Table of Contents Spring-Product-Spec-Guide 2008



  • Make Me Look Good ...

    The act of building is central to the editorial premise of ARCHITECT and the PRODUCT SPEC GUIDE—not because we think it would please our advertisers (most of whom are product manufacturers), but because we think it's good for architecture and the environment.



  • Javier Presas

    An interview with Javier Presas about LEED design and construction.



  • To Market, To Market

    A survey of products from the Neocon show.

  • Faux Vs. Phony

    Architects are won over by materials that walk the line between real and fake.

  • Canned Color

    “Color Chart,” an exhibit on view at The Museum of Modern Art in New York through May 12, shows the spectrum of possibilities available in mass-produced and ready-made color.

  • Copper's Antimicrobial Feats

    The Copper Development Association (CDA) announced in March that copper, brass, and bronze have been added to the EPA's register of disinfectants.

  • How Green Have We Grown?

    Graphs of the amount of commercial square footage certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Department of Energy's Energy Star program over the past half decade.

  • A Very, Very, Very Big Chandelier

    Meyda Lighting lit the world's largest LED chandelier on April 2, according to the lighting manufacturer.

  • Red Dot Announces Design Awards

    The 2008 Red Dot Design Awards have been announced, naming 50 products Best of the Best and awarding 676 products the Red Dot quality seal.

  • Loft-In-A-Box

    Architect/Artist Adam Kalkin—who created buzz in 2005 with his shipping container–framed Push Button House—is adding a Salt Lake City condo complex to his portfolio of experiments in container construction.

  • Samples

    A roundup of industry news.



Case Studies

  • Harvard Library Services Building, Cambridge, Mass.

    Leers Weinzapfel Associates and Samuel Anderson Architects

  • Diamond View Tower, San Diego

    The smell of the grass, the roar of the crowd, the crack of the bat—all are hallmarks of America's ostensibly favorite pastime. Many have enjoyed a heated baseball game from the bleachers, the stands, or even a skybox, but Carrier Johnson + Culture's new


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