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Author: Emma Kapp, Publisher of PRISM

AIA’s 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture represent the best in practical contemporary spaces

What’s not to love about the nine projects honored by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) with its 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture? The AIA announced January 29 the recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, projects that exemplify the best in contemporary architecture and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve lives.

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A room with a view: Seattle’s Space Needle’s revolving glass floor

The completely reimagined Space Needle experience dramatically expands views of Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Cascade and Olympic mountain. The upper and lower levels are now unified by a cantilever grand staircase, the Oculus Stairs, creating a new destination that embodies the spirit of possibility for which Seattle is known. Visitors to The Loupe can walk, stand, or sit on the glass floor suspended 500 feet above the city, taking in never-before-seen downward views of the Space Needle’s unique architecture and elevators.

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Education facility design, curtainwalls, dynamic glass and biophilic design in March-April PRISM

PRISM Sustainability in the Built Environment is pleased to announce the publication of the March/April online edition – covering the latest in sustainable architectural design and building materials. March/April marks PRISM’s 14th online edition, and our biggest issue yet – featuring compelling articles on dynamic glass, window film, education facility design, curtainwalls and landscape architecture.

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Solutions to today’s challenges in education facility design: Q&A with SCB

PRISM was given the opportunity to ask four experts at SCB about their experience planning and designing education facilities, and the solutions they provide to overcome today’s challenges and create sustainable and attractive learning environments. SCB Is involved in the planning and design a number of prominent education facility projects including University of California, Merced, and the Loyola University Chicago.

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Q&A with Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

To achieve a truly sustainable built environment, organizations such as the DVGBC are driving the green building movement in local communities across the country. The DVGBC is working diligently to get everyone on board, provide forums in which to share best practices and promote the importance of green building and sustainability. PRISM was given the opportunity to ask Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council, questions about their current green buildings programs as well as their goals to further sustainability in the built environment in this region.

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Biomimicry in architectural design: The Bullitt Center

The idea for this article originated from an evening of watching “Xploration Nature Knows Best” from Steve Rotfield Productions. The episode, “Biobased Buildings” with host Danni Washington, encompassed a cohesive discussion on products and buildings that mimic nature — biomimicry in design. The show included two examples of biomimicry in design, StoColor® Lotusan® and the Bullitt Center.

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Happy new year!

As we end 2016, PRISM marks the close of its first year as an online publication for the architectural built environment. As publisher of PRISM, I am truly grateful for the all of the editorial support we have received from our contributors — from building material manufacturers to architect and design firms.

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. The system’s continuous runs accommodate panels up to 54 feet long, and provide daylighting, UV screening and impact resistance without leak prone intermediate horizontal mullions. Optional coatings for the glazing panels enhance solar heat gain management and diffuse lighting without glare. Its durable framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard and, after its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable. Photo by Cory Klein

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. The system’s continuous runs accommodate panels up to 54 feet long, and provide daylighting, UV screening and impact resistance without leak prone intermediate horizontal mullions. Optional coatings for the glazing panels enhance solar heat gain management and diffuse lighting without glare. Its durable framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard and, after its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable. Photo by Cory Klein

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January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus. Plus a look at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program and feature article "Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design" by Olga Gorbunova, Principal, Stantec.

January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus.

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