Thanks to our friends at Glass magazine for attending the recent Facades+ LA conference. They’ve provided an excellent wrap-up of the event, which they called “invigorating and exciting.” Editor Katy Devlin identified ten key themes from the conference: net zero building, net zero ready, material transparency, durability and sustainability, preservation, value, updatability, dynamic and integrated facades, human health, and water conservation. This variety and depth of subjects are precisely what makes the Facades+ conferences so important to the A/E/C industry. Next up, Facades+ AM in Washington, on March 5. Join the conversation!
Ceramic or porcelain, mosaic or large-format, rectified or squared, tile is a clay canvas for not only original expressions, but also for convincing imitations of natural materials. Here’s a sampling of new products.
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Fossil is a hand-drawn illustration, inspired by prehistoric imprints of plants and animals on rock formations. The collection was designed by Kasia Zareba, the winner of the manufacturer’s Create Your Own Tile competition. The 24-inch by 24-inch porcelain tiles are available in beige, brown, and grey and five patterns.
The Rudy Bruner Awards for Urban Excellence have announced the five finalists for 2015. Founded in 1987, the accolade recognizes urban design, architecture and urban planning projects which address economic and social concerns within their environment.
Enhancing acoustics, elevating comfort, and offering an attractive shot of color underfoot—carpeting can impact an interior in both subtle and obvious ways. Kick off your shoes and see what we’ve discovered.
The new Tatami collection by Ariadna Miquel and Nani Marquina are the first color pieces to be part of Nanimarquina’s Natural Collection. Inspired by Japanese straw tatami mats, Tatami is made with a combination of soft, New Zealand wool and bright, structured jute. These complementary fibers are hand loomed together to create the perfect marriage of style and comfort. Available in several colors.
The most successful kitchens and baths turn not only on appearance, but on functionality, as well. From well-engineered drawer glides and door lifts to water-saving showers and faucets, it pays to spec products with performance in mind.
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The front panels of this new kitchen line are framed in a slim, 6.5mm band of aluminum, uniting the variety of finishes and materials offered. Available with or without handles.
Back in November, we told you how Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake It off” perfectly summed up how we should feel about the Architecture Billings Index’s disappointing showing from the month before. Sure, the ABI’s momentum had slowed to 55.2 in October, but since any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings, we could just shake off any negativity. Now with 2014 gone, how did the Index shape up through the end of the year?
Including an architect-designed element in the bath can elevate the look of the room without breaking the client’s budget. Whether a suite of fixtures or a single item, it’s an added-value investment.
Starck 1 Washbasin
This modern washbasin features a unique faucet hole that is nearly impossible to machine fabricate. The faucet surround of the sink is hand-sanded to create an entirely flat surface on the top and sides of the hole, resulting in a unique appearance.
The American Institute of Architects has announced the keynote speaker of its 2015 national convention. William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States. The theme of this year’s convention is Impact… Stop chuckling. No? You won’t? Well, fine then. Your mind can stay in the gutter with its silly cigar references about Cuban missile crises and not inhaling.
Washington, D.C.–based David M. Schwarz has been named the 2015 Richard H. Driehaus laureate. The prize, which is administered by the University of Notre Dame, will be presented on March 21 in Chicago, and is given “to honor lifelong contributions to traditional, classical and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world.” It comes with a $200,000 purse.
From food storage and prep to cooking and cleanup, a kitchen’s function—if not its form—is determined to a large extent by the quality of its equipment. Here are some new and notable products to specify for the serious cook.
Ye is one of the first range hoods to be sheathed in Cristalplant, a polymer material that allows the creation of soft, fluid lines. The directional, double-suction vent is operated by remote control. LED spotlights illuminate the cooking surface. Designed by Fabrizio Crisà.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the 2015 recipients of its Institute Honor Awards, which it describes as “the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design.” This year’s 23 recipients were selected from out of about 500 submissions and will be honored at the AIA’s upcoming National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. Here are the winners in the interior architecture category.