Archinect - News 2016-10-01T09:54:07-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149967497/gkd-metal-mesh-plays-disappearing-act-on-interior-office-building GKD Metal Mesh Plays Disappearing Act On Interior Office Building Sponsor 2016-09-26T08:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:38:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ch/ch9cgjayi2tm1mxo.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/yl/yl0ptky6yzn93g5f.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD Metal Fabrics</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>White <a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/metalfabrics/omega_1510.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD metal fabric</a> plays a disappearing act on the interior of a commercial office building in Toronto, Canada. With sharp geometric lines and vibrant white walls set against concrete floors and metal railings, a few red bucket chairs starkly break up the monotone design. The overall aesthetic creates a futuristic lobby worthy of the busy, interconnected corporate office that caters to premium retail spaces below 14 floors of office space. GKD Omega 1510 was used to create partitions on the second level, hiding walkways and blending into the design allowing the metal fabric to become indistinguishable from the solid white walls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ce/ce890y54uavu537q.jpg"></p><p>It&rsquo;s a brand new feature for GKD in North America for metal wire to arrive from Germany already treated with a white powder coating. The coated wire mesh was handled with extreme caution to avoid scratching the white surface. What GKD representatives expected to be a delicate process turned out to be stand...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963814/multi-layered-cube-like-fa-ade-achieves-diversity-in-residential-high-rise-design-with-fire-rated-aluminum-composite-material Multi-layered cube-like façade achieves diversity in residential high-rise design with fire-rated aluminum composite material Sponsor 2016-09-18T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:28:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gm/gm0n2wr58pdszz7r.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=September2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/un/une1gycg8tboij7b.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=September2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>A big compliment to architects is hearing that one of their building designs has become a recognizable landmark. That&rsquo;s the case for architects at the Los Angeles office of <a href="http://arquitectonica.com/architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Arquitectonica</strong></a> International Corp. who designed the Olume residential building in San Francisco&rsquo;s Mission District with a unique multi-layered cube-like metal fa&ccedil;ade featuring a total of five custom earth-toned colors of <a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/products/?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=September2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Alucobond&reg; Plus</strong></a> aluminum composite material (ACM).</p><p>The 12-story 138,512-square- foot Olume multifamily residential community opened in March 2016 with owner Monogram Residential Trust, Inc., of Plano, Texas, offering 121 luxury rental units &ndash; including studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments &ndash; as well as two levels of subterranean parking. Monogram Residential Trust partnered with Martin Building Co., of San Francisco, to develop the boutique-style community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gn/gn1cjrk1z5bhkwua.jpg"></p><p>Arquitectonica was brought in to re-design the fa&ccedil;ade of the building after the project&rsquo;s en...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963858/scientists-develop-a-flexible-concrete-that-is-stronger-than-traditional-mixtures Scientists develop a flexible concrete that is stronger than traditional mixtures Nicholas Korody 2016-08-17T19:09:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T19:23:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o5/o5mo6yvjwxyn2sgx.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have invented a new type of concrete that is flexible yet stronger than traditional concrete. Named ConFlexPave, the concrete "allows the creation of slim precast pavement slabs for quick installation, thus halving the time needed for road works and new pavements," according to the <a href="http://media.ntu.edu.sg/NewsReleases/Pages/newsdetail.aspx?news=ae52df54-ad8b-4a26-b57c-edda67be8cf0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a>.</p><p>According to the inventors, the new concrete will cut down on on-site work and construction time, as well as reduce inconveniences caused by road maintenance. Precast ConFlexPave slabs are much thinner and lighter than traditional concrete slabs, so they can be more easily installed.</p><p>The new concrete uses polymer microfibre which allows the material to bend under pressure and improves skid resistance. According to the lead researcher, Assistant Professor Yang En-Hua, the "key breakthrough" was understanding "how the components of the materials interact with one another mechanically on a microscopic level."</p><p>&ldquo;The hard materials give a ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959978/arup-team-v-to-build-world-s-tallest-timber-residential-building-in-amsterdam Arup, TEAM V to build world's tallest timber residential building in Amsterdam Nicholas Korody 2016-07-26T14:50:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T01:03:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i6/i6qh2jrg66e9seuq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Arup announced on July 25 that they would partner with TEAM V Architecture, Lingotto, Nicole Maarsen, and Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij in the construction of a 73-meter-high residential tower. With 14,500 square meters of floor space in total, the tower, named HAUT, will house 55 apartments and an underground parking lot. Upon completion, HAUT will be the tallest timber tower in the world.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8m/8mhxn8u9bf395zb1.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Building in wood is one of the most talked about innovations in sustainable construction internationally, due to the large storage capacity of CO2,&rdquo; Arup said. &ldquo;Using wood provides an answer to the Municipality of Amsterdam&rsquo;s quest for CO2 neutrality.&rdquo;</p><p>Arup expects HAUT to store some three million kilograms of CO2. Equipped with photovoltaic panels, the build will produce its own energy. A rooftop wetland will filter waste water.