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How the cost of lighting has changed over time

The cost of lighting is dropping faster than we can think of silly ways to waste it. In 1994, Yale professor William Nordhaus calculated the cost of lighting back to Babylonian times and found that, from the beginning of recorded history right through to the 1850s, light was really, really …

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Open office or private office? It depends

A new approach from Steelcase suggests that it could be a little of both.Whenever we write about open offices, I get serious pushback from writers of words and writers of code, who complain that they work better in private offices. My arguments that open offices are better for the exchange …

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Stair of the week is bold and bamboo

Because if you make it beautiful and open, people will use it. We have written many times: “Making good stairs is an important part of green design; you want people to use them instead of elevators in bigger buildings, and you want to get tighter, more efficient plans in smaller …

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Welcoming Scandinavian Apartment Preserves Historic Charm

This welcoming Scandinavian apartment is located in the heart of Gothenburg, Sweden, on the third floor of a heritage building. Much of the original turn-of-the-century charm is preserved in the form of high ceilings, wood flooring, profiled moldings, ceiling medallions and cast iron radiators.The hallway that greets you as you step …

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