Table of Contents November 2010

 

Dialogue

  • Chimpanzees on LSD

    The recent Amendment 4 on the ballot in Florida highlights the problems faced when trying to reform the development process.

     

Annual Design Review

Work

Live

Play

Grow

Move

Bond

Other Articles

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    Annual Design Review

    ARCHITECT's second annual competition to decide the best in American architecture.

     

Business

Best Practices

  • For Peter Pennoyer, one of the most appealing things about handmade architectural illustrations is their uniqueness. We dont try to make everything homogenous, says the founder of Peter Pennoyer Architects. We encourage people to draw in different styles.

    The Designer’s Hand

    Even in the age of CAD, pencils, pens, and paintbrushes can be essential architectural tools.

     

Local Market

  • Downtown Columbia 30-Year Master Plan Architect: Cooper, Robertson & Partners, New York. Completion: 2040. Brief: Approved in February, the plan will bring 13 million s.f. of sustainably built development to the original downtown core.

    Ellicott City & Columbia, Md.

    Although they represent different eras in Maryland's growth, Ellicott City and Columbia drive Howard County's economic and real estate development.

     

Other Articles

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    Welcome to Canada!

    Confronting a shortage of home-grown architects, the Canadian government is making it easier for foreign-trained designers to work there.

     

Technology

Detail

  • Part of Longwood Gardens' new East Conservatory Plaza, the green wall lines a covered walkway leading from the conservatory and housing eco-friendly public restrooms.

    Living Wall

    As designed by Kim Wilkie, Longwood Gardens' new green wall is the largest in North America. How was it installed?

     

Ecology

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    Follow the Money

    Looking for a way to increase your billings? Green construction can put more green in your pocket.

     

Products

  • The Versa-Lok Versa-Green Plantable Wall System combines the strength of a segmental retaining wall with the lush beauty of a hanging garden. Each concrete unit weighs 70 pounds and covers nearly 1 square foot of the face of the wall. Inside each unit is a 6"-deep cavity for planting. A groove along the top accommodates irrigation tubing that runs across each course parallel to the wall face. versa-lok.com

    Versa-Lok Plantable Wall System

    The Versa-Lok Versa-Green Plantable Wall System combines the strength of a segmental retaining wall with the lush beauty of a hanging garden.

     
  • Tournesol VGM from Tournesol Siteworks is a green-wall system composed of recycled plastic planting modules and powder-coated hanging rails. Each module has a 4-1/2" or 8-1/2" soil profile, and is shipped to the jobsite where it is then assembled and filled. Grow-in takes one to three months prior to hanging. The system is suitable for vertical applications such as building façades,  screen walls, and walkways. tournesolsiteworks.com

    Tournesol Siteworks Tournesol VGM

    Tournesol VGM from Tournesol Siteworks is a green-wall system composed of recycled plastic planting modules and powder-coated hanging rails.

     
  • Plant Connection distributes GRO2 products, including GroWalls, a modular living-wall system in which the metal planting panels are 100% recyclable. Engineered for plant performance and sustainability, the system is available in a variety of sizes and configurations to make it simple for designers and installers to use. ¢ myplantconnection.com

    Plant Connection GroWalls

    Plant Connection distributes GRO2 products, including GroWalls, which are made of metal and are 100% recyclable.

     
  • Elmich green walls utilize a Vertical Greening Module (VGM), which is assembled from high-strength lightweight plastic. Modules are 20" by 22" and up to 10" deep. Each VGM contains a geotextile liner placed in a mostly inorganic planting mix. The living walls reduce sound transmission, enhance air quality, and reduce stormwater runoff. ¢ elmich.com

    Elmich Vertical Greening Module

    Elmich green walls utilize a Vertical Greening Module, which is assembled from high-strength, lightweight plastic structural panels.

     
  • VHedge by Earthia features a modular interlocking frame assembly constructed from noncorrosive materials that are 100% recyclable. The vertical green-wall system provides 36 plants per square meter in 1- and 1/2-square-meter modular combinations. Precision irrigation through individual emitters allows each plant to receive the correct amount of water.

    Earthia VHedge

    VHedge by Earthia features a modular interlocking frame assembly constructed of noncorrosive materials that are 100% recyclable.

     
  • Delta-Floraxx by Cosella-D¶rken Products is a dimple-shaped membrane designed for use in green-roof applications. Water drains away through the open channel system between the dimples to ensure balance between water retention and surplus drainage, and the dimples allow for water retention of up to 21 fluid ounces per square foot. Available in a 6.6' by 65' roll, it is installed on top of a root barrier. delta-floraxx.com

    Cosella-Dorken Products Delta-Floraxx

    Delta-Floraxx by Cosella-Dörken Products is a dimple-shaped membrane designed for use in green-roof applications.

     
  • The BrightGreen Living Wall Planter consists of a single polymer unit lined with a moisture mat. Three sizes are available: 20" by 20" by 2-1/2", 10" by 20" by 4", and 8" by 18" by 4". Each planting cell can be populated with plants from a local nursery. Units can be hung separately or in groups on any vertical surface using a supplied mounting bracket. ¢ brightgreenusa.com

    BrightGreen Living Wall Planter

    The BrightGreen Living Wall Planter consists of a single polymer unit lined with a moisture mat.

     
  • American Hydrotech??s InstaGreen Sedum Carpets are rolled mats of vegetation that can quickly be installed on low- and steep-sloped roofs. The carpets are delivered with a minimum 75% coverage and achieve 90% coverage after two years. Perennial plants or plugs can be planted through the mat after installation. ? hydrotechusa.com

    American Hydrotech InstaGreen Sedum Carpets

    American Hydrotech’s InstaGreen Sedum Carpets are rolled mats of vegetation that can quickly be installed on low- and steep-sloped roofs.

     

Lighting

  • The design team tested the light-reflecting capabilities of different louver shapes to find the best forms for maximizing diffused natural illumination, depending on whether the louvers were for the new structures' north-south facades or east-west ones. (Both can be seen in this photo.)

    Taming the Sun

    With its expansion of the Israel Museum, James Carpenter Design Associates devised a way to work with Jerusalem's intense daylight.

     

Culture

Crit

  • Anna Heringer and Eike Roswag, METIHandmade School, Rudrapur, Bangladesh (2006)

    Small Scale, Minor Letdown

    The Museum of Modern Art's new show, "Small Scale, Big Change," features worthy humanitarian efforts ... and a troubling hero complex.

     

Exhibits Books Etc.

Screen Grab

  • Supermetric partners (from left to right) Olaf Kreitz, Marco Raab, and Sidney Blank designed the Stackd website with the idea that strangers would connect, then move offline for true interaction. "People sitting and talking together is still really important," Raab says. "It's experiential."

    stackd.biz

    Why shouldn't your social network include the office building you work in?

     

Past P/A

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    Modernism in Classical Armor

    At Princeton's Whig Hall, Gwathmey and Siegel created a modernist landmark that is remarkably at home in a classical revival shell.