Is This What the Office of the Future Will Look Like?

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As the project team members observed the rapid shift to WFH during the COVID-19 pandemic, they also realized, “In order for workplaces to thrive now, they must make the transition between working from home and going to the office seamless and cohesive,” says Rockwell Group’s Richard Chandler, an associate principal and studio leader at the New York–based firm.

Reflecting how work and life activities have blurred during WFH, for example, recreational components flow easily into a variety of work environments: a large conference area, an open conference breakout space that includes library and elevated seating, meeting rooms that can be reconfigured for film screenings and events, and acoustically dampened huddle rooms. Chandler notes that, during the pandemic, “workplace teams [have become] more fluid and organic—allowing employees to come together to work collaboratively and then separate into small groups or focus on individual tasks.” The diversity of work areas, as well as the inherent flexibility of each, supports this emerging behavior.

Fisher Brothers opened Avenue of the Americas in 1969, and Rockwell Group–specified oak paneling, metal mesh curtains, sculptural chairs, and other elements are in homage to the building’s original midcentury design by Emery Roth & Sons. Rockwell Group also manifested the wellness and biophilia trends that accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, most notably by anchoring with the largest terrarium in the northeast United States, which was created by the AD100 landscape architecture firm Hollander Design. Because “a true amenity offering today has to exist in both physical and digital planes,” as Fisher puts it, tech connectivity is embedded throughout and a proprietary app supports uses ranging from touchless entry to conference booking.

Tenants of Avenue of the Americas have exclusive access to fitness center, and café, whereas the conference center and meeting rooms can be booked by anyone. (As of now, only tenants had pre-booking privileges.) Fisher says there are plans to roll out to other Fisher Brothers buildings. Ease Hospitality is also considering providing third-party services to other commercial landlords. In other words, this concept could just be spread far and wide.


Pokémon The Movie 2000 (1999) — $133,949,270

Pokémon: The Movie 2000

The second film in the Pokémon series, Pokémon The Movie 2000, follows Ash and his friends as, stranded on Shamouti Island,

they learn of three mythic Pokémon birds that control the Earth’s climate.

While retrieving three glass balls (one from each bird’s individual island) as part of an ancient ritual, Ash learns that a Pokémon collector named Lawrence the III is after the birds.

Released to overwhelmingly negative reviews in both the U.S. and Japan, the film nonetheless went on to make more than $133 million worldwide, further cementing the Pokémon franchise’s international reach.


Using her design foundation, she has established award winning work

Dorotheen Quartier

Using her design foundation, she has established award winning work and prides herself on her ability to collaborate on many different size projects and styles.  Her ability to listen to her client’s goals and intertwine them with her own design aesthetics, creates homes that feel custom and unique to each client.  Amy’s design aesthetic is geared towards clean, sophisticated and simple designs.  Whether modern, rustic or traditional, Amy likes to bring a unique design to each and every project she takes on

Meagan is a creative who believes in the power of beautiful interiors to transform daily life. With a BA in Interior Architecture and Design from Queens University, she works to make sure each project speaks to her client’s own interests, travels and lifestyle.


Ant-Man and the Wasp


Ant-Man and the Wasp : This is first and foremost a comedy, with action thrown in. Not a Ragnarok-style spectacle comedy, but a much more grounded movie that never takes itself too seriously.

The action scenes, especially the San Francisco car chase involving Ant-Man, Wasp and Ghost are really inventive and fun, but the film is always about the characters. I love how Scott continues to make big mistakes for the right reasons and how Hope comes into her own as a full-fledged badass superhero.

Best moment: Agent Woo explains the Sokovia Accords to Cassie.


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Best Masonry Contractors

Masonry is skilled labor performed by masons who build and create different kinds of structures with a variety of building materials, such as bricks, concrete, stones, tiles, and more. Masonry contractors have the knowledge and experience needed to perform almost any job related to masonry inside and outside your property: Think concrete driveways and sidewalks, pavers, laying bricks, fireplaces, chimneys, and tile and stone installations.

The best masonry contractors are licensed and insured, have highly trained and experienced masons and personnel on staff, adhere to safety regulations set by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and are able to provide work references and a portfolio of their work. Check out our list of the best masonry contractors in the industry for your next project.


First Cow The Ten Best Films of 2020

“First Cow” opens in the world of today, and a discovery both unsettling and of some archeological/sociological interest. The narrative is then borne back into the past, and eventually it dawns upon the viewer that the discovery is also a giant spoiler, and wishes it weren’t.

This kind of narrative sleight-of-hand is not customary for Kelly Reichardt, who directed “First Cow” from a script she wrote with Jonathan Raymond, adapting his novel The Half Life. But it serves well her vision of America as a land of both discovery and dread. In 1820’s Oregon, the end of the line for many frontiersmen, a Jewish cook and a Chinese man—exquisitely enacted by John Magaro and Orion Lee—renegotiate their respective statuses as outcasts by teaming up and going into a kind of business together, concocting fried dough treats that tickle the taste buds of hungry trappers. The accidental entrepreneurs optimistically aspire to move south, to San Francisco, and open a storefront business. In the meantime, they find sustenance in each other’s company, and in refining their recipes. The one hitch is their source of milk, which doesn’t belong to them.

“First Cow” is leisurely paced, letting you get to know and often to laugh with its central characters. If the opening minutes of the movie remind us that, as the blues song says, death don’t have no mercy, the end reminds us that history doesn’t either. But what’s in between shows us what trust, friendship, quick-wittedness, love and a little stolen milk can do to provide comfort amidst the harshness. (Glenn Kenny)


Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron

A joyous jumble of a movie in which the Avengers start to really click as a team. Stark’s mad-scientist-playing-God routine spirals out of control when he blends Asgardian heirlooms with AI and advanced robotics. The team ends up having to battle and movie Ultron, a part Terminator/part Skynet abomination with some unsurprising designs on the future of humankind – i.e. extinction. That Ultron the bad robot has a couple of rogue superheroes doing his bidding provides extra fun. After the monster bot is obliterated and the rogues are won over to the other side, a glimpse of Thanos’s purple mug reminds us that this was likely part of a wider plot – but then again, isn’t everything in the MCU part of a wider plot?


Wide Open Spaces: Outdoor Living Blurs with the Indoors

Great Room

Remember when outdoor living entailed a deck or patio with table and chairs, maybe space for patio chairs with cushions, and a grill? Well, say goodbye to that idea and embrace more expansive outdoor living areas. “Outdoor spaces are still very strong, and we are actually getting requests to make them even larger,” says Jonathan Boone of House Plan Zone.

Today, outdoor spaces are bigger, more stylish, sophisticated, and equipped with the latest in technology. We’re talking rear porches and patios with LCD and LED flat-screen televisions, entire kitchens with sinks, dining areas, fire pits, and fireplaces.

Balconies, terraces, and patios are being redesigned to extend the Great Room to the backyard – and seamlessly connect the indoors to the outdoors. “Glass walls” that allow spaces to open completely during warm weather are predicted to pick up in popularity. These are multiple sliding glass panels that can be fully retracted to one or both sides of the space to open it up to the outdoors. When closed, the glass panels protect the area from rain, dust, noise, insects, and strong winds.