Luxury development receives Mediterranean makeover

July 1st, 2009

The repurposing of a former boat storage facility in Naples, Florida, cleaves to its nautical roots in the details. A recently completed luxury development called Naples Bay Resort in southern Florida has proved successful despite an economic outlook that has turned grim. The resort’s overall image is meant to evoke a scaled-down version of the […]

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Moving elements soothe airport visitors

July 1st, 2009

Travelers at the Indianapolis airport are treated to art that aims to calm. By Adam Regn Arvidson Air travel is stressful these days. Increasing delays, shrinking legroom and the proliferation of fees dog the business and casual traveler alike. Just arriving at an airport seems to raise the stress level, and the conclusion of a […]

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Regulatory considerations in the design of fabric awnings

July 1st, 2009

By James A. Strapko Awnings in the architectural design process Recent trends in building regulations for commercial and residential projects may push architects toward taking awning design more seriously. In the past, architects have been tempted to view the awning as a discrete, subordinate element of a building envelope. As such, it is a candidate […]

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Formfinder

July 1st, 2009

Reviewed by Ali Heshmati and Lars Meeß-Olsohn Introduction It is hard to experiment with any new building material, especially when that material is outside the standard choices. Structural fabric is one of those materials. Structural fabrics (or membranes as they are called in Europe) have been around for decades, but due to their unique qualities […]

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The Vertical Garden

July 1st, 2009

Writing the history of a new trend in landscape design with one of the pioneers. Reviewed by Bruce Dvorak Every once in a while, a book comes along that is timely, original and inspiring. The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City, by French scientist/artist Patrick Blanc is one such book. Blanc is a “green” […]

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