May 29, 2013

Report from the Field: Ahmedabad, India

One of the first precast concrete panels delivered to site for constructing a prototype of Ideal Choice Homes in Ahmedabad, India.

KieranTimberlake Research Group Director Billie Faircloth and Fabrication Studio Manager Peter Curry went to Ahmedabad recently to conduct a site visit and workshop with the goal of building a full bay prototype of the Ideal Choice Homes structural system.

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May 16, 2013

A Real-Time Experiment in Sustainable Design

Renovations at Ortlieb's Bottling House included the replacement of the entire roof of the historic building.

PlanPhilly's Eyes on the Street reported recently on our adaptive reuse project at Ortlieb's Bottling House, the former bottling plant of a brewery that will be home to our new studio in 2014. Writer Ashley Hahn spoke with James Timberlake about plans to make use of natural ventilation and daylighting in the historic 1948 building, and to monitor the work spaces for comfort once we move in.

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May 14, 2013

Building a Backward Rainscreen

The precast system overlays frame and shear walls, and is an integral part of the shading system of the building. The layering of the structure, window, and rainscreen systems creates visual depth in the façade that varies throughout the day as lighting conditions change.
© Tim Griffith

At Keeling Apartments, a residence hall on the University of California, San Diego campus, the exterior and interior walls, floors and ceilings are exposed concrete, constructed with intense focus on composition, formwork, and craft. The exterior is clad with precast concrete panels hung in front of the structure as rainscreens, supplemented by cement board cladding and window infill at the open bays of the concrete frame. Given their large size, the precast panels must be anchored to the building frame from the interior, before the weatherproofed back-up wall behind is installed.

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May 10, 2013

Janet Echelman’s Pulse Brings Light and Color to Dilworth Plaza

An interactive art installation at Dilworth Plaza extends the city’s strong tradition of public art.

According to a survey conducted by the Smithsonian Institution, Philadelphia has more public art than any other American city. Dilworth Plaza will be no exception. The transformation of the space adjacent to City Hall includes an installation called Pulse that will trace the paths of the three major transit lines in columns of orange, blue, and green illuminated mist.

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May 01, 2013

Keeling Apartments Win COTE Top Ten Green Award

Keeling Apartments offer student occupants views to the ocean and are situated to take advantage of natural breezes.
© Tim Griffith

AIA's Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects program “celebrates structures that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions which protect and enhance the environment.” Entries are considered for the following factors: design and innovation, integration with the community, land use and effect on site ecology, bioclimatic design, energy and water use, approach to light and air, materials and construction, long-life considerations, and feedback loops.  
We were pleased that our Keeling Apartments at the University of California at San Diego was named among the top ten this year.

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