A4 Architecture Blog

A4 Guide: Induction Cooking

A4 Guide: Induction Cooking

Imagine using a cooktop where the pot gets hot, but the stovetop remains cold. Imagine being able to boil water twice as fast as a gas range but without the danger of an open flame. Imagine reducing not only the toxic gases within your home but also reducing the...

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A4 Guide: Pros and Cons of Natural Gas

A4 Guide: Pros and Cons of Natural Gas

Nearly everyone has come to the conclusion that global warming and severe climate change are both real and serious. Nearly 1/3 of California was listed as being at danger of fire, there are severe storms and flooding elsewhere in the country, and parts of the Arctic...

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A4 Architecture Spotlight: Heat Pumps

A4 Architecture Spotlight: Heat Pumps

One of the most interesting technological developments of the last decade, were improvements to heat pump systems. Unlike standard boilers of furnaces, which normally burn either by heating oil or natural gas to generate heat, heat pumps use either the ambient latent...

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A4 Spotlight: Waves

A4 Spotlight: Waves

Newport’s many great houses are continually going through transformations and evolution. One interesting example is the Waves, which is built on the southernmost projection of Aquidneck Island out into the Atlantic Ocean. Originally a mile from downtown Newport, the...

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A4 Spotlight: Beachmound Renovation

A4 Spotlight: Beachmound Renovation

Newport, Rhode Island is famous for its grand mansions. There were large houses built during the Colonial Era and the time between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, but it was during the Gilded Age which lasted from 1865 to 1915 that the largest number and...

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Newport Spotlight: Rose Island Lighthouse

Newport Spotlight: Rose Island Lighthouse

There is one kind of building type that is only found along the coastlines of the world: the lighthouse. From the earliest days when the great lighthouse at Alexandria was considered one of the great wonders of the ancient world, to the present day, these buildings...

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A4 Spotlight: Ochre Court

A4 Spotlight: Ochre Court

Salve Regina University is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2022. Although plans by the Sisters of Mercy were set in place many years before, in 1947 the nuns received the gift of Ochre Court from the Goelet family. The building was originally designed by Richard...

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Newport Spotlight: Redwood Library

Newport Spotlight: Redwood Library

Among the many firsts that Newport, Rhode Island is famous for and proud of is the Redwood Library, the oldest continuously operating purpose-built library in America. Through it's construction and expansion over time, the building has been an icon of both the history...

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A4 Perspective: The Changing Waterfront

A4 Perspective: The Changing Waterfront

In the Colonial Era, Newport’s waterfront served as the community’s front door and its lifeblood. There was no other way to reach Newport than by the Long Wharf that projected out into the Narragansett Bay, and which served as the entry point not just for arrivals to...

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