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It’s that time of year again. Summer is coming to an end. School is back in session. Before we know it, the air will be crisp and the leaves will start to fall. As someone who enjoys photography, the changing colors of the leaves provide a lot of inspiration and opportunities for beautiful photographs.

Inspiration comes from all types of places, and in the instance of this month’s Building Profile, the inspiration behind the unique exterior of the Belay Apartments and Adventure Rock Inc. mixed-use building in Milwaukee is the area’s industrial past and growing development. Find out more about how Milwaukee-based architecture firm Johnsen Schmaling Architects united a rock-climbing gym and apartments in a four-story building with a folded roof.

Many of the projects we feature throughout the magazine each month have some sort of sustainable aspect. Whether it’s a highly efficient building envelope or the use of daylighting, sustainability is key to many projects. Every once in awhile though, we find ourselves detailing one that has taken sustainability to the next level. This month, we take a look at a Modern Green Barn House in Sagaponack, N.Y., that has received six third-party ratings, including LEED for Homes, National Green Building Standard, Energy Star, Department of Energy Challenge Home, Indoor Air Plus and Water Sense. To find out more about this remarkably efficient spec home, designed by Richard Stott, AIA, LEED AP, of Stott Architecture, Southampton, N.Y., click here.

Keeping with the efficiency theme, Alan Scott does a round up of net zero energy programs in Constructive Insights. And in our Guest Column, we hear from Christine Sheppard, Ph.D., who is the director of the glass collisions program at the American Bird Conservancy in The Plains, Va. This column provides some more important information on architecture’s effects on birds, something that Scott touched upon in his June column.

Also in this issue, we touch upon some of what has happened following the Grenfell Tower fire in London earlier this summer. The Special Report looks at what we know following the fire, and some of the differences in building codes here and abroad.

As we head into the back part of the year, be sure to slow down and take a look around. Inspiration is everywhere. Where do you find yours?

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