June 17, 2019
Almost every city in America has a historic building awaiting a rebirth. Whether it’s a 300-year-old church, a 19th century warehouse, or even a 1950’s gas station, there is potential for great new spaces in your community. Every year AIA’s Committee on the Environment recognizes ten innovative projects that integrate design excellence with environmental performance. Beyond rigorous sustainability and ecological criteria, special attention to community and wellness factors is critical for selected projects. This year’s COTE Top Ten featured more adaptive reuse projects than ever before, signifying that the social and health value of these properties is on the rise.
June 3, 2019
Choosing a single partner to curve and finish your architectural aluminum products provides you with an efficient process and a high-quality result. At Linetec, you can select from paint and anodize finishing options, as well as thermal improvement, in combination with our stretch forming services. Not only does this allow you to enjoy a single point of contact, it saves time and costs, and ensures a full warranty on the finished, curved material.
May 31, 2019
People are choosing Reflector™ Enhancer Flooring Systems because they are a completely custom floor that add a unique design element to your space. These specialty floors will be sure to catch someone’s attention. With or without a high-gloss finish, these floors create a feel of movement that mimics water because they are seamless and fluid-applied in place.
May 24, 2019
Once overshadowed by high costs and low aesthetics, residential solar energy applications are now brightening the landscape, thanks to technological advances and financial incentives. From IKEA to Tesla, it seems like everyone is getting into the solar game. But is it better to invest in a solar roof, add panels to your existing roof, or replace your roof in tandem with a solar installation? Do you want to make the solar system a seamless addition to your home or bring it front and center to showcase your commitment to a sustainable future? Successfully integrating solar into a house calls for considerable knowledge and design skills. Consulting with an architect will make your decisions much easier.
May 17, 2019
Custom image perforation capability from Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions offers unique visual and acoustical performance.
April 29, 2019
Alternative infill solutions are growing in popularity as architects, builders and homeowners look for creative ways to personalize and differentiate spaces. Beyond being functional, infill can add an element of style that ties together the outdoor living space and the home’s design aesthetic. Here are a variety of railing infill options that deliver style, function and safety.
Offering the freedom to install seamless ALR screens up to 16 feet in height, Parallax Stratos is a Contrast Based ALR surface that rejects up to 80 percent of ambient light
March 27, 2019
The new Parallax® Stratos 1.0 delivers a high value solution for rejecting ambient light in large scale projection. Offering the freedom to install seamless ALR screens up to 16 feet in height, Parallax Stratos is available in a wide array of core Da-Lite® tensioned electric and fixed frame options. This Contrast Based ALR surface rejects up to 80% of ambient light with 1.0 gain for standard throw projectors (1.0:1 or greater).
March 25, 2019
The creative use of metal has become a modern design and construction trend. In addition to advantages such as recyclability and versatility, the aesthetic created by incorporating metal is a big reason for the increased use. Here are four ways Draper helps you incorporate the metallic look into a building, while also dealing with glare and solar heat gain as part of an overall daylighting strategy:
March 22, 2019
StoVentec Glass is a ventilated rainscreen cladding system consisting of a glass faced composite panel, thermal insulation and sub-construction. It is available in many panel sizes and different surface colors and finishes, offering great aesthetic potential for façade designs on new-build or refurbished buildings.
March 20, 2019
The sleek, streamlined cables work with a variety of architectural styles and can be used in both outdoor and indoor settings, including harsh environments. Perfect for public settings!
March 18, 2019
Architects are working to create spaces where all members of a community can thrive. Learn more:
February 21, 2019
Here’s a quick look at the key architectural trends forecasted for 2019. According to Build, advanced technologies and materials will continue to impact the way we design and build. We already know that augmented and virtual reality, AI and drone devices, as well as 3-D printing and other technologies, are altering construction practices — as is the trend for off-site, prefab construction.
February 6, 2019
Many prospective homeowners remain uncertain as to how an architect can influence and benefit a residential design project. The following are six distinct and valuable services your architect will typically provide.
January 21, 2019
In this article, we dish out to you 7 steps to create a contemporary bathroom design which is not only stylish but also easy to clean!
January 9, 2019
This colorful educational facility was designed from the ground up to provide a fresh start for an entire school district in Pennsylvania.
January 7, 2019
In the past, homeowner advice focused more on resale value than livability. Families looked for ways to sell their “for now” homes in the shortest amount of time for the most amount of money. The growing desire to age in place, however, means families are trading in their somewhat nomadic lifestyles and searching for a long-term living space. With that in mind, it's time to rethink and rearrange our houses so that they function as facilitators for spending quality time with family and friends.
December 31, 2018
Now, get the look of timeless drywall ceilings in a suspended ceiling system. Pre-cut ceiling panels are designed to seamlessly integrate with trimless downlights.
December 4, 2018
During the holiday season, places of worship often take on a more central role in people's lives and become important social centers, gathering places, and community hubs. With that in mind, we thought we would re-examine some daylighting options for these spaces and their unique design challenges.
November 14, 2018
Maglin Site Furniture’s new Pixel Collection is the perfect solution with its innovative and highly customizable line of modular site furnishings. Inspired by the concept of a pixel and how its square shape allows for near-limitless possibilities in placement and design, the Pixel Collection comprises an interchangeable series of blocks and tops that can be used to create everything from large-scale platform seating to lounge chairs, garden planters, tables, and more. Wired and wireless charging stations can be integrated into the design to support mobile devices. Whether used as an alternate work area or a place for a quick break, Pixel can offer the feeling of privacy through a strategically-placed planter, opposite oriented seating, or incorporating a standing tower into the configuration.
November 12, 2018
Increasingly popular coworking spaces foster productivity and collaboration for businesses and entrepreneurs. STIR® got the scoop from designers on what makes these spaces special and how to apply color strategies from them to any project.
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