August 01, 2007

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August 01, 2007
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Extreme Museum – Siberian Edition
Designed as a low-impact, highly insulated, well-conditioned response to the extreme Siberian climate, the World Mammoth and Permafrost Museum is a place where the worlds of the museum and scientific research can coexist. It’s elevated 20 feet above the landscape to prevent heat transfer to the thermally sensitive permafrost. A super-insulated, double-wall-glazed façade with an Aerogel lattice network mimics the natural geometry of the permafrost.
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Hip Housewares Store is a Dish
The dynamic, gallery-like environment of Umbra’s first concept store in Toronto illustrates the creative, edgy nature of the housewares designer and manufacturer. A dramatic floating staircase, large video monitors featuring Umbra’s product designers, and an over-scaled, retro-styled “chandelier” installation created from table lamps are just a few of the elements that heighten the visual impact of the space.
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Texas School Seeks I.D.
It may not have a name yet, but architects of a new $88.5 million high school in Keller, TX, are striving to create an environmentally friendly design that gives the school its own contemporary identity. The two-story, E-shaped facility will feature geothermal heating and cooling, daylighting, and low-flow plumbing.
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Diretto™ – a sleek, new contemporary fixture by Architectural Area Lighting

Diretto™, the latest addition to Architectural Area Lighting’s contemporary line of fixtures, is designed to provide a complementary look for the existing Indirect™ and Spectra™ luminaire families.
A sleekly designed, cast aluminum, post-top fixture, with dual stainless steel struts; Diretto provides lighting along exterior areas of buildings and pathways, as well as illuminating common areas and is an elegant embellishment to any contemporary architecture.
The Diretto is well suited for mixed-use, commercial, educational, municipal and downtown renovation environments.

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Detroit Medical Center Named ‘Most Wired Hospital’
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L.L. Bean First LEED Retail Building for Connecticut
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