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  • Iconic Buildings featured image

    Iconic Buildings

    The iconic building principal incentive is to be visually attractive or stand out, for this purpose three main features must be accomplished: have a …

  • Go Big or Go Home! featured image

    Go Big or Go Home!

    This paper will focus on the design and detailing of large-format glass enclosures intended to maximize transparency using state-of-the-art materials…

  • Printed Facades? featured image

    Printed Facades?

    While additive manufacturing (AM) offers unprecedented freedom of design and a remarkable potential for material efficiency and lightweight structure…

  • Facade Resilience Evaluation Framework featured image

    Facade Resilience Evaluation Framework

    Resiliency is the capacity of a building (or building component in the case of the facade) to support building functionalities during extreme events …

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    The Carapace Pavilion

    The Carapace Pavilion is a university-based, design-build, full-scale custom prototype for a possible replacement of the standard precast concrete to…

  • Novel Thermal Break Solution featured image

    Novel Thermal Break Solution

    Thermal-break-blanket technology is a novel and high-performance thermal break solution for aluminum curtain walls. The thermal-break-blanket is inst…

  • Inside the Box

    The trend towards modular and unitized facades continues to grow in popularity due largely in part to the efficiencies gained in terms of cost and ti…

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    The Myth of Simplicity

    There were good why reasons early US Modernism first evolved in California– wide open sites with no constraints (physical or zoning), and effectively…

  • Bringing an Icon Into the Future: Willis Tower featured image

    Bringing an Icon Into the Future: Willis Tower

    Few buildings are as iconic as Willis Tower. Generations of Chicagoans have a collective memory of this building playing a role in their entire live…

  • Case Study: Kao Ho Hospital Development, Kaohsiung, Taiwan featured image

    Case Study: Kao Ho Hospital Development, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

    U-shaped annealed profiled glass, or U channel glass is used in both the interior and exterior glass façade for decades, as it has long and durable s…

  • Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Heritage Façades

    With the developments in production, industrial facilities lost their function and were abandoned over time. The most frequent and often the most sus…

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    Lithic Revival

    The recently completed Capital One Hall performing arts center located in the Washington DC metro area is defined by a pleated exterior of glass and …

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    CR∆CKİNG THЄ C󉘳DЄ // DYN∆MİC L∆B F∆C∆DЄS

    The real estate market continues to demand “all glass” buildings often to the detriment of human comfort and thermal performance. For an office build…

  • Façade Systems and Embodied Carbon

    Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology used to quantify the impact of building construction supply chains on the environment in terms of measur…

  • Facade Maintenance Access

    Facades are an architectural feature and an integral part of the building enclosure. To ensure that the facades continue their function, they must be…

  • A Burning Question Revisited featured image

    A Burning Question Revisited

    In recent decades the use of unitized glazing systems has become increasingly common especially for high-rise construction. The opaque panels in unit…

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    Elliptical Ways

    Construction projects almost invariably encounter a critical stage at the moment of handover between the designing and the executing party. At this p…

  • Unitized Curtain Wall featured image

    Unitized Curtain Wall

    Unitized curtain wall has become ubiquitous in contemporary facade design and construction due to advantages associated with speed of erection, lower…

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    Verifying Thermal Performance

    Architects specify curtain wall thermal performance criteria and usually identify simple modeling software, like THERM, to perform thermal analysis t…