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HOW TO TILE A EUROBATH

One aspect of civilization that the Romans got right was the tiled bath. Since then, Europeans have built tiled bathrooms that present no distinction between the shower and the rest of the room.

This success of this design depends on lots of tile and a mortar substrate that slopes to a strategically placed floor drain. A lack of thresholds also makes this kind of bathroom perfect for wheelchair access.

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Nora Lighting introduces Cori, an LED track lighting fixture that uses multiple LEDs to produce higher lumens and beam spreads without creating forward heat. The fixture includes an integral driver unit with a die-cast aluminum head. Styled fins dissipate heat to extend the unit's performance life. With a slim, low-profile design, the fixture is well suited for commercial, retail, art, and jewelry applications. Available in 12 watts or 23 watts, with color temperatures of 3000K (warm white) or 4200K (cool white). ...  Sponsored section.

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CREATIVE CONCRETE

When we think of sustainability, images of solar panels, thick insulation, and rainwater cisterns might come to mind. But Canadian architect and researcher Mark West is rethinking the bones of concrete structures to find ways to make them as efficient as possible.

West is director of the University of Manitoba's Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST), where the research revolves around fabric-formed concrete. The process uses pliable fabric to make innovative, efficient structural shapes.   Published 2012.0328

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Architectural Products Around the Web

Building Products Manufacturer Denies Allegations of Price-Fixing Cartel — Irish Examiner, 2012.0410

Low-Energy House Made of Steel — Graitec, 2012.0409

Prices of Building Materials in India Goes through the Roof — The Hindu, 2012.0406

Dirt Is Making a Comeback — Philadelphia Inquirer, 2012.0406

Xi Plus Precast Concrete Wall Systems Introduced by Superior Walls — Superior Walls Press Release, 2012.0405

Cups, Plates Become Construction Materials — Earth911, 2012.0405

Tornado Touches Down Near Steve Silver Headquarters — Furniture Today, 2012.0405

Alcoa to Curtail Refining Capacity — Alcoa Press Release, 2012.0405

Walker Glass Releases a New White Paper on Anti-Slip Acid-Etched Glass — Walker Glass Press Release, 2012.0404

Eliason Doors on Pinterest — Eliason Blog, 2012.0404

GE Boosts Wind Power Portfolio with Oklahoma Investment — Triple Pundit, 2012.0404

Mitsubishi Unveils Ultra-High-Speed Elevator for Shanghai Skyscraper — BDC, 2012.0403

Bankruptcies Have German Solar on the Ropes — Der Spiegel, 2012.0403

Caterpillar Eyes Huge Growth in China — China Daily, 2012.0403

Therma-Tru Introduces Simulated Mahogany 3-Panel Door Style — ThermaTru Press Release, 2012.0331

LUXADD Introduces the Express T5 Retrofit Kit Series — LuxAdd Press Release, 2012.0328

Replacing a Bathtub with a Luxury Walk-in Shower — New York Times, 2012.0328

Creative Concrete — ArchitectureWeek, 2012.0327

CertainTeed Announces Decoustics Fabric-Wrapped Wall Panels — CertainTeed Press Release, 2012.0326

Philips Defends New Energy Efficient Light Bulb — Triple Pundit, 2012.0313

What Homeowners Want from Their Roofs — DaVinci Roofscapes Press Release, 2012.0313

Autodesk Revit Users to Can Now Place Nora Flooring Directly into Their 3D Projects — nora Press Release, 2012.0313

CENTRIA Introduces Zinc Panels from VMZINC — PRWeb, 2012.0313

SEWR, Using Solar Design to Purify Water — TreeHugger, 2012.0306

Therma-Tru Introduces Classic-Craft® Craftsman Sidelites — Therma-Tru Press Release, 2012.0301

Israeli Technology Turns Air into Drinking Water for Troops — NoCamels, 2012.0228

Attractive Options for Modular Energy Architecture: The Bloom Energy Server — CleanTechnica, 2012.0228

Southern California Manufacturing: Higher-Skilled Labor, Lower Shipping Costs, and Quicker Turnarounds. — Architect's Newspaper, 2012.0227

Building Material Dealers Slowly Construct Improved Business — Forbes, 2012.0224

Home Depot Profit Beats Analysts' Estimates — Bloomberg, 2012.0221

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Design Tools Around the Web

AutoCAD Tip - Fix Gaps and Off-Angled Lines with AutoConstrain — Cadalyst, 2012.0410

Gehry Technologies Awarded BIM Award by AIA — Gehry Technologies Press Release, 2012.0410

PTC Advances MCAD Strategy with Release of Creo 2.0 — PTC Press Release, 2012.0409

Synchronize Views with Layer State Manager, Including Sheet Set Manager — Cadalyst, 2012.0409

CAD Management: Bootstrapping — AUGI, 2012.0405

Altair's OptiStruct: Functionally Driven Concept Design — Engineering-Matters, 2012.0405

Open BIM Aims to Overcome Collaboration Challenges of Modern AEC Workflows — Cadalyst, 2012.0405

BIM Vs. GIS — Cadalyst, 2012.0404

Inexpensive Architectural Design Software — Doug Bowers Consulting, 2012.0403

Autodesk Expert Discusses Sustainable Technologies in Qatar's Construction Industry — Zawya, 2012.0403

Dassault Introduces SolidWorks Plastics Software — SolidWorks Press Release, 2012.0402

Vectorworks Cloud Services Provides Added Computing Power and Design Freedom — Vectorworks Press Release, 2012.0402

Freeland Buck Uses Computer-Based Fabrication to Create the Richly-Layered Maximiliano. — Architect's Newspaper, 2012.0402

3D Planning Tool for the City of Tomorrow — Physorg, 2012.0402

Many Skeptics Now Believers in BIM — Go Structural, 2012.0331

SmartGeometry 2012: Radical Collaboration, Conversation, and Computation — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0329

Adobe's Latest Critical Security Update Pushes Scareware — ZDNet, 2012.0329

The New Materials User Interface in Revit 2013 — AECbytes, 2012.0328

Review: AutoCAD 2013 — Cadalyst, 2012.0327

Long Range Laser Scanning & BIM Help Safely Move Massive Equipment into Fortune 100 Energy Facility — 3D Scan, 2012.0327

BIM Advances Regulatory Code Compliance — Constructech Magazine, 2012.0327

Autodesk Brings More Sustainable Design Tools into the Cloud — GreenBiz, 2012.0327

Google Doodle Honors German Architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe — PCMag, 2012.0327

Share and Sync 3D Models and Other Assets with Buzzsaw for Android — Plain Dealer, 2012.0326

Taking Another Look at 3D — Cadalyst, 2012.0322

Luxology Launches Modo 601 and New CAD Loaders — Cadalyst, 2012.0322

iTech Uses BIM Bang-Whizzery at Al Mafraq Hospital — ConstructionWeek Online, 2012.0322

Projectmates Project Management Software Named Constructech Top Product — Systemates Press Release, 2012.0320

How Much RAM Should You Buy for a CAD Workstation? — CAD Speed, 2012.0320

SolidWorks Software Inventor Creates CAD Innovations — Boston Globe, 2012.0320

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