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The new Kerdi-Line drain from Schluter® Systems is a low-profile linear floor drain designed for bonded waterproofing assemblies. It provides an elegant alternative to traditional shower drains and offers a variety of design opportunities, including wheelchair-accessible showers. Available in lengths of 20 to 48 inches (51 to 122 centimeters), the drain can be installed adjacent to walls, with the floor sloped in a single plane toward it, facilitating the use of large-format tiles. ...  Sponsored section.

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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.   Published 2012.0411

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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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The ArchitectureWeek Download Center provides direct access to dozens of free architectural downloads, from software to white papers.  Sponsored section.

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Our comprehensive, inspiring online guide to thousands of architectural and construction products, and hundreds of leading building product manufacturers, is provided in ArchitectureWeek as a joint production with DesignGuide. The Products Guide is continuously updated.  Sponsored section.

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