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/th/th6j6idrdknuqysa.jpg"></p><p>"The municipality of Amsterdam selected this team for their vision of the city of the future in which nature and architecture are balanced," stated Arup. "HAUT also sta...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959843/turning-plastic-trash-into-lego-like-building-materials Turning plastic trash into "LEGO"-like building materials Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-25T20:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T00:59:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/230ad98c3665373dedb0b1f7b04be878.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [plastic] materials are thoroughly cleaned, before being ground into a rough power, mixed, melted and extruded into a range of shapes &ndash; mostly beams, blocks and pillars &ndash; which lock together to form buildings. Importantly, [Conceptos Pl&aacute;sticos] also trains communities in how to build these structures, giving them ownership over their homes [...] Like LEGO blocks, these interlocking structures don&rsquo;t need adhesive to be strong and sturdy, which makes them a good option for mobile shelters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Rotterdam considers paving its roads with recycled plastic " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131579411/rotterdam-considers-paving-its-roads-with-recycled-plastic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rotterdam considers paving its roads with recycled plastic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: This house made of trash teaches a lesson in green housekeeping</a></li><li><a title="Taiwan tests recycling's limits with bus stops out of bottles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68576882/taiwan-tests-recycling-s-limits-with-bus-stops-out-of-bottles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan tests recycling's limits with bus stops out of bottles</a></li><li><a title="Raumlabor&rsquo;s &lsquo;Big Crunch&rsquo; is an Incredible Building Made from Discarded Materials" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11626444/raumlabor-s-big-crunch-is-an-incredible-building-made-from-discarded-materials" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Raumlabor&rsquo;s &lsquo;Big Crunch&rsquo; is an Incredible Building Made from Discarded Materials</a></li><li><a title="747 Recycled Airplane Wing House Completed in Malibu" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/10131653/747-recycled-airplane-wing-house-completed-in-malibu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">747 Recycled Airplane Wing House Completed in Malibu</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954589/future-sustainable-cities-will-be-built-with-bone Future sustainable cities will be built with... bone? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-28T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T14:49:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sf7wjogaymffjd8g.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In bone, the proportions of protein and mineral are roughly equal &ndash; the mineral gives bone stiffness and hardness, while the protein gives it toughness or resistance to fracture. While bones can break, it is relatively rare, and they have the benefit of being self-healing [...] &ldquo;All of our existing building standards have been designed with concrete and steel in mind. Constructing buildings out of entirely new materials would mean completely rethinking the whole industry."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bioengineer Dr. Michelle Oyen of <a href="http://archinect.com/cambridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cambridge</a>&rsquo;s Department of Engineering and her lab are working on ways to build artificial compounds that mimic bone and eggshell. Eventually, once scaled up, the compounds could be used as building materials.</p><p>When the mineral compounds are "templated" onto the naturally occurring animal protein of collagen, Oyen believes that the two materials could make a "lattice-type structure," stronger than the bone itself. Because this combination takes far less energy to produce than say steel or concrete, it could be used as a more energy efficient building material.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The scientists trying to harness the power of waves" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936413/the-scientists-trying-to-harness-the-power-of-waves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The scientists trying to harness the power of waves</a></li><li><a title="US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="Making bricks from cigarette butts could drastically reduce environmental cost" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947979/making-bricks-from-cigarette-butts-could-drastically-reduce-environmental-cost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Making bricks from cigarette butts could drastically reduce environmental cost</a></li><li><a title="A cardboard and carbon-emission economy: the long-term effects of our desire for instant gratification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148273321/a-cardboard-and-carbon-emission-economy-the-long-term-effects-of-our-desire-for-instant-gratification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A cardboard and carbon-emission economy: the long-term effects of our desire for instant gratification</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149943942/matters-of-scale-with-bill-zahner-head-of-the-engineering-design-consultancy-behind-the-petersen-automotive-museum-s-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Matters of Scale' with Bill Zahner, head of the engineerin...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950549/a-video-tour-of-shigeru-ban-s-aspen-art-museum A video tour of Shigeru Ban's Aspen Art Museum Julia Ingalls 2016-06-09T14:15:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T01:44:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zcjkduvzgqw7vlz.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this video that blends time lapse and slow-motion techniques to fully showcase the visual splendor of the building, director Heidi Zuckerman of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108031809/is-shigeru-ban-goodwashing-in-aspen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Aspen Art Museum</a> speaks about how the "modesty" of Shigeru Ban's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144573671/shigeru-ban-builds-earthquake-proof-homes-in-nepal-i-m-encouraging-people-to-copy-my-ideas-no-copyrights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">signature preferred materials</a> perfectly suited the Colorado-based institution, while Shigeru Ban explains, among other things, how he carefully designed the visitor entrance to feature a mountain view.