MAKING SENSE OF WATER HEATERS

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Recently we took a hard look at residential water heaters. We tried to make real sense of the many sustainable claims and options available on the market in search of the best investment for our clients. We scoured many sources, including Consumer Reports, the U.S. Department of Energy, manufacturer’s testing data, consumer blogs and reviews, industry professional experiences and many more. What we found was surprising.

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Hart Discusses Preservation with TMH

Partner Jason Hart discusses what he’s learned on preservation and more with Triangle Modernist Houses. Learn more here.

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Two sets going out this week – Apparel printing company in…

Two sets going out this week – Apparel printing company in Orlando and a house in Carrboro!

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Partner Chris Johns will be speaking on Greening Historic buildings

Partner Chris Johns will be speaking on Greening Historic Commercial Buildings, May 23 at the BSA sponsored by… fb.me/29TIi6oAv

On Thursday partner Jason Hart will speak at UNC

On Thursday partner Jason Hart will speak at UNC on accessible and universal design. fb.me/2XPwNU8zm

Did we kill The Phoenix? Yikes!

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Our work has its critics, but helping to kill a beloved counterculture newspaper is a new one! The Boston Phoenix was a cultural institution. At least we still have those eye catching headlines in the Boston Herald left to entertain us – we loved the article title last month on our Hayden Building: “Hub Peep Show Palace Scrubs off Tawdry Past.” For the record we’ve actually embraced the full history of the building including 1965-1985. If you go by the LaGrange entry you’ll see an installation with some interesting film.

Flash Markets

As citizens work to take back their urban communities, planning departments have been playing catch- up. Shopping kiosks, parklets, push carts, food trucks, guerilla gardening, yarn bombing, and all manner of tactical urbanism have begun to proliferate urban centers. While often welcomed, this proliferation has begun to breakdown the visual coherence of city districts, edges, nodes and other elements that define identity. In response, planning departments have started embracing tactical urbanism as an instigator for renewing street life as well as attempting to write some rules to retain identity and strengthen what Kevin Lynch termed in 1960 as “The Image of the City.”

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In 2011 CUBE was approached by the lease holder of a fruit and flower stand located at the prominent corner of the Old South Meeting House (a National Landmark). We were asked to design a semi- permanent structure that addressed security issues for the market as well as respected the historic nature of the building it sits aside. This led to a larger study of the many such vendors in Boston’s Downtown Crossing district, and invited conversations with the Boston Redevelopment Authority which had been struggling with the loss of a cohesive identity in the district.

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After speaking with the many food and retail vendor cart owners in the area, we begin to define a modular and moveable kiosk that both held identity in its form and graphics for the city, and allowed vendors to customize and graft onto for their own needs. The kiosks could be presented individually or linked in many configurations to form a full market.

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PARKING ATTENDANT BOOTH FOR RALEIGH

CUBE worked with Frank Harmon Architects to create three distinct options for a parking attendant booth in Raleigh. Each option mediates sunlight and security surveillance while anchoring the parking lot entry point.

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Market at Old South Meeting House

In 2011 CUBE was approached by the lease holder of a fruit and flower stand located at the prominent corner of the Old South Meeting House (a National Landmark). We were asked to design a semi- permanent structure that addressed security issues for the market as well as respected the historic nature of the building it sits aside. We aimed to create a structure that activated the corner, held identity and security for the vendor, and left the National Landmark Building fully visible. Our design had to be approved by the Vendor, the Old South Meeting House Museum, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and the Boston Landmarks Commission.
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Sometimes the best architecture is the architecture that disappears. Where previously a dark canopy once blocked this corner of the building, we decided to lift a new structure that carefully aligns with existing brick work of the building. This allowed the full height of the historic windows to be viewed through the market. A transparent roof further allows even sunlight to be cast onto the building as well as filling the market below. Transparent wall panels provide overnight security as well as a dynamic canopy structure during the day creating an identity for the vendor.

For updated images and information go to the project page of our website. Construction of the Old South Market will begin in September of 2013.
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Hayden Building Reborn: Boston Biz Journal: http:/…

Hayden Building Reborn: Boston Biz Journal: bostonherald.com/business/real_…