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Daylighting and Interior Design

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

Taking advantage of natural resources in the built environment brings numerous benefits, and natural light can transform a space. Daylighting is the practice of bringing natural sunlight into our spaces both to conserve energy by using less artificial lighting and to maximize comfort within the interior. Daylighting can be an important component of sustainable design, but its other benefits can be equally valuable.

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Top Airbnb Design

Top Airbnb Designs Around the World

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

Traveling in this day and age is not what it used to be, and that’s a great thing. Hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts now have to compete with Airbnbs for business, as many travelers are opting for a unique lodging experience when planning vacations. With a wide variety of options at their fingertips, travelers can choose to stay in anything from a cozy 200-square-foot studio to a gigantic castle. Some Airbnb locations are so memorable that spending the day indoors may be just as (if not more) exciting than exploring the city it’s located in. With Spring Break around the corner, we combed through some of the top Airbnb designs that are sure to ignite your wanderlust. – Read More –

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Innovative Cities

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Are you traveling as spring makes its way around the corner? Or have you ever wondered what city you should put on your bucket list?  If so, we at Design Institute have come up with five innovative cities within the United States for you to visit.  If you appreciate well designed cities as much as we do, then take a dive as we explore what makes these special destinations so unique. – Read More –

Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Our resources are precious and as more information becomes available regarding the need to preserve these resources, sustainable design continues to be an important consideration within the interior design and architectural industries.  Homes and buildings are being designed in a smarter and more creative way with the ultimate goal of creating the smallest possible impact on our environment. Design Institute of San Diego  reviewed some recent sustainable design projects to showcase some of the incredible technology that is being utilized today. – Read More –

LivingHomes C6

LivingHomes C6

By: Rick Hess, DISD

LivingHomes has introduced a new design for a prefabricated, affordable and sustainable home costing half the price of their previous models. The new C6 series was “designed by LivingHomes staff in collaboration with Make It Right, a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough to build 150 affordable, sustainable homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward,” according to their website. The C6 is the first LivingHome design to meet both Energy Star and LEED Platinum certification requirements. – Read More –