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xj/xj2ukjuryq2f7t7a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z3/z3acbrbni7poeaey.jpg"></p><p>Here's the full video (with requisite plinky yet inspirational soundtrack):</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941625/alucobond-plus-meets-the-higher-requirements-of-fire-regulations-in-architecture Alucobond® PLUS Meets The Higher Requirements Of Fire Regulations In Architecture Sponsor 2016-05-11T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-11T12:34:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/undzepmikgyo7qd9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=archinectMay2016&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=plus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong><br>&nbsp;<p><a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=archinectMay2016&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=plus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a> aluminum composite material (ACM) has been used for exterior cladding products in the North American building construction market for over forty years. Throughout these years, we have continued to be on the forefront of all fire and building code developments.</p><p>Not all Aluminum Composite Materials (ACM) are created equal. Making the correct choice can be a complex process. At Alucobond&reg;, it is critical that the ACM is tested, third-party inspected on a regular basis, and labeled as required by the building code in order to meet the necessary and expected fire performance critical for evacuation and life safety in high-rise structures.</p><p>When an architect, designer, or engineer indicates a project design basis as the International Building Code (IBC), the ACM is regulated within the code by the Metals Composite Materials Section 1407. This division has performance criteria that may require the use of a fire retardant core due to the pro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944145/editor-s-picks-445 Editor's Picks #445 Nam Henderson 2016-05-08T23:36:00-04:00 >2016-05-09T07:49:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gd/gddzh0zrgxr45zmx.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the begining of Apri,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published '<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?</a>'&nbsp;For&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/jmiller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeremy Miller</a>&nbsp;the&nbsp;takeway was "<em>am clearly paying my intern too much, that must be why I am not a successful famous Architect...But Seriously, &nbsp;I can sort of see an unpaid internship as a summer intern while still in school. But even then, I think they should make the minimum wage. However, Once you are out of school, a professional wage is appropriate.</em>"&nbsp;As he also noted "<em>t</em><em>his is likely a large factor in why we have so little minority representation in Architecture</em>". <strong>Midlander</strong> added "<em>Can you think of any other profession where working for the most-admired offices pays no more and maybe less? You certainly don't hear of top-5 law grads doing unpaid internships to get into big law, or accountants under reporting hours so they can get that charmed consultancy job&hellip;</em>"</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/alexis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexis Petrunia</a>&nbsp;featured the "<em>Double Stick</em>" residence, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938601/architectural-panel-tape-proves-its-strength-with-spf-architects-double-stick-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">by </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/78556/spf-a-studio-pali-fekete-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Pali Fekete architects</a>, which makes i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941275/the-proven-benefits-of-daylighting-on-employees-and-the-environment The Proven Benefits Of Daylighting On Employees And The Environment Sponsor 2016-04-25T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T01:07:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m0/m0zr30t2sjda6c42.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/applications/sunshade.html/?utm_source=ArchinectAPR252016&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=daylighting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD Metal Fabrics</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>There are many benefits produced as a byproduct of incorporating daylighting into an office building design. Access to daylight throughout the day improves employee well-being and overall health, even after leaving the office. Besides creating a pleasant working environment for employees, solar protection also plays a key part in supporting sustainable energy efficiency concepts.</p><p>It is important to incorporate a well-designed solar protection system, particularly for buildings with modern glass fa&ccedil;ades. Glass building fa&ccedil;ades are often seen as the ideal solution for energy-efficiency, but they are not the ultimate solution - on their own. Glass buildings result in interior overheating from direct sunlight, but there is a simple design solution available that can reduce solar overexposure throughout the day. Adding a material specifically designed for solar shading, like <a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/applications/sunshade.html/?utm_source=ArchinectAPR252016&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=daylighting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>GKD Metal Fabrics</strong></a>&rsquo; solar line of metal mesh, offers a way for emp...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941622/finnish-university-receives-grant-to-explore-industrial-applications-for-hemp Finnish University receives grant to explore industrial applications for hemp Nicholas Korody 2016-04-20T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:36:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pk/pkyhmuuq4s481p30.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Turku University of Applied Sciences has received a grant of 70,417 euros to see if hemp could be used more in construction projects. The research will involve investigating the soundproofing and fireproof properties of the substance. Researchers will also look at how hemp decomposes and to see how it could be used as fertilizer - in order to determine how eco-friendly hemp's waste materials are.