Visions of Plasticity: TEX-FAB 2015 probes into new digital fabrication technologies

Plastic Stereotomy by Justin Diles

Plastic Stereotomy by Justin Diles.

This year’s TEX-FAB symposium in Houston continued the digital fabrication alliance’s exploration of new frontiers and technologies in the field by investigating the latest developments in 3D printing and composites.

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Michael Graves wins Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 Cooper Hewitt Design Awards



The Cooper Hewitt has announced the winners of its 16th annual National Design Awards. The program was launched in 2000 as part of the White House Millennium Council to “promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world.” First Lady Michelle Obama is serving as the Honorary Patron for the 2015 awards that are accompanied by a series of programs, educational events, and panels.

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Product> Checking In: Amazing Hospitality Designs

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Moooi)

Hospitality design is all about visual impact and physical comfort. From pedigreed modernist classics to eye-popping contemporary works, these pieces will make any lobby or lounge area a memorable space.

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Read all about it: Obama Presidential Library reportedly headed for Chicago

A rendering of Garfield Boulevard, part of the University of Chicago's proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)

A rendering of Garfield Boulevard, part of the University of Chicago’s proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)

The Associated Press has reported that Barack Obama‘s presidential library will be in his adopted hometown of Chicago. After months of speculation that the 44th President of the United States might site his legacy project in New York City—where he attended Columbia University—or his birth city of Honolulu, Hawaii, multiple unnamed sources cited by the AP and other publications say Obama and his nonprofit foundation have settled on Chicago, where he forged his political career.

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After 45 years, Sesame Street’s iconic set gets a streetscape makeover by visual storyteller David Gallo

Architecture, Design, National, Urbanism
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
(Courtesy Sesame Street Workshop)

(Courtesy Sesame Street Workshop)

Some child psychologists have balked at the newly unveiled set redesign for the landmark children’s TV show, Sesame Street, now entering its 46th season. The brownstone-lined 123 Sesame Street will receive a glossy new lick of paint, so to speak, in an effort to contemporize the set.

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Product> Wrap It Up: Six Creative Cladding Materials

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Thermocromex)

Thanks in large part to advances in protective coatings and insulation products, buildings big and small can be clad in a variety of materials; when creatively sheathed, even a basic box can achieve an anything-but-ordinary appearance.

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Product> Bjarke Ingels pours design into a bathroom fixture line for Kallista

National, Product
Monday, April 27, 2015

(Courtesy Kallista)

Bearing a not-coincidental resemblance to his Vancouver House project, the Taper collection of fittings and bathroom accessories is Bjarke Ingels‘ first foray into the home interiors market. For plumbing manufacturer Kallista, it’s also the initial design collaboration with an architect on a suite of products.

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

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy James Hardie)

The defining aspect of every building—the facade—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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Last House Standing: Photographer Captures Haunting Images of Lone, Abandoned Row Houses

(Courtesy Ben Marcin)

‘Last House Standing’ by Ben Marcin (Courtesy Ben Marcin)

Like a lone pea out of its pod, the desolation of a solo row house waxes stark in Baltimore-based photographer Ben Marcin’s new series: Last House Standing. Often painted in garish colors at variance with their boarded-up windows and battered brickwork, the row houses are an architectural quirk of certain cities along the eastern seaboard.

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Product> Six Materials and Systems for Great Facade Design

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Centria)

Whether it’s a unitized wall panel to facilitate faster build-speed or a cladding material that promises unlimited creative expression, new products for facades elevate both the art and science of design.

Formawall Graphix Series

This single component wall system facilitates the design of complex patterns that combine horizontal, vertical, and diagonal reveals within a single panel. The panels have a steel face and liner, along with factory foamed-in-place insulation that fills the voids in the panel joinery and prevents a reduction in thermal values. They also features pressure-equalized horizontal joinery that provides long term protection with minimal maintenance.

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Product> Opening Statements: Six New Facade Elements

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy CRL-U.S. Aluminum)

From door assemblies and curtainwalls to specialty glazing, these innovative new products combine aesthetic appeal with high performance.

Entice Entrance System
CRL-U.S. Aluminum

This is the first premium storefront of its kind that meets and exceeds the industry’s ever-evolving building codes and energy conservation requirements while maintaining an air of contemporary elegance. Designed with minimal vertical lines, and able to support door handle hardware on 1″ insulating glass panels via specialized thru-glass fittings, the system is also available in a hybrid configuration with fully integrated, prewired and serviceable LED lights that accent the top and bottom of the door.

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Sustainable development plan for Northeast Ohio takes top honors in 2015 National Planning Awards

Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium

Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium

A plan to steer northeast Ohio toward sustainable growth won a top planning award this week, joining schemes and firms from Austin to Los Angeles on a list of the year’s best urban planning work.

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