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Cloudy with a Chance of Controlling Sound

Reduce reverberation of sound with Acoustic Clouds. These pre-fabricated Zintra Acoustic 1/2 in. pieces are quickly and easily assembled on-site, then the shape is suspended from the ceiling substrate. Available in 16 standard colors, Acoustic Clouds provide attention grabbing three-dimensional texture that is easily installed, as well as the practical benefit of effective noise reduction.

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Locked Together

Panels work in multiples to create a continuous, uninterrupted sculptural wall. The proprietary, steel-reinforced joints interlock to ensure accurate panel-to-panel alignment and joint stability. Cast entirely of glass reinforced cast rock with a plant-based foam core, the panels come with a low-voc installation kit.

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Delicate and Discreet

A finishing and edge-protection profile for the external edges of tile coverings or mosaics, Schluter-FINEC is ideally suited for delicate tiles. Protecting the external edges of mitered tile, the profile’s thin, discreet reveal blends in with any décor

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Live/Work lifeStyle

Aggressively incorporating PV into its campus, The Univ. of California-Davis’ growing net-zero West Village is expanding to provide housing for faculty and staff—a plan not only to encourage a more sustainable lifestyle, but also a means to provide affordable housing.

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Beating the Heat

Even for Phoenix, temperatures in its Edison Eastlake neighborhood are hot—and in fact, are among the hottest in Maricopa County. On average, the mercury hits 105°F during the summer at this public housing site adjacent to downtown Phoenix, and even reaches 130°F on occasion, taking the concept of an urban heat island to new extremes.

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Monsoon Proof

Building in a mega-city that is vulnerable to rising sea levels, intense tropical cyclones with high-wind speeds and an extremely wet Asian monsoon season required the design to incorporate passive, redundant and low-maintenance building envelope solutions.

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Retaining Water

The Louisiana Children’s Museum, by Mithun, builds off the lessons of Hurricane Katrina, first by taking advantage of the natural habitat, and including a lagoon as part of the grounds. The facility itself, was also broken into a pair of joined buildings to protect a grove of oak trees.

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Bring the Outdoors In

When it comes to restaurant design, Marc Jacobs, executive partner and divisional president, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, is the expert. He has done it 18 times—successfully. Jacobs says he specifies flexible doors, walls and windows to match the unique ambiance he creates at each restaurant.

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High-Flying Design

At Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport, the redevelopment expanded Terminal 5’s original 15,000 sq. ft. of space to 26,000 sq. ft., which helped cover the improvement of the security line areas, the creation of public restrooms in both pre and post-security TSA checkpoint areas, and the expansion of the retail and food options.

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