Catalyst Blog

How Resilient Landscape Design Beautifies Surroundings and Mitigates Stormwater Issues

Approaching landscape design with a mindset of sustainability involves the interplay between plantings and hardscapes and how the outdoor space connects to the indoor space and the people who live there.
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Why Our Design Work is Influenced by the AIA’s 2030 Commitment

By prioritizing energy performance, participating firms can more easily work toward carbon neutral buildings, developments and major renovations by 2030.
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How Secure is Your Property?

Dean MacMorris reviews safety and security with landscape illumination.
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The New Frontier of Luxurious Sustainable Living: Ground-Up Beauty and Resilience

Nate Kipnis explores the frontier of Luxurious Sustainable Living in the new modern solar lake house in Lake Zurich, Illinois.
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Hurricane Florence and Resilient Architectural Design 

Recent images of the ferocity of Hurricane Florence’s impact on the South Atlantic coastline remind me of how fragile our living spaces can be.  We take for granted that Mother Nature supremely rules – until catastrophe strikes in the form of a hurricane, tornado, historic rainfall, blizzard, wildfire or other disaster. There is a certain level...
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Sustainable Driving & Lifestyle

I’ve been told I am an electric vehicle enthusiast masquerading as a sustainable architect. I’m not sure about that, but I do believe electric vehicles are the wave of the future. I’ve had four electric cars now in six years, with each one better than the last.  I’m never going back to using gasoline. It’s...
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The Best Approach to Crafting a Sustainable and Luxurious Home

Smart Homes Streamline Lifestyles & Increase Sustainability The right smart home automation installation requires careful planning and collaboration from beginning to end, starting with your goal for the smart home technology. Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint? Make everyday life easier? Enhance the look and feel of each room? Whatever your goals, achieving...
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What is Resilient Design?

A building that can bounce back… The word “resilience” in a general sense means “the ability to recover from or adjust easily to change.” In the personal sense, when we encourage people to be “emotionally resilient,” we want them to bounce back from setbacks. In the home building world, “Resilient Design” is an emerging concept...
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