Latest from the Space & Environmental Design category

“The May Queen” Margaret Macdonald

The May Queen is a well-known work created by Margaret Macdonald in 1900, which is the same year she married Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  This work was created specifically for the Ladies’ Luncheon Room at Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tea Room.  Margaret’s husband Charles had been commissioned to decorate this space, and together the couple created…

Navigating The North Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art or the NCMA has two main buildings; the East building that houses its more temporary exhibitions and the West building that plays home to some newer pieces and the permanent collection along with outdoor sections and a park that boasts beautiful views and sculptures. The outdoor section between the…

Navigating with Google Maps

            Within our world, there are many ways that design is used to communicate messages effectively. From simple old-school maps to digital maps, space design has been used to provide a better experience for users. As phones have been slowly taking over this society, technology has drastically changed throughout the years to foster cohesive and…

Navigating Gregg Museum of Art

When people visit a public space, they rarely ask themselves about the way that space is arranged. People go about their business and the meaning of a floor-plan is the last thing on their minds. Art Museums always have very intentional layouts, lighting, and displays. But, because the museum is all about the art, these…

Restoration Hardware wayfinding

I chose to review the Restoration Hardware store in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. I thought that this retail concept was incredibly interesting. When you enter the store, it feels as if you are in a luxury spa or resort, with a waterfall, large inviting couch that you would actually never want to sit on,…

Lost in D.H. Hill Learning Commons

The Learning Commons at the D.H. Hill Jr. library is described on its webpage as an “active, comfortable space that inspires [students] to be more productive and successful,” allowing them to collaborate, discover and create. Traveling to the east wing of the first floor will bring you through a set of doors leading you to…

D.H. Hill Library Signage

The construction of D.H. hill library occurred in stages over the course of several decades, starting in 1952 with the opening of the Erdahl-Cloyd Union, continuing with the opening of the current West Wing in 1955, and further developing with the opening of the North and South book stack towers in 1971 and 1990 respectively.…

Navigating Hostels in Ecuador

The Kamala Surf and Backpacker hostel is a gem for low budget travelers along the west coast of South America. The hostel is known for the fun environment, open natural spaces, and diverse people that stop by on their various trips. It lies about 2 kilometers outside of Montañita, which is the closest major city…

Navigating Iceplex

For this assignment, I decided to write about Iceplex, which is an ice skating rink located in Raleigh. It was actually my first time ice skating as well, so I thought this place was perfect for me to review. Once you walk inside of the building, you immediately get a sense of the sporty vibe…

Finding my way with Apple Maps

Apple Maps is a GPS app. Other than visual representations of the directions it also provides vocal communication. Important things to note from the application which were included with the visual aspect of the app is the map itself. An interesting aspect is the fact that in order to view the maps at night the map…

Navigating Hunt Library

For my analysis of a spatial environment, I chose to examine Hunt Library on Centennial Campus. In this particular structure, the architecture firm Snøhetta attempted to design a technologically-sophisticated collaborative learning space. To do this, the architecture is kept extremely modern and simplistic, with the primary medium being steel and glass. Inside the structure, the…

Uniquities Unique Space

Uniquities, The high end retail store located in Raleigh’s beautiful shopping destination Cameron Village utilizes light, color and shapes to appeal to costumers and create an exciting place to shop. This store features hard wood floors, floor to ceiling windows and pops of color. The clean and fresh light hard wood floors gives off the…

Rider App

The Rider app is a fairly common navigation system that many NCSU students have used to get around campus.  The app is free and able to encapsulate bus routes, specific bus locations, bus stops, wait times, bus capacities, alternative routes, and associated costs. By using this app, a student could easily see which bus they…

Navigating Anthropologie

The environment that I chose to observe for this assignment was the Anthropologie store in the North Hills shopping center. I had never been to this specific Anthorpologie before, but I go to the one in my hometown quite often and I really enjoy the vibe so I figured this one would be similar. However,…

Navigating Space: Waze

Waze is the up and coming navigation app that is starting to rival Google & Apple Maps. It’s a community-based navigation system, that includes a crowd-sourced social network. Waze users can alert one another to accidents, alternative routes, police officers, and other obstacles on the road. It also has introduced a carpool feature where Waze…