November 2009 Table of Contents

From the Editor
From the Editor attainable sustainability

After a brief awakening, skepticism about global warming is growing again. Read more

Home Front
Home Front: news from the leading edge of residential design solar flair

As if we needed any more evidence that solar houses can be both high-performing and beautiful, comfortable places to live, the 2009 Solar Decathlon has once again proved the point. Read more

Green Piece
Green Piece family affair

When Charles R. Stinson, AIA, and his sons, Jason and Joshua, purchased a 100-year-old house in Chanhassen, Minn., their initial intent was to tear it down and build new. But as they began demolition, they realized the structure—a former nunnery—had solid bones. So the Minneapolis-area trio decided instead to renovate it in as sustainable a fashion as possible while keeping costs down. Read more

low lights Green Pieces low lights

Kichler Lighting's Design Pro LED discs. Read more

graze the roof Green Pieces graze the roof

Carlisle SynTec's Vegetated Sedum Tiles. Read more

trickle down Green Pieces trickle down

Hanson Hardscapes' Aquaflow permeable paving system. Read more

K+B Studio
K+B Studio / Bath bath: pair of aces

The master bath of 543 House (in the first two slides above) bears a strong family resemblance to the kitchen that occupies the space just below it. Its long sink counter and splash surfaces are white Corian, its flush-front cabinetry is teak, and its geometry favors strong, monolithic elements. Read more

K+B Studio / Kitchen kitchen: dining out

To get both an open interior and a full garage on a 30-foot-by-80-foot lot, architects Barbara Callas and Steven Shortridge, AIA, gave 543 House, as it's called, a section that rises in a staggered series of split levels. Read more

Practice off the beaten path

Think of architectural hot spots, and you think of big cities: Boston, Chicago, New York. Major metropolitan areas thrive on diversity and innovation, but they're also known for pollution, traffic, and expensive real estate, and not every architect wants to live in one. Small towns have trade-offs too. While they're often equated with sleepy provincialism, the appealing flip side is their relaxed pace, sense of human connectedness, and, in some cases, pristine natural surroundings. Read more

Architects' Choice
carolina blues Architects' Choice carolina blues

Frank Harmon Architect: Jacob's Creek Stone Co.'s Nor Carla Bluestone. Read more

zip it Architects' Choice zip it

Kaplan Thompson Architects: Huber Engineered Woods' ZIP System building envelopes. Read more

greenprints Architects' Choice greenprints

Specht Harpman: Weston Solutions' GreenGrid modular system. Read more

ground cover Architects' Choice ground cover

Obie G. Bowman, Architect: Grace Construction Products' Hydroduct 660 drainage composite sheet and Bituthene 4000 pre-formed waterproof membrane. Read more

rough and ready Architects' Choice rough and ready

Obie G. Bowman Architect: Redwood Lumber and Supply Co.'s rough-sawn lumber products. Read more

playing the angles Architects' Choice playing the angles

Obie G. Bowman Architect: Solarium & Skylight Systems' window products. Read more

hardie boy Architects' Choice hardie boy

Shipley Architects: James Hardie Building Products' fiber cement siding. Read more

vintage appeal Architects' Choice vintage appeal

Shipley Architects: DuroDesign's 100 percent postindustrial cork flooring. Read more

in the groove Architects' Choice in the groove

Shipley Architects: MBCI's corrugated metal roofing and wall materials. Read more

good sense Architects' Choice good sense

Holst Architecture: Kohler Co.'s Cimarron 1.28-gallons-per-flush toliet tank. Read more

a coat above Architects' Choice a coat above

Holst Architecture: Miller Paint Co.'s zero-VOC Acro Pure paint. Read more

tough outlook Architects' Choice tough outlook

Holst Architecture: Cascadia Windows' fiberglass windows. Read more

can do Architects' Choice can do

Alchemy Architects: Lightolier's energy-saving Calculite LED. Read more

tera firma Architects' Choice tera firma

Alchemy Architects: Teragren's Synergy strand bamboo flooring. Read more

rain coat Architects' Choice rain coat

Alchemy Architects: VaproShield's WallShield breathable membrane. Read more

green screen Architects' Choice green screen

Hays + Ewing Design Studio: CENTRIA Architectural Systems' EcoScreen perforated screen walls. Read more

hot item Architects' Choice hot item

Hays + Ewing Design Studio: Cambia Building Products' thermally modified lumber. Read more

sun times Architects' Choice sun times

Kaplan Thompson Architects: Apricus Solar Co.'s solar heating system. Read more

state of vegetation Architects' Choice state of vegetation

Kaplan Thompson Architects: LiveRoof's modular roof system. Read more

paper weight Architects' Choice paper weight

Kaplan Thompson Architects: Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association's cellulose insulation. Read more

