Crowd Pleaser

Adjustable heights and general positioning, shading options and customizable choices when it comes to ambiance and bulb finishes with dimming availability, Buster+Punch is known for attention to detail and aesthetic appeal, and their entrance into lighting should bring no surprise as being as elegant as before. This lighting application excels in giving the installer full control over the trajectory of light.

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Side-Swiping Surfaces

ALTA Long Island City, a 43-story residential tower in Long Island City, N.Y., needed an update. After glass curtainwall and window wall pricing for an acoustically challenged sight came back as cost prohibitive, the redesign by Stephen B. Jacobs Group Architects and Planners (SBJ Group) prescribed a Porcelanosa exterior tile system to clad the building.“We used two colors—Cubica, the dark one, and the other was Extreme White,” recalls SBJ principal, Isaac Daniel Astrachan. “We decided to do punched openings on lower floors and transition to window walls on the upper floors. In between the two, they are staggered as it transitions.” Astrachan was so pleased

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Noise-Averse Texas-Sized Project Inspires the Dallas Design Community

Focused on serving as a resource for those interested in architecture and design in the Dallas area, AIA Dallas and the Architecture and Design Foundation converged in a new space to form “AD EX.” With the intent to deliver a multi-use environment AIA Dallas commissioned Omniplan to redesign the approximately 26,000-sq.-ft., 2-story space. To mitigate reverberation issues and address the lighting needs in the first-floor training room and event space, Omniplan selected Focal Point’s Seem 1 Acoustic luminaire and baffle system. An acoustic analysis yielded a 0.85 second reverberation time (RT) in the training room and a 1.05 seconds RT in the event-space area. Using this inf

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University of Rochester Goergen Institute for Data Sciences
University of Rochester Goergen Institute for Data Sciences
University of Rochester Goergen Institute for Data Sciences

Driven by Data

The University of Rochester, in Rochester, N.Y., began accepting students to its new Goergen Institute of Data Science program in fall 2015, and two years later the school opened the doors to an ambitious new facility to house the effort.The building features a creative façade design by Kennedy & Violich Architects (KVA) that plays with the theme of a data-centric mission, offering a “coded” indicator of the work going on within its walls. At the same time, it also ties this very modern building to the larger campus, with its roots back to the 1930s.The campus is the university’s third home and was originally built as its College for Men in 1930. Its oldest buildings fe

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A Walk on the Mediterranean Side

Available in luxurious Carrera marble or pristine limestone, Medina tiles from StoneImpressions lets you create an extraordinary design space with a taste of Mediterranean culture. The line shines with onyx and turquoise jewel tones. The tiles are sealed with a three-part acrylic topcoat that is durable and an ideal choice for kitchens, bathrooms, backsplashes and light traffic flooring. The tiles come in both 6-in. × 6-in. and 12-in. × 12-in. sizes. 

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Nature Making a Comeback in Chicago's Concrete Jungle

A challenging urban infill benefits from broad expertise and material certainty in geofoam. Laura Solano, landscape architect and principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Assocs. (mvva), Cambridge, Mass., has a reputation for solving landscape challenges in complex urban contexts through innovative approaches to stormwater management, incorporating sustainable soils and native plants, and the resourceful use of landscape materials.Solano has high praise for an often-unsung hero in her tool kit—molded polystyrene geofoam, used as a lightweight fill beneath landscapes. Molded polystyrene is a cellular plastic material used to produce incredibly strong geofoam blocks, which are easi

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