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    FASTER PLASTER

    RapidSet Eisenwall, a premium cement for exterior plaster developed by CTS Cement Manufacturing Corp., is a quick-setting alternative to traditional Portland cement that can turn stucco work from a ten-day to a three-day project, speeding up work and cutting labor costs. — Published 2006.1101

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    M-CH

    A few lucky students in Europe have experienced the "micro-compact home" (m-ch), an aluminum cube that offers the basics of modern living in less than 665 cubic feet (19 cubic meters). They are appreciating that living in small quarters doesn't have to cramp their style. — Published 2006.1018

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    TO CROSS THE SEINE

    A new pedestrian bridge, "Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir," now undulates across the Seine in Paris. It is the creation of Feichtinger Architectes with consulting engineers RFR, where I work, and Sepia. — Published 2006.1004

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    PERFORATED METAL

    "Perforated" is the designation given to a body of metal surfaces that have been pierced or cut with the purpose of removing portions of the body of the sheet. Perforated metal is available in a vast array of hole sizes, shapes, and grids. Patterns can be staggered, gridded, random, or custom. — Published 2006.0920

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    PRIMARY PREFAB

    Having provided the United Kingdom's educational system with new school building design concepts throughout the 1950s and 60s, Southwest London has once again become a proving ground for a new type of educational construction. — Published 2006.0906

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    COORDINATION QUALITY

    When firms take the time early in the design process to improve construction coordination for instance between mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) subcontractors working in constricted areas they can reap tangible benefits. This article offers a design/build-oriented perspective. Editor — Published 2006.0823

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    BACKSTAGE MATTERS

    I have noticed as a professional actor an observation reinforced in my work as a registered architect, specializing in theater design consulting that the same shortcomings in backstage design occur time and again. Creating inefficient and sometimes barely workable spaces, these chronic problems in layout and provisions may be attributed in large part to design efforts that disproportionately concentrate on the lobby and the auditorium. — Published 2006.0809

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    METAL STUD PRECAST

    Although precast concrete is an outstanding architectural material, its heavy weight can limit where and how it's used. A recently completed project demonstrates how a relatively new type of lighter-weight hybrid wall system combining cold-formed metal studs and precast concrete can expand opportunities to apply precast technologies. — Published 2006.0712

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    SOUND OF FOUR SEASONS

    Inside the glass box of Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is the curvilinear R. Fraser Elliott Hall. Belying the elegance of the decor is a thoroughly researched and executed acoustical design. The stacking of the balconies, the selection of materials, the texture of the basket-weave plaster shell, and other carefully considered characteristics coordinate to optimize musical performance and listening enjoyment. — Published 2006.0621

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    L.A. URBAN

    "Downtown L.A." may not be an oxymoron much longer, because when the construction dust finally settles, the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, California will have its own urban center. Ten years ago nobody would have believed it, but since an adaptive reuse ordinance was adopted in 1999 to eliminate many regulatory barriers, construction investment in downtown L.A. has ballooned to $12.2 billion. This according to a study released in February 2006 by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID). — Published 2006.0607

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