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Florida Architects: Make Friends with These Tropical Climate Design Features

The same sunshine that gave Florida its nickname poses special architectural problems. Brilliant sunlight is glorious, but it can be blinding. Warmth is great, but too much of a good thing is too much. Humidity in tropical climates is almost inescapable. It’s also damaging. Smart design considers the location and lifestyle of residents to create […]

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Preserving Stained and Leaded Glass in Historic Properties

Older buildings often have elements that can’t be duplicated, at least not at a reasonable cost. So preserving and repairing what’s there can keep the structure’s integrity as well as its value. Such is the case with leaded glass. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass continuing education course from PDH Academy […]

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Would You Build a High Rise Using Wood?

When you imagine the world’s tallest modern wood structure, could you envision a commercial building? It’s got its limitations, but new technology means that wood has a brand new lease on design and construction life. The University of Northern British Columbia is home to this surprising building. And while the rest of the world still […]

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Expert Interview with Colin McCrate Of Seattle Urban Farm Company On Urban Farming

According to a study conducted by Mission 2014, 20% of the world’s undernourished population lives in cities. This is in spite of the fact that in New York City alone, there are 5000 usable acres for urban agriculture. A single community garden of 9 raised beds and 10 round planters can produce 250 pounds of […]

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Airstream to Archisteam: VT Architects Mobile Ed Center

  The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been all about education these days, and the AIA Vermont chapter is taking that message on the road in a mobile education center. From an old, 1969 Airstream to a newly outfitted Archistream, this project hopes to educate the public – and everyone else involved – along […]

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Expert Interview with Kevin Patel Of Signature Automation On Learning Automation

“We put a plan of attack together that delves into the technology solutions that are best suited for our client and the steps that are required to implement these solutions. Much of this work is done early on in our projects. Once we have this understanding in place, we begin the execution phase where we […]

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Expert Interview with Matt Handal on Marketing Advice for Architects, Engineers and Construction Pros

We asked Matt Handal, the self-described mild-mannered Business Development Manager for construction consulting firm Trauner Consulting Services Inc., about his professional background. His response? “It’s an off-white wall. There is a whiteboard on it. Underneath that, there is a bookcase with a bunch of books and research reports my firm wrote.” Touche. With that, Matt […]

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On Life and Education with Laura-Ann Chin

“The world criticizes the exorbitant tuition fees for a college education in the US. However, this price tag, at the end of the day, is worth every penny if YOU, the student make the most out of your education.” Chemical engineer Laura-Ann Chin If you were to turn on the television today, browse through your […]

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Modern Architectural Wonders in Glass

What’s happening now could change everything you know about glass. View image | gettyimages.com There’s something about the appeal of glass. It can be manipulated into almost any shape, given any color, and used in applications from mirrors to expansive balcony windows and foot bridges. As an architectural staple, this is one material that’s as […]

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New Technology Could Make Affordable Solar Panels a Reality

New technology could help make solar energy accessible to all. View image | gettyimages.com Solar technology is both widely available and expensive, but new research is beginning to change the outlook for the solar industry. Solar clocks and outdoor lighting are relatively cheap, and they’ve been widely available for decades. But solar panels for homes […]

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