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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Making an Architectural Model the Old Fashioned Way

  These days, architects use all sorts of computer tools to make architectural models.  Laser cutters, 3D printers, etc.  So it’s nice to see a model built the old fashioned way: by hand with just an Exacto knife, cardboard and glue.  A model like the Trinity Tower...
Posted On 08 Nov 2014
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Time Lapse Video of the Barclays Center Under Construction

At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, SHoP Architects went all the way to Washington state to consult with Dissimilar Metal Design on its weathered steel façade. With over 30 years of experience within the science and art of natural weatherization, they were the best choice to help...
Posted On 30 Oct 2014
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A Japanese High-Rise That Cools the Air Around It

BioSkin, a building façade technology developed by Nikken Sekkei and initially used on Tokyo’s NBF Osaki high-rise, has received an innovation award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. What’s special about BioSkin? We’ll let the CTBUH explain...
Posted On 11 Jul 2014
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Tunneling Beneath the Nation’s Capital

The Washington, D.C. subway system — designed by architect Harry Weese and the recipient of the 2014 AIA Twenty-five Year Award — is a well-loved public transit system. How did the tunnel’s that connect the Metro’s celebrated concrete-vault station get built? Watch...
Posted On 20 Jun 2014
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Big Ideas in Architectural Design

Although calling them “trends” stretches the meaning of the word, ArchDaily’s recent roundup of “14 Architectural Trends That Will Define The Next Decade” does contain some fascinating ideas, including rotating skyscrapers and “invisible”...
Posted On 10 Jun 2014
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Homebuilt: Low-Cost Dwellings, Some Assembly Required

You’ve probably read about Sears housing: In the early 20th century, the company offered mail-order homes that people could construct themselves, with little specialized knowledge. Boston designer Dennis Michaud believes it’s an idea whose time has come again — and...
Posted On 05 Jun 2014
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Exhibit: Designing for Disaster, National Building Museum

April 2014 represented the largest tornado outbreak in U.S. history, with a record-breaking 190 of them touching down within a 24-hour period on April 27, according to Weather Underground. Further, natural disasters were reported to have caused $192 billion in damage worldwide —...

Life-size Blueprints for Better Construction

By now you’ve likely heard of the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. It’s a cool product that’s helpful to busy homeowners, but can the technology be leveraged to assist busy construction professionals? It may not be long before job sites also include the Archibot. This...

Architecture Afterlife: Design for Disassembly

How long should a building last? The short answer may be: the longer the better, as we touched on in a recent post. The long answer is a little more complicated when you consider the fact that the average exterior structure is designed to last anywhere from 30 to 300 years, while...