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The new town hall in East Hampton, New York elegantly combines new construction with four salvaged historic wood structures from the 1700s and 1800s.
Photo: Francis Dzikowski/ESTO
East Hampton Town Hall - Robert A.M. Stern Architects
by Michael J. Crosbie
There are many approaches to sustainable architecture,
and one of the most efficient and effective is the reuse
of old buildings.
Often, adaptive reuse is not as sexy as designing a
high-tech green building from scratch, with its full
complement of the latest gizmos. But reconceptualizing a
building that already exists is often the most
sustainable choice, because such structures contain
embodied energy — the energy that was invested in
their original design and construction.
Employing that embodied energy in a repurposed structure
helps us to achieve new architecture with very little
new energy investment.
The modest yet elegant new town hall for East Hampton,
New York, near the eastern tip of Long Island, is just
such a building. When you first see it, you might think
that it has been there for a couple of centuries, set
back from the old Montauk Highway.
Actually, this new town hall complex was designed by
Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) using pieces of
historic fabric that had been relocated at least once
before, and that have now found new life as town offices
and meeting rooms, thanks to some ingenious design
The story of these buildings starts in the 18th and 19th
centuries, when they were constructed on different sites
around this historic region. In the 1970s, these four
timber-framed structures — Hedges House, Hand
House, Bridgehampton Barn, and Parsons Barn — were
among those acquired by the heiress Adelaide de Menil
and her late husband, Ted Carpenter, who relocated the
buildings to a property on East Hampton's Further Lane
and restored them to form a tidy compound.
I.M. Pei designed the sublime helical stair that descends from the Pyramide du Louvre. Photo: Sina Almassi
Basics - Stairs, Ramps, and Slopes Title
by Nancy Gesimondo and Jim Postell
Stairs, ramps, and slopes are specific types of flooring
assemblies that join two or more different levels.
Their design is guided, in part, by larger design
intentions that involve human movement through space,
along with scale, location, orientation, wayfinding
strategies, and their contextual fit within the
immediate and surrounding environment.
Their design and construction are also influenced by code constraints established to address concerns of safety and accessibility.
Through their components, materials, and surface articulation, stairs, ramps, and slopes can communicate spatial hierarchy in the way people navigate through buildings. The assembly of these systems can serve many purposes, including articulating space and establishing spatial order.
These elements also contribute to a wide variety serendipitous functions, such as serving as a place to sit and talk, or as a place to meet briefly.
Consider opportunities for integrating building assemblies with engineering systems. Stairs, ramps, and slopes can be considered primary building assemblies in which structural support, lighting, and MEP systems are incorporated.
These systems will influence the material selection as well as the composition and detail of their assembly.
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Logon designed the new Shanghai Museum of Glass. Photo: logon
People and Places
by Nancy Novitski
logon in Shanghai, China —
Perkins + Will in Baltimore, Maryland —
Goettsch Partners in Evanston, Illinois —
Handel Architects in Santiago, Chile —
Santiago Calatrava in Calgary, Canada —
Callison and Hobbs + Black in Salt Lake City, Utah —
EYP in New York, New York...
The new Shanghai Museum of Glass is located on a former glass manufacturing and processing site in Shanghai, China. Architecture firm logon of Berlin, Germany, and Shanghai designed the adaptation and expansion of two existing buildings to create the 5,500-square-meter (59,000-square-foot) museum.
As part of the conversion, the two buildings a former glass bottle factory and warehouse were insulated and their single-glazed windows were replaced with double-glazing. Two new elements were added: a glass atrium connects the buildings on both exhibit floors, and a two-story steel structure provides space at the front of the museum for a lobby, cafe, and gift shop. The new entrance structure also serves as a "service belt."
The museum features a distinctive black-and-white facade comprising more than 500 panels of U-shaped channel glass backlit by LEDs. The panels were coated with black enamel and sandblasted to depict glass-related words in several languages.
Completed in May 2011, the museum represents the first phase of the G+ Glass Theme Park redevelopment project by Shanghai Glass Co.
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Defining Green Products for Indoor Environmental Quality
Air Quality Sciences offers a white paper examining what
constitutes a green product, how the term "green" has been used
and misused, and how green products can affect indoor
environmental quality (IEQ) and human health. Additionally, this
paper explores federal and state government "green chemistry"
initiatives, regulations, and guidelines.
Update to AutoCAD Web and Mobile Access
Autodesk recently released an update to AutoCAD WS, which
enables users to view, edit, and share their AutoCAD designs and
DWG files through web browsers and mobile devices. The AutoCAD
WS 1.1 plugin and mobile app are currently available for free
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