show your metal Architects' Choice show your metal

Frank Harmon Architect: American Iron and Steel Institute's pre- and post-consumer recycled steel. Read more

have a heart Architects' Choice have a heart

Frank Harmon Architect: Heartwood Pine Floors' reclaimed 100 percent heartwood pine flooring. Read more

greens fees Architects' Choice greens fees

Frank Harmon Architect: Living Roofs' green roof consultation, design, construction and maintenance. Read more

the bruck stops here Architects' Choice the bruck stops here

Carter + Burton Architecture: Ledra II track lights from Bruck. Read more

in sod they trust Architects' Choice in sod they trust

Carter + Burton Architecture: Building Logics' EnviroTech sod roof systems. Read more

faux real Architects' Choice faux real

Carter + Burton Architecture: Fossil Faux Studios' custom resin panels. Read more

blue ribbon panels Architects' Choice blue ribbon panels

Carter + Burton Architecture: AFM's R-Control SIPs Read more

seal of approval Architects' Choice seal of approval

Specht Harpman: osmo North America's One Coat Only transparent sealer. Read more

cell it Architects' Choice cell it

Specht Harpman: BioBased Technologies' spray foam insulation. Read more

bucket brigade Architects' Choice bucket brigade

Specht Harpman: Tank Town's rainwater collection system Read more

rubber made Architects' Choice rubber made

Minarc: Rubber-Cal's recycled rubber sheet and tile products. Read more

daily mass Architects' Choice daily mass

Minarc: Portland Cement Association's concrete flooring materials. Read more

clad wrap Architects' Choice clad wrap

Minarc: U.S. Architectural Products' Cem-Clad panels. Read more

solar sandwich Architects' Choice solar sandwich

David Vandervort Architects: Silicon Energy's Cascade Series PV modules. Read more

triple play Architects' Choice triple play

David Vandervort Architects: 3form USA's Varia ecoresin line of translucent architectural panels. Read more

lovely leftovers Architects' Choice lovely leftovers

David Vandervort Architects: Tiger Mountain Innovations' Squak Mountain Stone. Read more

seamless install Architects' Choice seamless install

David Vandervort Architects: AEP Span's Design Span hp standing seam. Read more

cotton pick Architects' Choice cotton pick

TANNERHECHT Architecture: Bonded Logic's UltraTouch insulation. Read more

aluminum remix Architects' Choice aluminum remix

TANNERHECHT Architecture: Renewed Materials' Alkemi recycled aluminum solid surfacing. Read more

artists' palette Architects' Choice artists' palette

TANNERHECHT Architecture: YOLO Colorhouse's 100 percent acrylic, no-VOC paint. Read more

repeat performances Architects' Choice repeat performances

TANNERHECHT Architecture: Building Materials Reuse Association's reclaimed wood Read more

architects' choice architects' choice

For our annual architects' choice issue, we decided to focus the field of selections on the proliferating category of sustainable building products. we consulted the experts-architects on the front lines of green specifications-to find out what really works in both design and practice. read about the top recommendations for sustainable products from firms such as tannerhecht architecture, david vandervort architects, minarc, frank harmon architect, alchemy architects, and many others. Read more

Shelter Lab
Shelter Lab basics training

For such a tiny house, this 320-square-foot dwelling in Marfa, Texas, serves many purposes. San Antonio architect Candid Rogers, AIA, designed it for himself as a weekend retreat. But the project also serves as a teaching tool for his University of Texas at San Antonio students, who make the six-hour drive there once a semester. Read more

cirque du soleil New Material cirque du soleil

Foscarini SRL's Le Soleil suspension lamp. Read more

steel rose New Material steel rose

Omnia Industries' stainless steel square rose latch. Read more

letter set New Material letter set

WETSTYLE's M collection of modern modular bath products. Read more

a shade better New Material a shade better

Luxo Corp.'s L-1 architect lamp. Read more

full exposure New Material full exposure

Meld USA's Xposed eco-composite solid surfacing. Read more

workspace ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells

Last fall, the principals of ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells made good on their long-held plan to buy their own place. The circa 1955 building they chose—once home to an auto repair shop in the heart of San Diego's Ocean Beach community—was “a diamond in the rough, at its roughest,” recalls principal James Gabriel, AIA, “but we saw it as an opportunity to showcase a lot of the things we preach to our clients.” Read more

Other Articles
solidly light Architects' Choice solidly light

Hays + Ewing Design Studio: Kalwall Corp.'s Kalwall+ Nanogel translucent cladding and roofing system. Read more

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