Discovery

A place to share our ideas, expertise, and lessons learned.

WELL Design Series: Lighting for Circadian Rhythms and Mental Health

Exploring the WELL Light concept and how integrated teams can create built environments that are visually balanced, enriching spaces to work, live and study.

The concept of an integrated design approach – one that interlaces multiple disciplines to inform the design and construction of a space – is not a new one (we’ve been practicing this way at RDG Planning & Design since our founding).…

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WELL Design Series: Reckoning with Pandemics and Tsunamis

How the WELL Building Standard can address the need for safe and healthy multifamily communities for the next generation of seniors.

The Silver Tsunami. It sounds like a phrase we might use to announce a looming climactic weather event. In fact, the Silver Tsunami is a metaphor used to describe the anticipated increase in the senior population as Baby Boomers continue to age.…

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WELL Design Series: A Case Study in WELL Workplace Design

By taking measurable steps that incorporate WELL policies and ideas, companies can create a healthier, happier workplace.

As my colleague Jay Weingarten, AIA, WELL AP pointed out in his first piece of our discovery article series on WELL Design, most adults spend an average of 90 percent of their lives indoors.…

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WELL Design Series: Who Needs WELL anyway?

Five ways a WELL-certified building might make you healthier. 

The WELL Building Standard (WELL) is becoming increasingly prevalent and gaining recognition among the general public. As far as building and construction standards go, few systems, including the fairly well-known LEED rating system, have seen a similar level of recognition among the general public.…

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Ask a Designer: The Art and Science of Lighting Design

An illuminating look at what it means to be a lighting designer and the skill it takes to create visual environments where people can live, work, play and learn.

Architectural lighting design has been a recognized specialty in the industry since about 1935 when a lighting sales rep named Richard Kelly started focusing on selling ideas rather than just lighting fixtures.…

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Art in Healing: The Integration of Story, Structure, Site

Exploring the power of art to develop community identity and connection that encourages collective healing.

As artists, we believe art should be a part of our everyday existence. Many turn to the arts (visual, music, literature, among others) to make connections between who we are and how we feel about and connect with others and the world around us.…

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My 15-Minute City

What it looks like to create and maximize a hyperlocal approach to metropolitan life.

I don’t think I’m alone in my experience of needing to adapt in innumerable ways in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to rethink how we engage with many seemingly mundane parts of our lives – grocery shopping, what to eat for dinner and even how we get to and from work.…

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The Future of Sports and Recreation Locker, Training and Weight Rooms

A discussion on the long-term impacts COVID-19 will have on sports and recreation spaces and how organizations can minimize exposure risks to keep patrons safe and healthy.

Over the years locker rooms and other sports and recreation spaces have changed dramatically to reflect evolving program needs and end-user preferences.…

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Resilient Design Solutions: Administrative Environments in Higher Education

A discussion about the perceived long-term impacts of COVID-19, and ways colleges and universities can adapt spaces to minimize exposure risks, keep teams healthy and strengthen organizational culture.

Many colleges and universities have begun to welcome back students, and along with those students, a multitude of administrative faculty and staff.…

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Small Investment, Big Impact

How small-scale renovations can enhance the look and feel of senior living communities and positively impact residents’ emotional and mental well-being.

When we think about impactful renovations, we tend to think about large-scale construction projects – work that involves the undertaking of complex, costly changes.…

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