Product> Smart Thinking: Integrative Smart Building Products

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
Courtesy Piper

Courtesy Piper

Make both residential and commercial buildings energy and time efficient with these top-notch smart lighting, security, and all-in-one products.

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AN 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: 16 design-heavy gifts sure to please everyone on your list

National, Newsletter, Product
Thursday, December 10, 2015
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Courtesy PHAIDON

Courtesy PHAIDON

The holidays are quickly approaching, and AN has found the best architecture and design gifts to give (or receive) this season. Here are 16 must-have gifts for everyone on your list.

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Pantone can’t decide, names two Colors of the Year for 2016: Serenity and Rose Quartz

Design, National, Product
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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Courtesy American Flat and Pantone

Courtesy American Flat and Pantone

For the first time ever, Pantone has chosen two signature colors for its annual Color of the Year selection: Serenity and Rose Quartz. The combination of both colors creates a calm and relaxing palette that promotes tranquility and inner peace, the color gurus at Pantone explain.

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Product> Wrap It Up: Durable and Protective Weather Barriers

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
certainteed

Courtesy CertainTeed Sustainable Insulation

Protect building projects from the effects of Mother Nature with these powerful and long-lasting weather barriers, which provide air, water, wind, and thermal protection.

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Over a quarter of the streetcar systems taking shape in the U.S. are in Midwest cities

Proposed Milwaukee Streetcar in the Third Ward neighborhood of Milwaukee. (Milwaukee Streetcar)

Proposed Milwaukee Streetcar in the Third Ward neighborhood of Milwaukee. (Milwaukee Streetcar)

According to the American Public Transportation Association, a public transit advocacy group, there are more than 90 cities in the United States that are actively considering implementing streetcar systems. Of those 90, over a quarter are in the Midwest. Though all in different stages of planning, development, and construction, a handful are well underway, with service beginning as early as 2016.

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Taking Buildings Down: Storefront provokes ideas on the built environment in new competition

(Credit: Storefront for Art and Architecture)

(Credit: Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Perhaps following up on its Halloween Party this year that explored the theme “DEMO,” as in DEMO-lition among other words sharing the root, the Storefront for Art & Architecture has launched a competition called “Taking Buildings Down,” where “removal is all that is allowed.”

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Finally! The 2016 AIA Gold Medal goes to Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

Architecture, Awards, National, News
Thursday, December 3, 2015
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Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

The AIA has named Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown the winners of the 2016 AIA Gold Medal. The honor, the AIA’s highest, goes to architects whose work is likely to have a lasting influence on the practice of architecture, design, and related fields. Read More

Product> Sustainable and Green Products from Greenbuild 2015

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Monday, November 30, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
In-Pane Zoniging_300dpi_CMYK

COURTESY SageGlass

The 14th annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo took place November 18–20 in Washington, D.C. This year’s expo featured the latest and greatest products and materials in sustainable design. Check out these cutting-edge green building products from the show.

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How marble from a small town in Georgia built America’s top monuments to power

Architecture, National
Monday, November 30, 2015
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The Tate marble Quarry in Georgia (Courtesy Jason Sayer / AN)

The Tate marble quarry in Georgia (Courtesy Jason Sayer / AN)

In the United States, the architecture of power manifests itself in the stone edifice. Like the Roman and Greek precedents that gave rise to home-grown neo-Classical examples, stone is the material of choice for the monument.

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Product> Dynamic and Modern Architectural Glass Products

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
MOnA- RHP-Sunbeam

COURTESY CORNING

Architectural glass is making a big splash in the A&D industry. Featuring bold colors, creative design patterns, and crystal-clear views, architectural glass is quickly becoming an extremely versatile design material.

Willow Glass
Corning

This super thin, flexible glass can be rolled onto a traditional flat building material, such as MDF, to create a durable laminate that can be easily cut on-site.

GUARDIAN- SunGuard SNX 51 23 Product

COURTESY GUARDIAN

SunGuard SNX 51/23
Guardian  

Designed to offer the most light with the lowest heat, triple silver SunGuard SNX 51/23 is a commercial low-e glass product with visible light transmission at 51 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient at .23 on clear float glass.

VIEW-1of2-Image_numbers

COURTESY VIEW DYNAMIC GLASS

View Intelligence 2.0
View Dynamic Glass

The algorithm that controls the tinting process of this dynamic glass system works with advanced weather inputs, enabling it to predict not only the sun’s movement, but also short-term and long-term weather conditions.

AGC ASAHI-Glascene_in_use

COURTESY ASAHI GLASS COMPANY

Glascene
Asahi Glass Company

A combination of glass and screen, this material allows images to be projected onto clear glass without blocking the view beyond. Available in a range of thicknesses and screen sizes of 100-inches and larger, the product can accommodate front- and rear-projection designs.

PITTSBURGH CORNING-LightWise Low E Window

COURTESY PITTSBURGH CORNING

LightWise
Pittsburgh Corning

These glass block units install like traditional windows with built-in nailing fins, so there is no additional assembly required. They provide privacy, security, and light-control while meeting Energy Star requirements.

MCGRORY-X-Ray-Glass-JCL2L

COURTESY MCGRORY GLASS

Corning Med-X
McGrory Glass

Architects can design medical X-ray viewing windows with a wider field of vision and improved comfort, thanks to the large 108- by 54-inch size of this glass. Other applications include screens for medical diagnostics, protection windows in laboratories, and airport security X-ray screens.

October’s Architecture Billings Index down slightly from September, though demand for design services remains high

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

In fall, warm blooded animals usually slow down as they prepare to hibernate for winter. Yet, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) demonstrates few signs of winter slumber, with increased demand for design services in almost every category. The October ABI of 53.1, the AIA reports, is down 0.6 points from September, but any score over 50 represents an increase in billings. Read More

Product> Glass Meets Tech: High-performance Architectural Glass

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
POLYTRONIX-1of2-Lobby

Courtesy Polytronix

Architects and designers are taking design to the next level by incorporating technology-advanced architectural glass into both residential and commercial projects. From LED glass to sound-absorbing glass, architectural glass and technology are coming together to conceive new and innovative design options.

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