Olivia Martin

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A Hawaii-based Mars simulation poses tough design challenges

Since the beginning of civilization, architects have kept themselves primarily preoccupied with the buildings and structures here on planet earth. But with Elon Musk predicting that humans will reach Mars in 2025, perhaps it is time to consider architecture abroad—far, far abroad. What zoning requirements will exist on…

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Happy Birthday, Denise Scott Brown!

Although she was born in South Africa, Denise Scott Brown has become one of the United State’s most influential architects, a leader in postmodernism, co-author of Learning from Las Vegas (1972), a staunch advocate for women’s rights, and the mastermind behind projects such as the Sainsbury Wing…
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Meet the winners of our 2017 Best of Products Awards!

After hours of carefully deliberating over hundreds of entries for our largest-ever Products Awards, we are excited to share the winning designs. The 15 diverse categories included everything from hardware and furniture to facades, HVAC, and technology. Our amazing team of judges evaluated entries for innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value,…
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Why China is absent from the design conversation

Despite its solid economic growth and sizable population (the largest in the world), China is noticeably absent from many conversations and events surrounding design. As numerous publications have pointed out, there was very little representation of China this past year at Milan Design Week and New York…
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Specsheet> Innovative speakers for any occasion

Find the speaker you need no matter where you are—the newest products on the market are designed to go indoors, outdoors, and on-the-go. Concrete Audio F1 Speakers Concrete Audio According to the German company Concrete Audio, concrete’s heft and irregular structure make it the perfect material to produce crisp-sounding…
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Specsheet> Flooring materials and designs

From interactive video floors to traditional wood textures—choices for unique floorings abound. PIXA Video Flooring Sensitile Systems The new PIXA video flooring essentially functions as a solid surface, creating a light-filtering screen whose “floating” surface comes to life with visual output created by light, shadow, movement, and…
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Modern architecture stars in Kogonada’s Columbus

“Well, that’s Columbus—meth and modernism,” quips 19-year-old protagonist Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), in the new independent film Columbus. Directed by Kogonada, the movie centers on Columbus, Indiana, so much so that the city and its architecture functions as a character equal to the actors (and of course,…