Product> Goodness Gracious, Great Walls Aspire: Top Facade Products

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(Courtesy James Hardie)

The defining aspect of every building, the façade is where the artistic aspiration is most visible and where the performance factor is most vulnerable. These new cladding and construction products prove beauty is certainly more than skin deep.

Reveal Panel System

James Hardie

Developed specifically for multi-family, mixed-use, senior living, and light commercial facilities, these panels can be cut on-site to deliver an expressed joint look with deep shadow lines. Trims and fasteners can be field painted, or their metal finishes left exposed. The ventilated rainscreen assembly incorporates best practices for moisture management.

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(Courtesy MechoSystems)

SolarTrac Reflectance Module

MechoSystems

When added to SolarTrac software, the Reflectance Module calculates first-order reflections, and enables roller shades to be positioned accordingly on a zone-by-zone basis across a facade.

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(Courtesy GreenScreen)

GreenScreen Wall Grid

GreenScreen

Fabricated of recycled steel, this wall-mounted grid of powder-coated, welded wire forms a three-dimensional trellising system that creates a captive growing space for plants to flourish and intertwine. Standard panels measure 48-inches by 96-inches.

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(Courtesy Kingspan)

Optimo Smooth

Kingspan

This single-component insulated metal panel product offers faster on-site installation compared to built-up wall systems. It also delivers high-energy efficiency through superior air tightness, low thermal bridging, and a high R-value. Made with recaptured metals, the panels weigh three pounds per square foot. Available in multiple profiles, trim-less ends, finishes, and color options.

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(Courtesy Dryvit)

Outsulation Plus MD

Dryvit

This EIF cladding system provides a single source solution for air- and water-resistive barriers, exterior continuous insulation, and finish of the exterior wall. It can be applied to almost any kind of sheathing.

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(Courtesy Knight Wall Systems)

Reveal-Girt

Knight Wall Systems

This new rain-screen framing system, designed for open-joint, exposed-fastener facades, creates the aesthetic illusion of depth in the joint itself. Designed with two wide anchoring surfaces, Reveal-Girt can accommodate two adjoining panel edges on one rail, which delivers both savings and efficiencies in labor and materials.

DXA Studio designed this Lower East Side tower with a copper facade that changes over time

(Courtesy DXA Studio)

(Courtesy DXA Studio)

As this angular copper facade ages, its reddish brown skin will settle into a weathered green. It’s a sort of physical embodiment of the changes playing out in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Chinatown as the city’s voracious luxury residence market continually searches for a new frontier.

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On View> Gregory Ain: Low-Cost Modern Housing and The Construction of a Social Landscape

Architecture, Art, On View, West
Monday, April 20, 2015
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Ain's Dunsmuir Flats (Julius Shulman)

Ain’s Dunsmuir Flats (Julius Shulman/ J.Paul Getty Trust)

Gregory Ain: Low-Cost Modern Housing and The Construction of a Social Landscape
WUHO Gallery
6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Through April 26

Gregory Ain was a pioneer in the development of low-cost modern housing, and many of his efforts fused radical, left-wing politics and cooperative living with architecture. And a new exhibit in Los Angeles spotlights five of the architect’s most innovative housing projects.

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Biomimicry guides the design of Shanghai’s new nautilus-shaped museum of natural history

Shanghai Natural History Museum (©Steinkamp Photography)

Shanghai Natural History Museum. (Steinkamp Photography)

This weekend a Shanghai museum got a new home, and its design takes a major cue from nature. The Shanghai Natural History Museum wraps 479,180 square feet of exhibition space with facades inspired by the elements, natural phenomena, and the biological structure of cells.

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In just a few years, this tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill will be the tallest residential building on Planet Earth

(Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill)

(Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill)

The tallest of Manhattan’s rising supertall towers has been revealed—and believe it or not, the building that will make New York’s current crop of skyscrapers look like walkups is very, very glassy.

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On View> This might be your only chance to see this rare Le Corbusier tapestry commissioned by Jørn Utzon

Art, East
Monday, April 20, 2015
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(Courtesy Bruun Rasmussen)

(Courtesy Bruun Rasmussen)

In mid May, New York City will be over run with fairs, exhibitions, and trade shows dedicated to design and art. The big events are the International Contract Furniture Fair (ICFF) and the Frieze Art Fair, but there will be literally scores of smaller spin-off events taking place that will be of interest to the architecture community.

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New York City to install 90 curbside bioswales to help clean Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal

Bioswale. (Courtesy NYC DEP)

Bioswale. (Courtesy NYC DEP)

As new apartment buildings continue to rise in Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced plans to install 90 bioswales nearby in hopes of cleaning the neighborhood’s eponymous—and oh-so-polluted—canal.

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You’ll want to stop by the Dia in New York City to see LaMonte Young’s “truly immersive” Dream House

Art, East, On View
Friday, April 17, 2015
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(Courtesy Dia Art Foundation)

(Courtesy Dia Art Foundation)

In New York in the 1960s and ’70s, a movement against pictorial, illusionistic, or fictive art began to favor more direct and literal figurations. This movement—now called Minimalism by many—was often spatial in nature as it was drawn on flat surfaces, sculpted, and displayed in white box galleries.

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JetBlue wants to turn Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA terminal into a hotel

An old TWA drawing of its terminal in the 1960's via Todd Lappin/Flickr.

A 1960’s drawing of the TWA Terminal. (Flickr / Todd Lappin)

JetBlue Airlines—the one with free snacks and live television—is interested in getting into the hotel business, and it wants to kick things off with Eero Saarinen‘s swooping TWA Terminal at JFK Airport.

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Yes, there’s a Museum of Barbed Wire in Lacrosse, Kansas showcasing 2,400 different varieties—and yes, it’s legit

Design, Midwest
Friday, April 17, 2015
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(Courtesy KansasTravel.org)

(Courtesy KansasTravel.org)

It’s hard to refrain from making barbed jokes about the Kansas Museum of Barbed Wire when it sounds like a half-hearted April Fool’s ruse, but yes, this place is actually real.

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These competition-winning bus shelters in Austin will harvest rainwater for a pocket park

(Courtesy Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

(Courtesy Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

It’s a matter of time before the canine-abused fire hydrant is outfitted with its own sound system—like this park bench. Two designers are retooling a high-traffic bus stop in Austin, Texas, to incorporate a pocket park for city dwellers to revisit distant nature.

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Beneath this 200 year old monument to George Washington, a time capsule filled with 3D printed scans will send messages to the future

East, Preservation, Technology
Friday, April 17, 2015
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(Ed Gunts)

(Ed Gunts)

What do you put in a 21st century time capsule inside the cornerstone of a 19th century landmark that’s undergoing restoration? If the landmark is the nation’s first monument to George Washington, you put in a 3D printed likeness of the first president, hot off the 3D printer, of course. That’s the idea behind the four shiny objects that will be sealed within an 1815-era cornerstone and placed below the base of the Washington Monument in Baltimore, Maryland, home of the aforementioned first monument to Washington.

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