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Harbour Island Hotel Façade Is Ready for the Long Haul


UMA Proposes Plastic Bottle Facade

Swedish architecture practice Ulf Mejergren Architects recently participated in an abstract project titled “New Wave,” where the company used recycled plastic bottles to create a facade on t...


New Designs Revealed for OH Soccer Stadium

Officials recently revealed new renderings of FC Cincinnati’s future home—West End Stadium. The new look shows an update to the $250 million project’s exterior and roof.


Report: UK's Hackitt Responds on Fire Safety

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has launched a fourth consultation on improving fire and structural safety of high-rise housing since engineer Dame...


Drones to Create Concrete Structures

Over the course of Milan, Italy’s 2019 design week, MuDD Architects debuted “Terramia”—a lightweight structure built out of locally sourced bamboo, tailor-made fabric, and local sands and cl...


'Leaning' NY High-Rise Sparks Lawsuit

Italy-based general contractor for the Seaport condominium project, Pizzarotti LLC, has recently filed a lawsuit against Fortis Property Group LLC (Brooklyn, New York).


Glass Facade Outlines Paris Restoration

Almost 8 years after architecture firm SANAA (Tokyo, Japan) released its renderings for the redesign of la Samaritaine (Paris, France), a completion date is finally in sight.


Chicago Proposes High-Rise Bird Ordinance

New legislation being proposed in Chicago is aiming to make the city’s skyline a little more bird friendly, according to proponents of the bill.


Waves to Crash on Moscow Development

A crest of art is slated to adorn a high-rise complex in Moscow currently under construction, and along with it, several city skylines.


Pavilion to Feature User-Controlled Facade

A pavilion proposal for the Expo 2020 Dubai will give the masses a hand in the structure’s facade.


Facade Curtain Prototype Aims to Filter Air

Architecture and design firm ecoLogicStudio (London) recently unveiled an “urban curtain” that was developed to store CO2.


New Renderings Released for OH MLS Stadium

Firm Meis Architects recently released new renderings for the new Major League Soccer stadium that will be popping up in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood.


Researchers Look into 'Power Plant' Facade

Researchers based out of EPFL's Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory,recently developed a building facade that harvests more power than the unit requires. The facade also actively mo...


Facebook Expands with Gehry-Designed Building

Facebook’s presence in Menlo Park, California, recently expanded with the completion of MPK 21, a Frank Gehry-designed building that was built in only 18 months, topped with a 3.6-acre roof ...


Aluminum, Wood Complement in Envelope Design

The three-story la Licorne office building, located in Laval, France, seems to emit a golden glow thanks to its ornate facade, which is composed of sections of perforated golden- and silver-...


Artist Captures Towns, Cities as Just Facades

French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy recently released a new batch of photos in his ongoing series “Facade,” which looks at the importance of architecture’s first impression.


Apple Unveils Facade at New Macau Store

A new Apple flagship store has been unveiled in Macau, with architects from Foster + Partners boasting a facade that the team calls a “first of its kind.”


Elevation Awards Spotlight: The Westin

Today is the last day to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s second annual Elevation Awards, and we have counted down to the deadline with featured selections of this year’s nominees, ...


Roundtable: Discussing Facade Maintenance, Pt. 2

For this roundtable discussion, six industry professionals took part in a call to delve into the topic of facade maintenance, including challenges; misconceptions; and what architects, speci...


Roundtable: Discussing Facade Maintenance, Pt. 1

For this roundtable discussion, six industry professionals took part in a call to delve into the topic of facade maintenance, including challenges; misconceptions; and what architects, speci...


Honeycomb Tower Gets Restoration Job

London’s iconic Centre Point Tower was recently unveiled as the completion nears of a restoration and redesign that converted the honeycomb building from commercial to residential.


Broom-Clad Office Offers Secret Garden Space

Nottingham, England-based architecture firm 2hD Workshop had a noise problem it needed to clean up in its home office. The solution: A small, satellite office space outside in the garden—wit...


Call for Entries: Copper in Architecture Awards

For those architects, designers and contractors who work with copper, the Copper Development Association and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association are seeking submissions for t...


Glass Falls From Calgary Building

Glass falling twice in one week from a Calgary office building has forced city officials to close nearby sidewalks and lanes, while the company that owns the building investigates the issue ...


Man Builds Diagon Alley Replica in His Driveway

To celebrate Halloween, a man in Seattle has constructed a replica of Diagon Alley—the fictitious shopping area of Harry Potter fame—in his driveway, much to the appreciation of his kids as ...


Facade, Surface Treatment Pair Aims to Clean Up Air

A natural facades company has teamed up with a water-based photocatalytic surface modifier manufacturer to create a self-cleaning exterior system with the goal of purifying the air.


Stone-Inspired Skyscrapers Take Shape in Beijing

Beijing’s Chaoyang Park Plaza is nearly complete after the environment-inspired structure topped out more than two years ago.


New D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles on air barrier code updates, roof coating project success factors and facade facelifts, is now available online.


