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    STRUTTING SPACE

    Students at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation have been building complex structures and in the process learning about parametric modeling, digital fabrication, and computer-assisted assembly.

    They have been using the Trusset System, developed by Columbia researchers in the Avery Digital Fabrication Laboratory. The system provides an inexpensive and simple method for manufacturing and building a custom-designed, three-dimensional space-truss structure and enclosure.

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    SEALING OUT WATER

    Sealants are an important part of the building envelope system. I think of them as the third line of defense against water and vapor intrusion. The first line of defense is made up of the building skin, with its coatings, veneers, and sheathings. Membranes and flashings are secondary.

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