Products> Six Cutting-Edge Kitchen Systems

Interiors, National, Other, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Poggenpohl)

Kitchen systems offer the best of both worlds: unlimited customization and efficient, modular-based installation. For multi-unit projects or single-family structures, open floor plans or enclosed rooms, these versatile cabinets are a designer’s dream.


The mitered vertical joints of the P’7350 are a striking visual departure from the horizontal lines of conventional kitchens. Designed by Porsche Design Studio.

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Product> Six Top Design and Materials Apps for Architects

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy HI-MACS)

Technology is supposed to make design a more streamlined, efficient process. But as anyone who’s ever squinted at a tools palette of inscrutable icons can attest, it too often deters the creative process. To the rescue comes a smart selection of task-specific, nimble apps and programs.

LG Hausys

Available for Apple and Android phones, this app’s clean design and linear sequencing makes it easy to explore. In just a few taps, users can find descriptions and specifications of the surfacing material—including water permeability, thermoformability, and heat resistance—as well as all the products and colors available.

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Products> High-Tech Hardware for Architects

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy FARO)

The right hardware can go a long way toward easing the design process. From analyzing infrastructure and documenting site conditions to monitoring construction and updating archives, there’s a tool for every task.

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Re-Defining Home: New competition wants designers to rethink home in an age of unaffordability

Monday, December 22, 2014
Ennead Architects' Schermerhorn House in Boerum Hill connects good affordable architecture and community amenities. (Ennead Architects)

Ennead Architects’ Schermerhorn House in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn merges well-designed supportive housing with community amenities. (David Sundberg/Esto )

Home Matters, a national movement dedicated to raising awareness about the need for affordable housing, has launched a competition called “Re-defining Home: A Design Challenge.” As the name suggests, the competition (partnered with AIA chapters around the country, and funded in part by the  Wells Fargo Housing Foundation) seeks to re-define the home of the future, with a focus on solutions for affordability and a new conception of home,  beyond “four walls.”

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Portland Building, once eyed for demolition, will be saved, Graves says

Architecture, National, News, Preservation
Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Portland Building (photo: Keith Daly/flickr)

The Portland Building (photo: Keith Daly/flickr)

[Editor’s Note: This post was written by Edward Gunts and James Russiello.]

The Portland Building, once considered for demolition, will be spared from the wrecking ball and renovated, according to its architect. Michael Graves, the building’s architect, said in late November that city officials have decided to renovate it for continued use as municipal offices and have asked him to serve on a committee that will coordinate the redesign effort. AN spoke to Graves at a symposium organized by the Architectural League of New York.

“It’s going to be saved,” Graves said. “They told me… They said they are saving the building and not only that but we want you to sit on a committee for the redesign.” Graves added that a time frame for the work has not been set but “I would imagine in the next year we’ll do something.” Dana Haynes, communications director for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, confirmed that the Portland Building is not under threat of demolition and will continue to house city employees. He said Portland’s annual capital budget process will begin in January and city officials likely will begin to look at what resources the city might have to address flaws with the building at that time. Haynes said he was not aware that Graves had been asked to serve on a commission to help oversee work on the building, but he said he thought that made sense.

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Presents with Presence: AN’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide sure to please all the designers on your list

National, Newsletter, Product
Thursday, December 18, 2014

(Courtesy J. Hill’s Standard)

For those in the A/E/C practices, there is little doubt about the greatest gift of all: time. While AN can’t source that elusive asset for you, we have assembled a collection of material goods that are designed to make life a little more elegant, efficient, and even fun. Happy holidays to all!

Elements Collection
J. Hill’s Standard

A fresh take on Irish cut crystal, this barware is marked by cuts and textures of varying depth, creating a graphic language. Designed by Scholten & Baijings.

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Product> My Tech: Insightful Apps for Engineers and Architects

National, Product, Spec Sheet, Technology
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Penetron)

So much to know, and so little time…. Here’s a pocketful of design and construction apps that will put you in control of the facts on concrete calcs and lighting schemes to entry systems and steel data.

Penetron App

For Android and iOS mobile devices, this app offers numerous advantages for on-site work. It features instant access to product data sheets (for application instructions) and a solutions guide for a vast number of technical issues. Additional functions include a product overview, a technology summary, a QR scanner for Penetron codes, and a calculator to estimate product quantities needed for a job.

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Product> Yikes, Stripes: Nike’s new shoes dazzle with a surprising inspiration

Design, National, Product
Monday, December 15, 2014

(Courtesy Nike)

Sneaker and/or design aficionados take note: Nike released a new high-top model, called ‘Dazzle,’ on December 13, with snowboarding footwear to follow.

While the shoes will definitely stand out in a crowd, that was not the original purpose of the Dazzle graphic. Developed by designers to foil World War I naval surveillance systems, the patterns were meant to confuse, not camouflage.

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Eavesdrop> The AIA “looks up”

Some of Safdie's work seen in the "I Look Up" film. (Screengrab from AIA)

Some of Safdie’s work seen in the “I Look Up” film. (Screengrab from AIA)

Today, December 12th, the architectural world changed forever. Is that an overstatement? Entirely, but the AIA did launch a new social media campaign that it’s really excited about. It’s called “Look Up” and the AIA said it marks the next phase of its “multi-year repositioning initiative” to increase the public’s awareness about the importance of design.

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New Buildings Institute catalogues the nation’s net-zero buildings

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation's headquarters in Los Altos, California is a relatively rare example of certified net-zero built work in the U.S. Completed in 2012, the building features a sophisticated cooling system, natural ventilation, and is certified LEED Platinum. (Jeremy Bittermann via Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis)

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s headquarters in Los Altos, California is a relatively rare example of certified net-zero built work in the U.S. Completed in 2012, the building features a sophisticated cooling system, natural ventilation, and is certified LEED Platinum. (Jeremy Bittermann via Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis)

The Vancouver-based New Buildings Institute (NBI) tracks energy efficient built work, and their 2014 update, “Getting to Zero”, provides a snapshot of the emerging U.S. market for net-zero buildings—those are structures that use no more energy than they can gather on site.

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Product> Data for Designers: Six Amazing Apps

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Autodesk)

Communicating information—both the visual and verbal varieties—in an accurate, timely fashion comprises the heart of any construction project. There are myriad programs and apps on the market that offer to streamline design problems, decision making, and materials selection. Here are some new tech tools that we think really make a difference.

Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit

Overcoming the barriers of corporate firewalls and physical location, A360 Collaboration for Revit enables true centralized access to Revit models by team members in all disciplines from multiple firms or sites. It also replaces work-arounds for sharing models such as use of FTP sites, sharing software, or inefficient use of email with PDF attachments. As a cloud-based service, the software does not require costly or complex IT setup and maintenance.

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Amid Upheaval at The New Republic Architecture Critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen Departs

Media, National, Shft+Alt+Del
Friday, December 5, 2014
Sarah Williams Goldhagen.

Sarah Williams Goldhagen.

Just after celebrating its 100th anniversary, the owner of The New Republic, the esteemed magazine of policy and criticism, announced new editors and a new editorial direction. Existing staffers and contributors resigned en masse following a dramatic meeting with owner Chris Hughes and new leadership. Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer resigned alongside 30 year veteran literary editor Leon Wieseltier, who led the magazine’s cultural coverage. The magazine’s longtime architecture critic, Sarah Williams Goldhagen, is also parting ways with the magazine.

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