• Erin Tallman

    Erin Tallman, writer and Online Managing Editor of ArchiExpo e-magazine.

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    Our Batimat tour bus pulled up near the end of the afternoon November 3, 2015. The Parisian sky, cluttered with clouds of various grays, blended with the façade of our last visit. Deep purple faded to silver, then to black, reflecting the celestial mood. The shape of a bird, repeated 200,000 times in aluminum...

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    From November 2 to 6, 2015, Paris brought together three exhibitions under one roof: French construction trade fair Batimat, Interclima+Elec and Idéobain. Located at the exhibition center Parc des Expositions, the event focused on innovation, training and business opportunities. Various panels of experts selected 82...

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    As the goal to reduce energy consumption grows for countries around the world, the French launched the Energy Transition for Green Growth in 2014. The plan calls for the post-oil era and a stronger, more sustainable energy model where prices, depletion of resources and environmental protection requirements are...

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    “I was in practice for one month when the university asked me if I’d like to teach,” award-winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt said during the press conference at Cersaie 2015. In addition to Yale in the United States, universities in Ireland, Denmark, Finland and others have been inviting Murcutt to teach...

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    Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Furnishings, reeled in architects from around the world to check out the latest. As fashion leads, this year’s trends were identified during the press conference by Sabina Magrini, Regional Secretary of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism,...

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    Cersaie 2015 announced progress in the Italian ceramics industry, but let’s put numbers aside and talk trends. A beautiful collection of tiles was presented from stand to stand during the fair. The red thread between them all summarizes this year’s ‘must haves’: vintage, geometrical, optical illusion, modern mosaic,...

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    Atop one of the seven summits sits, at 4,000 meters in altitude, the new eco-hotel located on the Southern side of Mount Elbrus, Russia: LEAPrus 3912. The building resembles a space station with its three separate LEAPs1 units and two newly designed s2 units in tube form. Stefano Testa, one of the two founders of...

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    Hues reflect various finishes depending on the materials applied. Dark teal shines differently from thread on fabrics and paint on wood. Walking into the paint-splattered restaurant Pracownia by Polish designer Karina Wiciak for Wamhouse or witnessing Stellar Works’ performance of painting on ceramic tableware revives...

    Italy’s international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, Cersaie brings together architects and designers from around the world to peruse the latest. In the midst of a tile-to-tile fair, one stand stood out with its presentation of furniture and lighting. Italian company TESTI Group works with...

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    While the average Joe can have a 3-D printer in his own home and select product design drawings through open source platforms, there’s much left to understand. Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen amazes with flashy, complex geometrical outfits customized to individual body scans with a multi-material printer....

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