Discovery Village at Naples’ New Independent Living Community Wins Grand Aurora Award for Outstanding Architecture & Design


NAPLES, Fla., Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Discovery Village At Naples has earned a prestigious Grand Aurora Award for its new Independent Living community, which opened and welcomed its first, charter residents in late June. Established in 1979, the Aurora Awards are the annual design competition of the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC). The Awards honor outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers and other housing-related professionals actively involved in residential and/or commercial projects across 12 southeastern states and the Eastern Caribbean.

Design Tips You Can Use From the “Big Brother” House for Your Shared Vacation Home


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many summer traditions have fallen by the wayside this year, but for reality TV viewers, there is one reassuring sight, the return of “Big Brother,” CBS’s annual reality television competition. Every summer, CBS builds an elaborate house on a soundstage in Los Angeles with cameras in every conceivable location to capture every moment of the houseguests’ experience during the Big Brother season. This year’s theme is All-Star Loft because this is an all-star season. The dramatic theme includes a giant light installation, large murals, and rooms that reference past seasons. Big Brother host Julie Chen

How to Design for a World Without Touch


Over the past several months, touch has been increasingly removed from our daily lives. A recent study showed that 42% of American adults report feeling deprived of touch. A similar study in the New York Times found 42% of Americans also expected it to be at least a year before they’d be willing to shake a friend’s hand or hug them to say hello. That’s a long time to go without the feelings of intimacy, positivity, and love elicited by touch.

Science has proven that when we hug or feel friendly human contact, our brains release oxytocin, bolstering positive sensations,

How Hotel Design Can Adjust Public Perceptions


OAKLAND, CA—COVID-19 has brought the travel industry to a screeching halt and hotels are facing an uncertain future. But just like retail, the hospitality industry is looking for ways to sell the public on safety during the pandemic.

One of the ways is through adjustments to operational procedures to help with heavily trafficked areas such as lobbies, fitness centers and restaurants. Other ways involve signage and technology, says Eric Price, commercial studio director for Lowney Architecture, who recently shared his insights into some of the ways hotels can adapt to this changing travel landscape. Will hospitality continue to have