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July 14th, 2009 No comments

Copper FAQs, Resources, and Upcoming Events

“…Then, there’s copper, which is the only pipe I use. It costs money. It costs money because it saves money.” – Cosmo Castorini, Moonstruck

If you’re not already working on a project that includes copper, chances are you soon will be. Copper is back in a big way and for good reasoncopperroofbldg.225w: it’s beautiful, durable, 100% recyclable – and it saves money.

The Copper Development Association has an informative page, Architectural Copper Products FAQs, to get you started. Learn about copper finishes, corrosion and stain prevention, environmental impact, and proven design techniques for working with copper and its alloys.

Our industry experts can help in a variety of ways, from in-house seminars to project design assistance, document and specifications review, and contractor recommendation. You can download our free design handbook, check on upcoming industry events, and learn about our educational and support programs. (more)

Copper in Architecture Awards – 2008

June 26th, 2009 1 comment

Copper in Architecture Awards

The North American Copper in Architecture Awards recognizes North American building projects that demonstrate an outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys. Sponsored by the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), the annual program awards excellence in craftsmanship, attention to detail, and architectural vision.

In a few short weeks, the 2009 NACAA winners will be announced. We’re looking forward to sharing them with you!

The bar is pretty high. The 2008 winning projects were exemplary for their use of copper in dramatically new ways. Some will remain as we see them today; others will change in color and texture as the copper ages and acquires a patina. The “aliveness” of copper is part of what makes it such an exciting material to work with—and to behold.

There’s a slide show and project description for each of the 2008 winners.

Meanwhile, the call for entries for the 2010 North American Copper in Architecture Awards is now open. Submissions will be accepted through January 31, 2010.

Copper in the Arts – June ’09

June 26th, 2009 1 comment

This month in…

Copper in the Arts
Monthly Online Newsletter of the Copper Development Association

Copper in the Arts presents the beautiful and unique in everything from copper paintings, sculpture, and musical instruments, to jewelry and home furnishings. The artists and artisans we interview each month prove that copper and its alloys provide a versatile palette for the creative mind.

Dennis Cordeiro’s unique copper fish make full use of the many shades and finishes achievable with copper. His red snapper and brown trout are a hit among the residents of Pawleys Island, the South Carolina fishing village he calls home. (more)

Tara Helwig, owner of Mystical Creations and Original Body Ornaments, uses copper and semi-precious stones, like tiger’s eye, amethyst, and hematite, to create healing, one-of-a-kind jewelry. She lives and works in Wayne, PA, but has clients throughout the world. (more)

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