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Radiant Heat: The Invisible Killer

Since the 45 minute openings in this 1-hour exit corridor extend to all the way to the floor, the architects specified SuperLite II-XL 45, a fire resistive tempered product with hose stream that meets ASTM E-119.  SuperLite II-XL 45 effectively blocks smoke, flames and dangerous radiant heat to enable safe egress through the corridor. Photo courtesy of SaftiFirst.

Bill O'Keeffe
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where there’s fire, there’s the deadly threat of radiant heat.
Q+A with Arthur Gensler, and advice from his new book

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"Designers need to be trained to solve their clients’ problems through design while leading their own firms to become...
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Spring cleaning tips for modular space
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Modular structure manufacturer Williams Scotsman shares seven things to do to prep modular units for the spring.
Chance encounters and the ‘action’ office: Do collisions spark innovation?

Google is among a handful of tech giants to unveil plans for “action” offices. Rendering courtesy Google, BIG, Thomas Heatherwick

David Barista
Google, Facebook, Samsung, and Tencent have all unveiled plans for “action” offices designed to get their people moving...
5 trends shaping today's hospitality industry

Hotels are taking both sustainability and wellness seriously. Many announce their recycling programs, use of non-toxic cleaning supplies, and commitment to the reduction of energy and water consumption on their websites. Image courtesy Morgue File/IJY

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Digital concierges, smart locks, mobile check-in. These are among the emerging trends and technologies in hospitality...
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Natural weather testing ensures high quality products

Valspar’s test fence in Fort Myers, Fla., contains more than 100,000 weather test panels. Photo courtesy of Valspar.

Jeff Alexander
Instead of relying on outside testing facilities, where it is more difficult and expensive to constantly monitor...
Drones for AEC: How every stage of a building project can benefit from drone technology

"Say you are interested in creating a high-rise with amazing views of the city. A drone can capture those exact views from any height and in any direction," says Molla. Photo: SRG Partnership

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From photo-mapping to aerial progress videos, SRG Partnership's Dmitriy Molla studies real-world applications for...
Skanska hosts three-week 'hackathon' to find architect for Seattle tower development

Following three weeks of intense competition between nine firms participating in Skanska's hackathon, Pickard Chilton of New Haven, Conn., was selected to serve as the design architect for the 2&U project in Seattle. Photo courtesy Skanska

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Searching for a nimble, collaborative design firm for its 2&U tower project in Seattle, the construction giant...
Can advanced elevator technology take vertical hospitals to the next level?

In the mid-1990s elevator giant Otis conducted a research project called Odyssey. Otis developed an elevator system that allowed elevator cab occupants to travel both vertically and horizontally within the same cab, with the option to travel vertically again. Illustrations: Douglas J. King, VOA Associates

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VOA's Douglas King recalls the Odyssey project and ponders vertical transportation in high-rise healthcare design.
 Healthcare design partnership asks: What about the doctor?

Image courtesy of Joel Worthington/HDR.

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HDR's Abbie Clary discusses the design of healthcare facilities and how they affect doctors.
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