Archinect - News 2016-02-10T17:14:38-05:00 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T00:05:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ey/ey4o2dhr2bjo2zta.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The aptly named Quake Column is a knurled pillar of 3-D printed concrete that combines an ancient Incan masonry technique with state-of-the-art manufacturing tools to create a structure that can withstand seismic shocks without mortar or rebar. [...] It&rsquo;s an interesting proof of concept, but utilizing a 3-D printer, rather than traditional ceramic manufacturing technique also unlocked a host of other advantages.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/109814030/paint-picturesque-spaces-with-the-new-mosa-scenes-tile-collection-available-this-fall Paint picturesque spaces with the new Mosa Scenes tile collection, available this fall Sponsor 2014-09-30T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T13:35:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jz/jzy1xla8omc5s4aa.jpg" width="514" height="513" 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><br>&nbsp;<p>Having collaborated with architects and designers throughout the world in its 130-year history, Dutch ceramic surface expert <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a> is no stranger to the growing significance of producing building materials that are durable, versatile, and of course, sustainable. Sharing these common standards in contemporary architecture and design is <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/en/products/collection/mosa-scenes/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa Scenes</a>, one of the company's latest collections.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0n/0nc033v37zifc0li.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://www.mosa.nl/en/products/collection/mosa-scenes/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa Scenes</a> brings the timeless beauty of nature and the art of building spaces with effortless sophistication. Not to mention that <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a> tiles are also Cradle to Cradle-approved, with a few of their collections winning in notable awards programs like the Red Dot Awards.</p><p>Inspired by the tones and textures found in the natural environment, the tiles come in eight painterly color groups (four warm and four cool) in four textures each: grain, clay, sand and grit. In regards to functionality, whether the tile's texture resembles a powdery soft clay feel or a coarse sandy...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109099157/mosa-introduces-scenes-and-solids-tile-collections-to-the-american-market Mosa introduces Scenes and Solids tile collections to the American market Sponsor 2014-09-22T10:31:00-04:00 >2014-09-22T10:31:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vn/vn0rjwki1nqiapwe.jpg" width="514" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With over 130 years of tile-making experience, Dutch ceramic surface specialist <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a> continues its mission of creating reputable products for architects and designers worldwide with the U.S. debut of two new tile collections, <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/en/products/collection/mosa-scenes/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa Scenes</a> and <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/solids" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa Solids</a>. The Maastricht-based manufacturer meticulously crafted each collection with optimal standards of durability, visual flexibility, and Cradle-to-Cradle certified sustainable quality to add sophistication in a variety of design projects.</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><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><a href="http://www.mosa.nl/en/products/collection/mosa-scenes/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m8/m8kzkr39xjtq0fbd.jpg"></a></p><p><em>&uarr; Tiles: <a href="http://www.mosa.nl/en/products/collection/mosa-scenes/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mosa Scenes collection</a></em></p><p><strong>MOSA SCENES:</strong></p><p>Mosa Scenes offers cost-effective style and versatility that can help architects and designers effortlessly create captivating environments. Available this October, the collection produces distinct wall and floor color gradations that add depth and richness to any surface.</p><p>Following Mosa's trademark of adaptability and originality, the Scenes collection features 8 color groups&nbsp;&mdash; consisting of 4 warm color sets and 4 cool colo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58632366/plan-to-build-uk-s-first-building-entirely-out-of-waste Plan to build UK's first building entirely out of waste Archinect 2012-10-04T19:04:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:35:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/yb4xtgx1k2cnxije.jpg" width="450" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by Brighton-based architect Duncan Baker-Brown, it will be built on the University of Brighton's campus in the city centre from waste and surplus material from local building sites and other local industries. The walls will be made of waste timber products. Ply "cassettes" containing waste material will be slotted in between the timber structure. These cassettes will be removable so that new building technologies can be added easily.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>