their insights, experiences, recent successes, challenges and opportunities in the world of hospitality design. Exploring topics from the business of design and emerging design trends to changing consumer expectations and the importance of storytelling.

DesignTalks will be hosted at the Hospitality Design Fair, Australia’s premier trade exhibition for those who design, specify, buy or supply design products and furnishings for new projects, renovations and refurbishments of hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, casinos and other hospitality venues.

Best of all – it’s free to attend!

Call for Submissions: The 2020 AZ Awards for Design Excellence

AZURE announces the opening of submissions to the 2020 AZ Awards!

Now entering its 10th year, the AZ Awards celebrates the best in architecture and design from around the world. Each winner will receive the AZ Awards trophy, get international exposure through our media partners, and have their achievements recognized by AZURE in print, online and at the AZ Awards gala in June 2020.

The AZ Awards is open to architects, interior designers, landscape architects, product designers, industrial designers, experimental graphic designers, product manufacturers and students in design-related disciplines.

Early-bird deadline: January 31, 2020
Competition closes: February 18, 2020

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! Submit

TLP Apartment / Renato Mendonça Arquitetura

© Lufe Gomes
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Santa Cecilia, Brazil

Trigo Studio / Renato Mendonça Arquitetura

© Felipe Araújo © Felipe Araújo © Felipe Araújo © Felipe Araújo + 29

co(al)-yard / reMIX studio

gif. Image © Zhi Xia interior bamboo garden. Image © Zhi Xia layering and transparencies. Image © Zhi Xia the bamboo garden. Image © Zhi Xia + 24

Beijing, China
  • Architects: reMIX studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 930.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

How to Stimulate Children's Autonomy Through Architecture and the Montessori Method

Maria Montessori began to develop her educational method at the beginning of the 20th century. In general terms, the method is a scientific pedagogy that promotes an education that positively contributes to the development of children's brains, respecting their individuality and stimulating their autonomy, self-esteem, and self-confidence. 

Although the method was created in the last century, science is currently beginning to test much of the information investigated by Maria Montessori. For this reason, it is  increasingly being applied to architecture for children’s educational spaces, improving the quality of children's learning and development and providing them with better tools for their future lives.

Cadeira Cubo. Image Cortesia de Cuchi Móveis Infantis Prateleira Pega Pega. Image Cortesia de Cuchi Móveis Infantis Montessori Kindergarten / ArkA. Image © Chiara Ye Preescolar Beelieve / 3Arquitectura. Image © Leonardo Finotti + 26

Call for Entries: Ceramics of Italy 2020 Tile Competition

The Ceramics of Italy 2020 Tile Competition awards top North American architects and designers for their exceptional work and creative use of Italian ceramic or porcelain tile in built projects around the world. An international jury of design experts will review submissions from all over the continent and ultimately select winners in four categories - residential, commercial, institutional, and student.

Winners will receive $2,000 cash, an all-expenses-paid CEU-accredited trip to Bologna, Italy for Cersaie 2020, and the opportunity to present their projects in front of a large audience at Coverings in New Orleans.

The competition is presented by Confindustria Ceramica

The Art of Lighting Art

Choosing the right lighting for any space can be a complex decision. Considerations need to be made with respect to the purpose, form and function of the lighting application. Design and aesthetics also play a role in the equation. With so many options for lighting on the market, it takes specialized knowledge and understanding to determine the best fit for your space. Even more challenging than finding lighting for a generic space, an art gallery or museum application can be difficult and even overwhelming to light properly. LED lighting has simplified a large chunk of lighting for art display.

Airbnb Environments Principal Designer Rachael Harvey Talks Interior Design and the Future of Workplace

Airbnb is changing the way we experience buildings and cities. Founded in 2008, the digital platform utilizes technology to enable real-world experiences, and in turn, aims to create a world where you can feel at home anywhere. With its own in-house design teams like Samara and Airbnb Environments, the company has begun shaping the future of how we live and work.

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HKU Medical School Lobby / Atelier Nuno Architects

© Edmon Leong © Edmon Leong © Edmon Leong © Edmon Leong + 21

  • Interiors designers: Atelier Nuno Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 300.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019