Recent Podcasts

The Third Place: Redefining the New Workspace Without the Workplace

Whether or not the physical workplace defines the future office, there is a growing need to have third place spaces available. Third places are most successful when they can provide value to their users through design elements and service offerings that will outweigh the benefits of the typical first or second places. Shay Lam, managing executive and Studio Creative Director of TPG Architecture, shares his tips on creating these growing environments, and how designers can grab consumer attention and make them feel like they are neither at home nor at work.

Protect Rivers by Specifying Smart

Mohawk Group is launching its Waterways Project, featuring a mobile showroom packed with product solutions that are environmentally friendly and ready to specify. Here's what you can expect when you experience the event.

Announcing the Inaugural Purpose Awards from i+s and BUILDINGS

In this episode, VP of Media Steven Sloan joins Chief Content Director Robert Nieminen to announce a brand new awards program: The Purpose Awards. Find out why we're launching this new program to celebrate and elevate the products, projects, designs, and spaces that contribute most to the triple bottom line—people, planet, profit. The products and projects that not only do no harm, but best support the health and wellness of humans and the planet.

Understanding Furniture Flammability and Human Health

Designers play an important role in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the clients they serve. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the specification of upholstered furniture as it relates to flammability and occupant health. In this episode, Dr. Marilyn Black of Underwriters Laboratories discusses a new tool for designers to better understand the relationship between these important design requirements. 

Protecting Against Product Failure in Healthcare Settings

As surfaces in hospitals and other medical facilities are being cleaned more frequently with harsher chemicals in the wake of COVID, product failures in the field are becoming alarmingly more commonplace. In this episode, Julie Short discusses an innovative film product from DuPont that can be applied to virtually any surface that offers added durability and cleanability.

Why Localization Is a Key Element in the Design of Hospitality Spaces

Staci Patton, principal at DLR Group, joins chief content director Robert Nieminen for a lively discussion about the importance of creating a sense of locale in hospitality environments. They discuss the drivers behind this trend and how to create an authentic sense of place both indoors and out. 

Joining Forces to Revitalize a Local Community, Sustainably

In this episode of I Hear Design, the teams at Citizen HKS, Boaz & Ruth talk about their collaboration on Benefield, a community based project that revitalizes the Highland Park corridor in Richmond, Virginia, that will become a place that anchors and supports the community’s youth, serving as a catalyst for change and hope.

Felt: A Mythic Material for Modern Times

Did you know felt is considered one of the oldest fabrics on record? In this episode, guests Steve Udolph and Taylor Hemmingway of CertainTeed talk about modern applications for this age-old and incredibly versatile material.