from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fortification, a curtain; the wall of a curtain.


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  • Jon Miller/Hedrich-Blessing Architect Thomas Roszak's Northfield, Ill., home is constructed entirely with a commercial curtain-wall glass exterior.

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  • Architect Thomas Roszak took the fishbowl aesthetic to the extreme in his own Northfield, Ill. home, which features commercial curtain-wall glass around the entire building.

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  • After immigrating to the U.S. in 1938, Mies set to work transforming urban skylines with glass curtain-wall towers that included Chicago's Lake Shore Drive Apartments (1951) and New York's whiskey-hued Seagram Building (1958).

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  • Yuanda China Holdings, the curtain-wall maker, said it may relaunch its IPO deal but raise less money.

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  • Astellas 'will pay about $11 million for the glass curtain-wall that cost $13 million in 2008, he said.

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  • Since curtain-wall construction is a defining characteristic of modernism, there is a paradox here: Take away the façade and you've lost the building, but once the façade has failed, the only way to keep the building's signal contribution and ensure its continued viability is to replicate and update the original skin -- a classic Catch-22.

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  • At the same time that this assessment and planning are underway, the Department will work with OMB to conduct an assessment of other high-risk activities, including demolitions and steel and curtain-wall erections to determine if a more in-depth review of these activities needed as part of the Construction Oversight and Analysis Plan.

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  • The glass of the façade was manufactured in France and Belgium and assembled in stages at curtain-wall facilities in Italy and Connecticut.

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  • Manufactured in France and Belgium and assembled in stages at curtain-wall facilities in Italy and Connecticut, all 1,437 sections of the façade are covered with a pattern of tiny white dots, called frits.

  • They worked closely with Gordon Smith, a curtain-wall expert, who drew up plans to rebuild the exterior.

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