Author Archive | Kenneth Betz

Ken’s View: A Tree Grows In The Parking Lot

The term “biophilic design” has gained currency in recent years, but I hope it doesn’t simply come to mean being able to see a scraggly tree in the parking lot. Design concepts, or concepts in general, tend to get dumbed down—although I think “letting the outdoors in” was a bit simple to begin with. It …

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Ken’s View: Walking Into Walls Must Be A Lifestyle

Apple is making architectural news again. It seems employees at Apple Park, the company’s Foster + Partners-designed office building in Cupertino, CA, are walking into walls—glass walls—and are sometimes being injured. The newly opened campus, in addition to being circular, is said to have numerous such glass walls. Some Apple employees are reported to have …

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Ken’s View: What’s On Your Palette?

Pantone recently declared Ultra Violet to be the color of the year. (See January 2018 CA, Editor’s Notebook.) But wait, Benjamin Moore’s color of the year is Caliente. Can they do that? Have more than one color of the year? You bet they can. The color of the year is whatever those promoting that color …

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Ken’s View: View From The Bunker

Campus life is amazing these days, at least to those who remember simpler times of protests, tear gas, and paranoia. In typical old-fogey fashion, they’re likely to opine that kids today have it too easy. I recently drove through the campus of a major Southern university and was taken aback by how ostentatious sorority row …

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