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  • (Un)strictly Ballroom

    Ranked among the 10 largest convention center ballrooms in the nation, Kansas City, Missouri's Bartle Hall Ballroom is, needless to say, enormous, encompassing a vast 46,450 square feet.

  • 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.