The Tricky Science of Color Perception

By Jude Stewart, Design Observatory
September 16, 2013

Color is infinitely shifty. It’s unstable in the presence of nearby colors. It’s vulnerable to tricks of the light. It acts like it’s moving when it’s not. It can act like it’s there when it’s not.  Put another way, color is subject to a thousand kinds of distortion as it travels from an object, through light, through your eye to your (acculturated) brain. Yet the tricky, intertwined science and art of color perception still goes under-appreciated. More …

Tall, Global and Sustainable

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Building Tall
by Adrian Smith, Design Intelligence
September 18, 2013

We are often asked the question, “Why build tall?” What are the advantages and disadvantages in this typology and why do we see more and more tall buildings being built thorough out the world? To answer this, let’s examine what is happening to the world’s population growth rate for some clues. As of this year, 2013, the world population reached 7,100,000,000 and is growing at 1.16 percent per year. That equates to a net gain in worldwide population of some 80,000,000 people per year. Three countries — China, India and the United States — comprise over 40 percent of the current world’s population. More …

Do You Like Architecture? Let This Inspire You

By Darren Taylor,
September 12, 2013  

Following the September 4, 2013 official opening of the Laurentian University School of Architecture in Sudbury, a notable Southern Ontario-based architect says the new facility is good news for the North, including Sault Ste. Marie. President of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Bill Birdsell (pictured), speaking to from his Guelph, Ontario office Thursday, said: “By having a school in the North, it’s going to raise the profile of architecture in the North.” More …