Product> Six Brilliant Designs for Exterior Lights

Spec Sheet  
LEAD-Bega-Light-Cube-high-res

(Courtesy Bega)

Whether it’s adding architectural definition to buildings or landscapes, providing ambient illumination, or as a way-finding tool, these luminaires bring an after-dark shine to design.

Bollard 7786LED
Bega

These robust bollards provide glare-free widespread symmetrical illumination while acting as a piece of urban furniture. The construction is robust enough for people to sit or stand on. These luminaires are ideal for schools, parks and other public areas. With two-piece die-cast aluminum construction, consisting of a lower post and a top casting and a spun aluminum lamp housing, with hand-blown fresnel crystal glass screw-neck diffuser located inside the lower post. U.L. listed, suitable for wet locations. With LED lamping, it is available in 3000K and 4000K.

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Product> Brilliant Concepts: Six Light Fixtures that Do More than Illuminate

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LEAD-Luceplan-Petale-Suspension-Light

(Courtesy Luceplan)

Merging practicality—ingenuity, even—with aesthetics can yield impressive results. These light fixtures and accessories go beyond the basic function of illuminating a space in some very surprising ways.

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The Farm of the Future: Vertical Greenhouse in Remote Wyoming to Help Guard Against Food Shortages

(Courtesy Vertical Harvest)

(Courtesy Vertical Harvest)

High-yield, vertical greenhouses could be a godsend for outlying regions afflicted with harsh climates, where food supply chains are weather-vulnerable. In Jackson, Wyoming, where approximately 400 inches of snow falls per year in a valley hedged by mountains, much of the city’s produce is trucked in from afar.

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These urban design projects top the AIANY’s 2015 Design Awards

(Courtesy Hy-Fi via AIANY)

(Courtesy Hy-Fi via AIANY)

A jury of architects, landscape architects, critics, educators, and planners has named the 35 winning projects of this year’s AIA New York Chapter Design Awards. “Each winning project, granted either an ‘Honor’ or ‘Merit’ award, was chosen for its design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique,” the AIA said in a statement. “Submitted projects had to be completed by members of the AIA New York Chapter, architects/designers practicing in New York, or be New York projects designed by architects/designers based elsewhere.” Take a look at the winning teams in the projects and urban design categories below.

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Here are the AIA New York’s 2015 Design Award Winners in architecture

Architecture, Awards, National
Thursday, March 12, 2015
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(Courtesy REX via AIA NY)

(Courtesy REX via AIA NY)

A jury of architects, landscape architects, critics, educators, and planners has named the 35 winning projects of this year’s AIA New York Chapter Design Awards. “Each winning project, granted either an ‘Honor’ or ‘Merit’ award, was chosen for its design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique,” AIANY said in a statement. “Submitted projects had to be completed by members of the AIA New York Chapter, architects/designers practicing in New York, or be New York projects designed by architects/designers based elsewhere.” Take a look at the winning teams in the architecture category below.

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Product> Star Lights: Six Shining Luminaires

Lighting, National, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
LEAD-STRING-LIGHTS_design-MICHAEL-ANASTASSIADES3

(Courtesy Flos)

While a well-designed light fixture never overshadows its function, there’s always a case to be made for pieces that break new ground. Anything but conventional, these dramatic luminaires form a compelling physical counterpoint to the ethereal quality of light they emit.

String Lights
Flos

Suspended overhead, the cord adjusts to play with interior space, while conical or spherical luminaires mark points in the air. LED lamps. Designed by Michael Anastassiades.

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Top online reads from the pages of AN’s print edition

Architecture, National, News
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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(VINCENT LAFORET/FINEST.LAFORETVISUALS.COM)

(VINCENT LAFORET/FINEST.LAFORETVISUALS.COM)

February’s top news stories covered a variety of topics from resiliency to city data to what an architect needs to know. Take a look at the top five stories as voted by our readers’ clicks that kept you coming back last month.

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Here’s your first look at all 17 teams competing in the 2015 Solar Decathlon

(Courtesy Yale University)

(Courtesy Yale University)

The United States Department of Energy has named the 10 teams that will compete in the 2015 Solar Decathlon. The biennial program was launched in 2002 and “challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.” The teams are then judged on affordability, consumer ability, and overall design excellence. The Decathlon will be held October 8–18 in Irvine, California, but you can preview all of the teams’ work right now.

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This 400-foot-high hammock in the Moab Desert is a mid-air playground for climbers in Utah

City Terrain, National
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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(Courtesy Slackline Media)

(Courtesy Slackline Media)

A hammock suspended 400 feet above ground in Utah’s Moab Desert has become an aerial playground for the professional base jumpers and highliners who flock to the canyons every year.

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Product> Best Practitioners: Six Designers Share Their Go-To Products

Spec Sheet  
LEAD-bohn-pure_lighting_verge_door-copy

(Courtesy Pure Lighting)

Trust is earned. To be ensconced in the files of a design firm, products must pass professional muster on many fronts: performance, aesthetics, and value, prime among them. From high-tech building materials to hand-crafted finishes, architects and designers share their favorite resources with AN.

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LEGO Architecture honors the Great Emancipator with a miniature of the Lincoln Memorial

(Courtesy LEGO)

(Courtesy LEGO)

A miniature LEGO model of the Lincoln Memorial has just launched under the LEGO Architecture brand, a “Lego for grownups” product line that celebrates architecture and the chameleon capabilities of the LEGO brick.

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Product> Facing the Wall: 6 Wild Wallcoverings

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
LEAD-flavorpaper_Featherlight---Pearl-Blue

(Courtesy Flavor Paper)

Wallcoverings have come a long way since the days of fuzzy, flocked papers in garish colors. Today, the erstwhile decorative product offers added value in the form of LEED credits, antimicrobial coatings, and even light-transmitting properties. Read on to see what’s on our radar.

Featherlight
Flavor Paper

Designed by Karen Hsu of Omnivore and Keryn Dizon, this pattern has a 27 ½-inch repeat; 27-inch-wide rolls are 15 feet long. The delicate photographic image comes in four standard colorways, with custom colors available; on clay-coat paper or silver mylar.

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