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Our New Director of Design! 2592 2567 KDA

Our New Director of Design!

Andrea Guatta Caldini Joining the Firm as Our New Director of Design KDA is thrilled and proud to announce that Andrea Guatta Caldini is joining the firm as a Partner and our new Director of Design.  He has a passion and talent for beautiful, smart, and sustainable design and an impressive ability to deliver. Andrea received…

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The Power of Light 1200 1543 KDA

The Power of Light

Architecture and Light The psychological effect that your surroundings have on your mood is absolutely fascinating. Many researchers and psychologists have spent quite a lot of time on researching the effects of different designs, structures, lighting styles and colors on your mind and mood. During many years of research, these professionals found that colors and…

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9 Questions you should ask at the start of your next project. 2000 1335 KDA

9 Questions you should ask at the start of your next project.

The 9 questions you should ask at the start of a project. There are 1000s of things to do when starting a new project. This is why having right professionals on your side is essential. There several questions you are going to need to ask your architect and several more you are going to need…

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What is LEED, and do I need one? 1024 768 KDA

What is LEED, and do I need one?

What Is LEED? LEED stands for Leadership in Energy Efficient Design and is a rating system and agency that certifies buildings are sustainable according to their rating system. LEED, unlike PassiveHouse, takes many factors beyond energy usage into account when certifying a project. Indoor air quality, material sourcing, recycled content, and construction techniques are among…

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The Sustainable Strategies Every Home Should Employ 1080 1586 KDA

The Sustainable Strategies Every Home Should Employ

Sustainable Design Strategies Green design is an idea that most people have heard of, but few understand what it means from on a practical level. Most people when they think of a Green Building think of solar panels, but in reality, there is much more to it. While onsite renewable energy generation like solar panels…

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What is CRI? And why do I care? 3008 1772 KDA

What is CRI? And why do I care?

CRI (COLOR RENDERING INDEX) CRI is a measure of how accurately a light source can reveal the intrinsic colors of what it is illuminating.  Color is just the brain’s way of interpreting light wave frequency.  When light hits an object, it absorbs some frequencies and reflects others.  A red apple absorbs all the frequencies, except the…

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Light and Mood 1200 800 KDA

Light and Mood

Light and Mood How Architecture Uses Lighting Styles To Enhance Your Mood The psychological effect that your surroundings have on your mood is fascinating.  Many researchers and psychologists have spent quite a lot of time on researching the effects of different designs, structures, lighting styles and colors on your mind and mood.  During many years…

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One and Done! 960 960 KDA

One and Done!

LPC Approves our GV Townhouse We are excited and proud to announce that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved our Greenwich Village Townhouse with no modifications or exceptions on our first attempt! The Landmarks approval process is laborious. It takes months of planning, work, and community meetings. Many times, even after all that work, the…

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What is the LPC, and why should I care? 1398 1398 KDA

What is the LPC, and why should I care?

The Landmark Preservation Commission The LPC, or Landmarks Preservation Commission, is a city organization charged with protecting various historic districts and buildings. If your project falls within a historic district or is an individually landmarked building, you are required to gain approval from the LPC before any work can be done. This can be an…

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Proportion, Scale, And Light 1599 1200 KDA

Proportion, Scale, And Light

Louis Kahn + The Salk Institute During a recent trip to San Diego, we were lucky enough to take a quick detour to the Salk Institute, a research facility about an hour outside of downtown. It was built in 1965 and designed by Louis Kahn – one of the world’s greatest architects. What is startling…

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Lets Talk About Money… 1280 534 KDA

Lets Talk About Money…

What you need to know about Architectural Fees A good architect should ask about your budget in your first interview. Do not dodge this question. While money can be difficult to talk about, you should never be uncomfortable about answering honestly. The Architect works for you, and one of the Architect’s most important responsibilities is…

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Do I Need to File? 4128 2322 KDA

Do I Need to File?