Shards Fall From Award-Winning UK Building

A report of falling debris from the United Kingdom’s largest glass curtain wall has surfaced, though a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice maintains that the cantilevered structure is s...


Crumbling Granite Closes Downtown Streets

Streets are still closed in Pittsburgh after a large chunk of granite broke free from a historic building’s cornice and plummeted into the crosswalk below last week, and officials say they c...


A Tear in the Wall

Ripping a phone book in half is a classic strongman routine, but one U.K. artist is going a notch further, "tearing" a wall of bricks in two for the sake of art.


Quebec Theatre To Get 'Glass Cocoon'

A preservation project for Canada’s Grand Théâtre de Québec is underway. However, instead of renovating the 1970s brutalist concrete, designers decided to go a much more transparent route—en...


Patterson Mansion Restored with Original Purpose in Mind

One of the last historic mansions left on Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. will soon be getting a new slew of residents.


Facade Fashioned from Black Plastic Chairs

A Czech architecture studio devised a novel way to supply the cladding for a repurposed car showroom.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Gilded Sculpture

With only weeks left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (May 26) by featuring a select nomination each day, giv...


Geneva Office Building Features Distinctive Facade

The vision for Giovanni Vaccarini Architects’ latest project was clear, even if the view of the facade enveloping the group’s newest building isn’t.


New D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring five articles on technological advances and standards in architectural coatings, is now available online.


Painter Electrocuted in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts man died Tuesday (March 21) afternoon while he was painting the exterior of Fire Department Engine House 5 in Salem.


Flashless Metal Edge Unveiled

Garland (Cleveland, Ohio) has launched R-Mer Force, a new edge metal system made for roofs.


China Next Up in Vertical Forest Trend

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has been giving new meaning to the phrase “concrete jungle” for years, and he just added a new destination to his list of cities destined for vertical forestr...


Liquid Moisture Barrier Debuts

An Illinois manufacturer of products to protect buildings from moisture infiltration has introduced a new single-component, vapor-permeable, thin-film liquid membrane for new construction an...


Wall System to Aid in Seismic Safety

A BASF Construction Chemicals company has unveiled a high performance exterior/interior vertical wall expansion system joint reportedly capable of accommodating large, multi-directional ther...


Performance Considerations of Silicon Aerogel Insulation

Silica-based aerogel insulation is the topic of a free webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Owner Charged in Fatal Facade Failure

The owner of a New York City building is facing a year in jail after bricks from the building’s crumbling facade fatally struck a 2-year-old girl sitting below last year.


Ohio’s Giant Basket Gets a Price Drop

Real estate agents are accustomed to dealing with tough clients, but you might say one Ohio broker has a real basket case on his hands. It’s not the seller, though—it’s the building itself.


Thailand’s Tallest Tower Debuts

Do not adjust your screen: Thailand’s tallest building really does look like it’s missing a few pixels, but that’s the point.


Five Balconies Collapse in New York

Authorities are investigating what caused multiple balconies to collapse Tuesday morning at an aging apartment complex in Long Island, NY.


Coating to Protect Building Products

PPG has introduced a waterborne acrylic urethane for exterior building products, including patio and entry doors, molding and trim, windows and siding.


Stadium Bird Study Takes Flight

The exterior facade of the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis may have a deadly effect on birds.


Academic Buildings Make the Grade

College and university campus designs reign supreme in this year’s list of the best buildings in the U.K., according to the Royal Institute of British Architects.


Concrete Repair Code Sets Standards

Highlighting the need for consistent practices in concrete repair, the American Concrete Institute has published what it calls “a major milestone” in the industry: A new code that focuses on...


Liquid, Powder Teams Unite

AkzoNobel has announced it will combine the sales and marketing teams from its liquid and powder coatings businesses that serve the aluminum architecture and facade and cladding markets.


See-Through Wood to Brighten Buildings

Buildings of the future may utilize a material capable of providing interior spaces with ample amounts of daylighting. Hint: It’s not glass.


Razing Proposal Incites Furor, Probe

Plans to demolish an historic mercantile building to make way for a five-story Marriott hotel has sparked controversy in Missoula, MT.


Cladding Eyed as Culprit in High-Rise Fire

A massive fire that engulfed at least three residential high-rise buildings Monday (March 28) in Ajman, near Dubai, has sparked new concern over a cladding material widely used in the region...


Brick Facade Crumbles, Injures 4

Four people were injured and dozens more were evacuated Thursday (March 3) when a portion of a brick facade broke apart from a mural-painted apartment building and crashed onto the roof of a...


No Grid Needed: Wall that Heats, Cools

A researcher from the Lund University in Sweden says she has adapted a 19th century construction technique that can reportedly heat and cool buildings, while drastically reducing associated ...


NYC Facade Falls Amid Storm

A portion of a Verizon building in New York City crashed down during a powerful storm that pummeled the area overnight Wednesday (Feb. 24), according to various news outlets.


Mother of Dragons Skyscraper Proposed

With a nickname like “The Khaleesi,” Game of Thrones fans would expect dragons and gargoyles to jet out of the corners of a New York skyscraper.


