Product> Temperature Controlled: Smart HVAC Systems

International
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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Courtesy Momit

Courtesy Momit

Smart HVAC products are quickly gaining traction in the architecture and design industry. From air curtains to smart thermostats, managing heating and cooling systems has never been easier.

Smart Thermostat
Momit

Connect Smart Thermostat to any smartphone, tablet, or PC and control HVAC systems with your fingertips. This thermostat features three modes—Smart, Ambient, and Presence—that are energy efficient. It’s designed with a glass finish, six display options, detectable sensors, and 30 easy-to-use features.

Courtesy Reznor

Courtesy Reznor

Model AB
Reznor

Designed for installation over docks and bays, these industrial air curtains block wind from entering buildings to help keep cool air indoors during warm months. The air curtains are powered by gas or propane and can run in a blower-only mode. Model AB comes in two sizes, which can be joined together to reach a maximum width of 22 feet.

Courtesy Allied Air Enterprises

Courtesy Allied Air Enterprises

V-Series
Allied Air Enterprises

New to the Magic-Pak family, V-Series is a heating and cooling single-packaged vertical unit that’s made for both multifamily and mixed-use environments. It’s available in 1-, 1.5-, 2-, and 2.5-ton capacities and both gas-electric unit and electric-electric unit options. The V-Series efficiencies range from 9.2 to 11.0 EER and 80 to 90 percent TE.

Courtesy Ecobee

Courtesy Ecobee

ecobee3
ecobee

This smart thermostat includes wireless remote sensors that measure the temperature in a variety of rooms, allowing homeowners to remotely adjust heating, cooling, humidity, and fan settings with ecobee’s residential mobile app. Users can access multiple thermostats at once and schedule HVAC settings for long and short periods of time.

Courtesy ClimateMaster

Courtesy ClimateMaster

Trilogy 45 Q-Mode
ClimateMaster

This geothermal heat pump system features more than 25 unit settings and iGate Connect, which allows the user to control the system via WiFi. Available in vertical-upflow, vertical-downflow, and horizontal compositions, this system sucks in heat from a designated space and stores it in the iGate Smart Tank hot water storage tank for use.

Courtesy Honeywell

Courtesy Honeywell

Lyric
Honeywell

Lyric is an interactive thermostat that allows the user to remotely adjust heating, cooling, and humidity settings in a matter of seconds. The easy-to-use device features a three-inch round glass face, smart cues, geofencing technology, and a motion-sensing, illuminated display.

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Vishaan Chakrabarti departs SHoP to begin his own practice, the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism

(Skyline photo by Thomas Hawk / Flickr; Montage by AN)

(Skyline photo by Thomas Hawk / Flickr; Montage by AN)

Architect and planner Vishaan Chakrabarti has had some crazy ideas over the years. In the past he has worked to convert an old Post Office adjacent to Penn Station into the monumental Moynihan Station and helped shape a loopy scheme to transform the former Domino Sugar Factory on Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Waterfront. In 2013, he even spearheaded a proposal to extend Manhattan island to connect it with Governors Island and project a new plot of land into New York Harbor.

It’s fair to say that Chakrabarti thinks big. Today, Chakrabarti announced his latest big idea: his own architecture firm called the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU).

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Open House San Diego launches Saturday, October 17, 2015

Architecture, On View, West
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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(Courtesy OHSD)

Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing by architect Clive Wilkinson. (Courtesy OHSD)

San Diego, California, is about to launch a public celebration of its architecture, infrastructure, and public urban design. It will become the third city in the United States to be designated as an official “Open House Worldwide.”

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Diana Balmori launches a vegetated island floating along Brooklyn’s toxic Gowanus Canal

(Branden Klayko / AN)

(Branden Klayko / AN)

Landscape architect Diana Balmori has been planting floating gardens and launching them into the middle of Brooklyn‘s Gowanus Canal only to have the plant life killed off by the Superfund site‘s toxic waters. “We’ve been working on this a year,” she told AN today along the canal’s edge looking at GrowOnUs, her latest floating landscape. “We did three test plantings, but they all died in the canal.”

