Architectural design

June 30, 2016 - The Strasbourg Cathedral, whose cornerstone was laid in 1015 and completed in 1439, has been standing proud and tall for a thousand years; but since 1683, it was missing a large part of its stained glass artwork. That is until September 2015, when the clear glass panels were refurbished and replaced by stunning, digitally printed glass.
Coast to coast, Canadian glaziers and glass fabricators continue to revolutionize the urban environment with incredible achievements in architecture. Here are six projects that caught our eye.
Living in a steel box might sound Houdiniesque, but crafting a home out of a shipping container can be an escape from the ordinary. “There’s nothing odd about it,” says Christoph Kesting, a Waterloo, Ont.,-based advocate for social justice housing, who believes it’s possible to never buy anything new. “Whatever you want, you can find a used item somewhere. For those thinking environmentally, why not incorporate it into your house? All you need to do is buy a shipping container or three.”
Oct. 22, 2015 - The Centre for Food (CFF) at Durham College (DC) distinguishes itself in the highly competitive field of culinary education by bringing together culinary, hospitality, event management, food science, and agricultural and horticultural programs in a state-of-the-art facility for “field-to-fork” culinary education. 
Specifying glass using good, better or best options is a basic concept that can be instrumental in the selection and design process. Various considerations for your glass selections will include safety, energy, loads, and security for a basic system, and can be improved with specialty high performance products to address sound, glare, aesthetics, and performance concerns. These value-added products will differentiate your project to exceed common expectations and would be better/best options.
June 24, 2015 - – Greco Aluminum Railings has been selected by The Beck Group to design and supply over 4,000 lineal feet of glass railings for the “Eviva of Cherokee”, an 18-story apartment tower in Denver, Co.
Vinyl does not really burn. It certainly melts and deforms under sufficient heat and, when heated, releases enough heat to fail standard combustibility tests, but it doesn’t burn in the sense of being consumed by flame and releasing hot particles and flaming brands that spread fire to other areas.
April 29, 2015 - Bendheim’s Channel Glass Wall Systems have been named the Architizer A+ Jury Award Winner in the prestigious competition’s Building Products category.
Sometimes we need to just sit back and appreciate the great industry we are in.
Solar reflectivity has generated attention in the design world due to the appearance of “fryscrappers” or “death ray buildings,” as they have been referred to in public media.
Nov. 6, 2014 - SBB Railway’s newly-minted headquarters outside of Wankdorf, Bern, has a striking visual feature — SEFAR Architecture VISION fabric, laminated between moveable glass louvers. Five different variations of the VISION fabric interlayer absorb and disperse sunlight. The 6,258 individually moveable slats, which cover the 98,318 square-foot façade, allow occupants to open and angle the panels for fresh air and lighting control.
The window/wall ratio (WWR) controversy in the ICI building community is an ongoing one and a proposal to reduce the percentage was defeated last January.
Finding ways to improve energy efficiency is one of the greatest challenges facing contemporary architecture. Deploying highly functional glass products and integrating energy-relevant products are effective ways to achieve optimum efficiency even in large- format glass façades. Façades have long moved beyond being just static shells providing weather protection at the interface of building interior and exterior. With good reason, they’re often compared to human skin, which indeed does have a protective role to play, but also adjusts dynamically to external conditions and thus maintains the body’s “ideal temperature."
Over the past two years I have had the opportunity and privilege to photograph and inspect a number of buildings that were constructed in the 1920s and 30s.
Feb. 24, 2014 - The ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 189.1 Workgroup has officially voted down changes that would have reduced the standard's allowable window-to-wall ratio to 25 per cent. The 189.1 standard is ASHRAE's green building standard for high-performance, sustainable buildings and is being developed in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the body that oversees LEED certification. With the defeat of the amendment, the window/wall ratio in 189.1 remains at 40 per cent.
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