Top 100 Influencers in the Landscape Architecture and Design Industry 2017

Spring is coming and with it, the world looks to the outdoors. Beautiful landscapes are created by landscape architects, who are forward thinking in their design. Allow us to introduce you to the top 100 influencers of the landscape architecture and design industry. We chose these architects from nationwide industry experts based on their contributions to blogs and news websites, as well as through their social media presence — top industry list appearances, awards won, and landscape associations. Listed alphabetically, we’ve included their contact and website

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How Modern Kitchens Conspire Against Our Health and What can We Do About it?

Without a doubt, the kitchen is the household space which has undergone the most changes during the last century. Previously they were dull rooms used only by servants, but today they are a gathering place for everyone. Kitchen design has been influenced by the changing role of women, sanitation issues and improvements with industrialization and technology. We have more food in our kitchens than ever, as well as appliances which help us to prepare elaborate dishes quickly. Unfortunately our eating habits are going down the drain.

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Top 200 Influencers in the Home Design Industry 2017

We’ve already brought you the top 200 influencers in the construction industry – now we’ve compiled a list of the top 200 influencers in the home design industry from around the U.S. We’ve based our selections on their presence online, their social media activity, and on the awards they’ve won, just like before. Listed alphabetically for easy perusing, we’ve also included their contact and website information as well, so you can learn more about them and their work. You can see

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Top 200 Influencers in the Construction Industry in 2017

The construction industry changes nearly daily, shaping and defining the way people live, work, and interact with their homes and buildings. This list of the top 200 influencers in the construction industry from around the U.S. shows some of the best professionals who are designing, building, manufacturing, and installing the various components of the buildings we work and live in as well as interacting with users through social media and the Internet with the aim to also reach different audiences. Listed alphabetically and chosen for

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The Hidden Cost of Virtual Reality II (Oculus Rift & PlayStation VR)

The day that you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived, and virtual reality is finally available for your living room. Are you ready to get started on the gaming experience of a lifetime? With the launch of the PlayStation VR headset on October 13, more options are available to you than ever before, including the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, putting VR in the reach of nearly every serious gamer. This is good news for gamers who are ready for the next level. Before

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The Hidden Cost of Virtual Reality (HTC Vive)

Have you been anxiously awaiting the arrival of virtual reality for your very own living room? If so, you are not alone. Many people around the world have yearned to get a more immersive experience when playing their favorite games. Now, the long-standing barriers have finally been broken down. Some of the most popular devices including the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Sony Playstation VR, are truly reinventing the world of gaming. Are you thinking you are ready to step into the realm of virtual reality?

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US States Economic Performance, in a Map

The US may be classified as a rich nation, but wealth varies widely across all 50 states. We used brand-new data just released on June 10th, 2015 by the Bureau of Economic Analysis to investigate this disparity. The map below displays the Gross State Product (GSP) per capita for each US state. States colored in dark green have the highest GSP per capita and states in yellow have the lowest. The size of each State is proportional to Real Gross Domestic Product for 2014. The new

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The Top Exported Good in Each State, in One Map

The U.S. economy is diverse, with strengths in many different industries. This diversity ultimately strengthens the economy and makes it more resilient to shocks. A map of the top exports from each state illustrates this diversity. As a follow up to a previous blog post on state imports, we decided to look at the most exported products from each state. The map above summarizes the results of our analysis of export data from U.S Census Bureau. At first glance, there are a lot of

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The Top Imported Good in Each State, in One Map

Looking at the dominant import of each state reveals the economic commodity on which each state is most dependent. Immediately noticeable is the dominance of oil and oil-related products such as gasoline or vehicles. The U.S. economy, like other industrialized economies, is highly reliant on the production and flow of oil. The map above shows each state’s largest import (by dollar value) in 2014. Imports can be broken down into four main categories: fuel, food, electronics, and machinery. An interesting finding is certainly the

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Cost Obsessions Around the World

Google’s autocomplete function provides suggestions derived from common Google searches by other users. Comparing autocomplete results for searches on different countries reveals how certain places are perceived by people around the World. It turns out that Google searches for the cost of something vary widely depending on the country of interest. For example, people are most interested in the cost of a passport or a patent in North America. As for Europe, many are concerned about practical things like the cost of living, studying, or

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