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Color is something that heightens an experience for most of us. It can create associations with our senses like the heat of the desert, or the coolness of the deepest seas. Society has built a relationship with color as well. Red has become the color of emergency and the stop light, while black represents an emptiness, mysterious unknown, or evil. However, the hue or saturation of a color tends to evoke a different feeling as well. A bold or high saturation of the color tends to be a higher stimulation, while a soft or low saturation evokes a soothing feel. With our mind reacting in a different way to different colors, and different saturations of those colors, research has concluded that certain colors are beneficial for certain environments.
BLUE is the color for our MIND. It is conducive to productivity with tasks that are driven by the mind. A fully saturated blue could be beneficial in an accountant’s or statistics office where the task at hand is driven by the mind and productivity is required to be high.
RED is the color for our BODY. Whether working out at the gym or manually putting shipments together in a warehouse, red is the color for you. It is conducive for red to be in a physically demanding environment. A full saturation stimulates physical strength and activities.
YELLOW is not always mellow. It evokes EMOTION and OPTIMISM. If you work in an architectural firm, or any creative environment it would be conducive for yellow to accompany you.
GREEN is the color of BALANCE. We closely associate it with nature, and our natural environment is often thought of as a place you seek for calmness, wisdom, and balance in your life. Perhaps this is why you find many spas and rehabilitation centers secluded within nature.
To take this theory further to achieve a specific productivity and stimulate, you can begin to combine these colors in several ways. First, perhaps you want a well-balanced environment that is calming and creative. One way to achieve that is to apply a low saturation green as your background for the calming and balanced stimulate, while adding a highly saturated yellow accent to induce an emotion and optimistic creativity. This can be applied in several different ways in the field of architecture. Whether it’s with the finishes of walls, interior furnishings, or colors in artwork the end result is obtainable.
At JL Architects we believe in utilizing architecture and theories of color as discussed, to improve the functionality and stimulation of the built environment. We currently have a project on the boards that we intend to apply these principles, and are excited to see the results of such theories. Perhaps we could improve the colors of your environment.
Working as an architect implies collaboration, coordination and team work. When I was little my mother used to say to me “Where there is one, there is no power; where there are two, the power grows”.
Learning how to collaborate with others is a process. Integrating in a team is important for success. Here are some of the ways that JLA practices good team work:
Being Organized: Make a plan and create a strategy that you can start with. The plan may change down the line, but it’s good to have a sequence that the team can follow.
Communicating Effectively: good communication skills are essential in teamwork. This means that you should be open to other people’s ideas, listen thoughtfully, gain the knowledge, take the initiative to share your own ideas. Communication can be verbal, written or graphic. Any way you choose to express your ideas, do it respectfully and use the appropriate vocabulary for your business. Effective communication ensures that all team members know what is required of them.
Being Responsible: Understand your roll on the team. If you notice that there is a task that needs to be done and you have the skills to accomplish it, speak up and take on that task. Be fair with your team if you need help on completing the task. Not having the skills to accomplish a task doesn’t mean failure as long as you still complete it.
Being flexible: Be creative in solving the unexpected. Listen to your teammates and come up with the best solution in the best time possible. Team brainstorming usually has very good outcomes.
Showing appreciation and motivating those around you: The team that you are a part of represents your work. Showing appreciation creates motivation. Knowing that your work has recognition, makes you push your limits even further. That makes a team grow.
Having a Positive Outlook: Support other people on your team by offering positive feedback and providing help if they need it. Positive attitude can move mountains. Having a positive attitude is imperative to being successful and manifesting our goals.
Although conflict is inevitable when working in a team, it is best to identify issues early on and bring these in a helpful, positive way to the attention of the team to ensure its success. If properly dealt with, conflict can lead to a lot of productivity in the form of new ideas, more thoughtful decisions, and better results.
How can our JL Architects team help you?
It was an exciting few days for architects when the AIA Convention came to town last week. The staff at JL Architects were all encouraged to attend, and take part in the many available learning opportunities.
The AIA convention is one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the US. With nearly 800 exhibitors, you are sure to find many fascinating products, demonstrated by the expert professionals themselves. From software to building systems, to finishes and building components, you get to experience the materials and technologies that can enhance your design now, and into the future. We were very excited to take part in this event and sample the awesome new products and programs while exploring the 170,000 square foot convention. At our Monday staff meeting, when sharing our experiences, “overwhelmed and excited about new product possibilities & information” was expressed again & again.