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article is careful to note that hemp has far less THC than marijuana and is therefore not a psychoactive substance (<em>obviously</em>) &ndash; but the news still feels <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/420_(cannabis_culture)" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">topical</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Hemp has been used for centuries for ropes, oils and textiles. But marijuana criminalization efforts in the 20th centuries seriously hurt hemp's brand (among other things). Now that marijuana is beginning to become destigmatized, there's been a renewed interest in hemp and its many potential uses.</p><p>"Hemp-based concrete is already marketed with names like Hempcrete and Canosmose, and is made up of a mixture of hemp fibres, lime and other materials," the authors note. "The mixture is not as strong as conventional concrete however and is used in conjunction with extra framing support."</p><p>Here's some other 4/20-related articles from the archives:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91553/from-kfc-to-thc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From KFC to THC</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/16347/pot-clinics-grow-like-weed-in-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pot Clinics Grow Like Weed in SF</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/42789484/house-of-hemp-pushing-cannabis-as-a-construction-material" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House of hemp? Pushing cannabis as a construction material</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58690/when-in-rome-breathe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When in Rome, breathe.</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938504/how-alucobond-acm-continues-to-be-on-the-forefront-of-meeting-strict-fire-and-building-code-standards How Alucobond ACM Continues To Be On The Forefront Of Meeting Strict Fire And Building Code Standards Sponsor 2016-04-18T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T05:32:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yf/yfbymrr4l34qgxru.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=archinectApril2016&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=plus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong><br>&nbsp;<p><a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=archinectApril2016&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=plus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a> aluminum composite material (ACM) has been used for exterior cladding products in the North American building construction market for over forty years. Throughout these years, we have continued to be on the forefront of all fire and building code developments.</p><p>Not all Aluminum Composite Materials (ACM) are created equal. Making the correct choice can be a complex process. At Alucobond&reg;, it is critical that the ACM is tested, third-party inspected on a regular basis, and labeled as required by the building code in order to meet the necessary and expected fire performance critical for evacuation and life safety in high-rise structures.</p><p>When an architect, designer, or engineer indicates a project design basis as the International Building Code (IBC), the ACM is regulated within the code by the Metals Composite Materials Section 1407. This division has performance criteria that may require the use of a fire retardant core due to the pro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149939854/a-tall-order-wooden-skyscraper-could-become-britain-s-second-tallest-building A tall order? Wooden skyscraper could become Britain's second tallest building Ellen Hancock 2016-04-12T10:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T01:16:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jq/jq9t9zk3q4u9waj5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Plans for London&rsquo;s first timber skyscraper were presented to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson this week with researchers saying natural materials were &ldquo;vastly underused&rdquo;. The design is for an 80-storey, 300m-high wooden building integrated into the Barbican complex. The tower would create 1,000 new residences. Architects&rsquo; Journal described the concept scheme as &ldquo;toothpick-like&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read relating articles on Archinect here:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937328/a-guide-to-london-mayoral-candidates-and-their-housing-policies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A guide to London mayoral candidates and their housing policies</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148811257/is-london-experiencing-a-brick-boom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is London experiencing a brick boom?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142973838/design-revealed-for-1-undershaft-london-s-tallest-skyscraper-by-the-thinking-developer-s-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design revealed for 1 Undershaft, London's tallest skyscraper by the "thinking developer&rsquo;s architect"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148811257/is-london-experiencing-a-brick-boom Is London experiencing a brick boom? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-23T13:32:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:02:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de681f4a1442f74e0a27bbcbef59d42a.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The streets of London are slowly being infilled by brick-faced buildings characterised by flat, austere fa&ccedil;ades and a certain self-effacement that seems to bow to its predecessors, even though its scale is often a huge step up. London might be acquiring a new vernacular. [...] [Brick] is back in a big way. Manufacturers are running out of stock and there is a critical shortage of skilled bricklayers, leading to construction delays.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the elusive London style:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/148738958/working-warrior-an-interview-with-katy-marks-of-citizens-design-bureau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working Warrior: an interview with Katy Marks of Citizens Design Bureau</a></li><li><a title='Honoring the "Maverick" British architects' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146654404/honoring-the-maverick-british-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Honoring the "Maverick" British architects</a></li><li><a title="Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a title="The (state-facilitated) death of the council house" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145216392/the-state-facilitated-death-of-the-council-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The (state-facilitated) death of the council house</a></li><li><a title="Amid London's austerity measures, &quot;defensive design&quot; becomes even more