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French people love acronyms. Most of the people presently roaming the building with a computer and some files under their arm, coming in and out of meetings, looking often worried, sometimes satisfied, scratching their heads under a hard hat, usually go by an acronym. Only...

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Terrazzo, the soul of a mineral material

Terrazzo is a very common coating material at the Fondation des Etats-Unis, which is not surprising since its use was common in Art Deco architecture. The 1920s and 1930s were a golden age for terrazzo, especially for floors and stairs, but its use dates back...

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Renovations are full of surprises

All the blueprints and surveys of the building as it stands will never tell you everything you need to know. This is why a renovation site is full of surprises – mostly bad ones. How can you prepare for the inevitable? When a renovation project is being...

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East Side Story: About the Project

The renovation of the East Wing of the Fondation des États-Unis began last year on the 20th of December. The construction site is concealed behind fences, metal staircases, and a lift that were installed exterior to the site. Ten prefabricated modules on stilts overlook the...

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Lead Removal

The use of lead as an additive to paint products dates back to antiquity. White lead had a reputation for being the best white pigment and it was added to pigmented oil paints to speed up drying time. Paint with lead is toxic when ingested or...

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