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  • Tall Orders

    Time was, when you speced windows for an apartment building or condo, you probably chose aluminum.

  • casting about

    A clever architect might consider architectural precast stone, a manufactured product that will bring your project within budget and bring you into your clients' good graces.

  • doctor spec

    for an uncommon look, spec a common material in new ways.

  • Winning Metals

    New-look metal roofing offers a broad range of styles, reliable performance, and easy installation.

  • The Trouble with EIFS

    For the first 15 years that they were used as residential cladding, exterior insulation and finish systems, or EIFS, were regarded as an affordable, attractive, and easy-to-apply exterior finish.

  • glory glaze

    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson's Glass House stand as seminal works of minimalist architecture. Few who laud the uninterrupted roofs and floor planes, however, would want either house as their home: The large expanses of glass make both houses demanding and expensive...

  • quiet time

    It goes without saying that doing an attached multifamily project is a world apart from designing a custom home. After taming site conditions, an architect must tackle such key issues as structure and energy. Less obvious but equally important: noise transmission, a consideration that has become...

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