hostile" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144961813/amid-london-s-austerity-measures-defensive-design-becomes-even-more-hostile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145205940/how-to-turn-martian-soil-into-concrete How to turn Martian soil into concrete Julia Ingalls 2016-01-07T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:47:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfgvvex121bch8e8.jpg" width="514" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thanks to the work of Lin Wan and pals at Northwestern University...these guys have worked out how to make Martian concrete using materials that are widely available on Mars. And, crucially, this concrete can be formed without using water, which will be a precious resource on the red planet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more of Archinect's coverage of extra-terrestrial architectural news, check out:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138962693/nasa-launches-competition-for-structures-built-in-situ-using-martian-resources" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA launches competition for structures built in situ using Martian resources</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6a/6afzxrz1d2rzp9n1.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138591099/the-mars-ice-house-envisions-the-day-earthlings-can-live-with-ease-atop-the-martian-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mars Ice House envisions the day Earthlings can live with ease atop the Martian surface</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/05/05ujesycuovh9c6d.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132492446/esa-proposes-a-village-on-the-moon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ESA proposes a village on the moon</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6c/6cckppdehubt1mgr.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142374159/call-for-projects-sign-up-now-for-the-2016-ceramics-of-italy-tile-competition Call for Projects: Sign up now for the 2016 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition! Sponsor 2015-12-01T17:47:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T17:50:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zf/zftgx0u9e66i4sp8.jpg" width="514" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Taking place annually for the last 22 years, the <a href="http://tilecompetition.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition</a> is back for 2016! Architects and designers worldwide are invited to submit their projects that utilize Italian ceramic tiles in an aesthetically beautiful, original, and functional way.&nbsp; Do you already have a ceramic tile project you've been eager to showcase? This competition could be your chance! The submission deadline is January 15, 2016.</p><p>To qualify for the competition, projects must be designed by North American-based architects and designers, completed in the past five years (January 2011 to January 2016), and feature a significant portion of Italian ceramic or porcelain tile.</p><p>Domestic and international projects, renovations and new buildings, and all scales and styles will be equally considered in three categories: residential, commercial and institutional. An international jury of design experts will select three winning projects and honorable mentions in each category.</p><p>Winners will be notified ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140826147/aleatory-architectures-the-bright-future-of-self-assembling-granular-materials Aleatory Architectures: the bright future of self-assembling granular materials Alexander Walter 2015-11-10T20:30:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:53:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eu/eufq5rapiob0e8gx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But some designers are toying with another idea&mdash;that there&rsquo;s a different way to build that exploits randomness rather than avoids it. This kind of building will rely on new kinds of granular materials that when tipped into place, bind together in ways that provide structural stability. [...] Sean Keller at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and Heinrich Jaeger at the University of Chicago explain how this kind of &ldquo;aleatory architecture&rdquo; is finally becoming possible.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>That will have a profound effect on the process of design. &ldquo;As a result, preplanning is freed from considering the local structural detail,&rdquo; say Keller and Jaeger. &ldquo;Instead, the main task now becomes generating the proper particle shapes as well as the overall boundary and processing conditions to guarantee that the desired target structure will be mechanically stable when realized.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138497945/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-rock-print-from-eth-z-rich-and-mit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Z&uuml;rich and MIT</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139876820/google-flux-healthy-building-network-and-thinkstep-launch-quartz-database-a-resource-for-comparing-building-material-sustainability Google, Flux, Healthy Building Network and thinkstep launch Quartz database: a resource for comparing building material sustainability Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-27T14:32:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T23:20:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/dfu2jfe8aywhu0hl.jpg" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Choosing building materials is a delicate balance of factors &ndash; looks, quality, price, environmental impact and sustainability all contribute to the success and overall value of the product. When data about building materials are illegible or biased, the construction process can become convoluted and compromise the final structure, straining the architect&rsquo;s role in the process.</p><p>Hoping to streamline and vet a resource for the overall health and utility of building materials, Google, <a href="https://www.healthybuilding.net/content/about-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Healthy Building Network</a> (HBN), <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/127320343/flux-factory-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flux</a>, and <a href="https://www.thinkstep.com/what-we-do" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thinkstep</a> have formed <a href="http://www.quartzproject.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Quartz database</a>: a place where AEC professionals as well as the general public can review a &ldquo;common dataset&rdquo; of building materials&rsquo; effects on both human and environmental health, ultimately to support a more sustainable built environment.