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Basic Principles of Acoustics: Why Architects Shouldn’t Leave It All To Consultants

04:00 - 11 February, 2019
Basic Principles of Acoustics: Why Architects Shouldn’t Leave It All To Consultants, © ELEMENT
© ELEMENT

More than half the world’s population lives in dense urban areas. Uncomfortably loud restaurants, stores, hotels, or offices are enough to keep patrons away. When planning a meeting or even a night out with friends, we are conscious of selecting a location where we can focus and hear one another. The noisier our world gets, the more difficulty we have focusing on the sounds we actually want to hear.

Since the beginning of time, our ears have warned us of approaching danger. While their function remains the same, the dangers of today are different than they were in the past. Unwanted sounds can have serious health effects such as: hearing loss, cardiovascular disease high blood pressure, headaches, hormonal changes, psychosomatic illnesses, sleep disorders, reduction in physical and mental performance, stress reactions, aggression, constant feelings of displeasure and reduction in general well-being. With this laundry list of side effects, it would be foolish to leave the acoustic comfort of our spaces up to consultants alone. When we take acoustic comfort into our own hands, the end result can be quite extraordinary.

© Saint-Gobain / illustration by Elisa Géhin © Saint-Gobain / illustration by Elisa Géhin © Saint-Gobain / illustration by Elisa Géhin © Saint-Gobain / illustration by Elisa Géhin + 24

How the World's Largest Building Materials Manufacturer Used Its Own Products to Create a World-Class Headquarters for Its Employees

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How the World's Largest Building Materials Manufacturer Used Its Own Products to Create a World-Class Headquarters for Its Employees, © Jeffrey Totaro
© Jeffrey Totaro

Saint-Gobain’s new corporate headquarters campus in Malvern, PA—the North American home to the world’s largest building materials company—is not a typical corporate campus. As the company approached its 350th anniversary, they set out to build a headquarters that would offer a dynamic showcase for its products.

The company assembled a team of designers from two firms—Bernardon and Jacobs—to transform a long-dormant site consisting of two office buildings into an integrated, world-class headquarters located in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

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9 Preservation Projects Win 2017 Modernism in America Awards

14:10 - 21 June, 2017
9 Preservation Projects Win 2017 Modernism in America Awards

Nine projects have been announced as winners of Docomomo US’ 2017 Modernism in America Awards, honoring projects within the United States that highlight and advocate for the restoration of postwar architecture and landscapes.

Now in its fourth year, the Modernism in America Awards were founded to celebrate "the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively. The program seeks to advance those preservation efforts; to increase appreciation for the period and to raise awareness of the on-going threats against modern architecture and design."

New College House / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

15:00 - 12 June, 2017
New College House / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, © Jeffrey Totaro
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  • Architects

  • Location

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Anthony Pregiato, Erin Roark
  • Principal

    Frank W. Grauman, FAIA, LEED AP, Bernard J. Cywinski, FAIA (1940-2011)
  • Project Manager

    Dana Reed, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Architects

    Anthony Pregiato, RA, LEED AP BD+C and Erin Roark, AIA, LEED AP
  • Landscape Architects

    Michael Vergason Landscape Architecture
  • Area

    198000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

TREC Newark Housing Authority / ikon.5 architects

11:00 - 5 May, 2017
TREC Newark Housing Authority / ikon.5 architects, © Jeffrey Totaro
© Jeffrey Totaro

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Medgar Evers College Library / ikon.5 architects

09:00 - 23 April, 2016
Medgar Evers College Library  / ikon.5 architects , © Jeffrey Totaro
© Jeffrey Totaro

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  • Architects

  • Location

    United States, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Joseph G. Tattoni, FAIA / Arvind Tikku, AIA / J. Daniel Cummings, AIA / Michael Herbst, AIA / Benjamin J. Petrick, AIA
  • Area

    45000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center / ikon.5 architects

17:00 - 8 December, 2015
Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center / ikon.5 architects, © Jeffrey Totaro
© Jeffrey Totaro

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The Levitt Pavilion / WRT - Wallace Roberts & Todd

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
The Levitt Pavilion / WRT - Wallace Roberts & Todd, © Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

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Seven Projects Honored with Inaugural Active Design Award

00:00 - 3 May, 2014
Gammel Hellerup High School Gymnasium and Multipurpose Hall / BIG © Jens Lindhe
Gammel Hellerup High School Gymnasium and Multipurpose Hall / BIG © Jens Lindhe

To promote the role that architecture and design plays in addressing ongoing obesity and chronic disease issues around the world, the Center for Active Design launched their first ever design excellence awards. Seven projects have been selected to recieve the inaugural prize for their ability to encourage physical activity and active use of space. Check out each of the award winning designs, after the break...

Founders Hall / Overland Partners

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
Founders Hall / Overland Partners, © Jeffrey Totaro
© Jeffrey Totaro

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Dallas, TX
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Tim Blonkvist-FAIA (Principal in Charge), Jim Shelton-AIA, , Scott Adams, Bess Swantner, Brad Bailey-AIA, Adam Bush-AIA, Steve Bellanger
  • Consultants

    Project Cost Resources, Blum Consulting Engineers, EJES, Jaster Quintanilla (JQ), Lam Partners, 4B Technology, Hughes Associates, WJHW.
  • Contractor

    Beck
  • Area

    108000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Boston Medical Center / TK&A Architects

00:00 - 1 March, 2012
Boston Medical Center / TK&A Architects, © Jeffrey Totaro
© Jeffrey Totaro

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Albany Street, Boston, USA
  • Category

  • Collaborators

    MEP -Richard D. Kimball, Structural - Mc Namara / Salvia, Elevator - Lerch Bates, Cost - Vermeulens, CM - William A. Berry & Son, Inc
  • Area

    24.5 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Center for Life Science | Boston / Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

00:00 - 18 October, 2011
Center for Life Science | Boston / Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, © Ed Wonsek
© Ed Wonsek

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Category

  • Mep Engineer

    AHA Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineer

    McNamara/Salvia
  • Landscape Architect

    Copley Wolff Design Group
  • Owner

    BioMed Realty Trust
  • Developer

    Lyme Properties
  • Construction Manager

    Suffolk Construction
  • Acoustical Consultant

    Shen Milsom & Wilke
  • Area

    0.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Sephardic Community Center / BKSK

00:00 - 29 October, 2010
Sephardic Community Center / BKSK, © Jonathan Wallen
© Jonathan Wallen

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  • Architects

    BKSK Architects
  • Location

    Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Category

  • Partner In Charge

    Joan Krevlin, FAIA, LEED AP
  • Project Architect

    Julia Nelson, AIA, LEED AP
  • Interior Designer

    Stacey Jattuso
  • Project Managers

    David Kubik, AIA, LEED AP, Harpreet Dhaliwal, AIA, LEED AP
  • Structural Engineer

    Weidlinger Associates Inc.
  • Mep Engineer

    Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers
  • Civil Engineer

    Michael Wein Civil Engineer
  • Landscape Architect

    H.M. White Site Architects
  • Contractor

    E.W. Howell
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs