A Snake in the Glass wausau

    The beauty of Salt Lake City’s Public Safety Building may sneak up on you. Attribute it to the serpentine glass curtainwall used in the LEED-Platinum designed building’s construction. The brainchild of Salt Lake City-based GSBS Architects, the serpentine glass curtainwall slopes from one wing to the other. Additionally, the design called for the curtainwall to cant in [...]

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I am intrigued by LEGOs. Yes, LEGOs. As the mother of a 3-year old boy I have, on more than one occasion, simply found myself too close for comfort with the little blocks when they find themselves under my bare foot. Not a pleasant feeling, but perhaps a rite of passage in raising a boy [...]


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By Chris Ward
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The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., designed by Phillip Johnson in 1980, remains one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Vertical and horizontal glass attached to space frames creates a dynamic experience both interior and exterior. I can easily believe the story of Johnson taking Dr. Robert Schuller’s experience in starting the [...]


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