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The nature of architecture and the performance of materials are deeply linked. The nature of materials defines the stuff that surrounds us, and architecture is concerned with the arrangement of this 'stuff.'

As computational power increases, architects are able to consider larger and larger data sets. One way to focus those computing resources is to consider increasingly small building components.

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HOW COOL IS UFAD?

Underfloor Air Distribution (UFAD) is a method of air conditioning the space by supplying the air from the floor, using natural buoyancy forces to lift it to the ceiling, as opposed to the conventional systems, which supply air from the ceiling down to the occupants, working against the natural forces of buoyancy.   (in the Building Context Department 2012.0725)

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Architectural Products Around the Web

in Architecture, Wood Is Now on the Cutting Edge — The Globe and Mail, 2012.0815

In Fragmented Brazilian Forest, Few Species Survive — New York Times, 2012.0814

Nanomaterial Demontrates Ability to Absorb and Reabsorb Hydrogen — AZo CleanTech, 2012.0814

2012 Metal Building Design Awards Announced — AZo Build, 2012.0810

Extreme Mechanics: Buckling Down — Nature (registration required), 2012.0808

Wallpaper Designed to Cover an Entire Building — Fast Company, 2012.0807

New Energy-Efficient Building Material — Product Design & Development, 2012.0802

In Oregon, Residents Struggle to Solve a Pesticide Mystery — The Atlantic, 2012.0802

New Energy-Efficient Building Material — Product Design & Development, 2012.0801

EU Funds Straw Homes Project — Construction Index, 2012.0727

Steel Production Remains Flat — Constructions Source (Australia), 2012.0725

Prices for Construction Materials Slide in June as Prices for Finished Buildings Rise — LoanSafe, 2012.0718

Metal Foundations for Green Buildings — Metal Foundations Press Release, 2012.0712

Most Efficient Heat Pump by WaterFurnace — Jetson Green, 2012.0711

Valuing England's Woodlands for Sustainable Forestry — Constructions Source (Australia), 2012.0711

Report: Plywood, Veneer and Fabricated Wood Manufacturing in Australia — San Francisco Chronicle, 2012.0708

Printable Organic Solar Cells Are 10 Percent More Energy-Efficient — Ubergizmo, 2012.0704

Forestry Firms, Architects to Create Playhouses for Charity — Vancouver Sun, 2012.0629

'Paint-On' Batteries Demonstrated — BBC News, 2012.0629

BASF SELECT Eco-Label Manager Nearly Triples in Size — Digital Journal, 2012.0627

Modular System Uses Welsh Forestry Products — Green Buiding Press, 2012.0626

A Classic Japanese Chair, Remade for Big American Behinds — Fast Company, 2012.0626

Without the Elevator, There Would Be No Skyscraper — Architects' Journal, 2012.0625

Sustainable Building Material Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available — San Francisco Chronicle, 2012.0622

Construction Material Prices Slip in May — Glass Magazine, 2012.0618

Green Builders Rate Straw as the Ultimate Insulator — DesignBuild Source, 2012.0615

Bamboo Sheds Image as Poor Man’S Timber — Vancouver Sun, 2012.0613

BenQ Solar Showcases Integrated Residential PV Solution — Market Watch, 2012.0612

Exceptional Lighting Turns a Library inside Out | Library by Design — Library Journal, 2012.0611

Corning Museum of Glass Unveils Plans for $64 Million Expansion — Glass on the Web, 2012.0611

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Design Tools Around the Web

NVIDIA Offers Heavy-Duty Parallel Processing in Upgraded Maximus Platform — Cadalyst, 2012.0808

Does Social Media Belong in CAD Applications? — Cadalyst, 2012.0808

Low-Cost CAD: Can a $500 Product Go the Distance? — Cadalyst, 2012.0808

AMD Introduces New Workstation Graphics Cards for CAD — CAD Speed, 2012.0808

Smart Geometry Update — ArchitectureWeek, 2012.0808

CAD Around the World — Cadalyst, 2012.0805

BIM Is a Tool for Sustainable Design — AECZB, 2012.0802

Your Next CAD Workstation — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0801

A View of ArchiCAD 16 — BIM Engine Blog, 2012.0731

Great Access — Architect's Newspaper, 2012.0730

Revit: Changing the Level Elevation without Moving the Level — Imaginit Technologies Support Blog, 2012.0725

AutoCAD WS 1.5 Available Now — AutoCAD WS Blog, 2012.0725

Rendering Sunlight in Autodesk Cloud Rendering — CAD Notes, 2012.0725

Gotcha with Shared Parameters — Jarod Schultz, 2012.0725

Scan-to-BIM: A Reality Check — AEC Magazine, 2012.0720

Autodesk BIM 360 — AEC Magazine, 2012.0720

Drawing with Surveyor’S Units in AutoCAD — Autodesk Between the Lines, 2012.0720

ArchiCAD 16 — AEC Magazine, 2012.0720

Chief Architect Releases Room Planner for iPad — TenLinks, 2012.0719

Are Wikis the New Engineering Knowledge Management? — Engineering Matters, 2012.0718

Advance Steel Review — CAD Digest, 2012.0712

San Francisco to Block Most Municipal Mac Purchases Following Apple's EPEAT Withdrawal — Mac Rumors, 2012.0710

Apple Withdraws EPEAT Environmental Ratings — Geek.com, 2012.0709

What Apple Lost by Dropping EPEAT — CNN Money, 2012.0707

TurboCAD LTE 4 and LTE 4 Pro Review — CAD Digest, 2012.0706

GRAPHISOFT Ships ArchiCAD 16 — Graphisoft Press Release, 2012.0703

What I Didn't Know about Vectorworks 2012 — CAD Digest, 2012.0628

Growth Is the Goal at Solid Edge University 2012 — Cadalyst, 2012.0627

IntelliCAD 7.2 Released — TenLinks, 2012.0626

How Is Computing Changing the Architect's Job? — Product Design & Development, 2012.0625

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