Here’s what to expect at Facades+AM in San Francisco this week

On June 7th, 2018, The Architect’s Newspaper will once again bring the Facades+AM conference to San Francisco. AN has put together a stellar lineup of speakers and presenters for the day-long event that promises to give a granular view of some of the most exciting developing technologies in the realm of high-performance facade design that have emerged in recent years, as building

Grimshaw Architects and SG Blocks announce new partnership

On June 4th, Grimshaw Architects and SG Blocks, a Brooklyn-based firm specializing in the design and fabrication of container-based structures, announced a master services agreement Through this partnership, Grimshaw Architects will serve as the premier design partner of SG Blocks, incorporating the container-based structures into its broad portfolio of ongoing and future industrial design projects.

AltusGroup Inc

AltusGroup Inc An exclusive partnership of the leading precasters in North America dedicated to “innovation powered by collaboration”. Members work together to speed and perfect technologies that improve the build environment. Products and Technologies offered by AltusGroup members include CarbonCast® high performance sandwich walls and architectural cladding, ARCIS® ultra-thin prestressed concrete panel products, and Graphic

edg creates customizable 3D-printed concrete molds

A different conversation about the capabilities of 3D-printing is happening at edg, a New York architecture and engineering firm which focuses on technology-driven design and the restoration of buildings. For the past five years, edg has been engaged with research into the combination of 3D-printing technologies and methods of casting in concrete. Facade Manufacturer VoxelJet,

Viracon

Viracon Viracon offers a complete range of architectural exterior glass products. We not only fabricate glass, we also deliver design, aesthetic, budget and performance solutions for projects big and small. Our offering includes insulating, laminated, silk-screened, digital print, spandrel, hurricane-resistant, acoustical, blast-mitigating, electronic eavesdropping mitigating and a broad selection of proprietary high performance coatings. WEBSITE:

EXTECH’s LIGHTWALL promises daylight and thermal performance

Exterior Technologies (EXTECH), a Pittsburgh-based wall systems firm, promises both increased daylight and thermal performance with its LIGHTWALL 3000 curtain wall series. The LIGHTWALL is marketed as a highly flexible curtain wall system, able to be outfitted with both insulated glass units and cellular polycarbonate glazing. In a statement, Extech’s Director of Development Kevin Smith

Borealis Ventures speculates the future role of prefabrication in construction

In Constructuring: An Unstoppable Trend, a white paper by Borealis Ventures’ Ian Howell, speculates as to which practices holdback the construction industry’s ability to build housing on-time and within budget. Citing a McKinsey & Company study which found that “large projects across asset classes typically take 20 percent longer to finish than scheduled and are

Expanded screen filters light in Florentine company’s headquarters

The newly completed VoipVoice headquarters, located in the Empoli region of the Florentine countryside in Italy, is part of a research program aimed at reactivating industrial areas which witnessed a decrease in construction due to the building industry crisis. The project, designed by Pisa-based LDM.iMdA architetti associati, breaks the boundary between private and public spaces

Island Exterior Fabricators

IEF is a full-service façade subcontractor, and valuable resource for architects, owners, and contractors. Our diverse team provides building envelope design, engineering, fabrication, performance testing, and installation. Island utilizes modern fabrication methods to deliver precisely designed unitized facades, which helps us execute even the most unique and complex architectural visions. WEBSITE: http://www.islandef.com/ ADDRESS: 1101 Scott

Ian Ritchie advocates for subtlety and organic geometries in glass architecture

On April 19, for the afternoon keynote of The Architect’s Newspaper’s Facades+conference in New York, architect Ian Ritchie discussed his decades-long involvement in forward-looking glass architecture. Beginning with the tongue-in-cheek statement, “Glass is the answer; what was the question?” the British architect detailed the technological specifications and design considerations behind his projects. Ranging in size from personal residences to convention centers, the projects convey

STEKAR

Our mission is shaping the architectural heritage of tomorrow and providing façade solutions that add value and prestige to commercial and institutional buildings. Our vision is to be an essential partner for its excellence in the realization of modern architectural projects. WEBSITE: http://www.stekar.com/ ADDRESS: 668 5th Avenue Beauceville, Quebec G5X 1L6 T: 418.774.2424 F: 418.774.2425 E:

Structurflex

Structurflex Structurflex Facades are an economical façade screening system that looks like an expensive metal mesh at typically 50% of the cost installed. This unique European Screening System is a value engineered economical alternative to metal and/or glass and offers a much lower cost of ownership/lifecycle costs. WEBSITE: www.structurflex.com ADDRESS: 414 Oak Street, Suite 101

Copenhagen’s circular Axel Towers reinterpret traditional urban form

Located within Copenhagen’s city center, a new housing development challenges traditional urban form, while offering new possibilities for shared collective space and sensitively-scaled infill development. Designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, the Axel Towers are a collection of five circular mid-rise buildings, named after their block “Axeltorv” which occupies a site nestled between prominent medieval