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Sustainable Architecture Sets the Standard

Sustainable architecture is now at the forefront of design for the future. Scientific studies have proven time and time again that global warming is a real threat to the health of our planet. As we move forward as a global society, we must consider the effects of sustainability in every aspect of our lives. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that close to 50% of all CO2 emissions come from our buildings. It creates a sense of urgency in the architectural community to embrace sustainable architecture.

Since the late 60s and early 70s, the concept of sustainable architecture has gradually taken hold in the architecture community. In recent years, it has become standard practice in many countries, but many others continue to ignore the value or impact of the practice.

The idea behind the practice is to use only environmentally friendly techniques and materials during the building process. It also seeks to minimize the negative impact of buildings through efficient energy consumption and development space. Architects who practice sustainable architecture look to renewable resources such as harvested wood, concrete, and rock, along with recycled materials like glass and lumber. They also look to reuse architectural components of other buildings, including doors, windows, and flooring. Setting aside materials, sustainable architecture also focuses on how efficiently energy will be used and how to effectively conserve. Thoughtfully designed buildings also rely on solar energy or other alternative energy sources.

Sustainable architecture provides not only an eco-friendly alternative to traditional construction techniques but also added energy efficiency and superior style. There’s no doubt that sustainable architecture is the way of the future. With the known impact of global warming, willfully ignoring the impact of our architectural practices could have a catastrophic impact on our society. Sound practices exist for sustainable architecture and more countries need to embrace these concepts and make them the standard, not the option.

From the ADG Job Site

 Custom made order for a client out of San Francisco

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Apple Expands In Austin, Texas

When most people thinking of Austin, TX, they think of a capital city located in the geographic center of the state. It is known for hosting the University of Texas, a vibrant entertainment and music scene, and a growing population of citizens from across the US. It also hosts center stage in the state’s positive economic health as a hotbed for several sectors – including real estate, medical, and technology. It is often referred to as ‘Silicon Hills’ due to the large number of technology companies who make their home here.

Apple has announced that they will be significantly expanding their presence in Austin and growing the economic and societal influence of the capital city. Even though they currently maintain a presence in Austin, Apple has committed to a $1 billion dollar campus expansion. The new facility will contain three million square feet of space. Between the new facility and the current space, Apple estimates they will create an additional 20,000 new jobs for the Austin economy.  The expansion will be part of an overall growth plan across the US, with other facilities planned in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City.

Since 2013, Austin has been recognized in the top five cities for growth in the US, with most experts rating it No. 1. Texas has capitalized on low taxes and cheap real estate to draw in jobs from the rest of the country. It has been lauded as perhaps the nation’s only remaining competitive real estate market in the country. Other reasons for Austin’s population surge have been also attributed to its lower cost of living compared with the East and West Coasts to its bustling jobs market. However, with unemployment at historic lows, the job market is now extremely tight. These factors have created the perfect opportunity for Apple to expand in the Austin area.

From the Factory Floor

Another sneak peek at our copper wrap light fixtures in progress for Shaquille O’Neal’s new restaurant in Downtown LA at LA Live! 

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Featured Professional: Richard Krantz, Architect

Today, we’re featuring one of our favorite tradesman, Richard Krantz! Richard has been a noted architect for over twenty-five years and has worked on some of Southern California’s most beautiful homes.

Deciding to start his own firm, Richard Krantz Architecture, was a natural fit for Richard. He loves to do creative design, so having his own firm gave him the most opportunity to do so. He also loves to travel and does volunteer work by donating his time and talents to architecture projects in poor areas of the world.

Most of Richard’s work has been in Southern California, but that’s because that’s where his firm and home are. He wants to work wherever there are good properties with clients who have the vision, budget, and goals to create authentic architecture.  In addition to the firm’s projects in Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, Balboa Peninsula, Shady Canyon, Emerald Bay, and Laguna Beach, they have projects in Napa, Pasadena, Pebble Beach, Orcas Island in the state of Washington, and volunteer projects in other parts of the world including Africa, Indonesia, England, and other locations.