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/36/36atvpaw1nstubip.png"></p><p>Born out of the year-old Quartz Project, which was (according to a Quartz press release)&nbsp;formed to &ldquo;promote the transparency of building product information&rdquo;, the Quartz database aims to create a new AEC i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138589478/gkd-leeding-the-way-in-sustainable-building-products GKD LEEDing The Way In Sustainable Building Products Sponsor 2015-10-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-14T14:33:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mf/mffbeciiaiqnjnrz.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD Metal Fabrics</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>In the ever-growing multitude of green building products available in today&rsquo;s market, one material that doesn&rsquo;t always come straight to mind is stainless steel. But this often overlooked material holds a wealth of sustainability benefits that grow tenfold when applied and bolstered by technology such as woven metal mesh. <a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD-USA</a> has harnessed the inherent sustainability characteristics of stainless steel, using the material as a medium for creating striking, LEED-worthy building exteriors.</p><p>Stainless steel by its very nature, offers sustainable characteristics. Depending on the manufacturer, stainless steel used in metal fabrics can contain as much as 35% post-industrial and 25% post-consumer recycled content. This recyclability directly correlates with minimizing waste. The process of recycling stainless steel involves no health hazardous materials. Additionally, stainless steel:</p><ul><li>does not require a surface coating that can deteriorate ...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/137437554/how-alucobond-aluminum-composite-materials-have-evolved-to-meet-strict-building-standards How Alucobond® Aluminum Composite Materials Have Evolved To Meet Strict Building Standards Sponsor 2015-10-05T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-05T12:41:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kv/kv5sfrxzokjcy1a3.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=archinectMarch&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=plus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong><br>&nbsp;<p>The national and international building codes have recently challenged the construction market with design-oriented goals of sustainability and energy efficiency. The increasing demand for high performance, energy-efficient buildings has led to the evolution of building enclosure designs that incorporate durability, longevity, and thermal and weather protection. Architects and building owners are now required to meet stringent energy codes which has resulted in a systems approach to designing the building envelope components. As a result, fire protection and life safety issues have significantly affected the development of the fire codes and has become integral with recent International Building Code (IBC) updates. A lot is now dependent on the correct usage of materials and systems, especially when it comes to the facade of a building and aluminum composite materials (ACM).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5c5142ols6yxuaw0.jpg"></p><p>Alucobond&reg; ACM can be provided with a choice between two types of c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133039152/bacteria-laden-concrete-helps-cracks-fix-themselves Bacteria-laden concrete helps cracks fix themselves Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-29T17:06:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T22:00:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a54666e9eba1ff46231eb4086ec008a8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inspired by the human body, Jonkers, who works at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, created self-healing concrete. He embeds the concrete with capsules of limestone-producing bacteria, either Bacillus pseudofirmus&nbsp;or&nbsp;Sporosarcina pasteurii, along with calcium lactate. When the concrete cracks, air and moisture trigger the bacteria to begin munching on the calcium lactate. They convert the calcium lactate to calcite, an ingredient in limestone, thus sealing off the cracks.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More concrete news:</p><ul><li><a title='Celebrating concrete architecture in a mini "block party"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131897122/celebrating-concrete-architecture-in-a-mini-block-party" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Celebrating concrete architecture in a mini "block party"</a></li><li><a title='Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130331695/getty-awards-over-1-75-million-to-fix-crappy-concrete-in-important-modern-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"</a></li><li><a title="Ten Top Images on Archinect's &quot;Concrete&quot; Pinterest Board" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129890744/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a title="Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125359981/could-this-revolutionary-new-material-replace-concrete" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete?</a></li><li><a title="China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123814572/china-used-more-cement-in-3-years-than-the-u-s-did-in-the-entire-20th-century" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127305875/bigger-than-a-breadbox-winner-the-pulp-canopy-will-be-showcased-at-boston-society-of-architects-in-june Bigger than a Breadbox winner "The Pulp Canopy" will be showcased at Boston Society of Architects in June Justine Testado 2015-05-14T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:46:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t2/t2621a3ssm5dz7mw.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kh&ocirc;ra exhibition curators Robert Trumbour and Aaron Willette organized the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116657847/the-bigger-than-a-breadbox-competition-is-accepting-proposals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building competition</a> as a means to explore the medium of installation in the architectural realm, specifically the medium's increasing appeal among emerging architects and designers due to its dual spatial-artistic qualities.</p><p>For the competition, entrants had to further develop a previous proposal into a new site-specific installation for the Boston Society of Architects gallery lobby. Now that the winning submissions have been chosen, they will be realized in preparation for the "Bigger than a Breadbox" exhibition, opening on June 17.