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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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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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Taking and Ideal Line

Seventeen stations, 15 km of tunnels, and eight years of construction, the Cityringen underground line in Copenhagen, designed by Arup, is open. It connects the city center with three previously unconnected districts and a neighboring city. Taking inspiration from the surroundings, each entrance was given a unique design. Ceramic panels made by MOEDING were used in the façade of seven stations, including red glazed LONGOTON panels measuring 343 mm × 2847 mm.

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Engineers of Color

Rocky Rochon has brought his science-based paint line, The Paint Laboratory (TPL), to Southern California. Launched in Seattle, the line is available, along with hand-painted samples, at the new studio in West Hollywood. Created to solve the evergreen issue of how a paint’s color, and thus the goals of a designer, is affected by a shift in light source, the line is focused on the properties of metamerism—the science of the reflection of light and its impact on how color is defined.

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Electronic Air Measuring Station

At AHR, Ruskin introduced a truly novel product, the AIRFLOW-IQ, which combines the features of the company’s TDP05K air flow and temperature measuring probes, with its CD50 control damper and the VAFB24-BAC RAMS Air Measurement BACnet actuator. The factory-assembled and calibrated unit provide effective setpoint airflow control from 0 to 5,000 FPM (0 to 25 m/s) using analog or BACnet interface. The ultra low-leak, class 1A-rated CD50 damper helps satisfy the requirements for minimum outside air as required by ASHRAE 62.1, 90.1 and 189.1, California Title 24, the Int’l Mechanical Code and the Int’l. Energy Conservation Code. According to the manufacturer, one of the ma

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Post PSAs and Updates Instantly

Soofa provides cities with a tool that, in times of emergency, allows for both flexible and instantaneous messages. It is working with government partners to design specific COVID-19 PSA templates, which can be easily adapted to post new updates regarding school closures, canceled events, transportation disruptions, relief fund options, and general public health guidelines. For example, the town of Brookline, Mass., uses Soofa Signs to post specific updates about school and playground closures, while the city of Somerville, Mass., is redirecting people to their official webpage for more detailed information.

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Happier Workplaces

“This is a product that I love! I judged it at Neocon and our team gave it a gold award.” —Elisabeth Post-Marner, SpacesmithThe product—Framery acoustic pods for phone meetings or relaxation—according to Post-Marner, literally envelops one in the sound-absorbing surroundings. “The ‘Mind’ section of WELL addresses places of meditation and relaxation, and this product provides it,” she says, adding it also meets the “AIR” criteria with no VOCs, and the “COMFORT” category, as the refreshing music-equipped pods help make people feel removed from the surrounding work environment.

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Dynamic Acoustics

Who says acoustic wall panels have to be boring? Designed by Alberto & Francesco Meda, the “Flat” sound-absorbing panels, available as a wall or ceiling-mounted system, are characterized by the perfectly planar front surface. The wall brackets are fitted with a rear metal hinge that can rotate and tilt the element. The “Totem” divider element (right) is made up of 12 panels can be set against each other and supported by a chromed tubular steel structure mounted on a painted metal base.

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Customizable

Its design inspired by global travel, the iD Mixonomi line combines several colors, ranging from calm neutrals, to striking primaries, along with a large array of shapes, to create stunning grids. The customizable LVT flooring system allows many options without the associated price tag. Its phthalate-free, low-VOC composition allows for improved IAQ; up to a third of the product is from recycled materials.

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Integrated Paneling System

The process of combining metal paneling with translucent daylight paneling can be a tedious process due to differing joint systems. UniQuad addresses this issue by combining the systems, making specification easier, and backed by warranty. Several color customization options are available.

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