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The Sleepover Project®

By David Dillard, AIA, Principal at D2 Architecture In the portfolio of ‘How to Keep Underemployed Architects Busy’ – an imaginary manual to which we have all frequently referred to the past few years – is a well-worn page with the heading ‘Professional Development,’ a few pages back from that, …

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Project Highlight: Prestonwood Court

Prestonwood Court Plano, Texas This beautiful project is a large Assisted Living and Memory Support community in Plano, Texas. It was designed using a New England Bed and Breakfast style architecture. It has three Assisted Living households on three floors, as well as dining, activity, spa and living spaces. It …

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Taco Bell and Senior Living? Now, that’s our crowd!

As soon as the music for Taco Bell's Super Bowl commercial began to roll, I thought to myself, “this is our crowd.”  We know that today’s seniors don’t want a room with a bed.  They want an experience, a community where they can thrive. They don’t want a retirement home, they want …

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Creativity is Key for Senior Housing Architecture

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen. – Robert Bresson Creativity is defined as “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, and relationships, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations.”  The creative process for D2 begins with a deep understanding of the …

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Red or Green? Which Theory Do You Take?

Something curious happens these days between the car and the office – some kind of inexplicable transference from one economic reality to another.  Outside the boundaries of my workplace, I hear the persistent drumroll of economic doom.  Regardless of the media source (radio, TV, newspaper, news websites), or even the …

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