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  • Solar Strategies

    The first implementation of a daylighting system in a Latin American high-rise office tower puts this Mexico City project on the map.

  • Sunlighting as Formgiver for Architecture

    Despite the fact that the topic of daylighting has become so prevalent in architectural and lighting design discussions and there is a wealth of written resources, there is no single title that has been recognized as the definitive reference on the subject matter. 

  • Floating Out the Storm

    The devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina set Bill and Bryan Spatz in motion rethinking what type of foundation makes sense in flood-prone areas. The Noah's Ark Project is a steel-framed modular home built on a barge. The home looks like a typical 2,700-square-foot home with an asking...

  • High and Dry

    In the flood-prone Gulf region, an elevated home is a no-brainer. The classic poured-concrete slab-on-grade — a simple monolithic pour with nothing more than a thickened edge at the perimeter — is not enough where floodwaters from a storm surge or rising water levels pose a threat. Using a raised...

  • Coastal Resources: Safe and Durable Coastal Decks

    A casual inspection of just about any wooden boardwalk or ocean-side deck provides ample evidence of what a harsh coastal environment can do. Fortunately, there is help at hand to guide builders toward code-conforming deck design and good construction practice. Design for Code Acceptance 6:...

  • Master Plan | Eindhoven, the Netherlands

    An integrated approach to urban lighting melds Eindhoven's past, present, and future.

  • Master Plan | Philadelphia

    Innovative urban lighting plans are revitalizing the form and character of the center city district.

  • Master Plan | Paris

    An integral part of Paris' urban redevelopment, a new lighting master plan is one for the people.

  • Master Plan | San Luis Potosi

    Lighting links the city's historic past to the present and restores a sense of civic pride.

  • Insulation That Works

    In more than 25 years of consulting with builders on ways to avoid callbacks, Steve Easley has spent his time solving problems related the heat and moisture transfer, because this is where builders — even very good builders who deliver well-appointed homes to the coastal elite — most often get...