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DC, Maryland, and Virginia have a long tradition of beautiful masonry. Driving through many of their cities you’ll spot rowhouses, hospitals, schools and other institutional buildings constructed with molded brick. Clay deposits and other raw materials (such as sand) are readily available throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, which is why local plants have been producing molded brick for more than 100 years.
As a stone designer, I am intrigued with and will collect anything unusual extracted from the earth. Enthusiastically, mineral experts and rock nerds like me will dig deep, ready to nose dive into the dirt all over the world, answering an energetic primal call that beats for our attention.
Introduced more than 20 years ago in the United States, rainscreens have become one of the most popular and effective technologies for deterring damaging rainwater intrusion into a building’s envelope.
The ‘Better Block’ assignment is a part of a required graduate course on materials and assemblies at the University of Washington Department of Architecture. The course is primarily a lecture course on construction materials and best practices for building envelope assemblies
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