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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Honda Smart Home Plans Now Available

Remember when we mentioned that Honda has dipped its toes in the world of residential architecture? The company has now made its Smart Home plans available to the public. Architect has the details. In an announcement on a company website dedicated to the project, Michael Koenig,...
Posted On 14 Jul 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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Furniture From Milk Bottles and Other Recycled Products

In their groundbreaking book, Cradle-to-Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, architect Bill McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart called for a new industrial revolution that challenges the notion of how we design, manufacture and consume products. They argue that we should...

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...

LEED: 3 Billion and Counting

As we touched on in a recent post, green design is big business that is permanently altering the way the buildings we live and work in are designed and built. What was a grassroots movement less than two decades ago has become a bona fide force in the world of architecture. Need...

The Art of the Fan

Blades swirling above. A breeze saunters through the room. Big Ass Fan is on. We’ll freely admit that we’re no experts in the Japanese art of haiku, but we do know a good product when we see one. And the Haiku ceiling fan from Big Ass Fans is a case study in refinement and...

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...

2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects

The AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in...
Posted On 23 Apr 2014

A New Model for Research Labs

Working in a research facility isn’t what it used to be — and as it turns out, that’s a very good thing. A new trend in the design of research facilities and laboratories has emerged that recognizes the intensely social nature of scientific research. The National Institute of...

Wright’s Taliesin West to Go “Net Zero”

Among the many things for which iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was known was an enthusiastic acceptance of the social and technological changes that emerged as a result of the Industrial Revolution. The late pioneer would no doubt support the groundbreaking effort...
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