Category Archives: Form+Function

Improving school security with wireless locks

This is the North County Road Middle School’s exterior perimeter and entrance way. Photos courtesy Allegion

by April Dalton

A Long Island, New York, school district developed and implemented a comprehensive plan to upgrade security in their schools. Working with local architect Michael J. Guido, the key initiatives included redesigning the entrances to provide a single-point of entry for visitors and updating the hardware to provide better access control.

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Field of Jeans: Maximizing visual impact with precast concrete

Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California will host a wide range of events from football and soccer to motocross and concerts. The stadium is designed to be light, airy, and open. Photos courtesy Clark Pacific

by Michael Baty

Poised to serve as one of the most efficient outdoor sports and entertainment venues, Levi’s Stadium opened in Santa Clara, California, in August. Replacing the antiquated Candlestick Park, the stadium will be the new home of the San Francisco 49ers and is functionally designed for a wide range of other events including college football, soccer, motocross, and concerts.

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Dutch students redevelop the traditional rowhouse

Photo courtesy Prêt-à-Loger

by Jacquie Clancy

A new Dutch rowhouse design incorporating solar energy and year-round green space could also have uses in Canada. Students from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands earned an overall third-place finish at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 for their Prêt-à-Loger (i.e. Home with a Skin) project, which demonstrates how sustainability on existing European rowhouses can be improved.

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