Accessories Made to Enhance Walls

Sto Corp. has recently introduced two new accessory products that the company says enhance the quality of wall systems.


Crumbling Facade Leads to Violation

New York City Building officials have issued a violation after a section of a 35-story building façade crumbled, sending hundreds of bricks tumbling to the ground below Monday (Dec. 7) eveni...


NYC: Engineer Lied on Inspection Report

An engineer who declared a building’s façade was "safe" prior to part of that façade falling off and killing a toddler has been charged with allegedly filing a false report.


School Design Wins Top UK Prize

An all girls’ school in London has earned high marks from the Royal Institute of Architects.


Coil Coating Group Offers Tool Kits

The National Coil Coating Association has released a new resource for users and specifiers of prepainted metal products.


Weather Study to Aid Building Design

What may be the longest-range weather forecast ever predicted will be used to help building designers better create structures that are able to withstand Mother Nature’s fluctuating changes.


London Building Faces Wind, Design Woes

Two years after its facade produced a light reflection strong enough to sizzle parked cars nearby, a new London skyscraper is once again at the center of controversy.


Art, Technology Mix in Facade Design

TORONTO--A lacy, interactive facade will soon make its debut on a building housing student work and exhibit space in Toronto.


Experts Needed for Taj Mahal Cleanup

AGRA, INDIA—International experts are needed to help remove spotting and yellowing of marble on India's iconic Taj Mahal, according to reports.


Stains on Taj Mahal Prompt Urgency

AGRA, INDIA—Exterior spotting and yellowing on India's iconic Taj Mahal will require the attention of a team of international experts, according to reports.


Tower Fire Rekindles Cladding Concern

A massive blaze in Dubai at one of the world’s tallest residential towers has reignited a debate over cladding used on high-rise structures in the region.


Valspar Tackles Graffiti with New System

Valspar has teamed up with Portland, OR-based Graffiti Removal Services Inc. to offer a sustainable, cost-effective, ASTM-compliant graffiti resistance and removal system.


Clear Protection Made for Concrete

BASF has introduced a water-based, 100 percent acrylic coating to protect vertical concrete exteriors from water and dirt.


BASF Launches Concrete Wall Coating

BASF has rolled out a new hydrophobic protective coating engineered to protect vertical concrete, concrete masonry units (CMU), and masonry.


Thanking Vets, One Mural at a Time

For the third time in his career, a New York painter will tour the U.S., painting waving American flags on buildings across the country.


Brick Home Melts in London

Some things are destined to melt: Ice, butter, snow and hearts…but what about houses?


French Quarter Collapse Spurs Concerns

The collapse of a 214-year-old building in New Orleans’ French Quarter has led to concerns over the safety of the aging building stock in the historic neighborhood.


New Cladding for Modern Looks

Kingspan has added two cladding options to its line of engineered facade systems.


Facade Finish Mimics Terra Cotta

Architectural finisher Linetec has introduced an exterior paint designed to give wall systems the look and feel of natural terra cotta.


New Panels Add Dimension to Façades

A new commercial wall system aims to deliver “a complicated, custom façade” with a simple, single-panel assembly.


Cladding Panels Meet Fire Standard

A new, ultra-lightweight cladding panel system combines fire safety with the design versatility of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP), the manufacturer says.


Building Show Beefs Up Experts, CEUs

From foundation to roof, an updated slate of technical presentations will address high-performance commercial construction issues at next month's premiere D+D 2014 show.


Building Show Program Updated

More than 35 national building industry experts are gearing up to present topics ranging from reflective roof coatings to the performance of air barriers at D+D 2014, set for May 20-22 in Ci...


Firestone Acquisition Expands Roofing

Firestone Building Products has announced that it will acquire its first overseas manufacturing facility, expanding its roofing products portfolio.


‘Superman Building’ Damage Spurs Suit

Crumbling façades and other issues marring the so-called “Superman Building” in Providence, RI, have led to a $23.7 million dispute between the building owner and a former tenant.


Paint Gives New Life to Closed Shops

Paint may not cure the recession blues, but it has helped change the tune for one beleaguered community in the United Kingdom.


Artists Hope to Turn Slum into Art

Dutch artists want to turn an entire hillside slum in Rio de Janeiro into a monumental piece of urban art—and they are asking for your help.


Tax-Funded Graffiti Tags Critics

Legitimate or not (and it is totally legitimate), a group called the Blight Society may occasionally find itself misunderstood.


Free eBook Tackles High-Rise Coatings

Collected technical expertise on coatings for high-rise structures is now available as a free new eBook from Durability + Design.


20 Towns Win Main Street Makeovers

From Joplin, MO to Hilo, HI, 20 communities in Canada and the U.S. have been selected to receive a revitalization package.


Sand Coating, 3D Tech Make the Grade

A naturally occurring coating that would enable sand to clean water pollutants and 3D technology that creates printable building components are among seven award-winning solutions developed ...


Fowl Play: Paint Job is for the Birds

A UK building whose pale gray exterior has reportedly proved a death trap for geese may be in for a lifesaving facelift.


 
 
   

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