Do I Need an Architect? There are many reasons why you should hire an architect. Architects are designers and can typically deliver more creative, useful, and pleasing spaces than contractor’s or engineers (or you;) alone. Architects are trained project-managers and like a symphony conductor can help get all the various consultants, GCs, and sub-contractors to…

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Where Marble Comes From 4386 2362 KDA

Where Marble Comes From

Where Marble Comes From… It is sometimes easy to forget the immense effort that goes into getting the materials that we use to build and outfit our buildings.  It can be easy to specify marble as if it just comes to this earth as slabs ready to become kitchens and bathrooms.  This beautiful film by Yuri…

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What is an Architect? 1170 782 KDA

What is an Architect?

WHAT IS AN ARCHITECT? An architect is not simply somebody who works in an architecture firm or one who has graduated from architecture school. An architect is a licensed professional deemed by their jurisdictions to have met all criteria required to hold the license. It is a protected professional title. Each state has slightly different…

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New Look – Same Great Taste! 1918 1364 KDA

New Look – Same Great Taste!

UPDATES AND UPDATING We are excited today to announce an updated logo!  We have been working on this behind the scenes for some time now.  We will be rolling out the new look over the next few weeks.  While we like the old KDA logo – there was something fundamentally unbalanced.   We also felt…

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In the Middle of it All! 3338 2160 KDA

In the Middle of it All!

Hot Property KDA’s West Village townhouse is in the news!  While we have not started construction, the Ascend Group, Round Square Builders, and KDA partnership is getting some press.  137 13th street is part of a unique MEGA mansion development play as 133 and 135 are also available for purchase. We are pushing ahead with what is…

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What is PassiveHaus (Passive House) and do I need one? 1000 643 KDA

What is PassiveHaus (Passive House) and do I need one?

UNDERSTANDING PASSIVE HOUSE Passive House design is a strict design standard that limits the energy use of the house. While LEED concerned itself with many different factors, such as indoor air quality and embodied the energy of materials, Passive House only deals with energy usage. In the most basic terms, to achieve a Passive House…

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What is FAR? – And why do I care? 2229 1200 KDA

What is FAR? – And why do I care?

FAR – Floor Area Ratio FAR is a zoning acronym that stands for ‘Floor Area Ratio.’ This number will dictate how much ‘floor area’ you can have in relation to the size of your lot. It is one of the methods used by city zoning regulations to control the overall size of a building. For…

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Las Vegas Under Construction! 4096 2048 KDA

Las Vegas Under Construction!

Las Vegas Underway We are excited to have the Las Vegas APM Monico jewelry store officially under construction.  Working in high-end malls is difficult, with lots of red tape and construction hardship.  All work must happen between 12 AM and 8 AM for example.  We are excited and proud to have KMK on board as…

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The Best Unused Logo 980 636 KDA

The Best Unused Logo

The Best New (Unused) Logo As you may know, KDA dabbles in graphic design. This is not our core business, but we enjoy the opportunities we have had and certainly appreciate good graphic, brand, and identity design. One of the best we have seen in a long time is HP’s new logo. This grumpy old…

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The 5 Phases Of Design and How We Can Help 1000 750 KDA

The 5 Phases Of Design and How We Can Help

Seeing Things From Our Client’s Perspecitve Most people only build or renovate their home a few times in their life. Many of our clients are working with an architect for the first time. I stumbled across an unusual post by David Kim, AIA, where he describes the 5 phases of design. I was expecting it…

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Our New Home 3792 920 KDA

Our New Home

Moving on up! KDA is excited to announce that we are moving to a new home in the (somewhat) beautiful, old Grand Union Tea Company building in DUMBO!  We have outgrown our current digs on 4th Avenue and are shacking up with the creative folk at Chaco.co.  DUMBO is a hotbed of imaginative and productive designers, makers,…

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Wasting No Time 1375 1833 KDA

Wasting No Time

Demolition begins at West Village Townhouse We are very excited that a day after closing, demolition has begun on our new West Village townhouse! KDA works with developers to accelerate construction timelines.  In this case, we were able to file for a demolition permit before the property was even acquired by our client.  This allowed for the contractor…

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Telsa’s New Solar Roof 2880 1128 KDA

Telsa’s New Solar Roof

Most people know Telsa as the company upending the car industry with their all electric cars with futuristic cockpits. Elon Musk, the founder, and CEO of Tesla, also started another company, Solar City. Recently he has combined his two companies. On the surface, it may not seem as if there is much overlap between electric…

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Engineered vs Solid Wood Flooring – Which is better? 4048 3036 KDA

Engineered vs Solid Wood Flooring – Which is better?

