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Metropolis Likes at Greenbuild 2012

Earlier this month, Metropolis editors called out the top spaces, products, and ideas that we really liked at Greenbuild, in integrated social media coverage known as Metropolis Likes. We sought out design solutions and messages we deemed forward-thinking, useful, and meaningful; not necessarily a new product launch. Our favorite concepts were awarded plaques, Metropolis Likes which are produced by 3M Architectural Markets using 3M Crystal Glass Finishes. The plaques became a visual guide to Greenbuild—helping attendees spot must-see spaces, products, and ideas.

Created with flickr slideshow. The partnership between Metropolis and 3M Architectural Markets continues to celebrate the most forward-thinking ideas at industry trade shows; it generates an online conversation for the global design community around the creative breakthroughs. The program was so successful at this year’s ICFF and NeoCon that we decided to continue it at Greenbuild in San Francisco, where it has certainly kept up its momentum. Design enthusiasts around the world followed our editors’ picks via  #MetropolisLikes as each selection was announced live with photos via Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Congratulations to all that Metropolis Likes from Greenbuild Expo 2012! And special thanks to 3M Architectural Markets for a great collaboration.

Alera: Micro6 LED Luminaire The Micro6 LED luminaire reduces energy consumption through intelligent controls that are unparalleled in simplicity of use, flexibility of design, and ease of installation.

Andersen Windows: Corporate Sustainability Report Andersen Windows set the sustainability bar higher at Greenbuild with their Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR), conveniently downloadable from their booth via a QR code, and easily referred back to on your mobile device.

Armstrong: “Save The Ceilings” Campaign Armstrong encouraged Greenbuild attendees to help them “Save The Ceilings," and keep used ceilings out of landfills.

ASSA ABLOY: Wireless Locking Technology With its various brands, ASSA ABLOY has a solution for every security need, while making wireless and SEOS-capable systems increasingly affordable.

BIG ASS FANS, Haiku Back by popular demand is Haiku by BIG ASS FANS. Why have just an average ceiling fan, when you can have the quiet, sustainable, and poetic Haiku.

Bluebeam: Bluebeam Studio™ in Revu Studio™ is a two-part, document-centric solution included in the company’s Revu product. This integrated cloud-solution in Bluebeam's flagship product is designed to share project files online and collaborate in real time; it’s used by an increasing number of architecture, engineering, and construction firms.

Cambridge Architectural, Mesh Systems From solar shading to daylighting, reduced HVAC requirements, and light pollution reduction the metal architectural mesh systems offer a wide range of solutions for smart buildings.

Cosentino, ECO Collection Cosentino, the world leader in quartz and recycled surfacing introduced four new designer colors from its ECO collection, made from up to 75% post-consumer and post-industrial recycled raw materials

Crossville, Partnership with TOTO to recycle pre-consumer waste Crossville, manufacturers of premium Porcelain Stone tile has joined with TOTO, the world’s largest manufacturer of sustainable, luxury plumbing products, to recycle the company’s pre-consumer fired sanitary ware.

Guardian, Switchable Glass What we saw at Guardian is a true demonstration that glass can create unique interiors and become an integral part of the ambience at home or office. Switchable Glass transitions from clear to opaque with the flip of a switch.

Interface, Booth programming on biophilic design A decorative wall in the Interface space at Greenbuild showcased a great setting for their robust lineup of programming that enlightened and inspired the design industry on the topic of biophilic design.

Kingspan, Benchmark Facades Kingspan’s Benchmark brings together all the elements to help you create the ultimate building envelope solution to fit your building designs and specifications combined with the inspirational facade of your choice.

Kohler, Collaboration with the Muse School This natural partnership with Kohler sprung out of a mutual desire to promote and use water-saving products wherever possible; in addition, the new MUSE School uses KOHLER water-saving plumbing products throughout its buildings.

Owens Corning, EnergyComplete Sealant System The company showcased a new breakthrough air sealing system, EnergyComplete. It’s a whole home insulation and air-sealing system that offers a high-performance, affordable solution to increasing energy efficiency and comfort in residential structures. We loved the demo!

Shaw Contract Group, Design is Good Energy campaign Visitors to Shaw’s booth had the opportunity to select an organization to which Shaw Contract Group donated $1 on their behalf. The organizations that benefited were DIFFA, Public Architecture’s 1% program and our 2011 Metropolis Game Changers, MASS Design. All it took was a quick scan of a QR code to deliver good energy all around.

Solatube, Daylighting Systems From a dome installed on the roof, these systems bring daylight into houses and other buildings through highly reflective tubing that diffuses it throughout a room.

Teknion, Branding message Teknion stopped us in our tracks with their wall message in the Greenbuild exhibit. It read: “Once the programs are embedded in our thinking, the culture itself shifts and it becomes unthinkable to lower the bar.” If you didn’t make it to Greenbuild, held this year in San Francisco, and you’re in the NY Metro area, join us for the event

Greenbuild Show Snapshots, Metropolis’s collaboration with Davis & Warshow on December 11th at Davis & Warshow Soho. We’ll discuss the latest trends, products, and policies. Be sure to stay up to date with us online and via our social media with Metropolismag.com, Facebook , Flickr, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Kimberly Taylor is director of marketing at Metropolis magazine.

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