Homes by Architects tour features just-right designs

  • Article by: Lynn Underwood , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 5:34 PM

Architectural problem-solving – from tight sites to tricky spaces – are on display during the Homes by Architects tour.

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wmmlSep. 22, 1312:37 PM

While this home's large expanses of glass may have enhanced the relaxing vacation life of this family, our family's experience with this design is quite different. After buying an architect-designed home with large glass windows like this, we learned first-hand that the glass takes a lot of maintenance. Especially in a wooded setting. Windows need cleaning year-round. More important and what is most disturbing however, is an invisible wall of death for countless birds which unwittingly try to fly through it -- once. It's not so relaxing, as each time we that hear the foreboding "thunk" against the glass we know what we'll find on the ground --and have to clean up -- warblers, hummingbirds, cardinals, you name it. This is not an isolated problem -- birds killed in window collisions each year in North America run as high as nearly a billion birds. It's the biggest source of direct human-caused mortality in wild birds, and this home near the river is on a major flyway. Stones are least of our worries when it comes to glass houses. Because of this bird strike problem, I've learned there are now design solutions to minimize and even prevent strikes, and joint programs by AIA members and Audubon to educate contractors and architects. There are even glass manufacturers addressing this problem too. And the State of MN now requires bird strike prevention designs to be used in all new state and state-funded public buildings. For Architects & Builders this is a great resource: http://mn.audubon.org/birdsafe-buildings For existing homeowners, consider decals: http://www.windowalert.com/

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