Peter H. Miller, Hon. AIA, is President and Publisher of Active Interest Media’s Traditional Building, Period-Homes.com, Old House Journal and New Old House magazines and producer of the Traditional Building Conference Series. Read his full bio here.
In the residential housing market, we have strong demand, weak supply, and chaotic work schedules due to the improvisations required by COVID-19 and supply chain disruption. How do you explain to a client that their new sofa cushions are on backorder due to the oil refinery hackers?
Virtual trade shows, conferences and online education are a new reality for old-time traditionalists in the traditional building practice. Most of us prefer the engagement and intimacy of in-person events but I haven’t been to one in over a year. Like the school kids attending virtual classes, our on-screen attention spans are getting short. Screen fatigue is a new occupational hazard.
AIA’s 2020 policy platform.
With no place to go but home, I've attended to several projects around the house and yard, which I'd not gotten around to. These projects include: reading back issues of our Home Group magazines; sorting through the junk mail; planting new trees and shrubs in my garden; power washing the back porch and cleaning out the attic.
“Wellness” is the design solution de jour. Not long ago, our “design matters” solutions were energy efficiency, community, sense of place and identity, resilience, safety, security, convenience, much of it aided and abetted by new technology. When we roll all these benefits together in the buildings we design, it makes us feel relevant. Design does matter and so do we.
"Materials and Methods: Windows & Exteriors," the third Traditional Building Conference of 2019 took place at Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Disaster repair is a $27 billion dollar business. And it's making us all anxious.
New insight on the remodeling and repair market. Now $425 billion.
Design and Construction Week 2019 is the name for two trade shows combined: The Kitchen Bath Industry Show and The International Builder’s Show.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2018 conference message: community, activism, energy conservation and "fostering a creative, fair, sustainable, entrepreneurial economy.”