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A Concrete Reality:  Poured, formed and blocked.

A Concrete Reality: Poured, formed and blocked.

Concrete is the most widely used building product in the world. Given the scale of this industry, it is not surprising that the APT Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) contains many listings for concrete products, construction techniques, equipment and designs.

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Tanglewood Conservatories’ glass house at Hunstville Botanical Garden in Alabama.
Photo by Alan Stein, Tanglewood Conservatories

Glass Houses

Advanced technology has brought these traditional structures into the 21st century.

For the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Allied Window created custom storm windows in a variety of shapes.

Windows World

Companies specializing in reproducing historically appropriate designs

This award-winning pool house, designed by Di Biase Filkoff Architects, features Roman Ionic fiberglass columns by Chadsworth. Photo by Durston Saylor

Classic Columns

A look at companies creating traditional designs for today’s buildings.

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A Concrete Reality: Poured, formed and blocked.

Concrete is the most widely used building product in the world. Given the scale of this industry, it is not surprising that the APT Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) contains many listings for concrete products, construction techniques, equipment and designs.

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Ben Pentreath named 2023 Richard H. Driehaus Prize laureate

Ben Pentreath, architect, designer, educator and author, is the recipient of the 2023 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. He will be awarded the $200,000 prize during a ceremony on March 25 (Saturday) in Chicago. Adele Chatfield-Taylor will be honored with the Henry Hope Reed Award.

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Tanglewood Conservatories’ glass house at Hunstville Botanical Garden in Alabama.
Photo by Alan Stein, Tanglewood Conservatories

Glass Houses

Advanced technology has brought these traditional structures into the 21st century.

For the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Allied Window created custom storm windows in a variety of shapes.

Windows World

Companies specializing in reproducing historically appropriate designs

This award-winning pool house, designed by Di Biase Filkoff Architects, features Roman Ionic fiberglass columns by Chadsworth. Photo by Durston Saylor

Classic Columns

A look at companies creating traditional designs for today’s buildings.

Yale University uses custom Ludowici tile.

Crowning Touch

Roofing materials that have stood the test of time and…weather.

Future changes in model existing building codes can help facilitate the reuse of vacant main street buildings, including providing housing on upper floors.

Up to Code

Working with model codes to encourage building rehabilitation.

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Entryway to the Past

A look at historical doors—challenges and solutions to entryways.

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Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Specialty companies turn antique timber into board feet underfoot.

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The Resilience of Steel Windows and Doors

Steel windows and doors, with their striking aesthetic appeal, are by far the most resilient option. Indeed, it is the strength of solid, hot-rolled steel that enables the graceful, slender sightlines, larger lites of glass, design flexibility, and weather and impact resistance that gives steel windows and doors their remarkable combination of both strength and visual appeal.

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Zepsa Industries, Inc.

Supplier of architectural woodwork: stairs, mantels, paneling, wine cellars, doors & more.

Blogs & Opinion Pieces

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A Concrete Reality: Poured, formed and blocked.

Concrete is the most widely used building product in the world. Given the scale of this industry, it is not surprising that the APT Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) contains many listings for concrete products, construction techniques, equipment and designs.

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History’s Damage

Histories of architecture present past buildings as deficient preludes to Modernism’s successes. This misstates the buildings’ most important role, which is to become architecture offering the beautiful as the counterpart to its service to the common good, roles that only traditional buildings can fulfill.

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Real Estate and Remodeling Trends

The National Association of Realtors' “2022 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers” provides interesting insight about the people most likely to remodel their homes. Like much of the research we read, our observations are validated.

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The Heat is on: Our Romance With Fireplaces

The fireplace has a unique place in design history, an obsolete technology that has an enduring grasp on our warmth, comfort and well-being.

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It’s Sweater Weather

Get Out There and Look at Some Buildings!