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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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Architectural Products Around the Web

Guardian Glass Featured on Award-Winning Mercy Corps Headquarters — Glass Magazine, 2012.0424

Lusio Solid-State Lighting Releases New iPad App — Lusio Press Release, 2012.0424

Phase Change Materials — Construction Digital, 2012.0423

Reliable Steel to Build Living Homes with GigaCrete Materials — Phototron Press Release, 2012.0419

Retrofit of Houston Skyscraper Uses CertainTeed Ecophon Ceiling Panels — CertainTeed Press Release, 2012.0417

Q&A: Kevin Theobald — Metropolis Magazine, 2012.0416

Salvaging Wood and Fixtures from Buildings Is an Earth-Friendly Trend — Detroit Free Press, 2012.0415

Nest Slams Honeywell over 'Meritless' Thermostat Patent Suit — PC Magazine, 2012.0413

Apple's Former Patent Chief Joins Nest Labs — New York Times, 2012.0412

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

Cups, Plates Become Construction Materials — Earth911, 2012.0405

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

Alcoa to Curtail Refining Capacity — Alcoa Press Release, 2012.0405

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

Eliason Doors on Pinterest — Eliason Blog, 2012.0404

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creative Concrete — ArchitectureWeek, 2012.0327

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

CENTRIA Introduces Zinc Panels from VMZINC — PRWeb, 2012.0313

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

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Design Tools Around the Web

Danish University Communicates Professionally in 3D — Utopian City Scape Press Release, 2012.0425

Managing Revit Drawing Revisions in Newforma Project Center — AECbytes, 2012.0424

AutoCAD WS Hearts Google Drive — WorldCAD Access, 2012.0424

3D Systems Launches New ZPrinter® 850 — 3D Systems Press Release, 2012.0423

Quick Hybrid Design Sketch Options with Revit - China Competition — BeLoose Graphic Workshop, 2012.0420

Satellite System Will Speed Up Tsunami Warnings — Nature, 2012.0420

Autodesk Strives for Consistency, Cloud-Centricity in 2013 Product Lineup — Cadalyst, 2012.0419

Automatically Track and Chart Time Spent Using Popular CAD Applications, Microsoft Office, and More — Cadalyst, 2012.0419

SmartGeometry 2012 Conference — AECbytes, 2012.0419

A Midterm Test for the CAD Industry — Graphic Speak, 2012.0418

New in AutoCAD 2013: Object Modification — CAD Notes, 2012.0418

Here's the Uber for Architecture — VentureBeat, 2012.0418

Augmented Reality in Construction — Constructech Magazine, 2012.0417

COFES 2012: Risk and Opportunity — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0417

Scanners Help Detect Interference in Coal-Fired Power Plant — Vision Systems Design, 2012.0416

The World of AutoCAD Programming Platforms — Cadalyst, 2012.0412

A Practical Approach to Implementing BIM — Structure Mag, 2012.0412

Gehry Technologies Instrumental in Half of the Top Ten "World's Coolest New Buildings" — Gehry Technologies Press Release, 2012.0412

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

Gehry Technologies Receives AIA BIM Award — Gehry Technologies Press Release, 2012.0410

TurboCAD Pro 19 — UpFront Ezine, 2012.0410

Data-Driven, Green Building Design Nets Sefaira $10.8 Million — VentureBeat, 2012.0410

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

Who Keeps Moving Your BIM Goalposts? — AEC Magazine, 2012.0409

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

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

Review of the HP Z1 Workstation — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0409

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

CAD Management: Bootstrapping — AUGI, 2012.0405

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

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