Category: Interface Highlight

Bahá’í Temple of South America Receives RAIC Prize

February 01, 2020

The Bahá’í Temple of South America, designed by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects of Toronto, ON, has received the 2019 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) International Prize for excellence in architecture. The temple, in the foothills of the Andes on the eastern edge of Santiago, Chile, is composed of nine gracefully torqued wings […]

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Growth and Evaporation Cycle

Buildings That Breathe

February 01, 2020

Barcelona’s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) has undertaken a project examining the benefits of hydroceramic façades as a means of cooling down buildings in hot countries. Known as “breathing” buildings, the technology uses an insoluble polymer called “hydrogel,” fabric as a water channel, and ceramics. The hydrogel, it is claimed, can expand its […]

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“Potholes” in a Mod-Bit Roof Membrane—Lichen Attack

January 03, 2020

By Harvey Freeman, MNSAA, MRAIC Introduction This article describes the interaction between a naturally occurring lichen and a modified-bituminous (mod-bit) roof membrane. I have not found this topic discussed by anyone in roofing literature. The growth of this lichen is very slow in relation to the expected life span of a mod-bit roof membrane. As […]

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Hunters Point Library Has Interesting Façade

January 03, 2020

The new Hunters Point Library in Long Island City, Queens, NY, built at a cost of $41 million and taking 15 years in planning and construction, was opened in October 2019. Sandwiched between the Pepsi-Cola sign and the Long Island sign in Gantry Plaza State Park, it stands out against a backdrop of high-rises. The […]

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Rule Change Makes 1.3 Million More Americans Eligible for Overtime

January 03, 2020

A final rule by the U.S. Department of Labor updates the earnings threshold necessary to exempt executive, administrative, and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. The new thresholds had not been updated since 2004 and were effective on January 1, 2020. The rule: Raises the “standard […]

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