Earth Design: Geometry & Disaster Proofing in Architecture

aerial view of suburban neighbourhood - Portland Design is an integral part of the built environment that humans inhabit. We live in homes separate from nature, and in the developed world, we spend less and less time outside interacting with nature. This disconnect from the natural world has led to many developments in technology, but one of the most ancient principles of nature still seems to apply. When we design and build our own environments, the shapes that appeal to the majority of people still have their origins in nature’s example of symmetry, such as the fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio, or sacred geometry. Why are we drawn to these concepts? Perhaps nature is trying to tell us something…

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Hygge: the Cure for the Winter Blues?

Girl catching snowflake in her mouth. copyright April, 2005 Bill Frymire If winter has become less than enjoyable, why not try and take a page from the Danish, who have recently made their mark on the self-help section with bestsellers about their concept “Hygge”…

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Analog versus Digital

Digital technology has brought many wonders – connectivity, instant communication, the latest meme, Netflix, Spotify, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Skype, Google, and of course, YouTube cat videos. But a new movement is bringing back the analog…

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