</p><p>The top-winning proposal, "The Pulp Canopy", by Katie Donahue and Mason Limke of MYKA investigates the architectural applications of cellulose fiber (paper pulp), which is considered to be the "most abundant raw material on the planet". Originating from its earlier form as The Pulp Wall, The Pulp Canopy consists of discarded paper products t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125359981/could-this-revolutionary-new-material-replace-concrete Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete? Nicholas Korody 2015-04-15T14:46:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:45:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcdwuzo19lysj7ap.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perhaps the most important and widely-used building material, concrete also has an enormous environmental impact. This is largely because in order to produce one ton of cement &ndash; the material that binds together rock aggregate in concrete &ndash; about 900 kg of C02 are emitted. In fact, the concrete industry is responsible for roughly 5% of carbon emissions worldwide, making it one of the two largest industrial producers of the greenhouse gas.&nbsp;</p><p>But, thanks to an accidental discovery, a environmentally-friendly substitute to cement may be on the horizon. A recent <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/cement-alternative-absorbs-carbon-dioxide-like-sponge/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> by PBS features the invention of environmental chemist David Stone: a cement-like material that isn't just carbon-neutral but actually carbon-<em>negative</em>. Called 'Ferrock,' the material primarily contains iron dust and silica, both of which can be sourced via recycling. In fact, in order to obtain silica (basically crushed glass), Stone has employed a local man to collect glass bottles that have been left in the desert. While m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121983592/how-alucobond-aluminum-composite-materials-have-evolved-to-meet-strict-building-standards How Alucobond® Aluminum Composite Materials Have Evolved To Meet Strict Building Standards Sponsor 2015-03-16T12:42:00-04:00 >2015-03-13T13:44:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rc7e5hitvvd4cfpi.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=archinectMarch&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=plus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong><br>&nbsp;<p>The national and international building codes have recently challenged the construction market with design-oriented goals of sustainability and energy efficiency. The increasing demand for high performance, energy-efficient buildings has led to the evolution of building enclosure designs that incorporate durability, longevity, and thermal and weather protection. Architects and building owners are now required to meet stringent energy codes which has resulted in a systems approach to designing the building envelope components. As a result, fire protection and life safety issues have significantly affected the development of the fire codes and has become integral with recent International Building Code (IBC) updates. A lot is now dependent on the correct usage of materials and systems, especially when it comes to the facade of a building and aluminum composite materials (ACM).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5c5142ols6yxuaw0.jpg"></p><p>Alucobond&reg; ACM can be provided with a choice between two types of c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121146922/canadian-wood-council-pushes-for-more-wood-architecture-excellence-in-the-latest-wood-design-awards Canadian Wood Council pushes for more wood architecture excellence in the latest Wood Design Awards Justine Testado 2015-02-19T21:05:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:34:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sfakp2nm5qgd17v8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the <a href="http://cwc.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Wood Council</a>'s annual North American Wood Design Awards demonstrate, building with wood easily fuses aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability for various projects. Aiming to push for more demand in wooden design and construction, the prestigious awards program scopes out projects that best exhibit contemporary design excellence and good ol' innovation in wood architecture.</p><p>The three-member jury -- Larry McFarland, Principal of McFarland Marceau Architects; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brigitte Shim, Principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects; and Keith Boswell, Technical Partner at SOM -- selected 24 out of 166 online submissions. Winners were selected in Honor, Merit, and Citation categories for North America, and a few International projects were recognized as well. Despite the categories, one could say these projects are on the same level.</p><p>Here's a glimpse of the winning projects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6wcpi4r5hkp4xnn.jpg"><br>&uarr; <em>Refuge on the Bay of Fundy, Red Bank Farm, Hants County, NS, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. </em>(Foundi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120371103/scientists-create-new-and-cheap-aluminum-iron-alloy Scientists Create New (and Cheap!) Aluminum-Iron Alloy Nicholas Korody 2015-02-09T19:55:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T10:59:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffkw6x2gyz3wk3es.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By manipulating the structure of steel on a nanometre scale, [Hansoo Kim and his colleagues at the Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea] (have) produced a material which has the strength and the lightness of titanium alloys but will, when produced at scale, cost a tenth as much.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new, potentially-revolutionary alloy utilizes nickel, in addition to aluminum and iron, to create a metal that is as strong as steel but much lighter and cheaper. The scientists created the alloy using nanotechnology to manipulate the structure of steel on a minute level.</p><p>Noting the decrease in steel-usage over the last decade, the scientists hope the new alloy could fill that market, potentially being used for cars as well as even aircrafts. Any ideas on how a lightweight, strong and cheap steel could be utilized architecturally?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112973937/mosa-to-release-new-solids-tile-collection-in-the-u-s-market-this-december Mosa to release new Solids tile collection in the U.S. market this December Sponsor 2014-11-10T12:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T12:47:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/te/tes9anfuoiv8ktfs.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/33/33bqw78d79t4wfp4.jpg"></a></p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a>.