What We’re Reading on the Web

February 11, 2016

What We're Reading

As usual, we’ve read the Internet cover-to-cover and rounded up some of the most interesting reads out there for your perusal. Enjoy!

This link about post offices with architecture worth traveling for is mostly being used for the endless wordplay opportunities. You’ll go postal giving these post offices a major stamp of approval! They really push the envelope! I’ll stop there, but you really should give these a look – this architecture really delivers! (I’m sorry)

From FastCoExist, a look at Paris’ future urban oasis. Described as “a floating village in the middle of a forest,” this tree-covered building in the middle of the city will double as a pedestrian bridge over a major highway.

23 Home Office Design Ideas That Will Inspire Productivity

And finally, it’s tool time. More specifically, time to talk about the Tools of an Architect. For a glimpse into the things our architects and other design professionals can’t live without, take a look at the CDFL Survival Kit.


What We’re Reading on the Web

February 4, 2016

What We're Reading

As usual, we’ve read the Internet cover-to-cover and rounded up some of the most interesting reads out there for your perusal. Enjoy!

General Electric is in the process of phasing out the once very popular CFL light bulb due to the improved light quality and price of LED bulbs. More from the New York Times here.

We’ve written about the incredible work that the Rural Studio has done in the past, and this project is just more evidence of the ways in which they’re using architecture to change the world for the better.

From Architectural Digest, here’s a wild look at the Tokyo of 2045.

If the future of Tokyo was too much for you to handle, take a step back in time and check out some very old views of America’s most familiar cities.


What We’re Reading on the Web

January 21, 2016

What We're Reading

As usual, we’ve read the Internet cover-to-cover and rounded up some of the most interesting reads out there for your perusal. Enjoy!

From Archinect, an fascinating look at how Seattle, and other major American cities, are providing long term housing solutions for their homeless populations.

25 Must-See Architectural Landmarks in Los Angeles

Interesting read from FastCoDesign on how hospitals and schools can take a page from theme park designers by taking a “guest first approach.” More on that here.

Tips on becoming a more powerful communicator from Brown University professor Barbara Tannenbaum.

Straight from the (very stylish) horse’s mouth: 10 interior design mistakes that designers always notice


What We’re Reading on the Web

January 14, 2016

What We're Reading

As usual, we’ve read the Internet cover-to-cover and rounded up some of the most interesting reads out there for your perusal. Enjoy!

From Architectural Digest, a really fun slide show ranking the world’s tallest buildings by decade.

48 year old Alejandro Aravena was just awarded the Pritzker Prize, the most celebrated award in architecture, for his work creating “projects of public interest and social impact, including housing, public space, infrastructure and transportation.” Check out this profile from Vanity Fair to see more about the incredible work he’s doing at his firm, Elemental.

“From textured glass to modular panels and airy fabrics,” Architect Magazine has a great feature on seven products that are helping shape and define interior spaces.

A show of hands – how many of you, dear blog readers, have ever been frustrated by the light emitted by the annoyingly efficient LED bulb? This blog editor is not afraid to say her hand is raised, and will even admit to sometimes (often) choosing light quality over conservation. Whoops. Good news, though: according to FastCoExist, thanks to some MIT researchers, there could be a new bulb in town, and it’s one that will both light our homes beautifully and warm our efficiency-minded hearts.

Happy reading!


Mississippi Museums Update

January 13, 2016

This project update was provided by architect Chris Myers.

The Mississippi Museums project has entered its third month of interior construction, and though it may look as if nothing has changed from the outside of the building, Thrash Construction is inside working feverishly to stay on schedule. The museum’s opening is set for December 2017, to coincide with Mississippi’s bicentennial statehood celebration.

As walls continue to go up, previously cavernous volumes have been delineated into the spaces that will house the civil rights and history exhibits, as well as educational spaces, an auditorium, offices, a full exhibit workshop, and enough collections storage to carry the state to its tricentennial.


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Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2015

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Best of the Blog 2015

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“Year in Review” blog posts are one of the best parts of transitioning into a new year, (right on up there with Pantone’s Color of the Year reveal – something that we in the design world take very seriously) and that’s why we like to end our year with a roundup of some of our favorite blog posts. It’s been a good year, and we hope you enjoy reflecting on some of 2015’s big hits with us. Happy New Year, and happy reading.

10. 250th Blog Post
Our blog made its debut in June of 2013, so we’re really proud to have reached this milestone a little over two years later. This blog post was also special because we shared some big news about CDFL Sports and one of our newest jobs: pre-planning and design services for a potential new on-campus football stadium at the University of South Alabama.

9. Design Inspiration: Lori Willis
This was a great glimpse into interior designer Lori Willis’ design process and inspiration for a project at the VA Medical Center.

8. Power of Plus: The Video
This year we added graphic designer Trey Vann to our team, and his talents really took our marketing production capabilities to the next level. This branding video is one of the first things we did after adding this new dimension to our marketing repertoire.

7. Museum Update
Being part of the nation’s first ever state-funded civil rights museum and its sister museum, which will cover Mississippi history, is something for which we are incredibly honored. We’ve chronicled our journey in several spots on the blog, but this was a particularly big step in the construction process. Stay tuned for more where this came from in 2016!

6. Women in Architecture, Part II
While this blog post’s counterpart was technically published in 2014, the follow up published in 2015 was one of the year’s best reads.

5. Highland Village: Before + After
This project was one of the year’s most dramatic renovations, and these gorgeous pictures are a testament to the unbelievable transformation of one of Jackson’s most recognizable sites.

4. Branding Through Design
Interior designer Katie Jo Chane gives some insight into her design process, and how an interior can more effectively communicate an organization’s branding and ideals.

