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The Walker Textures® Acid-etched Glass New York City Project Tour

The Walker Textures® Acid-etched Glass New York City Project Tour

Added on 05/18/2018

This alternative city tour will take you to various parts of town to see great examples of early adaptor architects that worked with acid-etched glass. Their creativity is a reflection of New York City grandeur, where anything is possible. During the upcoming AIA National Convention taking place June 20 to 22, many of you will embark on organized tour(s) to visit some of New York City’s best known landmarks. The Walker Textures® acid-etched glass project tour is an interesting free option that is available anytime you have a break in your schedule to see and learn how our glass was used with an “outside the box” perspective.
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Seeing Them from a Distance: The Glass Fins at the New Seattle Amazon Office

Seeing Them from a Distance: The Glass Fins at the New Seattle Amazon Office

Added on 04/16/2018

“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It's coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.”— Sir James Dyson British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company.
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The Beauty That Resides on the Inside

The Beauty That Resides on the Inside

Added on 03/14/2018

For years, the interior of a commercial building was considered an afterthought. The look was dictated by choices of paint, carpet and wall coverings. It was basic and usually left to the tenant. However, a revolution of sorts has been taking place in recent years, with a stronger push to design interiors with innovative building products forging a memorable and branded appearance. The new workplace strategy promoting open floor plans required that architects and interior designers create modern and progressive images in these capacious spaces.
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From Presentation to Installation: One Story of Bird Protective Glazing

From Presentation to Installation: One Story of Bird Protective Glazing

Added on 02/15/2018

There’s lots of articles out there on projects featuring bird friendly glazing. However, a look behind the scenes on how a project ends up using glass that is paramount in saving millions of bird lives is not one that you see very often.
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How Acid-etched Mirror Can Improve Your Architectural Design

How Acid-etched Mirror Can Improve Your Architectural Design

Added on 01/23/2018

Optimizing daylighting in architectural design is taking on a new importance as numerous studies have shown that natural light can increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, and even increase sales. As wonderful as it sounds, some challenges can pop up along the way. Glare and control of contrast are just some of the issues.
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Doing it the Right Way-Transparency in Sustainable Products

Doing it the Right Way-Transparency in Sustainable Products

Added on 11/27/2017

When a trend or a movement gains popularity there’s usually an unfortunate offshoot. Bad actors jump in and try and take advantage of the good will by usually exploiting the positive emotions of the buying public. The concept of “green” brings that example to light as more and more people realized the utter importance of doing things in a sustainable nature, the other side decided to jump in as well- and in this specific case the term “greenwashing” was spawned.
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Meeting at the MERGE of Experience and Collaboration

Meeting at the MERGE of Experience and Collaboration

Added on 10/20/2017

One of the great challenges for anyone trying to make it in a professional field is gaining genuine life experience. The classroom can take you only so far as there is really no substitute for doing something real. Thanks to several amazing individuals, an event named MERGE was created and students from various walks of the building product world were able to work together with professionals in the field to create a truly amazing glass installation.
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An In-Glass “Transition” at the Office

An In-Glass “Transition” at the Office

Added on 09/28/2017

Interior glass in the office setting continues to grow in popularity. The desire for open floor spaces and significant natural light has led the design community to using more glass. But if there was one concern that architects had with glass it was the lack of privacy and options that could still allow the occupant its space but still have the light working through. The interior area needed a change or more realistically a “transition” to a more suitable product.
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“Go big or go home.”

“Go Big or Go Home.”

Added on 09/28/2017

That is an expression that is very popular in many facets of North American culture including movies, television, music, and windows. Yes, windows or any opening to the outdoors (curtain wall and storefront too). The desire to have wide-open spaces and uncluttered views has pushed the design community into specifying the largest glass products possible. This trend is called “oversize” by most but you will also hear the term “jumbo” as well. The movement has been years in the making and now thanks to the advancements in production and handling equipment the availability of oversize product is prominent.
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Scarborough Centre Library Makes It Right

Scarborough Centre Library Makes It Right

Added on 08/10/2017

This article is courtesy of the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) issued in their Touching Down newsletter, published in spring 2017
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