The short answer: engineered. While there may be isolated times when a solid wood floor is the better choice, in 90+% of situations you are going to want an engineered floor. So – what is the difference? As the name would suggest, a solid wood floor is composed of planks cut directly from a tree.…

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What is a BIM, And do I need one? 1311 2060 KDA

What is a BIM, And do I need one?

BIM stands for ‘Building Information Modeling.’ If you are going to hire an architect, you should be familiar with what this means. A common misconception is that it just means 3D model, but it is actualy much more. It is a revolutionarily way to document and deliver projects. Back in the not so olden days,…

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Whats In A Name? 1000 600 KDA

Whats In A Name?

What a long strange journey it’s been.  While not all the final hurdles have been cleared, KDA received its official legal name approval for Klaber Design Architecture…. You will notice that there is no ‘and’ or ‘+’ in there.  It is not because we did not want one or thought Klaber Design Architecture rolled off…

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Oiio Studio’s The Big Bend 1200 675 KDA

Oiio Studio’s The Big Bend

Oiio Studio’s conceptual The Big Bend is our inspiration of the week!  Very simple, yet totally striking.  If New York could be so lucky.

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Tom Klaber to Speak at VW Design Summit 1189 930 KDA

Tom Klaber to Speak at VW Design Summit

Tom Klaber has been invited to give a presentation at the third annual Vectorworks Design Summit this fall.   The summit is an industry focused 3 day event, held this year in Baltimore.  Tom will be sharing his insights on how best to use new software tools to automate quality assurance in set assembly.  So, for all…

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Design With Electricity 1000 647 KDA

Design With Electricity

This table was designed and constructed by James Davis.  Constructed from wood and steel and scared with electricity.  Very masculine.  Really gorgeous craftsmanship.  Something to inspire to for KDA’s new conference room / game table! The most interesting part is that it is scored with electricity.  They spread a water and baking soda over the surface and…

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Hello world! 1920 1080 KDA

Hello world!

Hello World! We could not be more excited to announce the formation of KDA, officially Klaber Design + Architecture PLLC.  This is the beginning of a dream come true for me, and I can not wait to share it with you. We have many exciting things in the pipeline already! Onwards and Upwards!

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What is an Expeditor, and do I need one? 1080 810 KDA

What is an Expeditor, and do I need one?

Short answer – yes.  Long answer – maybe. An expeditor is a consultant to who handles the permitting process with the Department of Buildings.  In New York City, you are required to have an expeditor to file a drawing.  Despite their name, they do not simply make things go faster; they are the only ones qualified and…

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Perfectly Cooked Steak 500 333 KDA

Perfectly Cooked Steak

Cooking steak is not exactly architectural, but it feels like it is the same combination of art and science.  I just ran across this website, simple and fun to play around with:  http://up.csail.mit.edu/science-of-cooking/home-screen.html.  It simulates cooking at different temperatures and times so you can cook the perfect steak! I am going to try it out…

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146 Waverly Featured In NYT! 1160 773 KDA

146 Waverly Featured In NYT!

We are very proud of 146 Waverly, and now the New York Times has done a feature “Big Ticket” article to commemorate the sale!  See read the article and see the project below. SEE THE PROJECT READ THE ARTICLE

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ACURA TABLE Featured in Esquire 1588 2160 KDA

ACURA TABLE Featured in Esquire

The Office of The Future After some really great red carpet parties, the Esquire issue about the bachelor pad of the future is here, featuring the Acura Table.  Issue 1/2012.  Big thanks goes out to Marc Thrope, everybody at Acura, and Esquire. See the Acura Table Project See Marc Thrope's Work

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