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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

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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R&D: Maximal Living in a Micro-Apartment

From the bright minds at MIT Media Lab comes the Star Trek-worthy CityHome. Designed to make studio apartments as functional as — and perhaps way cooler than — larger apartments, the product’s RoboWall, writes Fast Company, is a mechanical box about the size of a closet...
Posted On 02 Jun 2014
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The Future of Solar Energy Is Transparent

Despite the fact that solar power is one of the cleanest forms of alternative energy available, it represents only about 1 percent of the nation’s electricity generation and is still rife with problems. Photovoltaic (solar) panels — a common green fixture on buildings, for...

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...

Design Tools for the Nondesigner

Thanks to mass customization, anyone can try their hand at design these days. Consumers can choose which colors, patterns, and styles they prefer for products by using software-based configurators to “design,” or rather customize, everything from footwear to automobiles — and...

Bluebeam Case Study: Shalom Baranes Associates/CityCenter DC

See how Shalom Baranes Associates is using Bluebeam Revu to keep the punch process running smoothly on the massive CityCenter project in the heart of Washington, D.C.
Posted On 14 Apr 2014