Identify and Avoid Signs of Burnout with This Infographic

Identify and Avoid Signs of Burnout with This Infographic.

National Mall Design Competition, Union Square | Davis Brody Bond

National Mall Design Competition, Union Square

Washington, DC

Davis Brody Bond, alongside Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), has been chosen as winner of the National Mall Competition for the rehabilitation and refurbishment of the Union Square site at on the National Mall. The GGN/DBB design responds to the goals and objectives that are part of an overall vision of the National Mall Plan, supported and enhanced by similar aspirations of the Architect of the Capitol. This proposed design creates a major civic square which addresses the underlying history of the site, a public space which frames and preserves the iconic view of the US Capitol. The use of water on the site is re-imagined as a feature that is at once formal and monumental, but also inviting and engaging at a human scale. Designed as a flat and shallow pool, discrete sections can be quickly drained to create paved plazas for major events, but on most days the pool offers a transitory and luminous surface that reflects the sky, trees and major monuments of the city.

via National Mall Design Competition, Union Square | Davis Brody Bond.

Samsung Reveals Galaxy S III

We’ve been hearing the rumors for months, and now Samsung has gotten official with the newest member of its Galaxy line of smartphones, the Galaxy S III.

Samsung announced the most anticipated Android handset of the year Thursday at an event in London. The phone is the third-generation in a line of popular smartphones created by Samsung.

The phone has a 4.8-inch touchscreen, 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.9-megapixel forward-facing camera, and comes running the latest version of Android — Ice Cream Sandwich. Much like the HTC One X, the camera has zero shutter lag so you can capture photos instantly. The camera is also capable of taking 20 photos at once in burst mode, and a feature called “Best Photo” will pick the best shot out of a group of eight

via Samsung Reveals Galaxy S III.

Hill East Plans Scaled Back

We got all excited a few years ago when the District announced plans to completely redevelop the Hill East area into a cohesive new mixed use neighborhood, but since then with the contracting development market unfortunately not much has happened. As a result, the District is scaling back the plans and now plans to issue a new smaller solicitation for a much smaller section of the 62 acres site nearest to the Armory and Stadium.

via DC Metrocentric » Hill East Plans Scaled Back.

Inspired By. . . Patrick Dougherty on Vimeo


This is a very fascinating urban art installation concept! Very interesting designs by Patrick Dougherty!


Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick Dougherty utilizes primitive techniques of building to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. Since beginning in 1980, Patrick has left his mark with over two hundred massive sculptures all over the world.Check out more of Patrick’s work here:

via Inspired By. . . Patrick Dougherty on Vimeo.

20+ Beautiful Modern Staircases | Design Milk

We’re constantly running across photos of truly jaw dropping staircases. So much of the time, stairs look as if they were ignored until the last minute of the design process, but not in these cases. Check out some of our favorite staircasess that we’ve come across:Let’s start out with a staircase we’ve talked about before: Ribbon Stairs. Designed by HŠH Architects to mimic a delicate rippling ribbon, these stairs are beautiful but maybe a little scary to run up and down when you’re in a hurry.

via 20+ Beautiful Modern Staircases | Design Milk.

Douglas Development Proposing Massive Spec Office Building for New York Avenue – Housing Complex

It’s easy to get frustrated with Douglas Development. They sit on vacant properties for years, and occasionally get behind on their taxes (hey, who doesn’t).

But sometimes, after assembling properties one by one until all the pieces fit together, they do something really great.

It’s already happened with the Acme Stove building at the corner of 7th and New York Avenue, which wasn’t looking too good until LivingSocial signed a lease—seemingly overnight, the structure was immaculately restored in cheery french blue. And last night, Douglas unveiled plans for a massive complex to occupy the rest of the block: An undulating tower set back from the historic buildings below that would draw downtown’s center of gravity even further east.

via Douglas Development Proposing Massive Spec Office Building for New York Avenue – Housing Complex.