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Top 5 Buildings of 2015

It is that time of year when we reflect on the past 12 months and think about what we’ve accomplished – or not – and then wonder what the next 12 months will bring. For many of us in the publishing world, December is when we take stock of our work, which in the case of Masonry Design means looking back at the projects we profiled this year.

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Old College, New Brick

Exterior after rehabilitation. Old College continues its role as the centerpiece of historic North Campus. ©Diane Kirkland, 2007.

Recently, I took advantage of the July 4th holiday weekend to visit my alma mater, the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Ga. I cannot remember how long it had been for me between visits, but I know it had been too long. I knew there would be many changes – both on the campus and in the city of Athens. I was prepared to see national restaurant chains in downtown Athens where local businesses once stood. I was prepared to see new buildings on UGA’s campus; in fact, I already was aware of many. However, what I wasn’t prepared for – and perhaps I should have been – was how beautiful I would find the architecture on campus – especially the older buildings. Certainly, I remember all of the buildings from my time as a student, particularly in the “North Campus” area where the school’s first buildings were constructed. But as a student I never took the time to really notice the amazing brick buildings at UGA. In fact, I doubt many students take notice.

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Another New Theory on the Construction of Egypt’s Pyramids

Photo by Arvind Balaraman / freedigitalphotos.net.

Lately, we’re fascinated by the new discoveries and theories surrounding the construction of Egypt’s pyramids. These ancient structures continue to reveal secrets as our understanding of the engineering and materials construction grows. As you may have read here recently, at least one engineer is challenging the commonly held notion of just how the pyramids were built. And now, some researchers suggest that the Egyptians used both man-made cast block along with with limestone block quarried and hauled to the site in the way our traditional explanation proposes.

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Spring Issue Preview

We are very excited to show you a preview of some of the articles included in our upcoming spring issue of Masonry Design, which should be published soon. That issue will include a feature on a remarkable restoration project in Massachusetts, an in-depth look at a revived train station outside Chicago, an article examining the many and varied definitions of the basic building material we call stone, and much more. Have a look at a few preview images below, and look for the issue landing on our website or in your inbox (free subscription) soon.

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