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Giving new life to historic buildings leads to happier, healthier cities

June 17, 2019

Giving new life to historic buildings leads to happier, healthier cities

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.

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9 FAQ’s about stretch forming services

June 3, 2019

9 FAQ’s about stretch forming services

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.

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Reflector™ Enhancer floors featuring gunmetal and titanium

May 31, 2019

Reflector™ Enhancer floors featuring gunmetal and titanium

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.

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What’s the best strategy for solar-hungry homeowners?

May 24, 2019

What’s the best strategy for solar-hungry homeowners?

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.

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New MetalWorks™ Create!™ Custom Perforations transform images onto metal panels

May 17, 2019

New MetalWorks™ Create!™ Custom Perforations transform images onto metal panels

Custom image perforation capability from Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions offers unique visual and acoustical performance.

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Transform ordinary spaces into stunning spaces with railing infill options

April 29, 2019

Transform ordinary spaces into stunning spaces with railing infill options

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.

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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

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

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).

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Incorporating the metallic look into your daylighting strategy

March 25, 2019

Incorporating the metallic look into your daylighting strategy

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:

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Glass: smooth, reflective, brilliant

March 22, 2019

Glass: smooth, reflective, brilliant

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.

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Taking it public with CableRail cable railing

March 20, 2019

Taking it public with CableRail cable railing

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!

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Inclusive communities need to be designed that way

March 18, 2019

Inclusive communities need to be designed that way

Architects are working to create spaces where all members of a community can thrive. Learn more:

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Architectural Trends for 2019

February 21, 2019

Architectural Trends for 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.

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Six services architects provide on residential projects

February 6, 2019

Six services architects provide on residential projects

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.

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7 Steps to Create a Contemporary Bathroom Which is Easy to Clean

January 21, 2019

7 Steps to Create a Contemporary Bathroom Which is Easy to Clean

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!

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Head of Its Class: An Award-Winning School Design

January 9, 2019

Head of Its Class: An Award-Winning School Design

This colorful educational facility was designed from the ground up to provide a fresh start for an entire school district in Pennsylvania.

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Five design concepts for a more livable home

January 7, 2019

Five design concepts for a more livable home

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.

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Lighting integration made easy: pre-cut panels for trimless downlights

December 31, 2018

Lighting integration made easy: pre-cut panels for trimless downlights

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.

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Design Spotlight: Places of Worship

December 4, 2018

Design Spotlight: Places of Worship

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.

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Working Inside Out

November 14, 2018

Working Inside Out

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.

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Color Strategies for a Successful Coworking Space

November 12, 2018

Color Strategies for a Successful Coworking Space

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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