JanFeb 2009: From the Editor

Words: Bronzella Cleveland

JanuaryFebruary 2009
From the Editor

Scratching the surface


Masonry Design Magazine

Cory Sekine-Pettite,
editor

To make comments
or suggestions, send
e-mail to
cory@lionhrtpub.com.

Masonry Design Magazine

Cory Sekine-Pettite,
editor

To make comments
or suggestions, send
e-mail to
cory@lionhrtpub.com.

Masonry Design Magazine

Cory Sekine-Pettite,
editor

To make comments
or suggestions, send
e-mail to
cory@lionhrtpub.com.

It is hard to believe that one year ago, I was writing the very first editor’s letter for Masonry Design. This issue marks the publication’s first anniversary and seventh issue, and I am pleased to say it is growing steadily in circulation and industry recognition. Thus far, we have covered quite a wide range of topics and projects in the compelling world of masonry. (You can read everything online at www.masonrydesignmagazine.com.) And, this year, we have even more exciting and intriguing projects and topics in store.

I don’t want to give too much away, but you can expect to see articles on the continuing growth of green building, new trends and designs in buildings and hardscapes, and profiles of A/E/C firms that are advancing the use of masonry in both new and old structures. And, in this issue, we bring you a detailed look at the new Liberty Hotel in Boston, which represents the epitome of the types of projects we try to cover in Masonry Design. First, it features innovative uses of several types of masonry materials, many of which were reclaimed or reused. Second, there are interesting technological advancements applied to the project. And, finally, the Liberty Hotel is emblematic of a trend in the building industry to repurpose old structures into hotels with all the modern amenities wrapped in retro attire.

Part of our mission at Masonry Design is to educate and inform. Therefore, this issue also takes a look at some of the educational opportunities offered to architects and engineers who want to expand their knowledge of the design, use and maintenance of masonry. Most professional associations for architects and engineers provide continuing education courses year-round – classes that are vital to maintaining your licenses. As a courtesy, we offer a list of many 2009 masonry-related courses.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Lionheart Publishing staff was planning and mapping the first issues of this publication. We knew a niche needed to be filled in covering the materials, trends and technologies behind the masonry structures you are designing and building. So far, I think we’ve accomplished those goals, but I know we’ve just scratched the surface. Many more projects, materials and trends have yet to be explored. We’re keeping our eyes open and ears tuned, but we need your assistance. If you know of any technologies, projects, case studies, firms, individuals or trends that deserve more attention, please contact me via e-mail or phone. MD

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