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Beyer Blinder Belle restoring Marcel Breuer’s Whitney building for 2016 reopening under the Metropolitan Museum

Architecture, East, Preservation
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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Marcel Breuer peers from the window of the former Whitney Museum in 1967. (Ezra Stoller / Esto)

Marcel Breuer peers from the window of the former Whitney Museum in 1967. (Ezra Stoller / Esto)

The Met Breuer will throw open its doors in March 2016 for the first season of contemporary art programming under the banner of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Breuer’s iconic building, formerly the Whitney Museum of American Art, is currently being “invigorated by renovations that will support a fluid, integrated experience of art and architecture,” as the Met’s press release proudly declares.

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This stack of shipping containers by LOT-EK could become the nomadic coworking office of the future

(Courtesy LOT-EK / Spacious)

(Courtesy LOT-EK / Spacious)

The future of the mobile office is on its way, and it’s blurring the lines between the home and the workplace. Spacious is the name of a “coworking hotel” concept being touted by its founder and CEO, Preston Pesek, as the future of the workplace, combining a traditional coworking space, a hotel, and retail into a giant live, work, play experience. And what better way to house the modern nomadic workforce than shipping containers?

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New York City just made biking down cobblestone streets way more fun

The Varick bike lane. (Branden Klayko / AN)

The Varick bike lane. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Cobblestone streets are beautiful to walk around and add charm to historic neighborhoods, but biking down these bumpy thoroughfares is another story. New York City has solved that problem with a new design treatment to a block-long cobblestone bike lane along Varick Street in the city’s Tribeca neighborhood.

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Renzo Piano designs a handbag replica of his new Whitney Museum of American Art

Architecture, Art, Design, East, Product
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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(Montage by AN)

(Montage by AN)

The new Whitney Museum of American Art is opening on Friday, May 1. (Get your sneak peek inside the museum over here!) But a whopping 28,000 ton museum isn’t the only thing Renzo Piano has up his sleeve—he’s also designed the must-have fashion accessory with which to be seen browsing art at Manhattan’s newest Meatpacking District hotspot. Behold, the “Whitney Bag.”

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Catch this show of Lina Bo Bardi’s furniture and Roberto Burle Marx’s tapestries before it closes!

Inside the exhibition. (Courtesy R & Company)

Inside the exhibition. (Courtesy R & Company)

Tribeca’s R & Company gallery at 82 Franklin Street is highlighting two Brazilian greats: Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) and Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994). But act fast! Furniture by Bo Bardi and tapestries by Burle Marx are on display through the end of this week—the exhibit closes April 30.

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Pictorial> Here’s your first glimpse inside Renzo Piano’s new Whitney Museum

Catwalks on the building's east side offer views of the museum and the surrounding city. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Catwalks on the building’s east side offer views of the museum and the surrounding city. (Branden Klayko / AN)

On May 1, the southern terminus of the High Line will have a true anchor tenant. Renzo Piano‘s towering new Whitney Museum for American Art will throw open its glass doors—or at least unlock the revolving ones—as tourists and eager New Yorkers alike throng in for a look around the highly anticipated gallery spaces. Until then, here’s a peek at the the museum, inside and out, from a press junket on Thursday.

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Meet Elmar, the giant pedestrian pasted onto a New York City pedestrian plaza by artist JR

Art, City Terrain, East, Media
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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(Courtesy New York Times Magazine)

(Courtesy New York Times Magazine)

The artist JR described his latest gargantuan artwork best in a Tweet sent out this morning, “People walked on him all day without noticing him…now he is on the cover and everyone else is in the shadow.” That cover is the new special issue of The New York Times Magazine, which features the larger-than-life pedestrian completely filling up the Flatiron pedestrian plaza next to Madison Square Park.

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The next generation of bike share programs is taking shape in Birmingham, Alabama

City Terrain, East, Transportation
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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(Courtesy Bewegen Technologies)

(Courtesy Bewegen Technologies)

A biking first for the Western Hemisphere is about to hit the streets in Birmingham, Alabama. While the American south is better known for its legacy of car-first sprawl, Birmingham city leaders hope a new bike share program will get residents and visitors to pedal their way on two wheels for short trips in the city’s core—and they’re getting an “assist” from a new prototype in Canada.

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