Richard comes from a family of artists and has always had a natural talent for creativity and artistry. But he’s also enjoyed technical things since childhood and was fascinated by the way things were put together. Combining art and technical skills was a perfect combination for his chosen study architecture. He earned his bachelor’s degree in the study at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

He is one of the few architects that does create his own renderings, offering his clients both interior and exterior drawings of their homes. So within a few weeks, their clients can see three-dimensional drawings of the concepts. Few architects do that anymore; it’s a good tool to artfully express a concept at an early stage.

His drawing skills help their clients and other team members visualize spaces and forms of the homes in the earliest stages of design.

What does Richard enjoy doing in his free time when he’s not busy creating some of the world’s most beautiful homes? He enjoys skiing and also enjoys aviation. He loves to read, travel and experience new things on a regular basis. He and his wife Lynne frequently enjoy their desert home where you will still find him working on his latest preliminary design.

Learn more about Richard here!

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Palm Springs Modernism Week Is Upon Us

Mark your calendars and start channeling your best ‘Rat Pack’ persona! It is time to make your way into the desert and visit Palm Springs in all its splendor. Palm Springs Modernism Week is scheduled for Feb 14-24, 2019, and this annual event will be bigger than ever.

The goal of this retro adventure in the desert is to foster an appreciation of midcentury modern architecture, design and contemporary innovation. Modernism Week is a registered non-profit organization which encourages the preservation, education, and sustainability of modern living as represented in the Palm Springs area. Some of Palm Springs’ most notable private homes will open their doors to the public, and walking tours will shed light on the city’s Rat Pack history. More than 350 other events in this event will engage and entertain visitors.

Moshe Safdie, CC, FAIA will give the keynote address, and it is not to be missed. He is an Israeli-Canadian architect, urban designer, educator, and theorist. His humanistic philosophy on architecture and urbanism focuses on the design of the public realm and creating buildings that celebrate the unique character of each place. He continues to innovate with groundbreaking projects, such as the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore’s waterfront district, which includes three 55-story towers connected across their rooftops by a three-acre mixed-use SkyPark.

Along with the house tour and the featured Christopher Kennedy Compound open house,  there will be a vintage trailer show. The show will celebrate the vintage trailer lifestyle and inspire those who dream of channeling their inner wanderlust. There will also be films, lectures, premier double-decker architectural bus tours, nightly parties, and live music, along with walking and bike tours, fashion, classic cars, and modern garden tours.

Palm Springs Modernism Week is an absolute must-do for anyone who is excited by all things midcentury modern. Take a walk back in time, channel your best Rat Pack persona, and plan on attending.

From the Factory Floor

Copper wrap light fixtures for Shaquille O’Neal’s new Downtown LA eatery!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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CTE Designates Architecture a STEM Subject

After decades of work, the discipline of architecture has been officially recognized as a STEM subject. Congress passed the STEM legislation designation and the bipartisan bill was sign into law by the  President. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has long lobbied for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act.

The CTE is intended to encourage a more diverse workforce and see that the promise of design as the synthesis of art and science are fulfilled through education. While architects and AIA components have been working to bring design to K-12 students through special programs and activities for years, this bill helps codify those efforts. Importantly, it exposes a new generation of students, and better prepares them for, a career in architecture.

~American Institute of Architects

STEM is an education curriculum that focuses heavily on the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is a growing movement in education around the world. STEM-based learning programs encourage and promote student interest in pursuing higher education and careers in those fields. STEM education typically uses a newer model of blended learning. It combines traditional classroom teaching with online learning and hands-on learning methodologies. Blended learning aims to give students the opportunity to experience different ways of learning and problem-solving. Recent studies show the U.S. ranks 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. Among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. ranked 30th in math and 19th in science.

Education in STEM curriculum is crucial to the future of our children and the strength of the U.S. on a global scale. The work of the AIA on the CTE is a strong step towards a stronger future for students.  The CTE will open up more than a billion dollars in career and education grants to the states. It will modernize architecture programs, which have traditionally suffered in most education systems.

From the ADG Job Site

One of four walnut and metalized hanging progressive helix sculptures at the San Manuel Casino!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting