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Overheard at ACADIA: The Future of Architecture, Design, and Fabrication Lies in Computers

Technology leaders at the 34th annual Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture conference see programming, software development, and engineering as integral to next-gen architecture. More

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Acadia Chandelier From Sea Gull Lighting

Compliant with Energy Star, the Acadia chandelier uses six GU24, 13-watt CFLs. The collection’s European rustic design combines comfort and sophistication, according to the maker, and the misted bronze finish is a mix of dark and russet browns that suggests warmth. The champagne seeded glass creates soft glows. 800.347.5483. More

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EcoBuilt Garage Doors by Overhead Doors

The Verde collection of garage doors for the EcoBuilt product line comes in Yosemite, Acadia, Presidio, and Tahoe styles. The doors feature steel integrated meeting rails and can be purchased with or without insulation. EcoBuilt garage door panels come ready to paint and are SCS-certified to use a minimum of 88 percent recycled content. 800.275.3290. More

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Acadia University

lighting designer ann kale was challenged by several stringent stipulations for this academic building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and completed in 2002. At the client's request, the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre, a new academic facility for environmental studies at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, was styled after the traditional Georgian vocabulary and brick-and-limestone palette employed by the surrounding campus buildings. In addition to these aesthetic requirements, the client also wanted the building to be energy efficient, which, in terms of lighting, effectively ruled out the use of abundant incandescent sources. 'Stern doesn't like the institutional feel of fluorescent, however,' relays Kale. 'Therefore, the challenge of the project was to make compact fluorescent decorative fixtures provide the lion's share of the lighting, while appearing as if they were lamped with incandescent.' More

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