Suman Sorg: Representing the U.S. and Staying Secure (BusinessWeek)

Suman Sorg has designed official facilities in Sri Lanka, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. She talks about building in a war zone and other challenges (link) The daughter of a diplomat, Suman Sorg—the principal architect at the Washington-based Sorg and Associates—has been designing embassies and other facilities for the State Dept. for almost 20 years. Actually longer, […]

Small Hotels, Big Personalities (BusinessWeek)

Indie establishments serve up singular style (pillow menu anyone?) along with luxurious touches and 21st century amenities (link) I once stayed at an unassuming little hotel in Paris tucked in an alleyway near the Seine. The rooms were decorated with playful mosaics, the hallways smelled of lavender, and in the mornings the manager himself served […]

How Hospital Design Saves Lives (BusinessWeek Online)

Design changes can cut infection rates, lower physician errors, improve staff performance, and make all the difference in delivering care (link) In 1999, the Institute of Medicine shocked the health-care industry with its landmark report, “To Err Is Human,” which highlighted the staggering human and financial costs of medical error: an estimated 44,000 to 98,000 […]

Seeing the Light (BusinessWeek Online)

RPI’s Lighting Research Center is proving that light does more than help us see—from improving sleep to helping infants gain weight (link) The residents of Schuyler Ridge Residential Health Care, a senior care facility in upstate New York, have had an easier time getting to the bathroom recently—not because of additional staffing or new medication, […]

Green Wonders of the World (BusinessWeek slideshow)

Ten years ago, the large-scale green building was still a pipe dream. Most of the designs were the architectural versions of horsehair shirts, neither very comfortable nor very pretty. Using less energy meant making do with less—less heating, less cooling, and moreover, less of the symbolism and grandeur that defines great architecture. Today’s green buildings, […]

Green Giant: Rick Cook (BusinessWeek Podcast)

As the architect of Bank of America’s new super-green building in Manhattan, Rick Cook has a front-row seat for the greening of Corporate America. In this podcast, he talks about his own green conversion, the Bank of America tower, and choosing work that matters. (link) (mp3)

Welcome to the Art Hotel (BusinessWeek)

Innkeepers around the world are tapping local artists to make their work an essential element of a new breed of hostelry (LINK) “It’s over for design hotels,” says Ian Schrager, the man who invented them. “What once was the exception is now the general rule. It doesn’t interest me anymore. I have taken it as […]

Flexible Furniture (BusinessWeek Podcast)

On the floor at ICFF in New York (mp3) (link) At this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair, the only constant is flexibility. From the floor of the Javits Center in New York, BusinessWeek Online Contributing Editor Andrew Blum talked about technology, materials, and how we live today with Yves Behar of fuseproject, Elizabeth Hertzfeld of […]

Green Engineer (BusinessWeek)

Guy Battle’s holistic approach (slideshow) (podcast) (MP3) “Engineers are a hidden hand when it comes to innovation,” says Guy Battle, principal of London-based Battle McCarthy Consulting Engineers, who specialize in green buildings and their role in creating sustainable businesses. It’s an admittedly unusual combination, at least from the American perspective on the role of engineers. […]

High Line Aspirations (BusinessWeek Podcast)

Link (MP3) On Manhattan’s West Side, an old elevated freight railway is being reinvented as a public park called the High Line. As part of BusinessWeek’s ongoing discussion on New York City’s emerging skyline, contributing editor Andrew Blum speaks with Joshua David, co-founder of Friends of the High Line, the nonprofit group behind this unusual […]

Creative Competition in Furniture Design (BusinessWeek)

In New York, May means the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and exposure for new design talent — this year with a juried show (link) Hollywood has agents, the NBA has the draft, and banking has campus recruiting. But if you’re a young American furniture designer looking for a big break, you’re on your own — […]

Amanda Burden (BusinessWeek Podcast)

City of Design (link) (MP3) New York City Planning Commission chair Amanda Burden is helping to make New York a great place for architects from around the world to visit, and maybe even a favored destination. As part of the ongoing Emerging Skyline podcast series, she talks about how good design, and bringing architects to […]