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    BUILDING CODE ILLUSTRATED

    Anyone who has ever struggled to understand a building code has wondered if there are better ways to communicate such important technical information. Now relief is finally available. — Published 2001.0523

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    POWER HOUSES

    While millions of Californians are complaining about the high cost and low reliability of electricity, a few companies are actually doing something about it. One of these is Shea Homes San Diego, a leading southern California homebuilder, which has recently announced a proactive approach to easing the energy crisis. — Published 2001.0509

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    FASHIONED FOR A WEEK

    Most eyes are on the glamour and the celebrities at the biannual "New York Mercedes Benz Fashion Week." Indeed, 7th on Sixth Inc., the nonprofit organization created to organize and produce these fashion shows, works hard to point the spotlights on the fashion models and designers.

    But in the world of architecture, engineering, and construction, 7th on Sixth offers equally interesting lessons in logistics, organization, and sheer tenacity. — Published 2001.0425

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    AGENTS OF ARCHITECTURAL CHANGE

    Architecture students are told to consider issues of energy, environment, and occupant health as they learn to design. Yet the profession lacks a widespread tradition of evaluating buildings. Students rarely investigate actual buildings, conduct post-occupancy surveys, or evaluate the successes or failures of design ideas. — Published 2001.0418

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    WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD BUILDINGS

    Most people in the construction industry have had this experience: Someone (a client, a guy at a cocktail party, your Aunt Ethel) asks, "Why can't you people build things the way you used to? Why do new buildings fall apart?" — Published 2001.0404

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    BUILDING MONOLITHIC DOMES

    It's been called a "new paradigm in construction" because it relies on a building process unlike any other. But despite its uniqueness, our monolithic dome construction process has developed a following over the last few years. — Published 2001.0328

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    A SCHOOL WITH DAYLIGHT

    A newly opened school in Newport Beach provides both the medium and the message for teachers and parents in Southern California, who were already instilling in their children a respect for energy conservation before an electricity shortage hit the western United States.

    Architects in the Pasadena office of the firm — Published 2001.0314

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    BUILDER'S GUIDE TO PERIMETER SLAB INSULATION

    The foundation of a house is a somewhat invisible and sometimes ignored component of the building. It is increasingly evident, however, that attention to good foundation design and construction has significant benefits to the homeowner and the builder, and can avoid some serious future problems.

    Good foundation design and construction practice means not only insulating to save energy, but also providing effective structural design as well as moisture, termite, and radon control techniques where appropriate. — Published 2001.0307

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    NEW SCHOOL EMBODIES ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL CONCERNS

    Editor's Note: In this story, Wissam Jabr describes the approach taken by his firm to this substantial school project.

    In creating an educational environment for "mentally challenged" children and young adults, as architects we faced a few challenges of our own. Beirut's new Abdel Hadi Debs School for Mental Development was to function as both home and school for 575 students plus staff, with a restricted budget but high ambitions for energy conservation. — Published 2001.0221

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    A TECNOPOD FOR MANY USES

    The architecture firm ZLG Sdn.Bhd., of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has developed a prototype for a lightweight, movable building called the "tecnopod." The main criteria for its design were that it be modular, easily transportable, and able to be erected within a day. — Published 2001.0214

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