Hand-Stenciled Tiles

Created from well-known designer Italian Atelier Bardelli’s freehand drawing style, the Tangram Collection features attractive stenciled drawings in the form of bath tiles. Bardelli imports his drawings into mixed media for more specific detailing, thereby blending his traditional craft with modern design techniques.

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Silicon Valley Convention Center Gets Lit

When the San Jose McEnery Convention Center needed a new lighting system that could support the multi-use, high-production-value conventions their clients expect, they turned to high-tech lighting. The San Jose McEnery Convention Center now has one of the most advanced lighting systems in the country. “The previous sodium light fixtures were from the ’80s,” says Gabriel Nemeth, Director of Event Operations. “Advances in technology and changing client demands put us behind the times.” This was particularly true for tradeshows that demand multiple functions, with some sections being used for keynotes and others for booths. For guidance to a solution, Team San Jose

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French Gray Meets Cut Stone

Cool gray tones of Cumulus Vantage30 and Cannonade Cut Coarse Stone feature clean, modern lines in soothing color palettes. Cut stone adds sophistication to any space. By intensifying the use of color to draw attention to the authentic textures of the stone, Cumulus Vantage30 and Cannonade Cut Coarse Stone present an organically sophisticated option to adapt to interior and exterior spaces. 

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Slate’s design features floor-to-ceiling curtainwall, which aids in the success of the space by fostering  a visually seamless relationship between the building’s interior and exterior environment.

Mixed-Use, Transit-Oriented Development Earns Gold

The city of Portland, Oregon’s new 10-story, mixed use, transit-oriented development known as Slate earned LEED Gold. Formerly Block 75, the high-efficiency building features window, entrance and unitized curtainwall systems. A cornerstone in the city’s efforts to revitalize the Burnside Bridgehead area, Slate rises on a previously vacant lot. Opened in Sept. 2016, the project spans 147,000 sq. ft. and offers 75 market-rate apartment units on the upper six floors; 35,000 sq. ft. of creative co-working office workspace on the second and fourth floors; and 7800 sq. ft. of retail space at street level.Designed by Works Progress Architecture for co-developers Urban Development Partne

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Tree Pose

Burkina Faso-born Francis Kéré was selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary installation at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Garden, London. His Berlin-based practice has designed everything from schools to retail environments. Kéré’s installation addresses how people move through the gardens while they interact with one another. “I was interested in how my contribution to this Royal Park could not only enhance the visitors’ experience of nature, but also provoke a new way for people to connect with each other,” says Kéré. Kéré’s pavilion speaks to the ecological and social value of trees. “It is a micro cosmos that fuses cultural references from my home country of Burkina F

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Pedestrian Tunnel Adds Active Wall System

Philadelphia’s multi-phased, $59.65 million SEPTA Downtown Link features an innovative glass block “active” wall system. This past summer, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) completed the first phase of the Downtown Link, its Center City concourse improvement program to upgrade the underground pedestrian tunnel network. Significant architectural enhancements were made during this phase including an innovative, backlit, glass block “active” wall system. The Downtown Link connects six subway stations, two regional rail systems, and provides access to many businesses, offices, historical points of interest and other destinations.“O

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