3. Architecture: A Love Story
We celebrated Valentine’s Day with a tribute to our most beloved structures.

2. Holiday Extravaganza 2015
These posts will always get a Best of the Blog shout out because it’s 1) the most wonderful time of the year, and 2) a really fun glimpse into some of the personalities behind the Power of Plus. Here’s Part 1, Holiday Trivia; Part II, Wish List Vol. 1; and Part III, Wish List Vol. 2

1. CDFL Survival Kit
One of our most fun and visually stunning blog posts of the year was a peek into what we keep on our desks, in our pockets, and on our devices.


CDFL Holiday Extravaganza: Part III

December 17, 2015

The CDFL Christmas Wishlist Vol 2

Here’s Volume II of our team wish list and gift guide, and the final installment in the Annual CDFL Holiday Extravaganza. We hope you’ve enjoyed getting a glimpse into some of our team’s funny family traditions and laughed along with us at the gift guide commentary. Thanks for reading. Have a Merry Christmas, y’all!


CDFL Holiday Extravaganza: Part II

The CDFL Christmas Wishlist Vol 1

Do you need some ideas for last minute purchases? Or are you just curious about the items on the CDFeLves’ holiday wish lists? Either way, there’s no need to fret. We’ve gathered some of our team’s most coveted (…and sometimes frivolous) wish list items, and they’re right here for you to peruse. Here’s hoping we’re all on the nice list, and some of these things make their way down our chimney(s).

Check out Part I, our holiday trivia post, and stay tuned for Part III — even more gift giving ideas!


What We’re Reading on the Web

December 16, 2015

What We're Reading

As usual, we’ve read the Internet cover-to-cover and rounded up some of the most interesting reads out there for your perusal. Enjoy!

Does the mere thought of giving a presentation give you insta-sweats? You’re not alone, and facing down a presentation can be hugely intimidating. If you’re in need of a few suggestions on how to botch — yes, botch — your next presentation, check out this post from Fast Company’s How to Be A Success At Everything series.

Ever wonder what the most Instagrammed location in your state is? Have no fear, the Internet is here (to answer this and all the other inane questions that keep you up at night)! [via]

If the architect or architecture lover in your life is looking for some good reads to add to their collection, NCARB has 10 suggestions on architecture books to add to your shelf (just in time for the holidays)!

Speaking of the holidays and gift buying, Architect Magazine has a few suggestions on what to buy for the designer on your list.


CDFL Holiday Extravanganza 2015: Part I

The CDFL Holiday QA 2015

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Recent Awards Roundup

December 9, 2015

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We’re thrilled to announce that several of our partners have recently won awards on projects in which we played a role!

Congratulations to Carouthers Construction on their Mississippi Associated Builders & Contractors victories. Their work on Coulter Hall at the University of Mississippi and the Thad Cochran National Center for Natural Products Research Laboratory, also at the University of Mississippi, were recognized in the institutional category ($10-$25 million and $25-$99 million, respectively).

Also recognized in the $5-$10 million institutional category was Brasfield & Gorrie’s work at Highlands Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

Additionally, Mid State Construction’s efforts at both St. Catherine’s Hughes Center and Highland Village won awards from the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi at their 2015 AGC Build Mississippi Awards Dinner Friday night.

We’re proud to partner with these award-winning organizations and look forward to partnering with them for years to come. Congratulations!


What We’re Reading on the Web

December 3, 2015

What We're Reading

As usual, we’ve read the Internet cover-to-cover and rounded up some of the most interesting reads out there for your perusal. Enjoy!

Can Christmas lights affect your Wi-Fi? Let’s just say it’s a good thing Clark W. Griswold wasn’t also trying to operate an iPad.

Check out this look at the 21 coolest buildings of the 21st century.

With Broadway’s Hamilton selling out nightly, it appears that the Founding Fathers are pretty in vogue these days. Take a look at this interesting (and on trend) piece from the New York Times on Jefferson and his appreciation for architecture.

It’s shopping season, and Architectural Digest has a book review on Great Store Design; a coffee table book that highlights the world’s most inspiring retail interiors.


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2015

This Thanksgiving, we at CDFL are feeling especially grateful. We are fortunate to work with a driven, capable, and intelligent group of architects, engineers, designers, and administrative staff members.

We are also privileged to continue building relationships with our returning clients in addition to forging new connections with new clients. In recent months we’ve seen the completion of the West Sky Box renovation at the University of Mississippi’s Vaught-Hemingway Stadium [+] and partnered, once again, with Ole Miss Athletics on a lighting improvement project [+].

Additionally, we’ve recently begun projects with new clients Word of Life Church and the University of South Alabama [+], and look forward to sharing more about that work as it gets underway.

We continue to be beyond appreciative of our clients, both old and new, and are humbled by their faith in our firm. From our family to yours, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
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What We’re Reading on the Web

November 19, 2015

What We're Reading

As usual, we’ve read the Internet cover-to-cover and rounded up some of the most interesting reads out there for your perusal. Enjoy!

We’re approaching the time of year when different entities begin dubbing things the ____ of the Year. Other than the Oxford Dictionary’s choice to name an emoji the Word of the Year, here’s the Blank of the Year that this blog editor is most excited about thus far. Sherwin Williams says the Color of the Year is…

Ever wonder how manholes are made? Me neither. Turns out it’s really cool.

If you’re spending the holidays in Europe, check out these can’t-miss Christmas markets (you lucky duck!)

Have you ever wondered whether or not the spectacular landscapes depicted in Disney movies were real? It turns out that many of them are, and this post has some stunning side by side images of these amazing animations and their real world counterparts. [via]

MIT has a 2,000-pound megalith and it’s able to be moved with a fingertip. Science!