How better design will improve the spaces where we work and live | Free to Read

A thoughtful middle-aged white man gazes across ranks of designers. For most of my career, this has been the image of a successful architect. Now, the pandemic, the climate emergency and the Black Lives Matter movement have fused to force a revolution in architectural thinking and practice. This may, in turn, change the way homes, work and public spaces are designed and constructed.

While the trend to work from home accelerates, architects worldwide are experimenting with ideas and concepts for a more integrated, resilient and Covid-proof workplaces. 

Two decades into the 21st century, the successful architect’s office is akin to the image of a 19th-century factory, with banks of screens instead of machines. A dollop of modernist creativity is added, by way of primary colours in fixtures and fittings — lime green carpets, yellow feature walls and orange swivel chairs. Architects and assistants converse in hushed tones, only moving when

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Dauphin County hideaway home on wooded lot boasts chef’s kitchen, 3 levels of decks: Cool Spaces

Situated on almost four acres of wooded land, this home sits tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Derry Woods development.

Every view is one of natural beauty thanks to large windows and three levels of decks and balconies. Natural plantings in the front and back attract wildlife.

Inside, wooden floors can be found throughout the home. A dining room flows into a chef’s kitchen with two ovens, two microwaves, two sinks, a large island and plenty of storage space.

Counter seating is available in the kitchen as well as in an adjoining great room with vaulted ceilings, skylights and fireplace.

The master suite has its own balcony, large windows overlooking the backyard and a walk-in closet and a master bath.

The finished lower level offers a huge amount of living space with a TV and game areas and large bonus space with a wet bar, bedroom with a

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Tampa Bay co-working spaces rebound as many tire of the home office

TAMPA — Most company offices may be deserted, but Bay 3 Co-Work is buzzing.

a person sitting on a bench next to a window: Brittany Ward sits at a desk at Bay 3 Co-Work, a multi-use co-working space at Armature Works, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Tampa. Despite the pandemic, co-working spaces say they're recouping most their members and then some.

Brittany Ward sits at a desk at Bay 3 Co-Work, a multi-use co-working space at Armature Works, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Tampa. Despite the pandemic, co-working spaces say they’re recouping most their members and then some.

Co-working spaces like Station House in St. Petersburg, Hyde House in Hyde Park Village and the new Office Evolution Space on Harbour Island are, too. It might not look the same as pre-pandemic days: There are no groups cluttered together, anyone walking about is in a mask, the hand sanitizer is plentiful, and the air smells of Lysol. But in 2020, these co-working spaces might be the closest to the pre-pandemic work life anyone can get.

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Space at Bay 3 Co-Work, a multi-use co-working space located at Armature Works, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Tampa.

Space at Bay 3 Co-Work, a multi-use co-working space located

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Winston Lake is getting more parking spaces, a new picnic shelter and pier. Improvements continue also continue at other Winston-Salem parks. | Politics

*Creating the walking path from the new shelter alongside the lake toward the dam and aquatic center. The path will be made of crushed stone.

*The “knoll,” a small hill that has a scenic view of the lake, will get new picnic tables and stairs to replace the eroding footpath that leads up the hill now.

The Winston-Salem City Council awarded the contract for the work over the summer, along with contracts for other park projects that are being paid for from the 2018 bonds:

*A brand-new “pocket park” will be built on Bethania-Rural Hill Road beside Fire Station 20. The park will be called Bethania Freedmen’s Park, in recognition of the Bethania Freedmen’s community that developed in the area after the Civil War.

The park will have fitness equipment, a restroom and plantings. The work includes site preparation and grading. Since the park is beside Station 20, the work

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11 kitchen garden ideas for gardeners with tiny spaces

Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary Anne Nyaga during the launch of Kilimo kitchen garden project in Nairobi. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]

In capitalism one eats food they pay for. You pay for the food from your pocket or by farming it yourself.

On Tuesday this week, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative, launched the model kitchen garden developed in collaboration with Scaling up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA Kenya).

“Kitchen gardens are the easiest ways households can ensure inexpensive supply of fresh vegetables, herbs, spices and other plants,” Anne Nyaga, the Chief Administrative Secretary, said at the event.

The model kitchen garden, located at Kilimo House in Upper Hill, Nairobi, is the centrepiece of the call by the Government for families to cultivate home-based gardens, “at least one million kitchen gardens across the country,” Nyaga said.

Affordable food at home

“The focus is not only to make food available

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Beyond Construction Builders Maximizes Spaces While Minimizing Costs – Press Release

San Jose, CA – Sep 12, 2020 – The old adage “You get what you pay for,” is a concept that Beyond Construction Builders (BCB) takes very seriously. Specializing in kitchens and bathrooms, the company is dedicated to providing exceptional service and integrity in building.

BCB’s comprehensive experience enables clients to optimize their projects and minimize costs while creating highly functional and sophisticated spaces. The philosophy at Beyond Construction Builders is one of Integrity, Commitment, Safety and Value. The knowledgeable experts have access to an outstanding range of materials that will provide the durability and fashionable appearance that discerning clients want.

The company offers a line of solid frame, semi-custom cabinets from which to choose from. Available in nine different styles, the cabinets feature hardware from the well-known German manufacturer Blum. Clients can also select from among six European-style frameless kitchen cabinets.

The company offers an extensive array of pre-construction

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Stay-at-home design: Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work

Jacquelyn Burke and Jeremiah O’Connor finished reading the Harry Potter books to their son and daughter, ages 7 and 8, during the COVID-19 shutdown this spring. The 18-month marathon took place in the tucked-away space at the top of the stairs (no, not underneath) next to the kids’ craft table. The 42-square-foot reading or “nap nook,” as the family calls it in honor of its somniferous effect, boasts a window seat made from a twin mattress wrapped in tweed, built-in bookshelves, and soot-colored shades. It’s painted in Sherwin-Williams Basil, a cozy shade of saturated green. “We’re a family of readers who love to be home,” Burke says. “It was important that the rooms be comfortable.”

Burke, an attorney who traveled frequently pre-pandemic, also wanted their Milton home to be stylish and clutter-free. She hired interior designer Sarah Scales to pull it together. Absorbing ideas from images of rooms imbued with

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