</strong></em><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Leading Dutch surface specialist <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a> knows that the choice of materials can be what transforms a good design into an outstanding one&nbsp;&mdash; especially when it comes to picking out a material as versatile as the ceramic tile. For over 130 years, Mosa continues to create tile collections that not only look good<em>,</em> but are also guaranteed to perform well. Mosa's expert craftsmanship can be found in one of their latest tile collections, <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/solids" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa Solids</a>, available in the U.S. starting this December.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l2/l27ai2470083znro.jpg"></p><p>Although the Maastricht-based company has been around since 1883, their collaborations with today's architects and designers keep the company in touch with the current needs of the industry. For starters, Mosa's entire tile collection is the first in the world to earn full Cradle to Cradle Silver certification.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/solids" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solids collection</a> combines hard-wearing durability with a smooth elegant appearance to spruce up a variety of spaces. Designed to handle the hustle and bus...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112035319/mosa-s-new-scenes-tile-collection-is-now-available-in-the-u-s Mosa's new Scenes tile collection is now available in the U.S. Sponsor 2014-10-27T14:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-27T14:31:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ldhdul3bjsbmdgrz.jpg" width="514" height="755" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/33/33bqw78d79t4wfp4.jpg"></a></p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a>.</strong></em><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Netherlands has a rich centuries-long history of making tiles, so it's no surprise that Dutch ceramic surface specialist <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a> has been a leading expert in creating reputable products for the global architecture and design field for over 130 years.</p><p>For starters, Mosa is the world&rsquo;s first ceramic tile company to earn full Cradle to Cradle Silver certification for its whole tile collection. Although Mosa has been around for a long time, they gain insight into the industry's current needs through their collaborations with architects and designers worldwide. The Maastricht-based manufacturer continues their legacy with one of their most recent tile collections, <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/products/collection/mosa-scenes/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa Scenes</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65jytzwpmi58873c.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/products/collection/mosa-scenes/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa Scenes</a> draws inspiration from the natural environment with its flexible range of tones. The collection comes in eight painterly color groups (four warm and four cool) in four textures each: grain, clay, sand and grit. Whether the tile's texture resembles a powdery soft clay ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110972577/mosa-s-upcoming-solids-tile-collection-balances-adaptive-durability-and-smart-aesthetics Mosa's upcoming Solids tile collection balances adaptive durability and smart aesthetics Sponsor 2014-10-13T18:09:00-04:00 >2014-10-14T13:02:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/se/sekr3nn5goe1x3ks.jpg" width="514" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/33/33bqw78d79t4wfp4.jpg"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a>.</strong></em><p>For over 130 years, Dutch ceramic surface specialist <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a> has been recognized by architects and designers worldwide for their reputable products that are crafted with optimal standards of durability, elegant versatility, and cost-effective sustainability. Mosa's signature of balancing functionality and smart aesthetics is expressed in one of their latest upcoming tile collections, <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/solids" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa Solids</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m0/m0r6ecgk5itjf8ey.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://www.mosa.nl/solids" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa Solids</a> is like a "jack of all trades", uniting robust physical strength and effortless sophistication to enhance the depth and richness of any space. Designed to take on the hustle and bustle of 21st century everyday life, the Solids collection can be applied in the busiest public places like shops, stations, hospitals, schools, and the contemporary home.</p><p>The tiles come in various sizes, even a generous 60 x 60 cm. They're available in 12 colors including earthy shades like vivid white, stone grey, sand beige, jade grey, clay grey, basalt grey and graphit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110956491/u-s-department-of-agriculture-launches-tall-wood-building-prize-competition U.S. Department of Agriculture launches Tall Wood Building Prize Competition Justine Testado 2014-10-10T15:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:20:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g7/g7k4t07z7za66zdc.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture officially launched their U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. As the first step of a new USDA and forest industry initiative, the competition...aims to showcase the architectural and commercial feasibility of advanced wood products in tall building construction in order to support employment opportunities in U.S. rural communities, maintain the health and resiliency of American forests, and advance sustainability in the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Following a funding initiative announced by the Obama Administration and the U.S. forestry industry through the USDA, SLB and BSLC earlier this year, the competition invites all U.S. developers, institutions, organizations and design teams willing to undertake an alternative solution approach to designing and building taller wood structures to submit entries for a prize of $2 million.</p><p>The objective of the Competition is to identify proponents with building project(s) in the concept-, schematic- or design-development stage in the U.S. that can safely and successfully demonstrate the use of wood as a viable structural material in tall buildings."</p><p>Read more about the competition on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/u.s._department_of_agriculture_launches_tall_wood_building_prize_competitio/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>