Along with the AIA Convention exhibitions and presentations came a volunteering project organized by AEC Cares. AEC Cares links architecture and construction professionals to the communities that we live and work in. The program started in 2011 when they helped rebuild five houses that had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Since then, AEC Cares has been traveling with the AIA Convention from city to city, donating their professional skills and time to a select site in the convention city. This year, AEC Cares partnered with the Community Design Collaborative, the AIA, and Parks and Recreation to renovate the Athletic Recreation Center in the Sharswood neighborhood of Philadelphia. This building is used by hundreds of children for after-school and sports programs. The center was in need of repair and upgrades for the last 15 years. In one day, almost 150 volunteers painted, repaired, and rehabilitated the center into a place where children have the opportunity to believe in themselves and the power of good. At the end of the day, it was such a joy to see those tears of happiness and appreciation in the eyes of the people that teach, and are taught in this amazing place.
For six years now, leading manufacturers, architects, engineers, GC’s, generous sponsors and volunteers have come from all across the US to participate in the AEC Cares convention project. As we volunteer our time, we are helping to create a better world, not just for the children in that neighborhood, but for all of us.
So, next year, when you are registering for the AIA Convention, remember this project! One day can change so much in the lives of these children, as they can begin to imagine the possibilities before them.
Here at JL Architects, we are once again talking about the importance of a green, sustainable, eco-friendly environment that will be enjoyed by generations to come.
Earth Day has become a holiday that celebrates building environmental awareness in more than 192 countries. Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, and since then it has been celebrated each year on April 22nd. The movement started in the United States, when 20 million people gathered in the streets to protest industrial revolution. Now, people all around the world demonstrate with activities that show their support towards environmental protection. Every year on April 22nd, men, women and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up waterways, sign petitions, and try to make other people aware of how they can create a healthier environment.
JL Architects has decided to take action by spreading the word about Earth day, and how this relates to our architectural design. We think that the only way to go forward is to improve the quality of our environment and get involved. When we design, we address subjects like: how to build a healthy, sustainable environment, climate change and how to design a better “Earth” for future generations. The realization of the benefits in architecture associated with this type of environmental movement starts with a transformation of the design process itself. The success is best accomplished by understanding and implementing connections between systems and components. The goal is to achieve high levels of building performance, human performance, environmental benefit and cost effectiveness over both the short and long term, without exploiting our natural resources.
For reaching our goal, we combine our design skills and architectural resources in energy and environmental design utilizing programs such as LEED and Green Globes. These nationwide certified programs give guidelines on how to use less water and energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and as an added bonus, how to save you money. Certified buildings have been proven to use 25% less energy and a 19% reduction in aggregate operational costs in comparison to non-certified buildings. There are also a variety of tax benefits and incentives available for green buildings in different states and municipalities across the country. Typical examples of these incentives include: tax credits, grants, expedited building permits, and reductions/waivers in fees.
So on Earth Day, and every day, let’s all be a bit more conscious of our environment, and how we can work together to make a difference.
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What makes a building iconic? An exact explanation is difficult. Typically, an iconic building originates from a certain uniqueness. In most cases, it will be more valuable for a business than a building with a “cookie cutter” design. The importance of a building as an icon is evident for many businesses, because it can support the marketing of their brand, and attract more visitors.
In the spirit of Halloween, this article will be discussing the design of unique spooky buildings that have been made famous from their design.
The first example is Eastern State Penitentiary, which was built in 1829 and located in Philadelphia. Although this building was not designed to be an iconic Halloween attraction, many people associate its façade with the Halloween tours which help to financially sustain the building. The castle-like exterior with thick rusticated stone walls and tall vertical proportions make this building a unique place that visitors will remember.
The next example is the Amityville house, located in New York. The history of this house led to the publishing of a popular book, and is the site of many films. This Dutch Colonial building has become the quintessential haunted house, and visitors associate its unique design with its dark history. The memorable façade of the house resembles a spooky face with its two semi arched windows peering as if they were eyes, and its combination of window placement and landscaping create the impression of teeth.
The last example is the Bates Motel, located at Arasapha Farm in Pennsylvania. This replication of the famous Universal Studios hotel in Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho has a façade similar to the second empire architecture style. The dull color of the exterior façade and tall looming proportions is what makes the Bates Motel a Halloween icon, and brings visitors to its haunted attractions during autumn.
An iconic building is desirable as it enables its audience to quickly understand the purpose of the building, and who the owner is. This self-marketing strategy is used by many businesses to attract customers, and to differentiate from competitors. JL Architectshas experience in designing unique buildings that continue to attract customers.
– Matt Otricelli