Anticipation

Attending trade shows, conferences and industry meetings are par for the course for an editor. For me, I get the opportunity to sit in on seminars as well as meet with manufacturers and readers over the course of a few days.

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Geometric Reconfigurations

Public art structure celebrates the immigrant experience

By Marcy Marro, Editor

If you happen to be near the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston, on Sunday morning, April 2, you will have the opportunity to watch the sixth annual reconfiguration of the abstract structure. Made of steel and aluminum, the split rhomboid dodecahedron will be lifted and pulled apart by a crane in two halves and reshaped into a new and different sculptural shape.

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The Cotton Gin: A Deeper Look

By Marcy Marro, Editor

Hutton Cotton Gin

This month's Top Honors column features the Cotton Gin at the CO-OP District in Hutto, Texas. The project is a wonderful example of how a city took buildings that spoke to its past, and updated and modernized them in a way that provides a beacon for its future. 

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We’re Looking for Creative Uses of Metal

Do you use metal in an unusual and wonderful way? We want to hear about it. In a new feature in Metal Architecture called Creative Metal, we're showcasing project details that use metal building materials in applications you don't see every day.

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Specifications Survey

By Marcy Marro, Editor

Each year, Metal Architecture conducts a survey of architects to learn more about the metal products they are specifying. The survey asks about what was specified in the previous year, and what architects expect to specify in the current year. This year's survey shows that after a positive 2016, 2017 is also looking to have increased specifications on metal products. 

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Exemplary Projects

By Marcy Marro, Editor

The discussions by architects on the merit of one project over another never cease to amaze me. From the attention to detail to the personal likes and dislikes of the architects charged with selecting the winning projects in an awards program, the insight gained by even just sitting in and listening is always quite interesting. And even being involved in a number of awards calls over the years, every one is dramatically different in both the conversation between the judges and the final projects selected.

 

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NMAAHC: A Deeper Look

By Marcy Marro, Editor 

In my interview with Hal Davis, FAIA, senior vice president at SmithGroupJJR, Washington, D.C., one of the four architecture firms involved in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), featured in this month's Building Profile, he shared so much more information than I could fit into my article. So, I went back over some of the points he mentioned, and thought I'd share some additional insights into the 19th museum on the National Mall. 

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Do building product manufacturers do enough to support architects?

By Marcy Marro, Editor

 

Are building product manufacturers doing everything they can to support architects using their products? According to a new study byThe American Institute of Architects (AIA), maybe not.

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A Positive Outlook

By Marcy Marro, Editor

 

With a new president about to take office, 2017 is full of both uncertainty and predictions of a strong year.  And as we head into a new year, it's time to look toward the future with the help of industry experts, who weigh in on what they predict 2017 will bring.

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A Time to Reflect

By Marcy Marro, Editor

 

Thanksgiving is upon us, and before we know it we will be leaving 2016 behind and heading into the new year.  As we head full force into the holiday season, let's take the time to look back and reflect on 2016.

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Market Growth

Has your architecture or design firm completely recovered from the Great Recession? Are you back on track and doing the same or more business than before the economy tanked? I know when I look around the two communities near where I live and where I work in the Chicagoland area, there is more new construction going on than there has been in years. New strip malls and restaurants are popping up in areas that have had stalled growth over the years. I, for one, take all of the recent development as a good sign that the economy has finally gotten to a point of growth.

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Buildings and Health Impacts

When designing a new building for a client, do you consider the health impact of the building? According to a new study released last month, nearly three quarters of architects say the health impacts of buildings are influencing their design decisions. This finding matches a strong market demand by building owners, who two-thirds of those surveyed reported that health considerations affect how they design and construct buildings.

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