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Personality of Space: The Origins of Psychological Type Theory and How It Can Inform Design


By Emma DeCamp, Research Analyst Lately, we’ve been thinking about how corporate cultures are manifested in the built environment. Does an open office floor plan tell us anything about the hierarchical structure of a technology firm? Do variable design elements incorporated into classrooms tell us anything about how an elementary school values diversity? Geert Hofstede’s Model [...]

Personality of Space: The Origins of Psychological Type Theory and How It Can Inform Design2018-01-03T21:37:04+00:00

Thermal Variety Can Be the Spice of Life


by Nate Goore, Principal & Signo Uddenberg, Director of Innovation   Diversity makes life interesting, and it also makes thermal sensation more interesting. Experiments show that a person putting each of their hands, one previously dipped in a cold liquid and one previously dipped in a warm liquid, in lukewarm water will experience conflicting feelings [...]

Thermal Variety Can Be the Spice of Life2019-03-03T22:59:10+00:00

Conditioning the Problem: I’m Cold, You’re Hot


by Nate Goore, Principal & Signo Uddenberg, Director of Innovation   The issue of thermal comfort has been gaining media attention. Some articles have argued that we over air-condition our spaces, citing that the U.S. is the world's leader in air-conditioning, and Americans prefer an average temperature of 70, which is considered chilly by European standards.[1] Others examine [...]

Conditioning the Problem: I’m Cold, You’re Hot2019-03-03T22:59:27+00:00

Measuring a Building Sensormatically


By Nate Goore, Principal [siteorigin_widget class="WP_Widget_Media_Image"][/siteorigin_widget] The intended purpose of a building is to provide an environment for humans and/or machines to conduct specific activities. Interior comfort—temperature, humidity, acoustics, lighting, and interior air quality—is critical to the performance of the building and the productivity of its occupants. Maintaining interior comfort consumes significant amounts of energy. Determining [...]

Measuring a Building Sensormatically2018-01-03T00:26:09+00:00

Uncovering a Building’s Heartbeat Sensormatically


At this year's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston, MKThink's Principal and Co-Founder, Nate Goore along with Duane Kashiwai, Public Works Administrator, Hawai‘I Department of Education, Stephanie  C. Jaeger, Director of Architecture San Francisco International Airport, and Jim Maskrey,  Associate Specialist Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute presented case studies on measuring comfort conditions and energy usage to optimize physical environments.   [masterslider id="87"]

Uncovering a Building’s Heartbeat Sensormatically2017-12-04T18:00:14+00:00

Thermal Comfort 101


by Satchita Melina, Resident Artist For more readings on Thermal Comfort: CONDITIONING THE PROBLEM: I’M COLD, YOU’RE HOT    

Thermal Comfort 1012017-11-01T00:33:38+00:00

Big AG’s Big Thirst


by Satchita Melina, Resident Artist   In this piece a conveniently checked-out farmer relaxes, unconsciously gulping down the limited water we take for granted. His big belly is the rolling fields of thirsty crops, and the fish are just a symbol for all the creatures and habitats that are exploited by the waste of water. [...]

Big AG’s Big Thirst2017-10-30T18:34:00+00:00

Farm Tech


by Roberto Samarron, Designer    "Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field." ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower   Eisenhower was referring to the “synthetic farmers behind Washington desks” who love to tell real farmers what to do. But with the colossal advancements in agricultural [...]

Farm Tech2017-10-27T20:51:36+00:00

The Rise of Food Experiences


by Signo Uddenberg Director, Research, Design & Innovation   EatWith is a platform for finding authentic dining experiences in people’s homes in 50 countries around the world.     Good food on its own doesn’t cut it anymore. People want more than just their taste buds tantalized when they dine out. To partake [...]

The Rise of Food Experiences2017-10-27T20:36:34+00:00
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