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Harvard GSD material processes students build an intricate ceramic wall at Cevisama

Cevisama is the largest annual ceramic and terracotta exhibition in the world. Architects and designers from the whole world are here, but there is almost no North American representation—either displaying products, media reporting on building advances with the material, or architects looking for new products. Thus it was surprising to run across this Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) project from their Material Processes and Systems Group student studio. It is one of the most advanced and exciting projects in the entire fair. Have a closer look below.
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Dispatch from Vegas’ Design and Construction Week

What happens in Vegas, stays in... winds up on the AN blog. Yes, we're in Sin City this week attending the first-ever Design and Construction Week, which includes both the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Builders' Show (IBS). Two mega-conventions in one provided us with lots to see, from high-performance materials to innovative technologies. We've rounded up some of the many highlights here. If you need proof that kitchens, baths, and building products can be sexy, keep reading. Crystalline, by Clarke Architectural Some of our favorite designs in the show came from Clarke architectural, a Texas company that hires renowned architects and designers to design its sculptural baths. All products are constructed in the U.S. The Crystalline bath (above) was designed by New York firm Hariri & Hariri. SaphirKeramik by Laufen Laufen unveiled its new SaphirKeramik sinks at the show. This new material, made in part with sapphire, is far thinner than the industry standard, and can be shaped in entirely new ways. Motivo by Caesarstone Caesarstone's Motivo is the first quartz surface incorporating sculpted pattern designs. The slabs can be used for homes and commercial interiors for paneling, panels, and even furniture. NightLight by Kohler Why didn't someone think of this sooner? Kohler's Nightlight uses two LED light displays to illuminate its toilets in a soft glow. This is especially good if you don't like to turn on the bathroom light in the middle of the night. NativeStone by Native Trails Native Trails' NativeStone collection uses a sustainable blend of concrete, rope, and other materials, which are  lightweight, scratch and crack resistant, and quite unique. Classtone by Neolith Neolith's new Classtone collection combines silicon, quartz, and other natural materials heated and compacted to create a surface with almost no porosity, which is scratch and stain resistant and easy to clean. The marble patterns are scanned from real marble. Can be used for floors, walls, counters, tables, and facades. Sotria Bath Collection by Brizo Inspired by Midcentury Modernism, Briza's new Sotria line features sharp angles and sexy channels. Available this spring, the collection would look perfect in the lair of a James Bond villain. Dekton by Cosentino This new surface is created through "ultra-compaction," creating sizes and thinness that was previously impossible. The highly diverse material is also resistant to abrasion, stains, and pretty much anything else. Hafele Lifts by Häfele Depend on Häfele to make things ultra-easy to use. Their Verso lift system glides over the top of a cabinet and stays in position when released. Pro Grand Steam by Thermador Americans are finally waking up to healthier steam cooking, and it showed at this year's show. Thermador's handsome Pro Grand Steam range features steam and just about every other type of cooking option: burners, griddle, grill, convection, etc. Temp20 By Delta Delta's new Temp2O is a built-in digital temperature display featuring LED color indicators to easily convey water temperature. Eastern Promise by Ann Sacks The company collaborated with designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard to create this Middle Eastern–inspired tile collection. Bullard also designed the Hermitage and Mousharabia collections.
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New Navy Pier Plans, McCormick CTA Renderings Revealed

[beforeafter] navy_pier_redo_01 navy_pier_redo_02 [/beforeafter] Above: "Gateway Fountain" in warm and cold seasons. (Courtesy Navy Pier) Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration Wednesday revealed details about two initiatives they said would amount to $1.1 billion in investment: a new 10,000-seat arena for DePaul University located across the street from McCormick Place, and an overhaul to Navy Pier — the city’s largest tourist attraction. Navy Pier’s remodeling, which includes a new water feature and an expansion of the Children’s Museum, will total $278 million. Future phases of the project will involve redesigned public and commercial spaces along the pier, additional dining space, and a new park featuring a bicycle flyover on the pier’s west end. Marilynn Gardner, president of Navy Pier, told Crain’s Chicago Business’ Gren Hinz that the pier “was becoming too carnival-like,” as proposals for the aging tourist mainstay picked up momentum. Last year High Line designer James Corner was chosen to head the renewal. “We're creating a more authentic experience,” she said, “celebrating the fact that it's a pier.” Gensler's Elva Rubio wondered aloud in a blog post, "What Will it Take to Make Navy Pier a Real Place?" The $140 million DePaul basketball arena plan calls for an additional $33 million in public TIF funding for land acquisition and streetscaping. A sky bridge would connect McCormick Place West to the arena, which would double as an event center for shows smaller than McCormick Place is accustomed to. It would be between Cermak, Prairie, 21st and Indiana streets. Two hotels — one 500-room boutique hotel and a 1,200 “headquarters hotel” announced last year — would round out the area’s new development. Also previously announced, Ross Barney Architects will design a new CTA Green Line station for McCormick Place, on the south side of Cermark and 23rd Street. New renderings reveal a bit more about the project, expected sometime in 2014. Emanuel’s team made the announcements on the first day of the Mayor’s third year in office, and the initiatives reflect his oft-repeated promotion of tourism and trade shows in the city. McCormick Place is the largest convention center in North America.

Eavesdrop: Conventions Go CABoom

As promised, here's Sara's inaugural Eavesdrop ALERT. Have at it. CA Boom, which grandly bills itself as “North America’s Only Multi-Discipline Non-traditional Design Show,” will be exhibiting for the sixth time over the last weekend in June at a larger venue this year in Beverly Hills. That very same weekend, Dwell Magazine will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center with its own heavily branded trade show, Dwell on Design, billed less grandly as “The West Coast’s Largest Modern Design Event.” An embarrassment of riches or a conundrum for vendors who can’t be in two places at the same time? We’re going with the latter. Dwell supporters are crying foul, insisting that they reserved the date first, and charging that CA Boom changed its schedule with malice aforethought to dilute Dwell on Design’s impact. Maybe. Probably. Still, it’s hard to score the competitors. Dwell has AIA/LA and The Los Angeles Times in its camp, while CA Boom has Met Home and Wired. We predict they’ll exhibit and party and award to a draw. And then mostly party.