PRISM NOVEMBER 2016 EDITION

FEATURES: Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Building with Wood

Sasaki and Ross Barney Architects complete Chicago Riverwalk. The creation of six new ‘rooms’ along the river revolutionize urban connections and enrich waterfront activity. Photography: © Christian Philips

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Sasaki and Ross Barney Architects complete Chicago Riverwalk

Sasaki and Ross Barney Architects complete Chicago Riverwalk

“The Chicago Riverwalk represents the best of how landscape architects can help cities reclaim their waterfronts – improving ecological health, promoting connectivity, embracing recreational use and providing economic benefit,” says Gina Ford, Sasaki principal and lead designer on the project.

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Landscape architect Pamela Burton reimagines Cavalleri’s grounds

Landscape architect Pamela Burton reimagines Cavalleri’s grounds

Cavalleri, a 68-unit luxury condominium in Malibu, is working to combat the continual drought in California by reintroducing native plants into its landscape. San Francisco-based real estate manager Pacific Eagle Holdings has partnered with internationally recognized landscape architect Pamela Burton to reimagine the surrounding 10 acres by paying homage to the site’s history, ecology and geography. By removing non-native plants and replacing them with local varieties, the site is able to use less water and resources to help them survive.

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INTERIORS

One Size Fits Me – Designing for the Customization Generation

One Size Fits Me – Designing for the Customization Generation

When it comes to making a house feel like a home, or rather a condo feel like a home, customization is key. Savvy designers have taken note, with many working with new condominium developers to offer efficiently-priced upgrades and leading the charge in design centers where homeowners can tailor their space, moving beyond lighting fixtures and window treatments and including tricked out tech packages and upgraded sleeping sanctuaries.

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“Tomorrow’s Workplace” design competition

“Tomorrow’s Workplace” design competition

If you think your workplace won’t change much in the next five years, think again. Winners of the “Tomorrow’s Workplace” design competition from Staples Business Advantage and Metropolis magazine forecast that in 2021, the workplace may include inflatable pods set up in urban parks, or young professionals working alongside active retirees in a setting that resembles a small town more than an office building.

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PPG PAINTS tells four color trends stories of 2017

PPG PAINTS tells four color trends stories of 2017

This year, the selection of Violet Verbena (PPG1169-5) as the PPG PAINTS™ brand’s 2017 Color of the Year was particularly significant because it marked the first time that the color of the year appeared in all four of the 2017 trending color palettes. As a result of the shade’s unique adaptability, Violet Verbena is featured as the focal point of the four color palette stories, symbolizing the larger themes of Hourglass, Essence, Impower and Biocentric.

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WOOD

Designing and constructing the One Main

Designing and constructing the One Main

Designing and constructing the One Main wooden interior in Boston, USA is a showcase for an untypical use of Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber). The entity of wavy wooden surfaces is built entirely from cross-bonded Kerto LVL panels that are usually used in structural components.

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Young architects worldwide create solutions for urbanization in the “City Above the City” competition

Young architects worldwide create solutions for urbanization in the “City Above the City” competition

The “City Above the City” challenged architects and students of architecture from around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants were asked to select a centrally-located building in one of the world’s most populated cities and develop an innovative wood design solution that adds density through additional floor area. Known buildings, especially buildings under threat of demolition were encouraged as sites for revitalization, new development and innovation.

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WoodWorks launches updated carbon calculator

WoodWorks launched an updated version of its free carbon calculator, providing more options for buildings made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other mass timber products. Using wood products that store carbon instead of building materials that require fossil fuel energy to manufacture can help reduce greenhouse gases.

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PROJECT PROFILE
University of Iowa Voxman Music Building designed for resiliency, sustainability and acoustic performance

University of Iowa Voxman Music Building designed for resiliency, sustainability and acoustic performance

The University of Iowa (UI) School of Music in Iowa City celebrates its 110th anniversary and a new home – Voxman Music Building. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting event was held on Oct. 21, 2016. The 190,000-square-foot facility replaces its former location, which was damaged by the 2008 flood. Designed for resiliency, sustainability and the highest acoustic performance, the $152 million project is targeting LEED® for New Construction Gold certification.

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Noteworthy Projects

BUILDING SCIENCE

SOLARBAN 70XL glass by Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG glass) celebrates 10 years of transforming, enabling sustainable design

Over the past ten years, Vitro Architectural Glass has refined triple-silver coating technology to produce ultra-clear Solarban 72 STARPHIRE® glass and blue-gray tinted Solarban z75 glass. Solarban 70XL glass also can be combined with a full-range of performance tinted glasses to give architects a virtually unlimited palette of color and performance options.

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BNIM Architects and Steven Holl Architects celebrate opening of University of Iowa Visual Arts Building

The University of Iowa Visual Arts Building opened October 7; a signature facility for the campus and a collaboration of Steven Holl Architects (Architect) and BNIM Architects (Associate Architect / Architect of Record) http://www.bnim.com/project/visual-arts-building. The 126,000 square-foot facility is the new home for the School of Art & Art History functions that were previously housed in the 1936 Art Building. The facility will provide studio space for ceramics, sculpture, metals, photography, printmaking, 3D design, intermedia, animation and graphic design, as well as graduate student studios, faculty and staff studios and offices, and gallery space.

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COLOR AND DESIGN

FMI reports global decorative paints market to grow at 5.3% CAGR through 2026

According to a new report by Future Market Insights titled “Decorative Paints Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026”, the global decorative paints market is anticipated to reach a market valuation of $42.9 billion by 2016 end and register a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period 2016-2026.

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URBAN PLANNING

Seaport San Diego approved by San Diego Port Commission

AVRP Skyport Studios is extremely pleased that last week the San Diego Board of Port Commissioners adopted a resolution to select the Seaport San Diego development team, officially concluding the Request for Proposals process.  Approved because of its world-class design, Seaport San Diego is envisioned to be more than a set of buildings; it will be a new district of downtown, and connected experiences will maintain and develop cohesion, vitality, and public good.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Architecture Billings Index rebounds after two down months

After seeing consecutive months of contracting demand for the first time in four years, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw a modest increase demand for design services.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Ace Hotel New Orleans restores historic Art Deco exterior and updates performance

Opened in March 2016, Ace Hotel New Orleans has transformed the 1928 Art Deco, nine-story Barnett’s Furniture building into a 234-room boutique hotel with dining, retail, event and meeting spaces plus a rooftop pool. The 184,000-square-foot, mixed-use hotel and retail center is situated in the middle of New Orleans’ Warehouse District at the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette Streets.

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In the News…

Erdy McHenry named Architecture Firm of the Year

Erdy McHenry Architecture, a firm known for innovative solutions-based design approach, has won the 2016 Firm of the Year Award, the highest award given to a design firm by the American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania Chapter.  They were honored for being “a principle force in consistently producing distinguished architecture.”

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Shingo Watada joins Sto Corp. as Product Manager

Sto Corp., the innovative world leader in claddings, air barriers, coatings, and building restoration systems, has announced the appointment of the newest member of its marketing team, Shingo Watada, as Product Manager of Coatings, Specialty Finishes and reStore.

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